A departure: Lauren Magsanay

I regret to announce that Lauren Magsanay, events coordinator, is leaving the Library to pursue a position that will better advance her long-term career goals. Lauren’s last day will be Friday, Oct. 4.

Lauren will be joining UC Berkeley Extension as a student services advisor for the Berkeley Global Access Discover Program. In this role, Lauren will be advising a cohort of international students as they begin what is essentially a study abroad program here at Berkeley, and will support student academic success through engagement activities and workshops.

Since she joined the organization nearly two years ago, Lauren has been responsible for more than 100 events hosted by the Library each year — ranging from division meetings to faculty book talks to exhibit receptions to full-scale conferences. Lauren has helped define what the Library’s events coordinator role should be — working with clients throughout our libraries and campus to provide exceptional events service.

While Lauren will be greatly, greatly missed, we wish her well as she embarks on this new opportunity, which will allow Lauren to return to her roots as a student affairs practitioner and utilize her MA in higher education administration.

Excerpt of email Tiffany Grandstaff sent to library staff.

Retirement Announcement – Jutta Weimhoff

Jutta Weimhoff has officially announced her retirement. Jutta has served as NRLF Operations Manager since 2015. With thirty years of service to UC Berkeley Jutta has spent 28 of those years at NRLF. She started as an entry level library assistant at NRLF and after working for two years at UC Berkeley in the Interlibrary Services department, Jutta returned to NRLF as the Head of Access Services in 1998, a position she held for seventeen years before becoming the Operations Manager.

During her time in access services Jutta led NRLF’s participation in shared print consortia such as WEST and JACs. She also oversaw the NRLF Google Books Digitization program which supported the scanning of over 3 Million volumes. This included coordinating a daily shipment of thousands of volumes during the early days of the Google Books project and supporting the project which continues to this day. As Operations Manager, Jutta has provided leadership at the NRLF during a period of considerable change. Over the past five years Jutta has guided NRLF through critical staff turnover; recruited and onboarded new leadership within NRLF; supported the design and construction of phase 4; and engaged in renewed partnerships with the Southern Regional Library Facility.

Jutta’s long service to UC Berkeley, to NRLF and to UC has been critical to the success of NRLF and to UC libraries.

Please join me in thanking Jutta for her many years of impactful service.

Edited excerpt of email Susan Swarts sent to library staff.

Marcos Manriquez-Rendon – farewell and best wishes

I am writing to share our farewell to one of our valued finance staff – Marcos Manriquez-Rendon. Marcos started with the Library as a student employee and thankfully never left…until now. But after 8 years working in our Purchasing Unit, Marcos has decided to make the leap and pursue a new career path. Marcos will be taking a position at Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School as a Relationship Manager for the Corporate Work Study Program – an exciting new position where he will work directly with students and the local community.

We will miss Marcos – he has been a wonderful colleague – not only running our Collections payments process smoothly and dealing with complex vendor issues, but also is the first to festively decorate our office space and make sure we are all ergonomically taken care of!!

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

Welcome Yuko Okubo to EAL

I am happy to announce that on September 9th, Yuko Okubo joined the C.V. Starr East Asian Library as the new Public Services Coordinator. Yuko worked as a project coordinator for the Japanese Historical Text Initiative in EAL and Center for Japanese Studies, and also as a lecturer on Japan and East Asia at UC Berkeley. Her other work experiences include working at Google as a UX Research Lead and at Fujitsu Laboratories as a Social Research Scientist. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley.

Edited excerpt of email Susan Xue sent to library staff.

Welcoming our Business and Information Specialist

I am pleased to announce that we have added a new member to the Business Library team. Nadia Winters started on August 19th.

Nadia will be working 20 hours a week, starting with a project to assist our Haas faculty in using Library resources for course reserves.

Nadia comes to us from the non-profit world, where she wore a number of hats, including positions in fundraising and communications. The skills and techniques she learned in these roles will translate nicely to working with our faculty.

Nadia has a BA in Anthropology from Boston University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State.

Edited excerpt of email Brian Light sent to library staff.

Goodbye Adam Clemons

Adam Clemons, African and African American Studies Librarian, has accepted a position at the University of Mississippi as a Research and Instruction Librarian. Adam will be truly missed at Berkeley, but it’s good to know that he and his family are looking forward to their return to the South. Adam’s last day will be October 3rd.

Jennifer Dorner, History Librarian, will become the liaison to the African American Studies Department and will handle collection development (working closely with Corliss Lee, the liaison for Ethnic Studies). I’ll be filling in on an interim basis for African Studies, working closely with many other subject librarians and selectors who work in areas related to sub Saharan Africa.

