Randal Brandt keeps things mysterious

Carambola - David Dodge

Randal Brandt has written the introduction to a new edition of Carambola by David Dodge published in February 2016 by Bruin Books. David Dodge was a mystery and thriller writer born in Berkeley in 1910. He is best known as the author of To Catch a Thief, which Alfred Hitchcock adapted into the classic film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Carambola, originally published in 1961, is a "chase novel" set in the Pyrenees about an American mining engineer named Andy Holland who, having only recently learned that he has a teenage daughter, is persuaded by his ex-wife to make a daring attempt to rescue her husband Harry Magill. Magill, the only father Andy's daughter has ever known, is hiding out in Barcelona facing a murder charge. Written when his own daughter was a teenager, this novel, with its theme of fathers and daughters, is Dodge's most personal story and is now back in print for the first time since the 1970s.



Randal Brandt is the Principal Cataloger for The Bancroft Library

Jun 22, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Celia Emmelhainz co-recipient of Digital Humanities at Berkeley grant award

Congratulations to Celia Emmelhainz, Anthropology and Qualitative Research Librarian in the Social Sciences Division, who, along with Dr. Rosemary Joyce, Professor of Anthropology, is the recipient of a collaborative research grant from Digital Humanities @ Berkeley.

This grant will be used to support the development of the MayaLab web portal. The portal will serve as a public forum for students and visitors wishing to interact with the archaeology of Central America, as well as an internal collaborative space for international archaeologists preparing publications on classic Mayan civilization.

DH @ Berkeley recently awarded over $200,000 in grants -- for more information on the range of research funded, see

Susan Edwards
Head, Social Sciences Division

Jun 16, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Library retirees 2016

Many thanks and a fond farewell to this year's retirees:

  • Dave Duer, Director of Library Development, 29 years of service
  • Shayee Khanaka, Librarian for Middle Eastern Collections and Linguistics, 32 years of service
  • Kathryn Wayne, Fine Arts Librarian, 26.5 years of service
  • Carlos Delgado, Librarian for Latin American Collection, 26 years of service
  • Mark Taylor, Library Supervisor, Interlibrary Services. 23 years of service

LAUB-B librarians who are retiring this year:

  • Barbara Bohl, Cataloging Librarian , Law Library, 37.3 years of service
  • Rita Evans, Librarian, Institute for Transportation Studies Library, 14 years of service
  • Chuck James, Librarian, Earthquake Engineering Library, 21 years of service
Jun 15, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Cody Hennesy co-recipient of Digital Humanities at Berkeley grant award

Congratulations to Cody Hennesy, E-Learning Librarian in the Instruction Services Division, who along with David Bamman, Assistant Professor in the School of Information, received grant funding from Digital Humanities at Berkeley for a research project, Predicting Dates of First Publication in the HathiTrust.

"Collections such as Google Books, the HathiTrust and the Internet Archive are enabling a fundamentally new kind of text analysis that exploits the scale of collections to ask questions not possible with smaller corpora. Historical analysis of this kind, however, depends on accurate dates of composition for the books in the collection; in order to measure how genre changes over time, for example, we need to be confident in the dates we believe the books were written. Because the bibliographic metadata for these collections identify dates of publication, not of composition, Predicting Dates of First Publication in the HathiTrust aims to leverage bibliographic expertise as a foundation for developing computational models that will predict first publication dates to enable more meaningful questions to be asked of these corpora."

Jennifer L. Dorner
Head, Instruction Services Division


Jun 13, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

Announcing Tiffany Grandstaff as the Library's Director of Communications

Tiffany Grandstaff will be joining us as the Library's Director of Communications, starting Monday 27 June 2016.

Tiffany joins us from the Bay Area News Group, where she oversees visual communication strategy for over twenty-five publications, including the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, and the Oakland Tribune. Previous to managing the design, video/photo, graphics, and copy-editing departments in her role as Managing Editor for Presentation at the Bay Area News Group, Tiffany spent three years as their Design Director, and before that, she was Design Director for the San Jose Mercury News. From 2001 to 2006 she worked as a designer for newspapers including the Charlotte Observer (N.C.), the News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication from UNC, Chapel Hill, with a concentration in visual communication. You can view her portfolio at

In her new role, Tiffany will be leading a team of communicators, providing services to all units of the Library. We will form the team after she arrives, transferring several communicators currently scattered across multiple units to form a collaborative, high-performing team with a range of complementary skills (across print, Web, exhibit, audio, video and other formats), to better inform our multiple stakeholder audiences about the services we offer them, exciting new achievements and collections, and our vision for future initiatives that donors might support.

Jeff MacKie-Mason
University Librarian

Jun 08, 2016 | Categories: CU News | admin

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