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Staff Development Funds

John B. Graham Photographs

NISEE Project Releases E-Books

Vanessa Tait Earns Doctorate

Events

Exhibit: International Exchange and the Library

Photography Exhibit at the Bioscience Library

HR ALERT

Library Employment Opportunities

Librarian Positions Open at UCB

Staff Recruitment Report

Courtesy Listing

Employee Development and Training

Organizational Culture: Understanding the Culture of Higher Education and UC Berkeley


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Staff Development Funds Now Available

The Staff Development Committee wishes all staff a HAPPY NEW YEAR! As a committee, our first priority this year is to encourage eligible staff to apply for the available development funds. As you may remember, one of Gerry Lowells' final initiatives was to increase the annual amount budgeted for each staff to $800 per year. These funds are designated for educational, professional or career-related activities such as classes, conferences, and workshops. Guidelines and the application form for applying (as well as a list of which job titles are eligible for SDC funding rather than Professional funding) are on the web at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/AboutLibrary/sdc.html
If you have any questions please get in touch with any SDC member: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/AboutLibrary/sdc.html.

One staff member, Lorna Kirwan, who is going to Library School while working full time, has taken advantge of SDC funding. She wrote the following:
"Not enough library employees take advantage of the resources the Staff Development Committee (SDC) has to offer. SDC offers money and an award on a yearly basis. I have applied, and received SDC funds two years running now. Last year I went to a professional conference, a meeting for the Western Association for Art Conservators. This was an outstanding opportunity to receive a current perspective on conservation practices. Thankfully, SDC paid for the fees, meals, and my travel expenses. This year I am using SDC funds to attend classes in Library Science at San Jose State. The funds cover tuition for an entire semester. Also, I was fortunate enough to receive a SDC award as a team member last year so I used a portion of that money to take a drawing class. It is easy to apply for Staff Development funds and well worth it. It is one of the remarkable benefits of working in the Library!"

Start the new year right, do some career planning. Let's see your application form!

The Staff Development Committee

John B. Graham Photographs

The Homecoming and Reunion Weekend is always an interesting time for University Archives, with so many alums returning to campus to meet old acquaintances, and in some cases to remind themselves of their four years here. Last Fall, the Class of 1970 wanted to do something special for its members to remind them especially of their senior year, when classes came to a halt and commencement exercises were cancelled because of ongoing anti-war demonstrations. Members of the class worked with colleagues and with University Archives to create a small exhibit for its reunion.

One of the members of the class who came forward was John B. Graham, sports editor for the 1970 Blue and Gold. Graham, who now lives in Southern California, was an avid photographer during his years here. He contributed some photographs to the class exhibit, then decided to donate the photographs he had taken while here to the University Archives.

The collection consists of nearly 200 slides, negatives and contact sheets from some 45 rolls of 35mm film, and about forty mounted enlargements from these, all taken between 1968 and 1970. An exhibit of some of the enlargements can be seen in the Rowell case, opposite the GSSI reading room on the second floor of the Doe Library building. Aside from general views, sports events and protest movements dominate the collection. This gift is a most welcome addition to the University Archives pictorial collection dedicated to the history of the University, and particularly of the Berkeley Campus.

Bill Roberts
University Archives

NISEE Project Releases E-Books

In December, the NISEE project at the Earthquake Engineering Library in Berkeley published its first ten eBooks using the XML Open eBook specification. These books, available from the project website at http://nisee.berkeley.edu/ebooks/ publish the work of several Berkeley professors of Structural Engineering including W. Godden, V.V. Bertero and J. Moehle. These publications were developed from original word documents, html files, or generated from existing databases by Debra Bartling, the NISEE project Programmer-Analyst. In the next months the NISEE project will add an original eBook dictionary of earthquake engineering and re-issue the Abstract Journal in Earthquake Engineering as a bi-annual eBook. Comments are welcome to cjames@peer.berkeley.edu or bartling@peer.berkeley.edu.

Charles D. James
National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering (NISEE)
University of California, Berkeley
1301 S 46th Street, RFS 453
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 231-9401 / http://nisee.berkeley.edu/

Vanessa Tait Earns Doctorate

After several years of writing and travelling around the country to examine archival materials and conduct interviews, Vanessa Tait completed her PhD in sociology this December at UC Santa Cruz. Her dissertation, titled "Poor Workers' Unions: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below," analyzes the phenomenon of social movement- and community-based labor organizing from the 1960s to the 90s, most of it outside of the AFL-CIO and within a transient workforce relying on low-wage jobs, unemployment and welfare benefits, and the underground economy. She plans to turn her dissertation into a book manuscript in the near future. Freed (at least temporarily) from academic demands, Vanessa is looking forward to reading novels, weeding her garden, and taking a vacation. Best of all, she doesn't have to drive Highway 17 to Santa Cruz anymore.

Congratulations, Vanessa!

Suzanne McMahon
South Asia Library


Events

Exhibit: International Exchange and the Library

How does a library acquire materials that are not available by purchase, publications for which commercial vendors are unreliable, or collections that can be assembled only with the collaboration of another academic institution? How can commercially available publications of academic institutions be acquired at minimum cost? At Berkeley, these challenges have been successfully met for more than a century by means of the Library's Exchange Program. Established in 1884, the Program now counts more than 3,000 active exchange partners and accounts for the acquisition of 20% of the serials currently received by the University as well as more than 5,000 monographs every year. Exchange partners can be found in nearly every country of the world and supply publications in virtually every subject area collected by the Library.

Between January 16 and March 31, 2001, the Library's Exchange Program is the subject of an exhibit in the Bernice Layne Brown Exhibit Gallery of the Doe Library. Displays are organized both by country of origin and by subject matter. Publications displayed confirm the importance of Berkeley's Exchange Program in the development and maintenance of our outstanding scholarly and research collections.

Library staff who contributed to the exhibit include Elena Balashova, Phyllis Bischof, Simon Bockie, Frank Carothers, Yong Choo, John Creaser, Carlos Delgado, Katie Frohmberg, Jean Gibson, Jean Han, Yuki Ishimatsu, Ann Jensen, Shayee Khanaka, Norma Kobzina, Suzanne McMahon, AnnMarie Mitchell, Virginia Shih, Jim Spohrer, Allan Urbanic, Camille Wanat, Peter Zhou, and Kathleen Zvanovec-Higbee.

The exhibit was developed by Phyllis Bischof and Frank Carothers, and owes its striking final form to Phyllis and to Cathy Dinnean.

Frank Carothers

Photography Exhibit at the Bioscience Library

The Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit of photographs by Mark Moffett. Mark, an ecologist, ethologist, and frequent winner of World Press Awards in journalism, was a doctoral student of Edward O. Wilson. Mark's research on tropical forest canopy biology is based at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology in the Valley Life Science Building. The vertebrate faculty makes allowances for his passion for ants, possibly because the behavior of these insects give them the status of "honorary vertebrates." Mark's articles commonly appear in National Geographic Magazine, where he is one of the core photographers. Seventeen of Mark's large-format color photographs are currently on display in the Bioscience Library. We hope you will come by to see these impressive works.

Beth Weil
Head Librarian
Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library
2101 Valley Life Sciences Bldg. #6500
University of California, Berkeley
Telephone (510) 642-9706
bweil@library.berkeley.edu


Employee Development and Training

Organizational Culture: Understanding the Culture of Higher Education and UC Berkeley

This session will explore UC Berkeley cultural themes.

Schedule:
    January 25, 2001 (9:15-12:00)
    150 University Hall

Note: Please register for this program using Interactive Course Enrollment (ICE) located at: http://hrweb.berkeley.edu/ice/home/.

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