Committee on Professional Development [Archived content]


In 2018, LAUC-B membership voted to combine the Committee on Research and Committee on Professional Development to simplify structure and conform to statewide practice.

Please see the Research and Professional Development page for current committee information.


The Committee on Professional Development shall be composed of at least five members to be appointed by the LAUC-B Executive Committee. At least one member shall be from the Affiliated Libraries. Committee members shall serve for two years with staggered terms. The Committee shall:

  1. Assess members' professional development and training needs and develop and implement programs and activities to provide training and professional development opportunities for LAUC-B members on a regular basis.
  2. Biennially petition the LAUC-B Executive Committee to convene an ad hoc task force to design and implement a conference, workshop, or other intensive training activity for academic information professionals. This ad hoc task force and the LAUC-B Distinguished Librarian Award Committee shall be convened in alternate years.

Committee resources: LAUC-B bCourses site (login with your Calnet ID and password)


Poster Design workshop with Diana Lizarraga

May 18, 2016

This mini-workshop was an introduction to poster design and covered some of the basics of poster design and also showcased poster examples and design elements. The program was be led by Diana Lizarraga, the Director of Cal NERDS (Diversity STEM Programs) here at UC Berkeley.

Dean AnnaLee Saxenian of the iSchool and Patty Frontera of the D-Lab

April 2, 2015

A discussion with Dean AnnaLee Saxenian of the iSchool and Patty Frontera of the D-Lab. Dean Saxenian spoke about the changing role of information and research, discussed new skill sets needed by information professionals, and answered questions about possible collaborations between the iSchool and the Library. Patty Frontiera described the evolution of the D-Lab, its resources and the types of courses available to staff.

Bess Sadler, Stanford Digital Library

March 21, 2014

An enthusiastic open source advocate and a co-founder of several software projects that focus on digital libraries, Sadler spoke on "Creating a Software Commons: Community Developed Open Source Software in Libraries."

Tasha Bergson-Michelson, Google Search Educator

April 24, 2013

Bergson-Michelson, a member of Google's Search Eduation team, presented details on using advanced search techniques to help users get more relevant search results -- both in Google and other indexes. 

Presentation: "Bookends: Bringing together the basics and the advanced" (Google doc)

Search resources referenced in presentation (Google doc)

Library Leaders' Perspectives on Professional Development

June 4, 2012

The LAUC-B Professional Development Committee presented a panel discussion on the best professional development directions for librarians. The panel was comprised of:

  • Tom Leonard, UCB University Librarian
  • Laine Farley, CDL Executive Director
  • Clifford Lynch, UCB i-School Adjunct Faculty

Nick Robinson, LAUC-B chair, moderated the discussion.

Topics included: What trends do these leaders foresee for UC Libraries? What skills and attributes will UC librarians need to effectively address these trends so they can meet the diverse (and sometimes conflicting) needs of our constituents? As UC libraries re-envision, reassess, and regroup, LAUC wants to ensure that that our members have a good understanding of our future landscape, and what will be needed to negotiate it successfully.

A video of the program is now available on YouTube.

Workshop on Project Management

May 11, 2011

The LAUC-B Professional Development Committee and the Staff Development Committee planned and hosted a workshop on Project Management on Wednesday, May 11, 8:30-10:00am, in the Morrison Library.


  • Joan Starr, CDL Digital Preservation (UC3) and Strategic Project Planning.
  • Charis Takaro, UCB Integrated Library System Group.

