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  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 10:30 am on July 10, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: jamboree, , social, , testimonial   

    Library Staff Summer Jamboree 

    A friendly reminder to register for the Library Staff Summer Jamboree by this week Thursday, July 13. The Library staff event will take place on Thursday, July 20 from 12 – 2 pm in the Lange Room & Terrace, 5th floor (mark your calendars!).

    REGISTER > 

    We are also encouraging staff to submit at least one testimonial sharing one sentence about someone or something that you are grateful for at the Library. So far we have received some really great acknowledgments of staff and services and we look forward to receiving more from you.

    Your submissions can refer to a colleague within your working group or in another group, an initiative, a resource, or a service within the Library. You can submit as many testimonials as you like through Monday, July 17.

    SHARE A TESTIMONIAL >

     
  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 9:48 am on March 17, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: achievement, colleague, nominate, spot,   

    Nominate Co-workers for UCSF STAR Awards 

    The campus recently announced this year’s UCSF STAR Program. STAR awards recognize significant employee achievements and contributions. All staff are welcome to nominate eligible colleagues for these awards. Here are a few details.

    Two Types of Awards

    Achievement Awards – nominations due March 31 27!

    • $5,000 or 10% of employee’s salary, whichever is lower
    • based on achievements during 2016 calendar year
    • see below for details on criteria

    Spot Awards (sound familiar?!) – nominations due late June

    • $1,000 or 10% of employee’s salary, whichever is lower
    • to recognize a specific project or task performed from January to June 2017
    Given the short timeline for the Achievement Awards, we are going to provide the details for that award now and post more info on the campus Spot Awards in April.

    Nomination Process for Achievement Awards

    Criteria

    Nomination should be based on contributions made during calendar year 2016. These nominees will have exhibited sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributions over an extended period of time. Here is a detailed explanation of the Achievement Awards process and criteria.

    Achievement must reflect at least one of the Chancellor’s Priorities and/or Values as listed below:

    • Chancellor’s Priorities
      • Continuous Learning
      • Equity and Inclusion
      • Precision Medicine
      • Transformative Partnerships
    • UCSF PRIDE Values
      • P for Professionalism, how we conduct ourselves and our business
      • R for Respect for our patients, families, ourselves and each other
      •   I for Integrity, always being the honest, doing the right thing
      • D for Diversity, understanding and embracing the diverse beliefs, needs and expectations of our patients, community, and employees
      • E for Excellence, what we strive for in everything we do

    The EVCP has also added a few other attributes, which can be found in the EVCP form (see Process section).

    Eligibility

    Unfortunately, not all staff positions are included in this program. Only CUE and non-represented staff employees are eligible to make it simple for nominators, here is a list of all the eligible Library staff and their supervisors.

    Process
    • Check with the supervisor of nominee before beginning the nomination process.
    • Obtain signed approval from nominee’s supervisor, director, and Jim Munson before the March 27 submission deadline
    • The Office of the EVCP is appointing an Achievement Awards Review Committee to review all completed nominations and recommend recipients. The Library will have representatives on the Committee.
    Links to forms and more info

    STAR Award Nomination Form

    EVCP Additional Documentation Form

    Full details on HR site

    Achievement Awards Criteria

    Chancellor’s Priorities

    UCSF PRIDE Values

    Miscellaneous Questions

    How many Achievement awards will be awarded?
    We don’t know. We encourage you to nominate anyone you feel is deserving.

    I’m not eligible, can I nominate someone else?

    Yes, and thank you for considering making a nomination.


    Can I nominate more than one person?

    Yes.

    Can someone be nominated more than once?
    Yes, but they cannot receive more than one Achievement Award, however.

    Can I nominate myself?
    Nope, sorry.

    Is the award taxed?
    Yes.

    More Questions?

    Use the comments feature in this blog to post your question or contact Gail or Kemi. We may not have the answers, but we will try to get them.

     
  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 9:00 am on June 14, 2016 Permalink  

    UCSF Capital Campaign Library Proposal 

    During our last staff meeting, I announced that UCSF will be launching a multi-billion dollar and multi-year capital campaign. The Library was one of the departments to submit a proposal of concepts (thanks to Jim Munson and Dan Lowenstein!) for campaign themes to help inform the University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) team as they prepare for the campaign.

