Welcome Amber Lawrence, Library Events Coordinator

Please welcome Amber Lawrence, the Library’s new events coordinator. Amber joins us from the History department, where she worked as an events coordinator for five years. Amber officially starts with the Library on February 10th, but will still be covering some History events for the month of February to help with their transition.

Before coming to UC Berkeley, Amber worked as an independent events manager — coordinating events from 10-700 guests (including President Obama) — and as a head server at Chez Panisse.

Many of you already know Amber, as she has been working with us for 20 percent time since mid-October. In her full-time role with the Library, Amber will lead the Library’s efforts to showcase the organization’s value and accomplishments through event activities. Amber can help with everything from reservations to catering to event flow and programming. Amber sits with the communications team in 132 Doe and can be reached at amber.lawrence@berkeley.edu and libraryevents@berkeley.edu.

Edited excerpt of email Tiffany Grandstaff sent to library staff.

Welcome Erica Howland to the Social Sciences Division

I would like to welcome Erica Howland, our new Social Sciences Division Night and Weekend Assistant to the Library.

Erica has a BA in the History of Art and has worked in a variety of libraries over the past few years. Most recently she comes to us from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she served as a Library Assistant.

She started last week and is quickly adjusting to the scale of our facility and services.

Erica will be based in the Environmental Design library.

Edited excerpt of email Brian Light sent to library staff.

Library Business Services (LBS) Transitions

First, I’m thrilled to announce that Rommel Mapaye has joined us as Financial Analyst 3 taking the position vacated by Kris Leonardo. Rommel has over 13 years of budget and finance experience, including eight years at Macy’s and five years at UC Berkeley. Most recently, Rommel worked as a Financial Analyst at the School of Public Health where he supported the school’s administration and academic units. He holds a BA in Economics from UC Davis and an MBA from the University of Phoenix, San Ramon. When not at work, Rommel loves to spend time with his family (including 5 kids and 2 dogs). He even manages to squeeze in a round of golf here and there! Rommel will assume the same portfolio that Kris had and will be reaching out soon with Q2 L7 reports. Join me in welcoming Rommel!

Additionally, with the loss of Su-Lin Shum, there will be impacts to the budget and finance work. I will be stepping in to the role of Director of LBS, just as we enter in to campus budget season! Meilin Huang, Gil Tacca and Rommel will be playing key roles on the budget preparation team. Meilin also will take an expanded role with grants and associated contracts including coordination with Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) Research Administration for some additional help. Lynn Tran will also take an expanded role with non-collection purchasing/contracts in the interim. I hope to have a new director on board by the end of the fiscal year.

We are in the process of candidate interviews for the Financial Services 2 position vacated by Marcos Manriquez-Rendon. One big change is that we have removed the ergonomic assessment responsibility from this position and have moved it to Sam Arrow’s job as Facilities and Building Coordinator. Sam has prior experience with workplace ergonomics and is ready to take on this role. Please reach out to Sam if you have workplace ergonomic questions or needs.

Edited excerpt of email Susan Swarts sent to library staff.

Welcoming José Polio Cañas as NRLF Deposit Services Worklead

I’m pleased to announce that José Polio Cañas began his role today as the Deposit Services Worklead at NRLF. José has previously worked at NRLF as both a Student Assistant (paging and shelving materials, accessioning new deposits) and Library Assistant (supporting the Google Digitization Project). More recently, he has worn several hats at the Anthropology and Business libraries — technical processor, circulation assistant, student supervisor, project coordinator.

In his new role at NRLF, José will (among other things) oversee the daily internal flow of newly deposited materials at NRLF, track and reconcile shipments, and coordinate resolution of catalog record problems. He’ll also participate in upcoming collections maintenance and space management projects as we look forward to opening Phase 4 of the NRLF stacks and transitioning to the SILS.

Please join me in welcoming José to his new role at NRLF!

Excerpt of email Tim Converse sent to library staff.

Farewell and Thank You

Many of you know that I have accepted a new position as the Director of Finance for the Sierra Community College District – which provides educational services to over 18,000 students in Rocklin, Roseville, Grass Valley and Truckee. It has been a privilege to work alongside many of you at UC Berkeley, making this decision a particularly tough one!

I have learned so much from my experiences here and very much value the strong working relationships and friendships that have been built certainly in the finance areas, but also across the Library and campus community. I know I’ll carry these with me to my new role and definitely prefer to think of this as “See you later” instead of “Goodbye.”

Edited excerpt of email  Su-Lin Shum sent to library staff.

Farewell to Lucy Hernandez

It is with both sadness and joy that I share the news of Lucy Hernandez’s departure from Bancroft. Her last day will be this Friday, January 10th.