Web 2.0 Tools @ UCB Libraries

April 30, 2009

The Committee on Professional Development organized and hosted an event showcasing various uses of Web 2.0 tools at UCB Libraries. Char Booth, E-Learning Librarian, spoke about the development of the new Library FAQ knowledgebase; Mia Jaeggli, ENVI Technical Services Workleader, spoke about recent efforts of Environmental Design Library staff to explore and incorporate Web 2.0 tools into their work, and included a summary of which tools were ultimately adopted and why; and Lynne Grigsby, Head of Library Applications and Publishing, provided an overview of the role of the Library Systems Office in supporting Web 2.0 tool implementation, and also gave a short update of some collaborative software tools that her department is developing. It was a lively and stimulating session and was well-attended. Slides from some of the presentations can be viewed online:

  • Char Booth, Berkeley Library FAQ Knowledgebase
  • Mia Jaeggli, ENVI 2.0
  • Lynne Grigsby, Library Systems Office

How to Use Your Professional Development Funds

April 24, 2009

The Committee planned and hosted a Brown Bag session for librarians on how to use and understand their professional development funds. Invited experts were Elise Woods, Library Chief Financial Officer; Kris Leonardo, Library Accounting Coordinator; and Corliss Lee, LAUC-B Chair. Some of the issues that were discussed were what purposes professional development funding can be used for, and a show-and-tell of some of the forms and procedures required. The Brown Bag was well-attended, with about 20 interested attendees. Because of the many questions posed by attendees, it was felt that this workshop should be scheduled as an annual event. The Committee will be revising the current guidelines on the LAUC-B website to incorporate new information presented at this meeting.

Academic Review: A Program for LAUC-B Members

October 6, 2008

The Committee hosted the annual Academic Review Program for LAUC-B members. Myrtis Cochran and James Eason from the Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Advancement (CAPA) gave an overview of the review process and explained what reviewers look for in a dossier. University Librarian Tom Leonard was present, as were Barbara Kornstein from Library Human Resources, and Elizabeth Leavitt from the Academic Personnel Office, to offer their perspectives and help answer questions. Approximately 40 librarians attended this meeting, and the consensus was that the program was very helpful.

Academic Writing and Publishing

April 11, 2008

Featured panelists: Lucia Diamond (Senior Reference/Collection Development Librarian, The Robbins Collection, School of Law), Terry Huwe (Director of Library and Information Resources, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library), John Kupersmith (Reference Librarian, Doe Library, Research & Collections), and Jesse Silva (Federal Documents/Political Science Librarian, Doe Library, Research & Collections). In this session on academic writing and publishing several invited panelists discussed: best ways to get started in writing for publication, submitting your work for publication, and what the challenges and rewards are in writing and getting your work published. The event was informative and there were more than 30 attendees.

Academic Review: A Program for LAUC-B Members

October 2, 2007

The Committee hosted the annual Academic Review Program for LAUC-B members. Representatives from the Library Human Resources Department, Academic Personnel Office, CAPA as well as Tom Leonard, the University Librarian, were on hand to offer their perspectives on the review process and what reviewers look for in a dossier. A question and answer period followed the presentation. Over 50 people attended and the consensus was that the program was very helpful, especially for those pursuing reviews in this cycle.

Working with Remix Culture: A Fad or the Future?

March 19, 2007

Featured speaker: Dr. Raymond Yee, Data Architect at IST-Data Services and Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Dr. Yee gave an informative presentation on the reuse or "remix" of digital content, looking at how librarians can participate in and encourage the integration of web technologies with library content and services. Following an overview of the remix culture, Dr. Yee covered a gamut of intriguing topics, such as bloggers,,, Flickr, Scholar's Box, and Notes and slides from the presentation are available on Dr. Yee's wiki at:

Academic Review: A Program for LAUC-B Members

October 3, 2006

Panelists: Tom Leonard, University Librarian; Mary Ann Mahoney, CAPA, Outgoing Chair; Corliss Lee, CAPA, Outgoing Member. Panelists offered their perspectives on the review process and what reviewers look for in a dossier. A question and answer period followed their presentation.

Honoring ALA National Library Workers Day

May 3, 2006

Although the American Library Association celebrated National Library Workers Day on April 4 this year, the Committee and the UC Berkeley Labor Coalition co-sponsored this later event in its honor to complement the November 9, 2005, Pay Equity Forum at which Dr. Maurice Freedman spoke. The event included the premiere of a DVD recording of Dr. Freedman's address.

