Updates from Jim Munson Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 9:05 am on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    This month’s respondent is Joanna Kang, our no-longer-quite-so-new Data Science & Marketing Coordinator and FBI aspirant (who knew?).

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Los Angeles, CA at the Kaiser Permanente on Sunset Blvd.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Geometry – fun subject and I had a great teacher who was an excellent role model.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: ESL. It was very poorly done at my elementary school and while I tested out of it in a few months, the “black mark” stayed on my permanent record until I graduated high school.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Paid intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters. I spent most of my time in a 90-degree file room organizing the extremely extensive background reports required to be a mentor.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Still quiet of early morning

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: Fidget spinners and movie talkers

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Prolonged “why?!” and uncontrollable laughter.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: FBI Intelligence Analyst in the White Collar Crime program or congressional staffer. Unfortunately, most of the food in D.C. is terrible.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Noodles, particularly rice noodles. Banh canh, kway teow, pho — so many possibilities!

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Hiroshima, Japan.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:26 pm on August 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    This month’s respondent is our new fearless leader, Chris Shaffer. Now that he’s been here a whole 2 weeks, how about we get to know him a little better?

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Cleveland, Ohio.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Theater.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Spanish. I know how important languages are, but starting in high school is not recommended, and I have always struggled.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: I did yard work for neighbors and a tween and teen, but my first real job was washing dishes at The Hot Biscuit, a diner.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: EDM / ambient house (think Hearts of Space / The Orb / Tetsu Inoue).

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: The constant background of automobiles and other traffic in cities.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Son of a beach!

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: Anthropology / ethnology

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Peanut butter. I gave up peanut butter for Lent as a child, and it was horrible. I regularly enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: St. Petersburg. The history and culture of Russia, especially from the Time of Troubles through Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, has always fascinated me.

     
    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 2:47 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Hot Biscuit – that’s a memorable first job name!

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 1:05 pm on July 5, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Hope y’all had some fun over the holiday. This month’s respondent is Ned Raggett, the ZSFG Library’s User Services guy and pretty much jack of all trades. Great to have a ZSFG’er up for a little 10 Questions fun!

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Bremerton, Washington, which is across Puget Sound from Seattle. My dad was in the Navy and there’s a big submarine base there. But he got transferred to San Diego a few weeks after I was born, and I’ve only ever been to Bremerton twice since on short day visits while visiting Seattle. (Side note: if you’d like to know more about me, my dad and the Navy, enjoy – this is from 1982, and this is a real TV clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAQPcq5R-m8 )

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: English/English lit, easy. Always been a pretty active reader and so I gravitated towards those classes which I liked. (This somehow led me to reading things like Thomas Pynchon in 11th grade – as a formal class assignment!) Both my BA and MA are in English lit.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Phys ed. Sorry, NOT my favorite or strong point. I did end up being the referee for a lot of games, though, so that was a nice way to do something without doing something. Pretty much any kind of organized group exercise/gym thing is not my cup of tea; I prefer solitary exercise or something like a walk or hike with a small group of friends.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: High school, 1988…page at the local public library, where I spent a lot of my free time anyway. So you could say my course was set from the start.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Reflective silence, conversation with my partner Kate, family or friends, dogs and/or babies having a good time in the local park or really, really good music. That particular list goes on.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: Really, really bad music. And that list also goes on.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Something annoyed, under my breath and likely unprintable.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: I’ve already attempted it, I think! My ‘other’ life professionally is as a freelance writer on music, which I’ve done in one form or another since around 1992. I have been published by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, the Guardian and a wide variety of other publications, including (locally) the SF Chronicle, KQED Arts and the SF Weekly. If there was real security in this work I might have considered it full time when I was younger, but some experienced writers laid out good truths to me at the time and I preferred to have it be a side pursuit.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: If I could only pick one: cheese. The tangier or more flavorful the better.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Right now, Iceland – I’ve been lucky to get to places I have wanted to visit too (New Zealand, the UK, Italy and elsewhere), but Iceland has long intrigued me, and one day I’ll get that chance.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 10:01 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Happy Tuesday, y’all. This month’s respondent is Public Services Assistant and key player on the Maker Team, Aira Lipson.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: San Luis Obispo, California

