On July 15, Claire Englander passed away after a long illness. Claire had retired from the Library's Catalog Department on July 1, after more than twenty nine years of University service. She began working as a secretary in 1984 for the College of Engineering, and later at the University and Jepson Herbaria. She also worked as an assistant to the disabled beginning in 1979. Her Library work, which began in 1986 at the Biosciences Library, included positions at the Bancroft Library, the Conservation/Preservation Department, the Map Room, and finally Technical Services Dept. Her most recent assignment was in the Catalog Dept. as a copy cataloger. Claire had made many contributions to not only the Library, but other areas across campus as well. She will be greatly missed.
A video tribute is now available for viewing. In addition, her family provided the appreciation in the July 15 message below.
"After a twenty-year fight with cancer, Claire died peacefully today. She was only 67 but wished everyone to know that she was ready. She was joined today and over the past few weeks by her sisters Ellen and Ruth and her brothers Dave, Phil and Bob. We will all miss her kindness, toughness and bravery, and her burning desire for knowledge. In her last few days she passed up invitations to watch TV with us, preferring instead to read Jane Austen or a text on vertebrate paleontology, or to write in her journal. Please join us in wishing her a well-deserved peace."
Erica Vasquez, our Technical Processing assistant, is pursuing her academic aspirations. She was just accepted to the PhD program in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University for fall 2013. She has been offered a 5 year full fellowship and teaching assistantship. Her last day will be Wednesday, August 7th.
This is a wonderful opportunity for her and we will miss her cheerful presence!
Public Health Library
Erica and Rosalyn have joined the Public Health Library crew as new temporary library assistants. Both are recent UCB graduates and former student library employees.
Erica started on June 3rd and is working in our Technical Processing Unit. She previously worked as a student library employee in the Newspapers and Microforms collection and most recently in the Biosciences and Natural Resources Library performing technical processing work. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Peace & Conflict Studies.
Rosalyn joined PUBL on June 17th and is working in our Document Delivery Unit, which provides services to our state contract clientele. Previously an Interlibrary Services student employee, Rosalyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women's Studies.
I am very pleased to have them on staff.
Debbie Jan, Public Health Library
With much sadness, I am announcing that Kelly Ward's retirement began on June 27, 2013. Kelly has been part of the Public Health Library staff since 1989. First hired as a student employee while attending the School of Library & Information Sciences, he joined our staff in 1991 as a Library Assistant. Before arriving at UCB, Kelly worked in the theater as well as served in the U.S. Navy.
At PUBL, Kelly became a mainstay and over the years advanced through the LA ranks to become a Library Professional IV and PUBL's primary selector. With great professional pride and competence, he shaped the PUBL collection and took care of all things monographic. As the dependable, thorough, detail-oriented, and extremely conscientious person that he naturally is, he skillfully guided PUBL through our recovery after several major water leaks in our stacks in Warren Hall and he co-led the collection move from Warren Hall into University Hall in 2007. He was always very attentive to physical condition and preservation of our collection. Additionally, Kelly regularly worked at our reference desk. Personally, whenever I turned to Kelly with questions, he always managed to know or find the answers.
Kelly was a tremendous resource over the years for the Library at large, sharing his vast knowledge via many avenues - Branch Processing Manual, BTech, Technical Services Council, and several Millennium ILS working groups. He has also assisted in training a number of technical processing staff throughout the Library and served as chair of a number of groups.
It will be a very different PUBL without Kelly. He was often one of the first to arrive at work--after walking all the way from Albany, rain or shine, with his wife Jeanne, who retired from UCB last year, and one of the last to leave work. His reserved and quiet demeanor often masked his sense of humor and his twinkling smile often caught you off guard.
For this year alone, he and Jeanne have already scheduled trips to Italy and the Grand Canyon, and I'm sure there will be much more travel in the future. When "retiring" at home he hopes to get lots of uninterrupted reading time and hone his cocktail-making.
Please join me in wishing Kelly well in this new phase of his life.
Debbie Jan, Public Health Library
The Library is bidding a grateful farewell to a group of retirees whose careers at the University are drawing to a close. This season's retirees include (in no particular order): Gary Bland; Susan Francisco; Jim Boydstun; Claire Englander; Luan Huang; Scott Miller; Asya Usvtsky; Sheila Williams; Kate Fletcher; Meredith Fleming; Kelly Ward; David Kessler; Deborah Maxon; and Bernie Hurley.
We wish all of you the very best, in this new chapter of your lives!