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Arts and Humanities Council

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The Arts & Humanities Council is one of three subject councils within the Library. For more information on the structure of library councils, see the Library Organization Chart.

The UC Berkeley Library stands firmly in opposition to discrimination and systemic oppression. Social justice, equal rights, and equal treatment for all are bedrock principles for the UC Berkeley Library, as we fulfill our public mission. It is clear that we must do more to address racism in the workplace and in the campus community. Without changing the primary purpose of this group, you should carry out your charge in a way that advances the Library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of your group work.

Each subject council will have representatives from every library unit that manages collections relevant to the subject of the council. More than one staff member of a library unit may attend a specific subject council. Each subject council may add additional members to its group, either temporarily or permanently, if unique expertise is needed. Membership in the Arts and Humanities Council is open to all librarians and library staff with interests in relevant subject areas. UC Berkeley staff from outside the Library may exceptionally join as members, although voting on special resource proposals is limited to librarians and library staff. It is envisioned that the subject councils will have more members than the function councils.

The mission of the Arts and Humanities Council is to further the development and enhancement of library collections and services relating to the arts and humanities. Specifically, the council:

  • Promotes understanding and interaction among staff dealing with the arts and humanities;
  • Advises representatives to the function councils on matters under consideration by those groups and proposes issues for future action;
  • Fosters communication with Library support units and other relevant campus offices;
  • Sponsors relevant programs or projects

Jeremy Ott, Classics and Germanic Studies Librarian (term ends 2021)

AUL Liaison:
Elizabeth Dupuis, Senior Associate University Librarian for Educational Initiatives, User Services, and Strategic Projects and Director of Doe, Moffitt and the Subject Specialty Libraries

Yasemin Agis, Cataloger, The Bancroft Library
José Adrián Barragán-Álvarez, Curator of Latin Americana,Bancroft Library
Nina Bayley, Collections Assistant for the Art History/Classics Library
Lynn Cunningham, Art Librarian
Mary Elings, Head of Digital Collections, Bancroft Library
Manuel Erviti, Archivist & Music Reference Librarian, Music Library (Web Advisory Group)
David Faulds, Curator of Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts, The Bancroft Library
Frank Ferko, Music Metadata Librarian, Music Library (Cataloging & Metadata Council)
Sheehan Grant, Chief Operations Manager for the Arts and Humanities Division
Ruth Haber, Curator for Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy and Rhetoric Collections
Mohamed Hamed, Middle Eastern & Near Eastern Studies Librarian (Collection Services Council)
Jianye He, Librarian for Chinese Collections, C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Corliss Lee, Instruction Librarian and Program Coordinator
Adnan Malik, Original Cataloger & Curator for South Asia Collections
Toshie Marra, Librarian for the Japanese Collection, C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Liladhar Pendse, Librarian for East European and Eurasian Studies, Librarian for Latin American Studies
Scott Peterson, Head of Graduate Services Library & Morrison Library (Public Services Council)
Claude Potts, Librarian for Romance Language Collections
Stacy Reardon, Literature and Digital Humanities Librarian (Collection Services Council)
Abby Scheel, Head of the Arts and Humanities Division
John Shepard, Curator of Music Collections
Virginia Shih, Librarian for Southeast Asia Collection
Naomi Shiraishi, Japanese Cataloging Librarian, C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Gisèle Tanasse, Film & Media Services Librarian
Justin Underhill, History of Art Department/Visualization Lab for Digital Art History
Susan Xue, Head, Information and Public Services, & Electronic Resources Librarian, C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Past Chairs
Claude Potts, 2017-2019
Scott Peterson, 2015-2017
John Shepard, 2012-2015
Michaelyn Burnette, 2010-2012
Paul Hamburg, 2008-2010
David Sullivan, 2006-2008
Elizabeth Byrne, 2004-2006
Kathryn Wayne, 2001-2004
John Roberts, 1999-2001

Meeting schedule:
First Thursday of the month, 10:00 - 11:30am, Room 303 Doe Library. Third Thursdays are optional.

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