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Art. I also very much enjoyed Botany.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Math

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Babysitting neighborhood kids in middle school. Once I got my work permit, I worked at various restaurants.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: My son Sam laughing or making up songs. I also love the sound of rain at night.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: People cutting their nails on public transportation.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: The first curse word that pops into my head.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: A chef or baker, an artist or an orchid farmer.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: It’s difficult to name just one- I really like soup. I make chicken stock once a week so it will be on hand to make other soups. Other favorites include Gruyere and salami, La Palma’s rice and English breakfast tea. Yes, I consider tea food.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: So many places: Japan, South East Asia, particularly Laos where my father in law is building a BnB, South Africa and Egypt. Closer to home I would love to go to Zion National Park with my son and husband.

     
    • Jason Hedrick 2:25 pm on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Aira! Thanks for sharing! Perhaps you could expand on this “La Palma’s Rice” dish you mentioned? Is that a specific recipe? Or from a restaurant, perhaps? Or is it a type of rice you can purchase and cook? just wondering! Also, good call on the nail-clipping Muni/BART passengers! Cutting nails on public transpo (heard OR seen!) is so gross!

    • Aira Lipson 9:20 am on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jason. La Palma is a Mexicatessen in the Mission- http://www.lapalmasf.com/
      Their rice is cooked to perfection for you. They are well know for their amazing fresh tortillas and chicharrones. I highly recommend checking them out if you like Mexican food.

    • Ariel Deardorff

      Ariel Deardorff 11:19 am on May 2, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aira I just got back from Zion National Park and it was amazing! I would definitely recommend you go 🙂

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 10:48 am on February 7, 2017 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Our respondent for February is Charlie MacQuarie, our first-ever digital archivist. He’s just finishing up his first month here, so let’s get to know him a little better.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, California (but I grew up entirely in Nevada)

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: I think that’d have to be English. Somehow I sort of wanted to be a writer even though I didn’t like writing at the time.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: PE was pretty bad, mostly because my parents took me on hikes every weekend so I didn’t need it, and the locker room was so frightening that I just cowered in the corner while all the other kids beat each other up and gave each other swirlies (the sticking the head in the toilet thing).

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: I worked doing data entry about urban-planning design elements, being a barista, and being a bike mechanic all concurrently, so I guess those all count.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Passing diesel freight trains – both the whistle and the rumble of the engine.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: The sound of a cyclist getting doored (hit by someone opening their car door)

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: “WHY DO I OWN A BOX FULL OF RUSTY RAILROAD SPIKES?” (but I still kept them)

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: A wildland firefighter

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Onions if we’re speaking in terms of raw ingredients. Burritos if we’re speaking in terms of whole meals.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Mostly, the deserts: the Gobi, the Atacama, the Tibetan Plateau.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 10:38 am on November 16, 2016 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    kemi-photo-2016This month’s respondent is our one and only Communications Manager, Kemi Amin. Now that she’s been here for almost 2 years, let’s get to know her a little better.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Los Angeles, CA

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: A tie between recess, English and physics.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Second semester chemistry. The first semester of all my science and math classes were always pretty simple and fun. But inevitably that second semester would somehow morph into the AP Mensa version of math and science.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Semi-unofficially, it was as a peer tutor, which I was terrible at because I spent my whole shift chatting about what show I watched on television the other night instead of actually tutoring.
    My official first job was as an ice cream clerk at TCBY.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Wind, water in motion and jazz music.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: That darn notification bell that goes off on planes to remind passengers to buckle their seat belts. Also, something about the sound of writing with an unsharpened pencil on a solid surface does not play well with my eardrums.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: [In my involuntary Rosanne Barr voice] God dammit!

