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.
I am pleased to introduce Kendra Stoll, our new part-time temporary Instruction/Reference Librarian, who joined us in November 2012 following positions with Carrington College of California and the Tobacco Control Project of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), one of the state contract clientele groups she will now be serving. While at CDPH, she was involved in instruction, outreach, reference, document delivery, and cataloging. Having utilized our contract services for her CDPH unit, she is familiar with our services and has been of great assistance so far.
Kendra's primary duties include contract instruction, outreach, reference, online literature searching, and assisting the Document Delivery unit. Taking the load off Michael and myself, Kendra will be doing her share of traveling to Richmond and Sacramento to conduct CDPH staff instruction sessions.
If you're down our way and see a new face at the reference desk, please introduce yourself! Kendra's work schedule is Monday through Thursday.
On a sad note, I'm sorry to say goodbye to Judy Bolstad. Judy, who has served as our document delivery librarian for over 7 years, has decided to be a full-time mom to Emily. Since her maternity leave last year, Judy's days are now filled with new joys - making organic baby food, taking long walks, and visiting the public library with Emily for story time.
Among her many accomplishments, Judy reorganized our Document Delivery unit, led and kept the unit in operation during our library move from Warren Hall to University Hall, and created and updated unit manuals and procedures. I know many of you are familiar with Judy and her many contributions to the Library and LAUC. In addition to serving as LAUC-B Secretary, she chaired the LAUC-B Committee on Diversity and the Committee on Research then later became the Statewide Representative to both. Active in the Special Libraries Association, her contributions to the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter led to her being presented with the chapter's 2010 Horizon Award. Outside the profession, Judy was an author writing journal articles and book reviews. In 2012, she became the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries. She also serves as a peer-reviewer for the British Medical Journal and the American Journal of Public Health.
Judy's last day will be Thursday, January 10th. We will miss her very much but hope to see her and Emily frequently.
Public Health Library
Alex Warren, longtime former head of Morrison Library, passed away at the age of 69 on November 23, 2012, after courageously fighting a year-long battle with cancer. He is survived by his partner in life of 35 years (and in marriage for the past 4), Vernon Ambrose, as well as a loving family.
Alex was born in New Jersey and moved to California in the late 1960s, where he settled in Berkeley. The majority of his nearly 40 years of service at UC Berkeley was at the Morrison Library. As its head, he contributed to the establishment of literary readings series such as Lunch Poems and Story Hour in the Library. Another seminal series, Berkeley Writers at Work, was launched in 1997. It is in large measure due to Alex's unwavering support that these programs enjoy continued success. Alex will also be remembered for helping to establish the AIDS Memorial Courtyard in Doe Library, and for the revival of Morrison Library's Graphic Arts circulating program.
He was an avid reader, gardener, art collector, and friend to many. Those who were fortunate enough to have known Alex will miss him.
Lillian Castillo-Speed and Marci Hoffman are the recipients for the 2012 LAUC-B Distinguished Librarian Awards.
Lillian Castillo-Speed is the Head Librarian of the Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley. A leader in national organizations that focus on Latino librarianship, she received the Librarian of the Year Award for her work with REFORMA, and is considered a national treasure by her colleagues.
Marci Hoffman's brilliant career as the Associate Director of the Law Library, International, Foreign and Comparative Law Librarian and a Lecturer in Residence at Berkeley Law is acknowledged by her colleagues and legal scholars on the UC Berkeley campus and nationwide. Among her other achievements, she co-authored the textbook International Law in a Nutshell.
Chair, Distinguished Librarian Award Committee, LAUC-B