Edited excerpt of email Susan Edwards sent to library staff.

John Orbon joins the Library Development team

I am delighted to announce that John Orbon has joined the Library Development team as our Assistant Director of Development for Major Gifts. Before joining the Library, John was Director of Development and Communications of Park Day School in Oakland. During a period of extended leadership transition at Park Day, John’s efforts led to a doubling of annual giving, the creation of an effective major gifts program, a successful capital campaign to build a makerspace, and the creation of a multi-year fund to endow the school’s first Director of Equity and Inclusion. Prior to Park Day, John was a partner in a boutique branding and design firm in San Francisco where he led business development and strategy for 13 years. It was in this role that John developed a love for fundraising when he worked with the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, the San Francisco Opera and Stanford University to activate major fundraising campaigns.

As the Assistant Director of Development for Major Gifts, John will work with us to implement our plans for growing the Library’s major gifts pipeline via donor and prospect visits. I am excited to work with John as the Library moves forward with its fundraising initiatives.

Edited excerpt of email Louise Gregory sent to library staff.

2019 UC Berkeley Library Star Awards

Spot Awards

Individual Spot Awards

Immaculate Adesida, Staff Human Resources Generalist
Immaculate’s work adapting non-academic HR recruitment practices and procedures to UCPath processes illustrated her initiative and proactive engagement.

Craig Alderson, Circulation/Reserves and Technical Processing Assistant
Craig demonstrated his dedication to service and a willingness to be accountable and supportive of all those he works with in handling a crisis in the Social Research Library.

Peter Basmarjian, Evening & Weekend Circulation Assistant
Peter is recognized for his willingness to coordinate students on a project that was initiated by social sciences librarians who wanted to improve services for social sciences faculty.

Sarah Bonnickson, Collections and Special Projects Assistant
Sarah is recognized for her role in the merger of the Public Health Library collection with the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library collection.

Ricky Brown, Project/Policy Analyst
Ricky stepped up to work with the director of Library HR on select functions and tasks associated with academic HR services during a time of reduced staffing in the department.

Thomas Brown, Circulation Assistant
Thomas went above and beyond in taking on an added role as student work-leader for the Moffitt course reserves processing unit.

Jenifer Carter, Operations Lead
Jenifer is recognized for outstanding handling of the Media Resources Center’s services after the flooding — tracking progress on the repairs and making preparations for reopening.

Amy Chin, Circulation Supervisor, Graphics Assistant
Amy brought knowledge and interest in graphic design that were valuable to the entire Social Sciences Division. Some of her efforts went beyond the expectations of her position.

Janice Cripe, Technical Processing Lead
Janice is recognized for her role in the merger of the Public Health Library collection with the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library collection.

Tiffany Cruz, Monograph Processing and Circulation Assistant
Tiffany is recognized for her role in the merger of the Public Health Library collection with the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library collection.

Ellen Dario, Head, Access Services
Ellen came up with creative and efficient solutions to address issues with both daily and project workflows and a backlog of overdues in service to NRLF.

Judy Deliramich, Administrative and Student Employment Coordinator
During a time of reduced staffing, Judy coordinated the internal HR workflow to support delivery and preparation of librarian dossiers for the 2019 Librarian Review.

Vaughn Egge, Web and Library Assistant
Vaughn is recognized for his contributions to migrating the Library’s data collection tool for reference and instruction statistics from LibAnalytics to LibInsight.

Becky Escamilla, Technical Project Manager
Becky is recognized for her work as project manager of the Windows 10 staff computer rollout and her management of the UCPath implementation.

Gigi Gillard, Donor Relations Manager
Gigi stepped up yet again to help the Library Development Office continue its excellence during a time of minimal staff support.

Esther Gold, Doe/Moffitt Circulation & Main Stacks Assistant
Esther is recognized for taking on additional responsibility, including managing the hold shelves for Main and Moffitt and serving as the reserves processing unit’s quality control.

Sheehan Grant, Chief Operations Manager
Sheehan stepped up to help guide the Arts & Humanities Division while the head position was vacant. Sheehan simultaneously contributed to the public computing review team.

Sarah Harrington, Information Desk Supervisor
Sarah is recognized for her outstanding teamwork in co-coordinating the public service training program for student employees working at public service desks.