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: I would definitely be doing something around wellness. Most likely a physical therapist and/or a naturopathic doctor.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Rice, pounded yam (a staple West African carb) and some sort of stew or soup to go with my rice and pounded yam.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: A village called Nungwi in Zanzibar, Senegal and Montreal

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:22 pm on November 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    Re-Envisioned Moffitt Library Opens Today @ Berkeley 

    The renovated Moffitt Undergraduate Library the UC Berkeley campus is open as of today. Basically, they took the top two floors and totally re-envisioned them as a learning center. They also produced this nifty 5-minute video that lays out the vision:

    UL Jeff MacKie-Mason refers to the new Moffitt as a “seedbed for creativity, innovation and problem-solving.” He and others talk about the evolving roles of academic libraries. It’s worth taking a look!

     
    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 12:32 pm on November 2, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great video! Thanks for sharing. I love that term ‘connected learning’. The video is a nice fundraising tool.

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 9:40 am on October 26, 2016 Permalink |  

    Great article on Polina and the Archives & Special Collections 

    In case you haven’t seen it yet, yesterday’s issue of UCSF Pulse Today includes a terrific article on Polina Ilieva and the Library’s Archives & Special Collections unit – https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2016/10/404506/polina-ilieva-ucsf-archivist-preserving-universitys-storied-past-dynamic-future?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pulsetoday&utm_content=edition29.

    Definitely worth a read. Go, Polina and the entire A&SC team!

     
    • Richard Trott 8:58 am on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hooray for more Archives & Special Collections awareness on campus!

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:31 pm on August 12, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Andy PhotoHappy Friday afternoon. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted – guess I’ve been a little busy lately! This month’s respondent is Andy Panado, our longtime Access Services Manager and hobnobber with the stars.
    (More …)

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 3:22 pm on March 21, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    UL Search Update – One Candidate Interview Down, One to Go 

    Thanks, all, for the good showing, thoughtful questions and helpful feedback on UL candidate Neil Rambo last week. You’re probably asking, “What’s next?” There is a second finalist who will be coming to interview with us in about a month, most likely on Friday, April 22nd. More details on that candidate will be shared once we have the date confirmed. Stay tuned …

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 1:33 pm on February 4, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    UL Search Update 

    Just a quick update on where things stand with the search for the new University Librarian. Things have progressed a bit since I spoke about this at the Library Staff Meeting last month. At that point, we had 4 potential finalists. One of them took themselves out of the running for personal reasons, leaving us with 3. Last week, the search committee conducted interviews via video conference with the 3 remaining candidates. The committee will meet again tomorrow to share our impressions from those interviews and decide which of them to invite for in-person interviews. Most likely, we will invite 2 or 3, and the interviews will hopefully be in late February. I’ll post again as soon as we have dates for those sessions, as I’m hoping as many you as possible will be able to participate. In the meantime, I ask that you not share this information with anyone outside the Library, as some of you could potentially have personal connections with the candidates.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:44 pm on January 6, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    UL Search Update 

    Following up from this morning’s Library Staff Meeting, here is some additional info on the University Librarian search. Please understand this information is intended for an internal audience only and is not to be shared with anyone outside the UCSF Library. I will be posting additional updates from this point on as new information becomes available. Feel free to comment on this post, or contact me directly with any questions you have.

    Committee members are:

    Russ Cucina (Chair), Associate Chief and Associate Professor, School of Medicine

    Tina Brock, Professor & Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy
    Patricia Cornett, Professor, School of Medicine
    Karen Hauer, Professor & Associate Dean, School of Medicine
    Ali Ibraheem, Student, Graduate Division
    Patricia McDaniel, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
    Jim Munson, Staff, Library
    Dorothy Perry, Professor & Associate Dean, School of Dentistry
    Rich Schneider, Associate Professor, School of Medicine
    Kim Topp, Professor & Dept. Chair, School of Medicine

    The criteria for evaluating the candidates are:

    Vision: Demonstrates the ability to present a clear, well-articulated vision of the “21st century Library” and the steps necessary to transform it for a post-digital world.

    Innovation and Technology: Demonstrates the ability to think outside the box; to develop and execute an innovative strategic plan which supports students, trainees, faculty, staff, and patients; to contribute to and collaborate with campus leadership on Library and campus-wide initiatives; to actively research, embrace, and implement new technologies; and, to creatively guide faculty, staff, trainees, and students into the future.