Lucy has been a stellar member of the Digital Collections Unit working as the Digital Project Archivist on the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grant project (JACS4) since coming to Bancroft in May 2018. She is in the final stages of completing the work of that project, so leaves us with her project in a good position to meet the grant objectives. We thank Lucy for her hard work and dedication, and wish her the best in her new position.

Lucy leaves us for a full-time, career-track academic staff Archivist position with the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University. Lucy will be working to appraise, organize, preserve, arrange, and describe the unique and rare materials of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives’ international collection of personal papers, organizational records, and rare published materials from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to promote discovery and access.

Edited excerpt of email Mary Elings sent to library staff.

Announcing our Undergraduate Learning & Research Librarian

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Brown as the Undergraduate Learning & Research Librarian in the Instruction Services Division at the UC Berkeley Library. Her first day will be March 3, 2020.

Jennifer is currently the Design & Technologies Librarian and Service Lead for the Barnard Design Center at Barnard College in New York. Previously she was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at Columbia University, and a University Library Associate at the University of Michigan. From these roles and her notable national presentations, she brings terrific experience planning undergraduate-focused programs and services, embedding learner-centered pedagogies into instructional activities, and facilitating the design and support of inclusive learning environments. Jennifer has a BA in Media Studies and a minor in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in Information from the University of Michigan.

My sincere thanks to the search committee members — Gisèle Tanasse (chair), Kiyoko Shiosaki, and Michael Sholinbeck — for their work in selecting a terrific pool of candidates.

Jennifer — a Cal graduate and former student library employee from Doe — will be joining us spring semester. Please join me in congratulating her!

Edited excerpt of email Elizabeth Dupuis sent to library staff.

Update on Library Business Services

I am writing to share the news that Su-Lin Shum, Director for Budget and Finance, will be leaving the UC Berkeley Library in January. Her last day in the office will be Friday, January 10, 2020. Su-Lin has accepted a Director of Finance position with a community college district that builds on her finance experience, but also includes some new administrative responsibilities such as overseeing the bookstore and food services!

Su-Lin came to Berkeley over three years ago. During her time here she helped the Library conform to elevated standards for campus budget and financial reporting, realigned finance staffing towards a portfolio model to partner closer with units and enacted quarterly reports to help managers/supervisors better understand unit finances. Her work, particularly on financial reporting, has been considered a “best practice” by campus budget leadership who recently asked her to present this work with her counterparts, Divisional Finance Leaders (DFLs), across all academic and administrative units. Closer to home, as the Library’s finance lead, she worked with her team to provide responsive and critical services from big to small, whether that involved sorting through a complex travel reimbursement or how best to contract for a $100k+ service.

In my short time at the Library, I have appreciated Su-Lin’s understanding of Library finances, collaborative strategic thinking, and willingness to explore various options for providing service to our many stakeholders. Her expertise and partnership have been very valuable to me during my transition to Berkeley and the Library.

Please share this message with your employees as appropriate. And join me in congratulating Su-Lin on her new position and wish her well!

Edited excerpt of email Susan Swarts sent to Roundtable.

Welcoming Samantha Teremi to the Art History/Classics Library

Please join us in welcoming Samantha Teremi to the Arts & Humanities Division as the new Evening/Weekend Circulation Supervisor & Technical Processor for the Art History/Classics Library. She began her new assignment Wednesday, November 13th, and is dutifully navigating all of the campus onboarding processes and new workflows.

Samantha comes most recently from the Academy of Art University where she has been engaged in circulation and repair work. Hailing from Michigan, she also worked many years at Michigan State University. Samantha brings a fresh perspective and a well of patience to the Cal campus; we are all very pleased to have her join the division.

In her new assignment, Samantha will be responsible for local public service operations, circulation student supervision, reserves, processing new monographs/serials; as well as providing coverage/support for circulation units open after 5pm. Following a brief training period, Samantha will start an evening and weekend schedule (Sun – Thurs, Noon – 9pm) beginning in January for the Spring 2020 academic term.

In the meantime, she will be working normal daytime hours (M-F), and I encourage you to give her a warm welcome. Samantha is located in the internal staff offices of the Art History/Classics Library (308F Doe).

Edited excerpt of email Sheehan Grant sent to library staff.

New Staff in Interlibrary Services

On November 18, Dylan Medlock, a recent graduate of UC Berkeley in Film Studies and Cognitive Science, and a former Student Library Employee in ILL, returned to the department full time as our new Google Project Expeditor.

On November 25, Helena Meier, joined the department after a long, cross-country road trip from the east coast as our new Library Assistant/Shipping Coordinator. Helena recently received her MLIS from the University of Edinburgh.

I want to thank everyone who supported the unit (internally and externally), and the department during this transition period with reduced staff. Great thanks to all who participated in the Search Committees; and to Molly Greene and Joy North for returning to the department in a crucial period as temporary staff.

Please join me in making our new colleagues feel as welcome as possible.

Edited excerpt of email Shannon Monroe sent to library staff.