Tor Haugan, Multimedia Writer and Editor
Tor displayed a harmonious and cooperative spirit in working closely with LAAG’s UC Berkeley Library Faculty Survey group on designing and implementing communication strategies.

LaTanya Henry, Accounting and Purchasing Assistant
During four months of reduced staffing, LaTanya’s responsibilities were expanded to cover additional purchasing activities under the supervision of the Purchasing Team Lead.

Virgie Hoban, Writer/Editor
Virgie worked closely with Bob Hirst to research and illustrate Mark Twain’s many connections — from P.T. Barnum to Helen Keller to Frederick Douglass — for the spring Fiat Lux.

Lillian Lee, Circulation Supervisor
Lillian consistently provided above and beyond service to a demanding patron — calmly and professionally walking the patron through our services to help improve her research.

Blake Lindsey, Evening/Weekend Circulation Supervisor
Blake is recognized for his excellent work in overseeing the Engineering & Physical Science Division’s contribution to the Google Book project.

Zsuzsu Listro, Executive Assistant to the University Librarian
Zsuzsu is recognized for her significant contributions to the Library Development Office when the unit was short-staffed throughout the year.

Paul Lynch, Head, Newspapers/Microforms Library
Paul is recognized for outstanding teamwork on the newspaper microfilming project with vendor Backstage.

Lauren Magsanay, Library Events Coordinator
Lauren is recognized for stepping up to assist with many donor events, including the 10th-anniversary celebration of the East Asian Library.

Lauren Magsanay, Library Events Coordinator
Lauren’s integral work allowed for the success of the Library’s hosting of the Library Management Skills Institute that welcomed staff from across the UC Libraries.

Phylicia Mossiah, Circulation & Technical Processing Assistant
Phylicia is recognized for her role in leading a complete inventory of the Optometry & Health Sciences Library collections.

Heiko Mühr, Map Metadata & Curatorial Specialist
Heiko is recognized for his outstanding work related to the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division’s captured maps project.

Eileen Pinto, Technical Lead
The move to UCPath required a complete rewrite of how Library IT harvests and processes faculty and staff in the catalog. Eileen’s contribution made this transition a successful project.

Sophie Rainer, Collections/Special Projects Assistant
Sophie is recognized for her assistance in processing the Public Health collections arriving from Google scanning services.

Richard Rosario, Operations Assistant
Richard is recognized for outstanding teamwork on the Public Health collection integration into the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library.

Andrew Shapiro, Bindery Preparation Assistant
Andrew helped plan for and organize the transition to a new workflow for sending Library materials to the UC Bindery.

Marito Solis, Late Night/Early Morning Circulation Assistant
Marito exhibited exemplary performance in managing the services and spaces of Moffitt floors 4 and 5.

Brice Sullivan, Chief Operations Manager
When the head of the Life & Health Sciences Division was vacant, Brice became the person that all division librarians and staff looked to for daily direction and approvals.

Gill Tacca, Budget and Financial Analyst
Gill elevated Library Business Services’ ability to respond to unit needs for financial information using CalAnswers, the new campus financial reporting system.

Nancy Tran, Doe/Moffitt Circulation Services Operations Manager
Nancy is recognized for her outstanding teamwork in co-coordinating the public service training program for student employees working at public service desks.

Cory Welch, Facilities and Building Coordinator
Cory was instrumental in helping the Preservation Department during a big project to remove the floor tiles from the Conservation Treatment Division.

Susan Wong, Human Resources Director
Susan took on the duties of the academic HR analyst during a period of reduced staffing in the department to ensure that the Library’s academic recruitments stayed on track.

Dave Zuckerman, Developer
In August 2018, Dave stepped in and saved the Federal Documents Archive database project. In addition, Dave took on the upgrading of Spotlight, an open source online exhibit application.

Team Spot Awards

Tor Haugan, Multimedia Writer and Editor
Jami Smith, Photo and Video Editor
Thanks to the flexibility of Jami and Tor, the Library’s holiday video seemed to have been perfectly scripted from day one despite a major logistical change two weeks before publication.

Lauren Magsanay, Library Events Coordinator
Jutta Wiemhoff, Operations Manager
Lauren and Jutta are recognized for the dedication and exceptional effort that went into planning and setting up the Phase 4 groundbreaking ceremony for NRLF.

Jenny Schuelke, Circulation & Technical Processing Assistant
Peter Soriano, Chief Operations Manager
Jenny and Peter are recognized for their excellent work in devising, implementing, and completing a full physical inventory of the Physics-Astronomy Library’s monograph collection.

