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  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 9:08 am on March 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    How to Nominate someone for a STAR Achievement Award 

    As a follow-up to Chris’s post Nominate a STAR for a $5,000 Award, here are some details about the nomination process. Also, remember that you can continue to nominate folks for STAR Spot awards through June 2018.

    STAR Achievement Award Nominations are due by Noon, March 29!


    Nomination should be based on contributions made during calendar year 2017. These nominees will have exhibited sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributions over an extended period of time.

    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 provides this additional guidance:  Nomination narratives should include SPECIFIC examples describing how a nominee has gone above and beyond the scope of their job function as reflected by: 1) the reason why they are being nominated per the above Priorities and Values, AND 2) one or more of following EVCP cultural attributes:

    • Demonstrated high standards of excellence and creativity
    • Promoted outstanding well-being and health
    • Honored unique experience and perspective


    • Complete the STAR Award Nomination Form. Supporting documentation may be included and is recommended.

      • Nominator completes Part A of the nomination form and then submits to Michael Foster to complete Parts B and C.
      • Please contact Gail Persily if you are planning to submit a nomination so she can coordinate with Michael to get all the components of the application form submitted by EOB March 29.
    • The Office of the EVCP is appointing an Achievement Awards Review Committee to review all completed nominations and recommend recipients. The Library representatives on the Committee this year are Stephen Kiyoi and Lisa Leiva.

    Important Forms and Instructions

    Other Info

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 2:29 pm on December 14, 2017 Permalink |  

    Kaori Takes New Role at UCSF 

    Kaori Keller, from the Learning Tech team, has taken a new job at UCSF School of Nursing, which starts January 2! She will be the instructional designer on a team that is launching a new online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The DNP initiative has been in the making for many years, and Kaori will surely be instrumental in bringing the idea into reality. I am very pleased that Kaori will have this opportunity to pursue her interests in instructional design.


    Kaori has been a key contributor in the Tech Commons, frequently on the Zendesk leaderboard. Luckily, she will remain a member of the UCSF ed tech community and we will continue to collaborate and learn from her experiences with the online DNP. She promises us we will see her often, when she comes to the Tech Commons to use the tools there and participates in ed tech meetings and events.

    Kaori’s last day at the Library will be next Friday, December 22. Please join me in wishing Kaori good luck in the School of Nursing.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 2:43 pm on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations Kaori!

    • Tab McDaniel

      Tab McDaniel 2:50 pm on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congrats Kaori! Best of luck!

      • Kaori Keller 11:08 am on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thank you, Tab! Best of luck to you, too in Spain!

    • Kaori Keller 11:14 am on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have nothing but positive experiences working as a part of the LTG. I am sad to leave this wonderful place but I hope to stay connected with the Library team and hope to see many of you around! Thank you so much for all your help and support!

    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 2:21 pm on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You will be missed Kaori. Congrats to you and best wishes.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 8:28 am on October 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    The Library Diversity and Inclusion Report is Available! 

    Thank you to all who participated in activities during Kawanna Bright’s visit to gather information and help us assess the Library’s diversity and inclusion environment. Based on the information she gathered via the staff focus groups and climate survey, Kawanna was able to put together a report with recommendations to advance diversity and inclusion in the Library. We’d like to share it with you and get your observations and feedback. Join us for an informal round table discussion on November 1 – details below.

    Overall, the report concluded that the Library is in an excellent position to make significant progress in diversity and inclusion efforts. Kawanna noted several strengths in our organization: a strong organizational mindset for discussing D&I, organizational open-mindedness, ideal timing for addressing D&I, and a positive D&I climate. In terms of weaknesses, Kawanna identified a lack of formal structures around D&I efforts, organizational silos, and lack of resources and staff training related to diversity and inclusion.

    In the report, Kawanna offers 19 recommendations for actions to consider taking. Of these recommendations, the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) has chosen 3 objectives to focus on in the coming year. We expect the Library and DIWG will engage in other activities, but we want to focus our resources in these 3 areas to start, and then build on these in the coming years.

    The DIWG chose these 3 main objectives:

    Objective 1: Define the Library’s Diversity and Inclusion values and ensure they are reflected in policies, processes, and communication.

    The DIWG is now an official working group with a charge and structure. We will work to incorporate diversity and inclusion language into Library communications and create a structure for ongoing auditing and assessment of diversity efforts in the Library.

    Objectives 2: Implement clear and standardized hiring practices that incorporate best practices in recruiting diverse talent

    When hiring, we all want to do the best job we can to recruit diverse candidates and use processes that are inclusive and welcoming. Our plan is to research best practices, borrow from other UCSF colleagues who have addressed these issues, and implement and assess new practices for the Library.