    Leadership: Demonstrates the ability to champion a strong customer service-oriented enterprise; to recruit, lead, inspire, and engage a diverse group of professionals; to guide professional growth and implement programs to mentor staff; to develop and implement informed Library and academic information services and programs that are easily accessible to all and meet the needs of a diverse population; to establish partnerships across the University and beyond that support technology, education, research, and clinical initiatives; and, to represent the campus within the larger UC system.

    Passion for Learning: Demonstrates a passion for learning and education in all forms and the recognition that both can be accomplished in many different ways, places, and spaces, and is committed to developing optimal library learning environments that support the needs of all students and trainees, including those from diverse backgrounds.

    Fund Raising: Demonstrates ability and success pursuing extramural support for Library programs and services that includes developing a dynamic fund raising campaign as well as cultivating potential partnerships with faculty, programs, and departments.

    Resource and Space Management: Demonstrates ability to ensure that Library holdings and space support the academic, research, clinical, and community service missions of the University and the ability to envision and collaborate with leadership regarding the redesign and enhancement of Library holdings and space at all campus locations.

    Administration and Service: Demonstrates ability to diplomatically liaise with a broad spectrum of University stakeholders; to actively serve as a member on a wide array of committees; and, to dependably represent the University in local, state, regional, and national health science library affairs.

    Communication: Demonstrates ability to successfully communicate the vision of the Library and articulate its role to both the University community and the general public.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 8:39 am on December 10, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    karenbutter2015This month’s respondent is none other than our fearless leader, Karen Butter. Got this in just under the wire before she retires! Read on, and see what you learn about Karen that you hadn’t previously known…

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: I was born in Terre Haute, Indiana and lived there through high school.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: I like English and science though had to study to grasp some of the concepts.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Math and especially Algebra. We had new Algebra that was supposed to be easier to understand but my brain didn’t work that way.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: I worked in a fast food restaurant in a small town in Illinois for a few months and then in college part time at the Berkeley Doe Library filing catalog cards (all in Russian!). My first full time job was with California Blue Shield on California Street (or it was then).

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Music – classical or jazz particularly

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: Scratching on black boards

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: I try to avoid stubbing my toe!!

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: Architect

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: That’s a hard one since I like almost all types of food – probably any type of good pasta.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: There are a lot of places I plan to visit in retirement — the Galapagos, Australia/New Zealand, and Eastern Europe. Although I’ve been to parts of Italy I will probably spend quite a bit of time there over the next 2-3 years since my niece and her family are moving to northern Italy next Spring.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:47 pm on November 12, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Carson PhotoNovember’s respondent is Carson Tam, programmer and father of 2 young’uns – part of the CKM baby boom.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: A hospital called Queen Elizabeth in one of the British colonies.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Recess, no I mean, Physics and Art were always my favorites in school.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: History. It’s probably because of the way it was taught. I had to memorize a lot of unrelated facts for those exams.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Besides from the relatively short summer jobs, I guess my first official part-time job was at McDonald’s. Putting a hot caramel sundae on top of an apple pie was my favorite.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: The Sound of Silence, I mean the song.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: The sound of sirens. I mean the siren.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Probably something in Cantonese that means “supports your lung”. Yes, that’s an inappropriate saying in Cantonese.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: Comedian. I will probably fail miserably.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Shark fins…wait, did they just ban it?!

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Africa or Antarctica, where it is either very hot or very cold.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 1:12 pm on August 21, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Julia Egypt PhotoThis month’s respondent is our Associate University Librarian and resident star baker, Julia Kochi. Gold star for you if you can identify where the photo was taken!

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: I was born in Cleveland, OH, but I wasn’t there very long. I’m a Hoosier at heart.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: English, which will be of little surprise to many people considering how much I read.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Math in all of its forms

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: The first job I got paid for was helping a good friend and neighbor tend her roses in the summer. She had over a hundred different varieties! The first job that I got an actual paycheck for was working in the continuing education office in the College of Optometry at the University of Houston. You might say I didn’t stray very far from my first real job to my professional career.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Odd as it may seem – snow falling, especially at night.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: People arguing

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Happened to me this morning. Let’s just say it rhymed with a type of waterfowl.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: A concierge. In my imagination, it’s like being a reference librarian but for fun stuff like restaurants and interesting things to do in town. I’m sure it’s not really like that!

