CU News

Volume 51, Number 36, September 14, 1995


Staff News:
Listserv Software Changes
Welcome Ann Moen -- Librarian's Office
Welcome Charles James -- Earthquake Engineering Research Center Library
Gaston Somoshegyi-Szokol, 1914-1995
Ethnotes from the LAUC Cultural Diversity Committee


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Library Unit Heads and Supervisors are encouraged to submit short introductions of newly appointed personnel so that the Library's staff can get to know them. Announcements of staff promotions, reclassifications, awards/publications, transfers, departures and other staff news are also welcomed by the CU NEWS editor.

Listserv Software Changes

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New listserv software has been installed at The Library. The switch to the new software occurred during the morning of October 13. The new software's features can be viewed by sending a message of HELP to

Welcome Ann Moen -- Librarian's Office

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I am pleased to announce that Ann Moen has joined the support staff of the University Librarian's Office as a career Administrative Assistant II. She will serve as Peter Lyman's assistant and may be reached by telephone at 642.3773 or email:

Ann holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in French with a Spanish minor and two Master's degrees in French. She brings extensive experience as a high level administrative assistant, has coordinated international conferences, and taught various languages both here and abroad. Selected from among 128 applicants, she comes with excellent references, topnotch organizational skills, and a joyous sense of humor. Very shortly she will be contacting departments, units and branches to schedule orientation appointments as part of her initial training. Please drop by the Librarian's Office to meet and welcome Ann Moen.

Carolyn Barbulesco
Librarian's Office

Welcome Charles James -- Earthquake Engineering Research Center Library

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Charles James has joined the staff of the Earthquake Engineering Research Center Library for a one year period. He will be substituting for Cecily Sobey while she enjoys a sabbatical with her husband in Copenhagen, Germany and Australia from January - September 1996.

Charles is from a geologically stable area of Canada. He completed the M.L.S at the University of Western Ontario and has worked for over ten years as a reference librarian, project manager, and program consultant with the Transportation Association of Canada. He now lives in Berkeley with his wife and two children where he has been employed in proposal and grant writing, editing and technical writing and child rearing. He writes stories when time permits.

Katherine Frohmberg
Earthquake Engineering
Research Center Library

Gaston Somoshegyi-Szokol, 1914-1995

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Those who knew Gaston Somoshegyi-Szokol, Berkeley's Librarian for Hispanic Collections from 1964 through 1984, will be saddened to learn of his death last month. Gaston was a man of many talents and abilities whose most tangible contribution to the university remains the outstanding Iberian and Latin American collections which he built in Berkeley over a period of twenty years. When he retired in 1984, Sheila Dowd wrote this about him:

"Gaston remarked recently that he has led three lives, on three continents. He has experienced careers as a lawyer in Budapest and Buenos Aires; a tenor singing on Swiss and Argentine radio; and a librarian in the United States. His Doctorates of Jurisprudence and Political Science were both earned at the University of Pecs, Hungary, with a period of study at the Universita degli Studi di Roma. His musical training in Hungary and Rome (where he once had the awesome challenge of auditioning before Beniamino Gigli) culminated in his graduation from the National Conservatory of Music in Budapest. In his third life he has been entirely Berkeley's own. After earning a Master's Degree in Political Science at this University, in 1963, he enrolled in the Library School, receiving his M.L.S. degree in 1964. He began work immediately as bibliographer in Romance languages in the Acquisition Department. With the establishment of the Romance Languages Section of that Department, he was named head of the section. In 1971, when the Library created a separate Collection Development Office, Somoshegyi-Szokol was appointed Librarian for Hispanic Collections, and continued in that role as a member of the subsequently-formed Collection Development and Reference Services Department. Throughout this period he has also been responsible for the development of UC's Hungarian Collections."

His friends and former Library colleagues would like to express their deep sympathy to his wife Ilona, his son Attila, and their three grandchildren, on the loss of this remarkable individual.

James H. Spohrer
Chair, RSCD


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ETHNOTES will not appear in this issue due to the fact Sereptha Strong was ill.


Copies of paper attachments are filed in CU NEWS binders available for staff consultation at the following locations:

Business & Economics Library
Circulation Desk
Haas School of Business

Engineering Library
Reference Desk
110 Bechtel Center

Education/Psychology Library
2600 Tolman Hall

Environmental Design Library
Permanent Reserve
210 Wurster Hall

General Reference Service
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Librarian's Office
245 Doe Library

Northern Regional Library Facility
Richmond Field Station

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