    Objective 3: Offer opportunities for Library staff to engage with diversity and inclusion

    We will be working with the Office of Diversity and Outreach to offer staff training, starting with microagression training. In addition, we want to make sure staff are aware of resources available to them if they need help with a discrimination issue.

    Want to learn more or share your thoughts? Please come to an informal round table on Wednesday, November 1, 9-10am in CL201 to discuss the full report and share ideas and suggestions for tackling these objectives. You can also add comments to this blog post or contact any of the members of the working group to share your thoughts privately.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    The DI Work Group – Jill Barr-Walker, Susan Boone, Ariel Deardorff, Joanna Kang, Stephen Kiyoi (co-chair), Gail Persily (co-chair)

    Read Kawanna’s full report.


  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 8:42 am on October 5, 2017 Permalink |  

    Hello Zoom, Bye Bye WebEx 

    I am happy to announce that UCSF has adopted Zoom as a campuswide platform for web/video conferencing. You should have received an email from the campus IT Service Desk announcing the rollout on October 4. Many of you have already been trying it out. As of October all staff can get a full “Pro” Zoom account simply by logging in with your MyAccess credentials.

    To use Zoom, go to ucsf.zoom.us and click under Getting Started to log in and instantly create an account. If you already have a Zoom account tied to your UCSF email address, it has automatically been converted to a Pro account. Use the buttons at the top of UCSF’s Zoom page to schedule, join, or host a meeting.

    The IT Service Desk provides support for Zoom, so if you have questions, they can help you. For use of Zoom in classrooms (like we did for the staff meeting last week) Educational Technology Services (ETS) provides support. The website referenced above includes links to video tutorials and training. Also, ETS is offering trainings and demos.

    UCSF IT has not yet announced a date for discontinuing WebEx, but we encourage everyone to convert WebEx meetings to Zoom. The audio and video quality are much better and the interface is easy to learn.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 4:01 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink |  

    Please Participate in the Diversity and Inclusion Climate Survey 

    You should all have received an email from Kawanna Bright last week on Aug. 30, asking you to complete the Diversity & Inclusion climate assessment she prepared for us. ICYMI, here is her email and link to the survey. Thanks to everyone who already responded!

    Dear Members of the UCSF Library Community:

    I wanted to thank you again for your efforts to make my recent consultation visit with the Library a success.  Your willingness to share your time and your thoughts, experiences, and ideas has been very valuable to my work.

    As I mentioned during my visit, part of the consultation process includes having the Library complete a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) climate assessment.  This assessment is conducted through an anonymous, online survey.  Only I will have access to the collected survey data for the purpose of data analysis.  The survey results will be presented in an aggregated manner, and no individual survey responses or identifiable information will be shared with anyone within the Library or at UCSF.

    The assessment is fairly lengthy, but please take your time to consider each statement before you respond.  All of your responses will be carefully considered and are important for the Library’s ability to create an informed D&I plan.  It is not expected to take you more than 20 minutes to complete the entire assessment and most people will need less than 20 minutes.

    I hope that everyone will be able to complete the survey and provide feedback that I know will be extremely important, not only for the consultation process, but also for the Library overall.  I will be integrating the aggregated assessment data into the final report that will be made available to everyone in the Library.

    The survey can be accessed using the following link: https://ucsf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3HO7ThX4Yn8Ix7v

    If you have trouble accessing or completing the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at Kawanna.Bright@ucsf.edu or Kawanna.Bright@du.edu.  I also welcome any questions or concerns that you may wish to express about the survey or the consultation process.

    The survey will be open for a two-week period beginning Today, August 30th, and remain open through Tuesday, September 12th.

    Again, I want to express my appreciation for your involvement in this process.



    • Chris Shaffer

      Christopher Shaffer 10:42 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This information will be very valuable to us in supporting diversity & inclusion in the library. Please respond to the survey if you haven’t already done so.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 5:53 pm on August 11, 2017 Permalink |  

    Diversity & Inclusion at UCSF Library – Recording of Kawanna Bright’s wrap-up 

    Hi. For those of you who were not able to attend Kawanna Bright’s presentation today, here is a recording of her presentation. She provided some preliminary observations from her meetings and discussions over the past two days.


  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 9:45 am on July 3, 2017 Permalink |  

    Teddy Gomes Presents on Open Access Policy Project Friday July 7 

    As part of the monthly Library Updates series, Teddy Gomes will be presenting about her work to improve UCSF faculty participation in the open access policy.

    Friday, July 7, 9:00 am, Room 201

    Attend remotely:   https://ucsf.zoom.us/j/150580339

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 4:31 pm on June 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    STAR Recognition Awards 2016-17 

    The Library Leadership Team is very pleased to share the results of this year’s STAR Achievement and Spot award nominations. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process.