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Oh, man, where to start!?! Really good bread, with a nice chewy curst. Oh, and cake! A nice bundt cake (no frosting!). Or a perfect Warren pear or Flavor King pluot. Hmm, can you tell I like to eat?

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: The list is long! Right now Norway is high on my list. But also Namibia, Morocco, Croatia, Australia (to get my 7th continent badge!)….

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 10:40 am on July 16, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions (with apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton!) 

    AlbertoThis month’s respondent is Alberto Luna, Access Services Assistant. Alberto mainly works at Mission Bay, but you will occasionally see his friendly face at Parnassus as well. Be sure to say hi the next time you see him.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Ventura, CA, but grew up most of my life in Ojai a small town in SoCal Ventura County.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: History, but I also found that I liked science especially astronomy!

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Math, which unfortunately ended my hopes as a kid to become an astronomer.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Worked in the citrus orchards of Ventura County at the age of 13 & it is hard work and through that I learned the great value of an education from my parents.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: The sound of nature, cause I grew up in a rural area close to nature and like the sound birds and other animals.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: The sound of Styrofoam being scratched every time I hear that sound it sounds irritable to my ears and I get goose bumps UGH!

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: You don’t want to know it is not workplace friendly!

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: Travel writer for Frommers or Lonely Planet that way I get to travel and write about new places around the world!

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Chilaquiles, which is a Mexican tortilla casserole if you are not familiar with Mexican cuisine.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: The socialist island paradise of Cuba & seeing that relations between the US and Cuba are beginning to normalize traveling there will become a reality & hopefully I can do just that when I finish grad school next year, but if it is still not possible I will just go to the Philippines, which I hear is very beautiful as well!

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 9:33 am on May 21, 2015 Permalink |  

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Gail photoThis month’s respondent is longtime pillar of the library and avid Giants fan, Gail Persily.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Chicago

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Literature – all kinds

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Astronomy

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Working at a department store – in the fabric dept.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Babbling brook

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: People yelling

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: I don’t know but I am pretty sure I said it 3 times in a row.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: Comedy writer

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Cheese

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Too many to name one place! I don’t get out much.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 10:09 am on April 13, 2015 Permalink |  

    Take a look at this fabulous new library in Michigan 

    Kirk and I recently had the pleasure of spending a day at the new library at Grand Valley State U in western Michigan. The Mary Idema Pew Library & Learning Commons (affectionately called the “Mary I”) opened in late 2013, and provides some interesting & innovative solutions to spaces and services in academic libraries. Kirk and I will be presenting on this at a future staff meeting, but if you’re interested to know more in the meantime, check out this 4-minute video narrated by their Dean of Libraries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlYHU68VZqQ. And, yes, they actually do have a fireplace!

     
    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 10:13 am on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Jim! We should definitely be making a video like this.

      Kemi

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 10:19 am on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, great video. Everything is driven by actual user needs and behaviors: YES.

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:04 pm on March 16, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Maggie PhotoThis month’s respondent is our resident archivist and coffee hour maven Maggie Hughes.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Milwaukee, WI – aka Brew City

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: I always liked school. It would’ve depended on my age but probably art class, English, and science.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Always math.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: I was a cashier at the Ice Shack on the Mill Pond. I sold candy to ice skaters and got to choose the radio station. And choreograph quite a few ice skating routines during the slow hours.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Opening a can of tennis balls is a pretty one. I do also like the sound when you empty the recycle bin on a computer.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: The classic alarm clock blare.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Depending on where I was, I probably yelled. You have to let it out.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: I’d like to say book cover designer even though I don’t have the skills. And is that still a viable profession? I guess I would find out. Oh, or a baker! But only in small batches and only what I feel like baking. Ha!

