Staff Development Committee

About the committee


The Library is committed to the growth of our staff so that they can acquire, organize, and interpret information for our patrons. We encourage all employees to make maximum use of training and development programs that enhance job-related skills, opportunities for advancement, and campus committee service.

Supervisors are expected to provide support for employee training to the fullest extent possible without compromising other essential work of the Library. Library management places a high priority on providing the resources that allow this training to go on smoothly at all levels of our organization. As stated in the Library’s Strategic Plan under Direction 3, “We will build and sustain a culture that enables a skilled and engaged workforce to thrive in an ever-changing environment, with an increased emphasis on assessment, efficiency, and continuous improvement.”

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.


  • As the review board that approves applications for professional development funds for represented, non-academic staff, the Staff Development Committee (SDC) funds educational or career-related activities.
  • During the fiscal year (July 1–June 30), each employee is eligible for $600 through SDC funding. Funding is approved on a first-come, first-served basis, to accommodate the $20,000 annual budget.
  • The Staff Development Committee partners with LAUC-B (Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley) to provide workshops and other skill-building events to staff, and supports their librarian/staff mentoring program.
  • SDC offers opportunities for networking and building peer-to-peer connections in the community.
  • SDC coordinates and sponsors tours to museums, libraries, and other venues of archival and conservation interest. Available to all staff, these tours and presentations offer information on educational opportunities and provide exposure to a variety of library-related careers within local organizations.

Committee Membership

Composition and logistics

  • Membership includes one librarian and 14 staff, plus ex-officio member(s) from the Library Human Resources Department.
  • Membership term is two years from July through June of each year.
  • The Committee meets every third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m.


  • Marri Atienza, (Co-Chair), Interlibrary Services
  • Gigi Gillard (Co-Chair), Library Development
  • Angela Arnold, Arts & Humanities Division
  • James Church (LAUC-B Representative), Social Sciences Division
  • Amber Lawrence, Library Communications
  • Zsuzsu Listro, Librarian’s Office
  • jeannine miles, Library Business Services
  • Jen Osgood (Co-Chair Emeritus), Arts & Humanities Division
  • Rosemary Sallee, Preservation Department
  • Nour Soufi, Metadata Services
  • Bob Talbott (Co-Chair Emeritus), Catalog and Metadata Services
  • Allison Trunkey, Interlibrary Services

Ex officio member

Ricky Brown, Library Human Resources Department


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