Brown Bag on the Bibliographic Services Task Force (BSTF)

March 23, 2006

In its effort to gather responses to the BSTF Report to be delivered to the Systemwide Operations and Planning Advisory Group (SOPAG), LAUC Statewide conducted an Early Bird discussion on March 13. Following that discussion, this Brown Bag was designed to solicit further LAUC-B responses from librarians and staff. The conversation included a wide range of opinions addressing a number of issues broached in the Report.

Google Book Search, Libraries, and Copyright

February 23, 2006

Featured speaker: Prof. Deirdre Mulligan, Boalt Hall School of Law, Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. An expert on intellectual property, free expression, and privacy in a world being transformed by developing communications technologies, Prof. Mulligan described the arguments and implications for copyright and fair use surrounding the controversial Google Book Search project, Google's massive effort to scan, index, and provide limited access to millions of volumes of copyrighted and public domain books held at a number of research libraries. Shortly after announcing the project, groups representing publishers and authors filed suit against Google seeking to prevent alleged copyright infringement. Prof. Mulligan discussed legal and information management implications of the cases, and fielded questions.

For background, see these reports:

Library Pay Equity Forum: National Issues and Common Goals for Labor and Management (Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Coalition)

November 9, 2005

Featured speaker: Dr. Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman, American Library Association Past President and Initiator of the ALA Better Salaries & Pay Equity Task Force. The Committee co-sponsored this second day early-bird event of a two-day forum. Dr. Freedman spoke about his efforts and experiences over the years to address issues of comparable worth and other pay inequities. Following his presentation, he fielded questions from the audience.

Academic Review: A Program for LAUC-B Members

November 8, 2005

(Co-sponsored by the Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Advancement (CAPA))

Tom Leonard, University Librarian; Jean McKenzie, CAPA, Outgoing Chair; Randal Brandt, CAPA, Outgoing Member; Lucia Diamond, CAPA, Outgoing Member; Barbara Kornstein, Library Human Resources Department; Elizabeth Leavitt, Academic Personnel. Panelists discussed a variety of aspects of the academic review process, including initiating a review, preparing a dossier, providing letters of support, and reviewing dossiers. The well-attended early bird session included questions and answers from the attendees.

The UC eScholarship Repository Initiative

March 15, 2005

Discussion of the document, "Strategic Directions for Libraries," by Tom Leonard, University Librarian; Bernie Hurley, Director of Library Technologies; and Anne Jensen, Head, Mathematics Statistics Library. LAUC Chair Terry Huwe had requested LAUC-B's feedback on this document. The authors and Elaine Tennant of the Academic Senate Library Committee engaged in a lively discussion with LAUC-B Librarians in the Doe Library. From this discussion, the Committee on Professional Development formulated and presented Terry Huwe with LAUC-B's response to the directions envisioned for libraries in the document.

Strategic Directions for Libraries

February 16, 2005

Panelists: Catherine Candee, Director of Publishing and Strategic Initiatives, California Digital Library; John Ober, Director of Policy, Planning, and Outreach, California Digital Library; and John Lie, Dean of International and Area Studies. The panelists provided an informative and stimulating discussion of trends that are changing scholarship and the role that libraries potentially play in this revolution.

Academic Review for Librarians

November 2, 2004

Panelists: Tom Leonard, University Librarian; Barbara Kornstein, Library Human Resources Department; Barbara Glendenning and Chuck James, departing members of the Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Advancement. Panelists presented, and took questions from the audience.

The Wired Librarian - Moving Reference to the Web

April 14, 2000

Speakers: Steve Coffman, Director of FYI, the fee-based business information service of the County of Los Angeles Public Library; Susan McGlamery, Head of Reference at the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System and Project Director of 24-Hour Reference Service of the MCLS.