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Pink Lady apples, popcorn, poached eggs with toast.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Turkey, Morocco, Denmark. Have you heard about the Danish concept of hygge? I could get into that. And all of the bikes!

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 7:40 pm on January 28, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Art Townsend PhotoThis month’s respondent is Art Townsend, our longtime Access Services supervisor who’s been keeping the home fires burning at Mission Bay for the past few years.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Virginia, but after six weeks I moved on to a series of military bases all over the U.S. and Germany.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Astronomy because I got to look through telescopes.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Astronomy because I was expected to have some comprehension of physics and mathematics.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: I landed my first taxpaying position on my 16th birthday at McDonalds for $1.60 per hour and all the French fries I could eat.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: The glugging of craft brew into a chilled glass.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: Car alarms, followed closely by the threatening growl of a pit bull.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Great horny toads, that smarts!

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: I’d be willing to have a go at life as a nomadic bohemian nature poet.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: It would be tough giving up my morning bowl of oatmeal.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Africa, while there are still some animals left to see.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 5:38 pm on November 6, 2014 Permalink |  

    Come hear the music play … 

    Music Room 2… or better yet, come play the music yourself. Thanks to the donation of a piano from Campus Life Services, the Library now has a music practice room. It’s located on the second floor, in the hallway that leads to the loading dock entrance. Access is controlled via Proximity lock, and the room can be reserved online by any UCSF staff, student or faculty member by going to http://calendars.library.ucsf.edu/booking/music. The music room is the Library’s latest effort to improve quality of life for the campus community. We know that many of our students are accomplished musicians so the music room can hopefully provide a welcome study break. Come check it out!

     
    • Margaret Hughes

      Margaret Hughes 8:44 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is so cool! We’re such a nice library.

    • Gail Persily

      Gail Persily 2:11 pm on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How about we get people tweeting #ucsflibmusic when we hear good music being played in there?

      If anyone has suggestions for a better # let me know.

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 1:47 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Rebecca PhotoThis month’s respondent is Rebecca Tang, our LTDL programmer mom. The photo to the left shows her on an excavation in Pompeii in her alternate reality.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Beijing, China.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: History. I wanted to major in either Art History or History, but my parents talked me out of it. I majored in Computer Science instead, which I guess made me much more employable.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Physics.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: At Mom’s Ice Cream in Cupertino, in the strip mall right across from De Anza College. It’s not there anymore. I worked there with my two best friends. When our boss was not around, we would compete to see who could give the customers the biggest scoop of ice cream.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: I like the sound of the rain hitting the windows when I’m in my pajamas sitting next to the fireplace feeling warm and cozy.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: Fingernails scraping on chalk board.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: F***!!!!! And then I told my daughter not to repeat what I said in school because I didn’t want her to go to the principal’s office.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: An archaeologist.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Right now, Three Twins ice cream.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Anywhere in Italy that I haven’t been to yet.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 1:40 pm on October 22, 2014 Permalink |  

    Ithaka S+R Survey Results for UC 

    Here is the full slide deck from the Ithaka S+R UC local survey results presentation that I discussed at this morning’s Current Topics meeting: Ithaka S+R 9-18-14 UCLA presentation – UCs comparison FINAL Definitely some food for thought here. If anyone else finds this stuff interesting, I’d love to enter into a dialog with you.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 1:02 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink |  

    “Living Room” a Success? 

    I thought I would share the poster I presented last month at the Association of Research Libraries Assessment Conference at the University of Washington. The basic premise is that yeah, the Living Room appears to be “popular,” but how do we measure that?  This is just one example of our increased efforts to assess the effectiveness of library services and spaces.  If any of you have ideas for doing other assessments, I would love to talk to you!  So – what did we find out about the Living Room? Well, to learn that you’ll have to take a look at the poster…

    poster_thumb

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 11:16 am on September 12, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    DavidHappy Friday!  This month’s questionee is David MacFarland, Collection Management’s jack of all trades and, judging by the photo to the left, quite the dog lover.  If there are any other brave souls out there who’d be up for tackling our little questionnaire in future months, let me know.