    The STAR Achievement Awards were decided by a large committee which included 2 staff members from every department under the EVCP unit. Jim Munson and Lisa Leiva represented the Library (when necessary, committee members recused themselves from discussions).  The EVCP unit gave out a total of 12 Achievement Awards, 4 of which went to Library staff! Achievement Awards were designed to recognize extraordinary work over the past year.

    STAR Achievement Awardees 

    Jim Munson –  leadership and guidance of the Library as interim director

    Iesha Nevels –  leadership in community building with underserved populations at ZSFG

    Dylan Romero – building the Makers Lab into a vibrant and vital service

    Stefan Topfstedt –  leadership of collaborations and community-building in UCSF’s IT community

    Spot Awards

    In recognition of going the extra mile, numerous Library staff members received Spot awards. These employees each brought their unique strengths and passions to their work, going above and beyond the requirements of their jobs to contribute to the work of the Library and UCSF. The contributions of these awardees covered a wide gamut: proactively improving challenging processes, stepping up to support new programs like Makers Lab and data science, contributing to staff wellness and community, lending expertise to colleague’s projects, building partnerships and community outside of UCSF.

    Spot Award Recipients

    Geoff Boushey
    Alan Daniel
    Michael Foster
    Shauna Hannibal
    Jason Hedrick
    Jon Johnson
    Lisa Leiva
    Aira Lipson
    David MacFarland
    Naika McDonald
    Gail Persily
    Ned Raggett
    Rachel Taketa
    Rich Trott

    The STAR recognition program will be offered again next year, giving us more opportunities to recognize the work of Library staff. The program is expected to resume in the fall, giving everyone lots of time to put together nominations throughout the year.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 5:54 am on April 14, 2017 Permalink |  

    Campus STAR Spot Awards 

    Now that we’ve nominated our colleagues for STAR Achievement Award this year, we wanted to get the word out about the Spot Awards offered through the campus STAR Awards program.

    Please consider nominating a staff member (see eligibility list) for a $1,000 STAR Spot Award.

    What is a STAR Spot Award?

    • Cash awards designed to recognize significant employee achievements and contributions for a specific project or task over a relatively short period.
    • To recognize achievements and work performed January-June 2017.
    • Nominate from now until June 15 2 (last day to submit a nomination; new deadline!).

    How does the nomination process work? 

    • Complete Section A of this brief form and send it to the nominee’s supervisor (included in eligibility list).
    •  In addition to nominating Library staff,  you can also nominate people who work in the Library but report to a different department and/or people from other departments.
    • Supervisors will need to complete some additional administrative data and approve the form for submission.
    • A Review Team (Gail, Jim, Rich) will review nominations and ensure they comply with all policies and then finalize the award.

    Is the Library’s Spot Award program still active?

    • Yes, we are keeping our internal recognition program, but have decided to rename it “Thank A Colleague”
    • You can continue to nominate people for a “Thank a Colleague” award by submitting those nominations to Michael Foster as always.

    So take a few moments and submit a nomination to recognize a colleague’s noteworthy contribution.

    Important Links:

    If you have any questions, please let us know.


  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 3:15 pm on November 4, 2016 Permalink |  

    Welcome Learning Tech Specialist Kaori Keller 

    kaori_kellerWe are very excited to introduce Kaori Omori Keller, who joins the Tech Commons group on Monday, November 7 as our newest Learning Tech Specialist. Kaori is a graduate of the SFSU Master in Instructional Technologies program, as are some of our other talented Learning Tech Specialists (i.e. Dylan Romero and Lisa Leiva). Kaori has been working at the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) as an instructional designer for the past year and a half.

    Before getting interested in educational technology, Kaori was an ESL teacher, a career she pursued after teaching herself English by watching American TV and movies. Kaori shared with us that as a first generation college graduate, increasing access to education is a mission she feels personally driven to achieve.

    Kaori grew up in Tokyo and first came to the U.S. to attend Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Now she resides in San Francisco (good choice!), which she finds an excellent place to pursue her interests in photography and of course, food.

    Please join me in welcoming Kaori to UCSF and the Library.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 8:40 am on October 27, 2016 Permalink |

    We are excited to announce that a new Learning Tech Specialist will be starting Monday, November 7. (See related post about job opening dated September 6.) Kaori Keller comes to us from the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education where she designed, produced and supported online courses. With the addition of Kaori to the Learning Tech staff, Dylan can now focus his efforts fully on the Makers Lab. Stay tuned for a more extensive welcome message and bio!