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  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 3:08 pm on May 23, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: , illustrator, , ,   

    Meet Michelle McNeil 

    Marketing & Communications Assistant Michelle McNeil

    Marketing & Communications Assistant Michelle McNeil

     

    In this recording, I interview the Marketing & Communications Assistant Michelle McNeil who started her position at the Library on Monday, February 29. Since her start, Michelle has been a great marketing and communications collaborator, from posting calendar listings to working with me on marketing strategies, and everything in between. Michelle will be with us through the end of June.

    Since this formal Off the Shelf introduction is a bit late (okay, a lot late!), I decided to do something different and interview Michelle podcast style. Enjoy!

     

     

     

    Illustration by Michelle’s McNeil >

    Books mentioned:
    Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard
    Design as Art by Bruno Munari

     

     
    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 5:43 pm on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great drawing, Michelle! We’re glad to have you here.

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 1:29 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink |  

    Proposed Library Signage 

    Hi Library Staff –

    I just finished posting some proposed Library signage to the walls of the CKM. I would love get your feedback on the proposals, so whenever you have 10 to 15 minutes this week and next week please make your way to the CKM (Parnassus 1st floor offices) to review signage. There is a cart to the left of room 119 with instructions, post-its and pens for you to comment.

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    Please start on the far right side of the wall next to the CKM sensor door and work your way left. You can review as many or as few signage proposals as you like. The proposals will be up from now until end of day next week Wednesday, March 30.

    If you you have additional questions please do not hesitate to email me. Thanks!

     
    • Richard Trott 9:11 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Honestly, I like having all this stuff covering the walls down here. Please do this all the time.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 4:46 pm on April 20, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Such a great idea! Can’t wait to hear what comes of it.

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 1:13 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink |  

    University Librarian Questions 

    Hi All –

    This Thursday, March 17 is the University Librarian candidate presentation and lunch meet and greet with Neil Rambo. We collected staff questions for the potential candidates during our last staff meeting and you submitted a few more questions following the meeting. I consolidated your questions and with the Library leadership team, chose three groups of questions to ask the candidate during the meet and greet lunch. Here are the three we selected:

    1. Provide an example of a time that you took a risk and it worked. How did you measure the outcome?
      Provide an example of a time you took a risk and it failed. How did you recover?

    2. How would you diversify funding sources to grow the Library’s vision?
      Provide an example where you were able to effectively accomplish this at your institution?

    3. Tell us about a collaboration/partnership between the Library and another department or organization that you felt had a significant impact. What was your role in making it happen?

    We are looking for three people from the Library staff to ask these questions. Please leave a comment in this post or email me (kemi.amin@ucsf.edu) by Wednesday, March 16, 12 pm, if you are interested in volunteering to ask a question. Thanks!

    Kemi

     
    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 11:41 am on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If you still need volunteers, I’m up for asking a question!

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 12:40 pm on December 15, 2015 Permalink |  

    A QUICK & INTERESTING READ: “A Student View of Academic Libraries”
    http://www.gensler.com/design-thinking/publications/dialogue/27/a-student-view-of-academic-libraries

     
  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 10:55 am on September 16, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: explore, , learn, , makerspace, play, think   

    THE MAKERSPACE: We’re Making It Happen 

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 9.23.29 AM

    Image by Beatrice Mallek

     

    Start with Why
    It started with an email sent to Jim Munson about Makerspaces, which led to a BAYNET meeting where MakerSpaces were discussed and finally, Jim’s aha moment – attending the Bay Area Maker Faire.

    When Jim had the opportunity to experience the makerspace concept in action at the Maker Faire, it all became clear: A MakerSpace cultivates exploration, experiential learning and community.

    Experiential learning is the process through which students, faculty and staff alike develop knowledge, skills and values from the direct experiences outside of a traditional academic setting.

    Once Jim grasped this concept, there  was one question he knew he would have to answer before moving forward. . .

     

    What is a Makerspace?
    A Makerspace is a place where people gather to create, invent, and learn. It is also a space for people to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build things and community.