    Q: Where were you born?  A: The first time: Trenton NJ. Fortunately I was born again in 1966 when I enrolled in college in Oberlin, OH.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?  A: Music, the food of love (thank you Shakespeare).

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?  A: Driver’s Education, probably because the teacher, Mr Caramello, AKA the Candy Kid, was a transplanted used car salesman who kept a flask in his bottom drawer.

    Q: What was your first job?  A: Short-order cook and bottle washer at my Greek aunt’s restaurant when I was 14. Pork roll sandwiches and Aloha Tropical drinks – New Jersey has always been known for fine cuisine.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?  A: Probably Renata Tebaldi’s voice in the late 1950’s.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?  A: Mosquitos buzzing around my ear at 3 a.m. on a summer night.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?  A: Never happened – I ALWAYS wear protection.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?  A: Being an architect.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?  A: Cinnamon raisin bread and See’s dark chocolate covered walnuts are the first two things that come to mind – and merely thinking about them made me gain 5 pounds I’m sure.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?  A: Either Venice because that’s where Maria Callas met Aristotle Onassis, or on a walking tour of the Scottish Highlands.

     
    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 6:17 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wish there was a “Like” button for posts like this. I don’t have any witty comment to leave, but it’s fun getting to know people better through these 10 Questions posts.

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 1:13 pm on July 22, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    klausner picThis month’s respondent is Kim Klausner, manager of our ever-growing industry documents archive.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: New York City
    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Shop
    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: PE
    Q: What was your first job?
    A: Selling tickets at a summer theatre
    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: “Coffee’s ready”
    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: Alarm clock in the morning
    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: Unprintable
    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: Violinist for a klezmer band
    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Bread
    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Afghanistan

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 11:19 am on June 19, 2014 Permalink |  

    New Staff Lending Library 

    Lending Library 5-9-14Hey folks – we’ve established a staff lending library on the shelves just outside of CL119. The idea is to make it easy for us all to share books we have on work-related topics. To keep things low-maintenance, check out is pretty much on the honor system; just sign and date the form on the clipboard. Come take a gander, either to see what titles are there or to add to the collection. Further donations happily accepted – just make sure it’s something you can easily bear to part with.  C’mon, I’m sure we all have a couple of books cluttering up our work spaces that we just never quite get around to reading!

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 10:56 am on May 14, 2014 Permalink |  

    Library Staff Help Students Get “Happy” 

    Last month, a group of School of Medicine students produced a short music video to show prospective students just how darned fun UCSF can be, and asked the Library if we’d be willing to participate. So – that’s how a dozen of us ended up dancing like fools in the Browsing Room on a recent Friday afternoon. Only a tiny snippet of our shoot made it into the final cut (the old Hollywood cliche!), but it’s a fun video and well worth checking out: http://vimeo.com/93433419. Look for some familiar faces whooshing past at around the 44-second mark.

     
  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:31 pm on May 12, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags:   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot & James Lipton 

    Whit PhotoThis month’s questionee is our colorful education librarian and erstwhile physician with the double name – Whit Whitaker (he’s the guy hiding behind his lovely wife in the photo).

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Mills Hospital in San Mateo, CA. I ended up not too far from where I started. However, I consider my hometown to be Ojai, CA (that is pronounced like a lukewarm greeting “Oh…Hi”, as in “Oh, hi…it’s you”).

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Anything to do with biology or the sciences.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    The nerdy but true answer, I liked everything, guess that is how I ended up in Family Medicine. The one exception I can think of was metal shop in high school. I hoped I would learn to weld. That did not happen, but I did learn other things. This semester was a visit to the little known tenth ring of hell which houses males behaving badly. It was a time of too many burns from hot metal, testosterone toxicity, and a horse’s patootie (and football coach) acting as the instructor.

