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Arts and Humanities Council

About the council


The Arts and 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.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement

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 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


Stacy Reardon, Literature and Digital Humanities Librarian (term ends 2023)

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, 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
Vaughn Egge, Reference and User Experience Specialist
Mary Elings, Head of Digital Collections, Bancroft Library
Manuel Erviti, Archivist and Music Reference Librarian, Music Library (Web Advisory Group)
David Faulds, Curator of Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts, Bancroft Library
Frank Ferko, Music Metadata Librarian, Music Library (Cataloging and 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, Librarian for Middle Eastern and Near Eastern Studies
Jianye He, Librarian for Chinese Collections, C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Corliss Lee, Instruction Librarian and Program Coordinator
Adnan Malik, Original Cataloger and Curator for South Asia Collections (Collection Services Council)
Toshie Marra, Librarian for the Japanese Collection, C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Jeremy Ott, Classics and Germanic Studies Librarian
Liladhar Pendse, Librarian for East European and Eurasian Studies, Librarian for Latin American Studies
Scott Peterson, Head of Graduate Services Library and Morrison Library (Public Services Council)
Claude Potts, Librarian for Romance Language Collections
Stacy Reardon, Literature and Digital Humanities Librarian (Collections 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 and Media Services Librarian
Justin Underhill, History of Art Department/Visualization Lab for Digital Art History
Susan Xue, Head, Information and Public Services, and Electronic Resources Librarian, C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Past chairs

Jeremy Ott, 2019-21
Claude Potts, 2017-19
Scott Peterson, 2015-17
John Shepard, 2012-15
Michaelyn Burnette, 2010-12
Paul Hamburg, 2008-10
David Sullivan, 2006-08
Elizabeth Byrne, 2004-06
Kathryn Wayne, 2001-04
John Roberts, 1999-2001

Meeting schedule

First Thursday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom

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