CU News: Volume 54, Number 29, 23 July 1998

CU News Contents:
  Fond Farewell to Sukhjit Johal
  Welcome to Ingrid de la Jara!
  Matthew Weber joins the Music Library, Jeanette Garay on Maternity Leave
  Administrative Services Task Force Publishes Final Report
  ROHO Completes Oral History of Shirley Triest, Pre-Beatnik Artist
  Preserving our Printed Agricultural Heritage: Phase II of a National Collaboration



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  Fond Farewell to Sukhjit Johal

On Friday, July 31st, Sukhjit Johal will be leaving the Library to embark on a new life with his family 20 miles SW of Redding, CA. Sukhjit has sold his home in Union City and has purchased a home and 40 acres of land in Ono California, a town of 60 residents (65 with Sukhjit and his family).

Sukhjit joined the Library 7 years ago and has worked with well with everyone. He has worked with diligence and expertise and has earned the confidence and respect of everyone with whom he has come in contact. Sukhjit will be greatly missed. Please join me in wishing we him and his family the best in his new life.

- Fred Yasaki
Director of Library Planning, Facilities and Security

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  Welcome to Ingrid de la Jara!

We're delighted to welcome Ingrid de la Jara as our new Serials Assistant at the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library. Ingrid comes to us from the UCSF Library, where she was working as a Library Assistant in their Circulation Department. Also, while attending UC Berkeley as an undergraduate (getting her BA in Fine Arts), she worked at the Earth Sciences Library as a student library employee. There she performed a multitude of tasks including working with serials. It's great to have her back on campus!

- Norma Kobzina and Judith Weeks
Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

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  Matthew Weber joins the Music Library, Jeanette Garay on Maternity Leave

The Music Library is pleased to announce that Matthew Weber has accepted the temporary circulation supervisor position to replace Jeanette Garay, who will be on maternity leave from August to the end of October. Matt comes to the Music Library with broad experience in supervision and academic libraries. He was Circulation Supervisor at the Music Library at the University of Michigan, Music Manager at Borders Books and Music (Ann Arbor, Michigan), and most recently, Staffing Coordinator at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley. Matt has a Bachelors of Music from Wright State University and was in the graduate program in musicology and library science at the University of Michigan.

Please come by to welcome Matt.

- Judy Tsou
Assistant Head, Music Library

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  Administrative Services Task Force Publishes Final Report

Last winter, LPG chartered an Administrative Services Task Force to review internal practices in the Library's main administrative units. Brenda Krell chaired the Task Force, whose membership included: Jeanne Fong, Cynthia Hoffman, Wendy Miyasaki, Kay Starkweather, Elise Woods, and Fred Yasaki. The intent of the review was to find ways to streamline routine procedures, making them less labor-intensive and less costly, yet more customer-responsive. The Task Force examined the status of recommendations made by its predecessor, chaired by Jeanne Fong, in 1995; it then went on to make new recommendations based either on recently defined needs or the availability of new technologies.

The final report of the Task Force is now availble on the Web at the following URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Admin/ExecSummary.html

I urge everyone in The Library to take the time to read the report. Task Force members have made very valuable recommendations which deserve wide attention. Perhaps more to the point, their recommendations also merit implementation at the earliest possible date. Since most the proposals will take place in departments under my direction, I have asked the departmental managers to begin carrying out the recommendations immediately, including development of new systems and reorganization of units. In some cases, implementation is already under way; others await only funding or available personnel to carry them out. But I have committed Administrative Services to completion of all the recommendations. Moreover, I see this as not just a one-time effort, but as a recurring endeavor every three or four years. This approach will emphasize the need for Library Administrative Services to engage in continuous improvement with the latest available tools, including new technologies and systems.

I am hopeful that sometime in the next month or two we can arrange an Early Bird for the purpose of acquainting all affected Library staff with the changes under way, and to solicit their ideas on further improvements.

Many thanks are due to the Task Force for their effort, their energy and their commitment to innovative solutions.

- Michael Rancer
Library Chief Administrative Officer

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  ROHO Completes Oral History of Shirley Triest, Pre-Beatnik Artist

Library staff members, especially artists and poets, are invited to the Zen Center this Friday evening for the presentation of the oral history of the late Shirley Triest. "A Life on the First Waves of Radical Bohemianism in San Francisco." Shirley Triest began her art career in 1933 working for the WPA on the Coit Tower murals. A founding member of pacifist-anarchist movements in San Francisco, she knew and worked with the artists and writers of the pre-Beatnik period. Her oral history complements the Lawrence Ferlinghetti papers and other papers in The Bancroft Library's collection.

Shirley Triest's art work is on exhibit in the gallery of the Zen Center until the end of July. The presentation of her oral history will be at 7:30 Friday, July 24, Zen Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco.

- Willa Baum
Regional Oral History Office

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  Preserving our Printed Agricultural Heritage: Phase II of a National Collaboration

The UC Berkeley Library has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the second phase of a project to identify and preserve state and local historical literature about agricultural development and rural life covering 1820-1945. Berkeley was one of eight libraries that participated in Phase 1 of the project, which began in 1996. The library worked with a panel of four scholars to identify the highest priority literature published in California, including monographs, state and county publications, scholarly and trade journals, and a selected group of master's and doctoral theses. The final bibliography which was submitted for ranking contains approximately 1100 monographs and 600 journals. Much of this material is irreplaceable literature in a fragile, embrittled state.

The 1996 grant included funding for four states to microfilm their most valuable titles. NEH has now awarded $908,800 to Phase II of the project, which will allow the remaining participants to complete filming and enables seven more states to begin. Berkeley has received $154,000 which will allow us to film the top ranked 25% of our publications. Records for each item will be contributed to the RLIN and OCLC national databases, with a master film negative to be sent to the National Agricultural Library for safekeeping.

A total of $1,750,000 has now been awarded by the NEH to preserve a variety of publications: farm journals, histories, grant and agricultural society documents, natural histories, and records of rural growth and community development. Examples of items to be preserved in California are records of controversies over public land use, protection of endangered species, forestry newsletters, water rights, agricultural labor, and promotional materials encouraging settlers to move to the state. The items are from many libraries in the state, including Berkeley, Davis, Riverside, the California Historical Society, and the California State Library.

Mann Library at Cornell University is coordinating the overall effort. Of the Phase I participants, Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have completed the preservation of their top priority state and local publications. The remaining institutions are in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Texas. At Berkeley Norma Kobzina is the project manager, and Lynn Jones is coordinating the actual preservation of the material. The project will take place over the next two years.

- Norma Kobzina
Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

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