Library retirees 2019

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

  • Bonnie Bearden – 39 years
  • Michelle Goode – 32 years
  • Giulia Hill – 22 years
  • Lauren Lassleben – 32 years
  • Donald Lee – 31 years
  • Maxim Osinovsky – 26 years
  • Thomas Perry-Houts – 17 years
  • Bruce Williams – 38 years
  • Susan Wong – 17 years

New AUL for Administration and Organizational Effectiveness

I am delighted to announce the appointment of our new Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services and Organizational Effectiveness. Dr. Susan Swarts will be joining us on August 5, 2019.

In this role, Susan will lead three Library units: Business and Finance, Facilities and Security, and the Northern Regional Library Facility. She will also oversee our developing assessment program. She will be responsible for Library-wide initiatives to improve our organizational effectiveness, particularly to advance direction 3 of our strategic plan: Grow as an adaptive learning organization.

Susan is currently Assistant Vice Provost for Administration and Assistant Dean, UCLA Division of Undergraduate Education. In 2012-13 she served six months as the interim executive officer of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. She has been at UCLA for most of her career, but has also worked at UC San Diego, Whittier College, and in human resources at a software company.

Susan earned a PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA. That degree title is a lovely summary of Susan’s leadership strength. She has been developing and leading co-curricular programs and administrative services in higher education (mostly within UC) throughout her career. She is also an experienced and excellent change leader, helping organizations that want to grow and adapt to find their way forward successfully. She most recently exercised this skill through a major set of necessary organizational changes in her current assignment.

You might also recognize this change orientation in Susan’s willingness to embark on a new professional challenge as she enters her 20th year in the UC system. She will be accompanied on the journey by her intrepid partner and her 8-year-old son who look forward to establishing a new home base in Northern California. Please join me in welcoming Susan, who can be reached at

We have been without a permanent AUL (or chief administrative officer) covering these roles since July 2018. I am deeply grateful to Nicole Cernok and Sandi Ketchpel for stepping in, in addition to their regular duties on campus, as part-time interim CAOs over the past year. Sandi will continue in that role until August. I am also deeply grateful to Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez (e.g., oversight of NRLF), and to Sukhjit Johal and Su-Lin Shum who stepped up to additional responsibilities as well. We all owe thanks to the search committee, who conducted an excellent, national search: Susan Edwards (chair), Wendy Hanson, Meilin Huang, Sukhjit Johal, Chan Li, Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez, and Chris Stanich.

All of us on the Leadership Team are excited that with Susan’s arrival we will again have a full AUL team, dedicated to advancing the Library’s strategic plan.

If you wish to welcome Susan before she arrives, you may reach her at

Excerpt of email Jeff MacKie-Mason sent to library staff.

Congratulations to Ute Rupp

Ute [H.] Rupp started in her new position as Metadata Creation Professional (Library Professional 4) in the Catalog and Metadata Services Department on May 28, 2019. The focus of her new position is English and Western European materials.

Many of you will already know Ute, who has worked in Library technical services in different capacities (including serials and government documents) since starting as a student library employee in 1993.

Since 2007, Ute has been part of the monographic cataloging unit in C&MS, providing copy and original monographic cataloging of Germanic, French, and other Western European languages, performing cataloging and maintenance on multi-volume monograph Congressional Hearings, performing bibliographic and item/holdings record maintenance, performing analytics cataloging on multi-volume monographs, doing BadCat record corrections, and working on special cataloging projects when needed.

In her new position as Metadata Creation Professional, Ute will be expanding her responsibilities to include vendor work, committee work, authority work, and much, much more.

In addition to her experience and skills as a monographic cataloger, Ute holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (with a focus on English, French, and German languages and literature) from UC Berkeley.

We have been very fortunate to have Ute as a colleague in C&MS, and we are delighted to continue to work alongside her in her new position.

Congratulations Ute!

Edited excerpt of email Jane Rosario sent to library staff.

New developer in Library IT

I am pleased to announce that on June 10th, David Moles will be joining Library IT as lead technical developer. David comes to us from the the California Digital Library where he has been working for the last 4 years on Merritt and Dash. Before that he was at Innovative Interfaces working on Sierra APIs.

