The spring 2013 issue of Fiat Lux, the Library's quarterly newsletter, is now available online. You will find an essay by Sam Redman on the newly-endowed Library Prize for Undergraduate Research; reflections from Tom Leonard on flash mobs in the Library; and an appreciation of the Research Advisory Service, among other stories.
I am pleased to announce that Charlotte Rubens has accepted the position of NRLF Operations Manager. She will succeed Scott Miller, who is retiring this June. Charlotte's broad expertise includes 12 years at NRLF in various positions, including as acting NRLF head for a year, as well as cataloging and access services at other institutions. Her current position as head of our Library's Interlibrary Services Department involves managing a large and complex operation. Please join me in congratulating Charlotte on her new position.
Director for Collection Services, Technologies & the Northern Regional Library Facility
Bette Anton, head of the Fong Optometry/Health Sciences Library, was in Hyderabad in March as an instructor and organizer for a workshop for resource center librarians serving eye institutes. Participants included librarians from India as well as from Nepal, Guatemala, and Egypt. The event focused on developing the search and research skills of participant librarians, thus enabling eye care professionals to have access to the best current clinical and research information.
The workshop was funded by a 3-year grant from Elsevier Foundation (the "Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries" program) with additional support from the Seva Foundation, the LV Prasad Eye Institute, and the Association of Vision Science Librarians.
UC Berkeley's Environmental Design Library hosted the Association of Architecture Librarians 2013 annual conference on Saturday, March 23rd. Most of the conference was based in San Francisco and organized by Berkeley librarians David Eifler, Kathryn Wayne, and Susan Koskinen. On Saturday, 60 architecture librarians from across the United States, Canada, and France came to the Environmental Design Library where they listened to presentations by librarian emeritus Elizabeth Byrne, Environmental Design Archives curator Waverly Lowell, and visual resources librarian Jason Miller. Participants were also treated to a two-hour campus tour led by College of Environmental Design alum and CCA Professor William Littmann, and finally attended a reception at William Stout Books on Solano Avenue in Berkeley.