Allan Urbanic, who retired from the Library in June 2011, has been selected by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies to receive its Distinguished Service Award for 2011. Allan, who is currently serving on recall as Slavic Librarian, was chosen for his "especially noteworthy" and "influential" contributions to the fields of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies librarianship. He was nominated by his peers for the impact that he has had on Slavic, East European and Eurasian librarianship during his long career at Berkeley.
This award, sometimes called "the Nobel Prize for Slavic librarianship," will be presented to Allan at the 43rd Annual ASEEES Convention in Washington, DC on November 19, 2011.
Allan's Berkeley colleagues join with ASEEES members in saluting his achievements and his many contributions to the Library and the campus. There is no word yet on where his special NL parking spot will be located.
James H. Spohrer
D/M International and Area Studies
Please join me in welcoming Micaela Agyare to the Business Library, where she'll be serving as Reference & Instruction Librarian. Micaela comes to us by way of Harvard Business School, Thunderbird School of Management, and Phoenix College, and she has extensive experience in business reference and library instruction.
Micaela will be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as Wednesday afternoons. Please give her a warm welcome!
Long Business Library
With its turnover meeting held August 17, 2011, the LAUC-B Executive Committee began its new term. The 2011-2012 roster is:
Nick Robinson, Chair
Susan Edwards, Vice-Chair/ Chair Elect
Susan Koskinen, Past Chair
Jeffery Loo, Secretary
Adnan Malik, Treasurer
Jennifer Nelson, Affiliated Library Representative
Dana Jemison, Library Representative
Kai Stoeckenius, Library Representative
Brian Quigley, Ex-Officio, CAPA Chair
Lillian Castillo-Speed, Ex-Officio, LAUC Secretary
ExComm welcomes the new members, and heartily thanks those now going off the Committee. These include Margaret Phillips (2010-11 Past Chair); Shannon Supple (2010-11 Secretary); I-Wei Wang (2009-11 Treasurer); Kathleen Gallagher (2010-11 Library Representative); Monica Singh (2010-11 Library Representative); and Ramona Martinez (2010-11 Library Representative).
Chair LAUC-B, 2011-12
At the 2011 SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Michael was presented with the Environment and Resource Management Division's Outstanding Member award for 2011. Currently the archivist for the division, Michael was chair in 2009 and director from 2005-07. During his tenure as chair, in addition to doing 2009 conference planning, Michael organized brainstorming discussions that resulted in the move of the division's website to a more interactive wiki; created an ERMD LinkedIn group; and collaborated in the creation of a new 3-year division strategic plan. As past chair, he facilitated the creation of the Del.icio.us online guide to the BP/Horizon oil spill disaster, in coordination with Louisiana State University.
Please join me in congratulating Michael!
Public Health Library
TheIt is with sadness that I announce that Paul Atwood will be leaving the UCR Water Resources Collections and Archives (WRCA). Paul has worked at WRCA since July 2002, and his last day will be July 12, 2011. He is taking a position as Information Technology Manager at the UCOP Office of General Counsel, in Oakland.
During his tenure at WRCA, Paul was head of technical services and archival collections. In addition to his excellent project management skills which were utilized on many grant projects, Paul has excellent technical skills. He was responsible for managing all of the digital projects that WRCA undertook in the last nine years and there were many. He started and maintained several WRCA eScholarship repositories; added over 1500 digital images to WRCA?s Online Finding Aids; maintained WRCA?s web site; participated in a UCB ContentDM consortium that added over 4000 WRCA digital records to OCLC/Melvyl; and oversaw the inclusion of WRCA bibliographic records into the UCB OskiCat catalog in 2008-2009.
Paul?s knowledge and expertise were called upon again with the move of WRCA from the UCB campus to the UCR campus. He chaired the technical transition team which addressed issues pertaining to moving all of WRCA?s digital content including the extensive WRCA website. Once the collection moved, Paul remained a key member of the Joint Cataloging and Technology Committee and served as WRCA?s Northern California liaison. Paul was also known for his remarkable online research skills.
Paul will be missed for his professional skills as well as his knowledge of art, film, music, hockey, bicycling and more. Please join me in wishing Paul farewell.