David will be working on a number of projects in Library IT and will be replacing Giulia Hill, who is retiring this June.

Excerpt of email Lynne Grigsby sent to library staff.

Announcing Digital Literacies Librarian — Kristina Bush

I am delighted to announce that Kristina Bush will join the Instruction Services Division as our Digital Literacies Librarian on August 5, 2019. Kristina comes to us from UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Carolina Academic Libraries Associate and worked as a supervisor at the Sloane Art Library and a content developer for the Triangle Digital Humanities Network. Kristina earned her MLS from UNC Chapel Hill and has a BA from Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Medieval Studies and completed a Nexus minor in Public History, Museums, Archives, and Digital Humanities.

For the past several years, Kristina has also worked on the Automated Scribal Identification Project, an interdisciplinary project (from religion to linguistics to data science and more!) that explores how the digital analysis of handwriting can help scholars better understand ancient manuscripts. The project is led by a professor at Stanford University, where the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research hosts this tool for the digital analysis of Syriac handwriting. Kristina has held multiple roles on the project: from a research assistant to a project coordinator; supervising dozens of undergraduates, delivering conference presentations, and co-authoring peer-reviewed articles.

As the Digital Literacies Librarian, Kristina will work with us to support information literacies across the disciplines. In addition to reference and instructional services, she will have a liaison role with the School of Information. The position has a special focus on entry-level research services and undergraduate peer-to-peer learning, including the Library Undergraduate Fellows program. Kristina’s proven ability to collaborate with experts and novices alike will serve her well in this role. I am very much looking forward to working with Kristina as the Library continues to pilot service models to best support discovery for emerging scholars.

Special thanks to Elliott Smith and Amy Neeser who served with me on the search committee.

Edited excerpt of email Nicole Brown sent to library staff.

Announcing Susan Wong’s retirement

It is with mixed feelings that I write to tell you Susan Wong will be retiring at the end of June. Susan has been director of human resources for the Library since 2002, and we will greatly miss her calm, steady presence. But I am pleased for her that she has reached this milestone and will have more time to devote to personal and family pursuits.

As director of HR, Susan and her team of professionals provide an enormous range of critical services for an organization as large and complex as the Library, including academic and staff recruitment and employment, student employment, compensation, employee relations, labor relations, performance management, human capital (workforce) management, disability case management, professional development training, and organizational effectiveness.

It is impossible to list all of Susan’s projects and accomplishments during her time in LHRD, so I’ll mention just a few highlights. She has supported the complex, time-consuming and successful nationwide searches for six associate university librarians. Through several deep budget cuts, resulting in a nearly 25% reduction of our full-time labor force, Susan has helped us manage so that we have imposed no layoffs. To achieve this humane and difficult success, Susan designed (together with our former CFO and director of IT), and implemented the Library Severance Incentive Program through which 24 employees enjoyed voluntary separation payments. This program became the model for two campus-wide voluntary separation programs.

Susan has represented the Library in numerous bargaining sessions with the AFT LX unit representing our librarians. In the most recent contract, completed this spring, the University and the AFT reached a five-year agreement that makes substantial progress on restoring librarian salaries to market levels, which should improve our ability to recruit and retain crucial colleagues.

Susan led a project team in an area of great importance to the Library, to campus, and to our society: diversity, equity and inclusion. In response to a competitive campus initiative (BILD, the Berkeley Initiative for Leadership on Diversity) Susan’s project team successfully received approval and funding for its proposal “Connecting People and Building Community: a Two-Tiered Program to Influence Diversity in the UCB Libraries.” For her leadership, Susan received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of the VC for Equity and Inclusion for outstanding performance and lasting contribution to BILD.

During my much shorter time here, I have been very grateful for Susan’s leadership efforts in a number of areas, generally bundled under our Strategic Direction 3, “Grow as an adaptive learning organization”. For example, during this time Susan led implementation of two rounds of library-wide compensation equity adjustments. She helped us re-calibrate performance ratings to align with campus mandates and provide a sound basis for assessing merit increases. She supported education and training for the implementation of our library-wide annual goal setting program. And she has ensured that we take full advantage of the campus STAR award program to recognize accomplishments of eligible staff.