Achievement Awards

Individual Achievement Awards

Tim Converse, Head, Deposit Services
Tim has steadily improved the quality of his department’s daily accessioning work, streamlined workflows, established clear performance expectations that incorporate statistical metrics, and ensured that staff have the tools they need to be successful.

Iris Donovan, Circulation Supervisor/Stacks Manager
Iris managed the physical collections of The Bancroft Library with unparalleled care and efficiency — particularly commendable given the high value of the collections and their complex and varied formats.

David Dunham, Website/Video Editor
David is recognized for his leadership in the successful completion of a major project, his willingness to greatly expand his work responsibilities after the departure of a key staff person, and his innovative approach to rethinking the way in which the OHC’s work is accomplished.

Lynne Grigsby, Head, Library IT
While the AUL for digital initiatives position was vacant, Lynne helped take stock of the current environment, determine priorities for Library IT, and craft the foundation for the Digital Lifecycle Program. She served as the Library representative for campuswide IT leadership meetings.

Mary Hardy, Lending/Duplication Assistant
Mary consistently performed beyond expectations — shouldering an increasing level of responsibility and taking on tasks that fall well beyond her job description. This has contributed to the smooth functioning of the Interlibrary Lending unit during a difficult transition period.

Jenna Kreiss-Winterberger, Technical Processing Lead
Jenna is recognized for her sustained exceptional performance in overseeing technical service projects in the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division. She served as a trainer, problem solver, and resource expert for the division, and guided staff through a number of changes.

Kris Leonardo, Budget and Financial Analyst
Kris provided guidance and support with procedural aspects of the budgetary preparation and submission process for challenging grant applications, as well as with compliance requirements for continuing grants, for both The Bancroft Library and Scholarly Communication Services.

Alvin Pollock, Developer
Alvin went above and beyond his usual high performance in serving as technical lead on two critical Library projects. He created the architecture and framework to load UCPath data into Millennium. At the same time, he was a key member of the DAMS implementation team.

Molly Rose, Circulation Supervisor & Reserves Coordinator
Molly used her formidable data analysis and visualization skills with Excel and Access to pull data in support of the Library’s assessment efforts. She learned Tableau and experimented with ways to help the Library see the information in completely new ways.

Patrick Shannon, Head of Interlibrary Services
With the AUL for digital initiatives position vacant, Patrick assumed the role of Berkeley’s coordinator for the Google Books scanning project. He served as Berkeley’s liaison to the systemwide ILS group and UC’s alternative access team in light of the Elsevier negotiations.

Alison Wannamaker, Graphic Designer
Alison’s exceptional graphic design, production, and problem-solving skills have positioned her to help many Library units effectively tell their story over many years. This year, Alison helped the Library reimagine one of its primary fundraising publications, Fiat Lux.

Team Achievement Award

Jennifer Osgood, Technical Processing Lead
Scott Peterson, Head, Morrison Library and Graduate Services Library
Jennifer and Scott brought about a number of new advancements, efficiency improvements, and thoughtful changes to ultimately increase the use of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection by the Library’s users. They also reevaluated the scope of the endeavor online and in-person.

Welcome Joan Bewley to Preservation

I am happy to announce that on July 8, Joan Bewley joined the Preservation Department as the new Preservation Assistant. Joan came to us from John F. Kennedy University, where she was a librarian and, among other responsibilities, managed a library move. Her arrival marks a return to UC Berkeley, as this is where she earned her MLIS!

Edited excerpt of email Hannah Tashjian sent to library staff.

Library IT Staff update

We have had a few staffing changes in Library IT. Over the last few months we have had a number of departures:
Jackie Silva, ILS production front line and so much more
Elissa Thomas, Developer focused on Drupal and the Library website
Johnny Clugston, Imaging Specialist
Miri Rosa, Imaging Specialist

And so it is with great happiness that I can announce additions!

On July 15, Andrew “Drew” Facchiano joined us as a Developer. Drew came to us from Prezi and before that the Gap, working as a software and web engineer. He has UC ties, as he graduated with a degree in computer science from UCSC.

On August 13, Daniel Borja started as an Imaging Specialist. He has been working at The Blow Up Lab in San Francisco where he worked during and after he earned his BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Academy of Art University. Before that he was in the U.S. Navy.

On September 9th, Ashley Tacheira will start as an Imaging Specialist. She has been working as a Digitization Assistant at the McHenry Library at UCSC where she also earned her BA in Art, with photography/Print Media.

Edited excerpt of email Lynne Grigsby sent to library staff.