    We expect that the Library MakerSpace will ignite a sense of exploration, creativity and fun that many of us experienced in our younger years as we learned while playing with toys like Erector sets. With a dynamic variety of tools, equipment and supplies ranging from simple to complex.

     

    From a Makerspace to the MakerSpace
    The MakerSpace committee was formed in November 2014 and included folks from many different teams in the Library. After we decided that we wanted to create a makerspace in the Library, we began the planning process. We’ve held 8+ meetings and 4 pop-up makerspace sessions and we took a field trip to the autodesk workshop in San Francisco to check out potential tools and technology. 
     
    The pop-ups took place over the past year, here in the Library at Parnassus and at Mission Bay.  The sessions included “Valentines for Seniors” where we invited staff to use arts and crafts supplies to create cards for local senior citizens (10 staff attendees); “Think +Play + Solve,” where we tinkered with Arduinos, which is a programmable circuit board and software, at Parnassus and Mission Bay (21 attendees combined); and “Think + Play + Knit” (10 attendees), where we participated together in learning the basics of knitting. 
     
    The committee participated in a design thinking session led by TabMcDaniel, a member of the Library’s web design team.  In this session we worked through a number of different user scenarios and discussed the logistics of the space. The session helped us create a list of possible tools and technology we’d want in the space and helped us develop proposals regarding staffing and hours. The design session occurred after the popups, so we were able to integrate what we had learned from real world user interactions into the design planning.

     

    Location, Location, Location
    Where should the Makerspace be located? Well, where better than on the 3rd floor near the Living Room? Picture an open area with a casual setting where faculty, student and staff can co-mingle, share ideas and collaborate freely. The space itself would be located inside Room 345.  We envision equipping the space with some Arduinos and Raspberry Pis for those who are interested in learning and experimenting more with electronics.  Possibly, a 3D printer or two, a CNC router and laser cutter. But it isn’t limited to technical equipment only, the MakerSpace will also incorporate elements of play, such as a Lego set and an assortment of arts and crafts supplies.  We look forward to activities taking place outside of the MakerSpace and into the Living Room, and continuing its reach into labs, offices, classrooms and beyond.

     

    Next Steps. . .
    In the near future we will send out communication on how to get involved with the MakerSpace. Today, we need a name for the space and we want to hear from you! In the comments below please share your name ideas for the Library MakerSpace. We look forward to reading what you come up with!
     
    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 9:46 am on September 16, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Makeshop
      Library MakerSpace
      The Workshop
      Tink Tank

    • Beatrice Mallek 12:11 pm on September 16, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      S.T.E.A.M. Room – The signage itself can be fashioned with the very equipment (CNC routers or laser cutter) that will be installed inside the space. The letters STEAM would be arranged vertically. An Arduino controlled laser light would project the meaning of each letter, spelling out science, technology, engineering, arts and math/medicine behind each letter.

      S cience
      T echnology
      E ngineering
      A rts
      M ath / medicine

      Room

      Because steam is a form of energy and in this context it that can help fuel creativity.

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 12:53 pm on September 16, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Space U Make

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 1:53 pm on September 16, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I suggest a Lego table for Legos, which typically consists of four large plates mounted on top of a table of similar area.

    • Lisa Leiva 10:18 am on September 17, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      FabLab
      Innovation Studio

    • Dylan Romero

      Dylan Romero 12:48 pm on September 17, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Here are a few suggestions:

      Maker Hub
      Maker Lab
      Collab Lab

    • Tab McDaniel

      Tab McDaniel 2:59 pm on September 21, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      +1 for MakerSpace … I’m a big fan of calling things what they are, and I like the link to Making and Makers
      +1 for The Workshop
      +1 for PlayRoom
      Rec Room
      PlaySpace

    • Jim Munson

      Jim Munson 8:39 am on September 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      +1 for Rec Room
      +1 for Tink Tank
      The Sandbox
      Sketchpad
      Scratch Space
      Swerve
      Test Farm

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 10:09 am on August 12, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: changes, , , Karen Butter, ,   

    Karen’s Official Retirement Announcement 

    The following is the official announcement from EVCP Dan Lowenstein on Karen’s retirement:

    Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

    Karen Butter, our University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Library Services and Instructional Technology, has informed me of her intent to retire effective January 5, 2016. As I share this news with you, I reflect on Karen’s impressive career that spans over forty years in health sciences librarianship – the last twenty-four at UCSF – and includes numerous achievements as well as programs and services that benefit our community.