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: I worked as a “drifter” in an oil field in Ventura, CA for a summer. For those of you who have not had the pleasure, the job involves using something that resembles a 10 foot long metal Q-tip to swab out a 4 inch diameter section of oil pipe, then moving said pipe from the dirty to the clean pile. Inspection of an oilfield at the end of the day finds a sad sight. Bone weary people, covered in black gunk from head to toe, who smell like a cesspool, and dreaming about a hot shower. I did not return to that job the next summer! It did however give me an appreciation of the work that some people have to do to survive.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: Vocal harmonies! In any kind of music. There are some pretty great bird calls as well. Current fave: black-headed grosbeak.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: Harley-Davidsons.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: What sort of question is this? Suffice it to say, after metal shop, pipe-drifting for a summer, and playing various sports, one has a well-developed glossary of profanity and the practice necessary to string the words together in new and interesting ways!

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: I took one of those vocational proclivity tests you can find online a few years ago and the run-away winner was dog-groomer. So if this library thing does not work out, I know what’s next.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: That has changed over time. For most of my life the answer was chocolate, now it appears to be roasted unsalted almonds. Don’t ask me…

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Wow, the list is pretty long! Seeing the unusual creatures of the Galapagos, exploring New Zealand, and kayaking the Bowron Lakes Loop are high on the list. My son is infatuated with Iceland and I would like to go see why. One of the things I have wanted to do for a long time is boat down the Grand Canyon in a dory. My wife and I will be doing that this summer!

     
    • Erin Hayes

      Erin Hayes 1:49 pm on May 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “…a well-developed glossary of profanity and the practice necessary to string the words together…”

      I’m happy to know you, Whit!

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 12:26 pm on May 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can’t wait to hear about your trip down the Grand Canyon! I’ve always wanted to do that. And I’m with your son – I highly recommend Iceland!

    • Alberto Luna

      Alberto Luna 7:35 pm on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Holy smokes Whit you are from Ojai as well?

      Cool I was born in Ventura, but grew up for most of my life in Ojai damn I never would thought I’d meet somebody from my neck of the woods!

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 12:32 pm on March 4, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: ,   

    10 Questions with Apologies to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton 

    Mark B picThis month’s respondent is Mark Bridge, our sorta American / sorta British programmer dude.

    Q: Where were you born?
    A: Chicago. All I remember was that it was *really*, *really* cold.

    Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
    A: Ooo that is a hard one. I really liked French but didn’t see it as a proper subject at the time, and Mathematics was thrilling (yes, I used that word in relation to math). But my absolute favorite has to be Chemistry. I loved the symbolic nature of writing chemical equations and relating their correctness to the electron distribution around the atoms involved in a reaction. I loved understanding the organization of the periodic table and memorizing the names of the elements. I loved doing and writing up experiments. It ceased being fun with Schrodinger’s equation though. It’s like my love of Math and of Chemistry annihilated each other.

    Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
    A: Rugby – if that counts – caked in mud. cold. rainy. muddy fields … eurgh!

    Q: What was your first job?
    A: I worked at McDonalds. I was a cashier and sometimes worked on the grill. I still remember the sense of awe and wonder when I peeked around the curtain, the chutes that deliver the burgers, and later my sense of achievement when I made my first set of 9 cheeseburgers. I was also in awe of how every single thing was organized around efficient operation, from cleaning the windows and mopping the floor to where the nugget sauces were placed behind the counter.

    Q: What is your favorite sound?
    A: The sound of music. And I’d probably go to one of those singalongs if I had the guts.

    Q: What is your least favorite sound?
    A: The hum or buzz from a florescent tube with a faulty ballast.

    Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
    A: The f-bomb. Sorry, I don’t know why but I seem to say it here in the US more so than I ever did in England. My wife Amy’s even mentioned it to me saying she’s noticed a marked increase in the four years she’s known me. I’m trying to stop.

    Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
    A: None – I love my job in the Library and CKM and want to get more into information science.

    Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
    A: Filet steak. It’s my once-a-month indulgence and I look forward to it like nothing else.

    Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
    A: Japan I suppose, although that was more when I was much younger. Not so much anymore, perfectly happy right here.

     
c
compose new post
j
next post/next comment
k
previous post/previous comment
r
reply
e
edit
o
show/hide comments
t
go to top
l
go to login
h
show/hide help
shift + esc
cancel