The writing is on the wall. Many of us find reference stats are down. Our patrons are flocking to the Web where they can find information more easily, quickly and conveniently than they can get it from us. And when they need help, a whole new crop of commercial reference services have sprung up to lend them a hand, often for free. If we don't take the initiative and join our patrons on the Web, we risk ceding one of the core functions of the library to others who may not share our values or have our patrons best interests at heart. None of us wants to see that happen, but the real question is, what can we do about it? In this talk Steve Coffman and Susan McGlamery will demonstrate some of key tools for doing live reference on the Web, and discuss the profound impacts such a service could have on the way we do reference both online and behind the desk.

The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Library Fellowship: An Overview

February 25, 2000

There are a lot of misconceptions about the Townsend Center Fellows program. One is that it is just for humanities librarians. That is not so, a science librarian would be very welcome as a "fellow." At one time, I actually thought that the librarian Fellow was a librarian to the other Fellows, but that is not so, either. You are an equal, part of a very lively, personable group. LAUC-B and the Townsend Center would really like to see more librarians applying for the fellowship. Terry Huwe, a past Fellow, has put together a program that will entertain as well as inform you.

State of Information Services and Libraries at the University of California, Berkeley.

January 31, 2000

Panelists: Gerald Lowell, University Librarian; Robert Berring, Law Professor and Director of the Law Library at Boalt Hall; John McCredie, Associate Vice Chancellor Information Systems and Technology. Listen to recorded discussionMore information.

Looking Out and Looking In: The Latest Trends in Web Search Engines

November 17, 1999

Speakers: Joe Barker,UCB Teaching Library; Avi Rappoport, Search Tools Consulting.

Academic Review - From A to Z

October 22, 1999

Panelists: University Librarian and Representatives from LHRD, CAPA and Academic Personnel.

Copyright in the New Millennium: The Impact of Recent Changes to U.S. Copyright Law - Satellite Teleconference

May 21, 1999

More information.

Internet2: What Does It Mean for Libraries and Librarians?

May 17, 1999

Speaker: Clifford Lynch. More information.

Organizational Learning in the Library: Why Now?

April 21, 1999

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University Librarian Gerald Lowell on Academic Review

March 11, 1999

This is Jerry's first opportunity to address the critical issues of academic review. If you're involved in any aspect of academic review -- from preparing a dossier to providing letters of support and reviewing dossiers -- this program's for you! There will be ample time for questions and answers following Jerry's remarks.

The Future of Digital Library Research

Nov. 20, 1998

Speaker: Mike Lesk

Mike Lesk, Director, NSF Digital Library Project, will talk about the future of Digital Library Research. How much information is there in the world? Are Digital Libraries a unifying or distributing force? What are kinds of communities will digital library technology produce? If you find these questions tantalizing, plan to attend a talk that is sure to stimulate your mind. This is an opportunity to hear a speaker who is on the cutting edge of Digital Library research and planning. For more information about the speaker and his research, visit:

Life in the Fast Lane

November 18, 1998

Speaker: Regina MinudriMore information.

Peer Review Workshop: Nuts and Bolts of Preparing Your Dossier

October 27, 1998

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Dys-connected: Dependency and Vulnerability in the Age of Automated Information Systems

March 3, 1998

Speaker: Gene Rochlin

Dr. Gene Rochlin will speak about the process of embedding computers and networks as central elements in the operation of a number of modern "systems" whose performance can be critical for personal, as well as social well-being. A professor of energy and resources at UCB, Dr. Rochlin is a physicist with a background in political science who has studied technologically sophisticated organizations with complex structures, in particular the military. Recently featured in The Berkeleyan (Jan. 28-Feb. 3), he is the author of Trapped in the Net (Princeton University Press, 1997). As library and information professionals, computers are so much an integral and daily part of our lives, we rarely have time to examine the technological choices whereby we organize and deliver information services. Does the larger societal trend toward pervasive computerization without consideration of the consequences contain some lessons we also can learn? Please join us for a probing and entertaining look at an issue which may have particular relevance for us as information professionals, as well as society as a whole.