    Karen joined UCSF in 1992 after working at the Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University. Karen also has held leadership positions on a number of national committees for professional organizations including the National Library of Medicine. In 2007, Karen was honored with the Medical Library Association’s Frank Bradway Rogers Award for her work in developing the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, a digital database developed and hosted by UCSF. Karen’s efforts continue to revolutionize the world’s access to industry documents in the digital space with the inclusion of sugar and chemistry documents to the digital database now called Industry Documents Digital Library.

    Karen has been an early champion of the shift to more sustainable models in scholarly publishing. She is a founding member of the Chicago Collaborative, a working group established to promote open communication and education among the primary stakeholders in the scholarly scientific communication area. Karen also has led her team in supporting UCSF faculty with the groundbreaking UC Open Access Policy guidelines.

    Under Karen’s leadership, the Library worked with the campus to transform the second floor of the Parnassus building into the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), implemented digitally-based information resources and learning environments, and established collaborative spaces that facilitate connection and inspire learning. She also worked with campus leaders to develop library space and services at the Mission Bay campus.

    Karen has been instrumental in the advancement of research and learning at UCSF and has guided the Library towards significant growth and an exciting future. As UCSF launches its initiatives in precision medicine and computational science, Karen established Library services in bioinformatics and data management to support the initiative. Her dedicated staff ensures that the Library continues to evolve as a dynamic center of knowledge management.

    Karen will stay through the end of the year to finish work on many initiatives already underway and to help inform the function and role of the next UCSF University Librarian. Please join me in congratulating Karen on an outstanding career and thanking her for her extraordinary service and commitment to the University.

    Sincerely,

    Dan

     
  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 1:48 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink |  

    NEW! Vision, Mission & Values (plus full video) 

    Hi All –

    Thanks for attending this morning’s staff meeting. As promised below is the new vision, mission and values for the Library. Please feel free to share (via this post or email me!) your thoughts regarding our new direction.

    I will be presenting the marketing and communications plan for 2015/2016 in just few weeks. In this presentation I will share my specific recommendations for applying these statements and principles to our communication practices (internal and external) moving forward.

    Also as promised, here is the Simon Sinek video “Start with why”: LINK! We left off at 9:53.

    VISION – “The Why”
    To be a catalyst for discovery, learning, connection, and innovation at UCSF in support of worldwide health.

    MISSION – “The What”
    Through exemplary services and resources, the UCSF Library cultivates environments that advance science, promote health, and innovate teaching and learning.

    VALUES – “The How”
    Facilitate CONNECTION
    Inspire LEARNING
    Deliver human-centered SERVICE
    Embrace COLLABORATIVE approaches
    Apply INTEGRITY to everything we do
    Remain RESPONSIVE to our community

     

     

     

     
    • Richard Trott 2:19 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, Kemi! I look forward to the marketing and communications plan!

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 2:23 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes, thanks for all your work and synthesizing on this (and for the Simon Sinek video!) It’s time-consuming to do it right, but so crucial.

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 5:26 pm on August 4, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like how concise the wording is, yet comprehensive. Thanks, Kemi, for doing such an excellent job sheperding the process and presenting the results to us all.

    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 3:48 pm on August 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks everyone! I only facilitated a process that was fueled by the Library staff.

  • Kemi Amin

    Kemi Amin 11:29 am on June 15, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: mission, , values, vision   

    Hi All –

    First, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the staff meeting on Monday morning, March 16 for the Vision/Mission/Values workshop. Everyone generated a lot of great ideas and I am happy to share that your great ideas from this session significantly informed the revision of the Library’s vision and mission as well as the creation of a set of values.

    In order to share the new vision, mission and values and get staff feedback on these statements, we have generated a survey that outlines the new statements for you to review and share what you think. Please click the link below to see the results and give us your feedback:

    http://www.libsurveys.com/loader.php?id=b5c4e973200b05a3b71fd661510c27c2

    The survey will be open for your feedback through Friday, June 19, 5 pm. Thanks to all UCSF Library staff.

     
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