Susan leads by example. She has herself pursued continuing education to ensure continuous improvement in her leadership and her unit’s operations. And she has received recognition through several awards. As a leader, and as a human, Susan has the absolute highest standards of integrity, is compassionate, and is extraordinarily hard-working.

Please join me in congratulating Susan on her accomplishments, thanking her for her service, and wishing her well on the next stage of her journey.

Edited excerpt of email Jeff MacKie-Mason sent to library staff.

Farewell to Josh Quan

Josh Quan recently gave formal notice that he is leaving us to take a new position as an Academic Technology Specialist at Stanford University. This is bittersweet news — I am sorry Josh is leaving, but good seeds have been planted during his time here and he isn’t moving too far away. Josh’s last day at Berkeley will be Friday May 24.

Josh joined us from Tufts University to become our Data Services Librarian in 2017. Since that time Josh has built up the relationship with the Division of Data Science and our partners across campus — an especially demanding undertaking as the data science program has grown exponentially in the past few years. Josh has been an integral part of the Library’s support for research data management and data consultations, launched the Data Peers Consulting group, served as a mentor for Undergraduate Library Fellows, and spearheaded the Library Data Initiatives Plan to outline fruitful directions for us to take as an organization.

In the coming months we’ll be taking a fresh look at the evolving data science landscape on campus as we consider best directions for a potential replacement for this position. In the meantime, please join me in wishing Josh well in his new endeavors.

Excerpt of email Elizabeth Dupuis sent to library staff.

Announcing Jesse Silva as Scholarly Resources Strategy Librarian

I am very pleased to announce that Jesse Silva has accepted the position of Scholarly Resources Strategy Librarian. He will officially be starting in the role as of this week.

With over 18 years of academic library experience and more recently as the Librarian for Political Science, Public Policy, Legal Studies and Government Information at Berkeley for much of the last 12 years, Jesse has a tremendous background in collections which will be an enormous benefit to me and the Scholarly Resources team.

I am so excited to welcome Jesse and look forward to working with him.

Welcome on board Jesse!

Excerpt of email Jo Anne Newyear Ramirez sent to library staff.

Patrick Russell Jr., 1938-2019

The Library community was deeply saddened to learn of the death of our colleague Patrick Russell. He was much admired during his many years as rare-books cataloger at The Bancroft Library. For some he served as a wise mentor. For others he provided specialized rare-materials cataloging. Patrick was also long active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Patrick retired from The Bancroft Library in 2001. After his retirement, Patrick volunteered for several years at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Edited excerpt of an email Peter Hanff sent to library staff and the SF Gate obituary.

Maker Education Service Lead — position filled

I am delighted to let you know that Annalise Phillips will join us on Monday, May 13, 2019. Through a competitive search process that began back in November, Annalise emerged as the top candidate for this newly created role.

Annalise is currently the Fab Lab Program Manager at the Bay Area Discovery Museum where her primary responsibility is developing innovative STEM curricula for young learners. This semester, she is also co-teaching Science 220: Dream, Make, and Innovate at Sonoma State University, a 3 credit course that takes place in the SSU Makerspace. Before joining the Museum, Annalise managed the Makerspace at the New York Hall of Science, where she created and conducted workshops for a wide-range of audiences, from students on field trips to teachers seeking professional development. Annalise is also a former high school teacher, and taught English & Language Arts for five years. She has a Master’s degree in Education as well as a Bachelor of Art degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.

Annalise’s experience turning making activities into curricular aligned projects is impressive. Her experience teaching all ages, running Makerspaces, and excitement about the opportunities inherent in this unique position will serve her well as she oversees support for maker technologies in the Library. I am confident that Annalise will work to foster a welcoming atmosphere of creativity, collaboration, and experimentation in the Makerspace, and will be adept at engaging with students from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Special thanks to Jean Ferguson for leading the search committee and to Gisele Tanasse (ISD), Willa Chan (ETS), and Joey Gottbrath (Jacobs Institute) for serving on it. Annalise will be located in Doe 212/218 until her permanent workspace is ready, which will be in the MRC in Moffitt Library.

Excerpt of email Nicole Brown sent to library staff.