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 9:08 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink |  

    New Learning Technologies Position 

    New position open in the Tech Commons! Please share with friends and colleagues who may be interested.

    The University of California San Francisco seeks a Learning Technologies Specialist to join our team of dedicated staff providing customer service and instruction in support of a wide range of instructional technology tools. The Learning Technologies Group at the UCSF Library supports the campus learning management system (Moodle), which is the center of a larger suite of web-based tools that we call the Collaborative Learning Environment. The Learning Tech specialists also support faculty, staff and students in the creation and use of media content for education.

    Successful candidates for this position are excited about the opportunities technology offers to enhance education, enjoy supporting and teaching novices as well as experts, and are looking for an environment where you can learn!

    See the full job announcement for #45599 at UCSF Careers.


  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 12:18 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink |  

    Library Overview Provided to Executive Vice Chancellor Dan Lowenstein 

    Last month, the Library Leadership Team met with EVC Dan Lowenstein so that Karen could introduce him to her team and share our current achievements and challenges. I wanted to share this document that we created for Dan, which provides a nice overview of the Library’s current activities.

    As you know, Dan will be joining our next Library Staff meeting on Sept. 16. Hope you can attend.


  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 10:10 am on July 29, 2015 Permalink |  

    Ben Stever moving on! 

    The rumors are true! Ben Stever is leaving UCSF for new adventures. In almost exactly two years, Ben has developed a campuswide reputation for being extremely knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to technology. Students regularly send us thank you notes expressing their appreciation for Ben’s kind assistance. His hard work is leaving us with our complex set of computer labs in excellent order – with sustainable, rational systems in place for their ongoing maintenance and their ability to support students taking high stakes exams, researchers studying computational biology, and the occasional thesis writer. And don’t even get me started on his work troubleshooting Windows 8! ben stever

    Ben and his wife Emily are setting out for either Sacramento or Portland in mid-August – for a new home and new jobs. Which city will it be? Stay tuned for an update or start a pool!

    Please join me in wishing Ben and Emily the best of luck in their next chapter and thanking him for all he has brought to the Library and the campus.

    Oh – and Ben’s last day is Wednesday, August 5. We’ll have a little open house in the Tech Commons that day so people can stop by to say good-bye and have a bite. Kirk and I will send an email reminder that day.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 10:18 am on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ben, you will be missed, but it sounds like you have adventures ahead. Good luck with the move!

    • Sean Mcclelland 10:26 am on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ben, this is how I feel about you leaving: https://youtu.be/WWaLxFIVX1s

    • Min-Lin Fang

      Min-Lin Fang 10:29 am on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      hi Ben you can’t leave :< Thank you so much for your excellent tech support as always. Best of luck to you and Emily in the new chapter of your life!!!

    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 10:59 am on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      :'( ….too…sad…to…type…………….

    • Richard Trott 12:33 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is a big loss for the Library and the campus, but hooray for new adventures! Best wishes, Ben!

    • Sarah McClung

      Sarah McClung 2:25 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Say it ain’t so! :-((((

      Best of luck on the next chapter!

    • Mary Tahir 2:40 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Noooo! I will miss you. Thanks for all your help and best of luck with your new adventures.

    • Lisa Leiva 2:48 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ben, Thank you so much for all your help getting started with LTG! I am sad to see you go but super excited for your new adventures!

    • Dylan Romero

      Dylan Romero 4:02 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It has been on honor to work with you Ben and your sense of humor and expertise will definitely be missed! Stay in touch and best of luck with your next adventure!!!

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 5:13 pm on August 4, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aw, shucks. I’m sorry to see you go. But I wish you all the best with your move and starting up your life in Portland.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 6:48 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink |  

    Welcome Lisa, our newest addition to the Learning Tech Group 

    LoLphotoWe are fortunate to have Lisa Leiva starting on Monday July 6 as a Learning Technologies Specialist, working alongside Sean and Dylan. Lisa has been working at UCSF for a number of years, most recently in the division of geriatrics where she coordinated several aspects of their education programs, including their online presence on the Collaborative Learning Environment.

    Lisa earned her Masters Degree in Instructional Technology at SFSU in 2014 and we are delighted she is coming here to put her skills to work!

    Please join us in welcoming Lisa to the Library!

    • Richard Trott 8:30 am on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome, Lisa! You’re joining a great group. Looking forward to working with you.

    • Dylan Romero

      Dylan Romero 1:49 pm on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome to the Library Lisa – we are thrilled to have you on-board! Let me know how I can help as you get started.

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 3:37 pm on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome, Lisa!

    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 2:38 pm on July 13, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome Lisa!

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 5:29 pm on June 19, 2015 Permalink |  

    How to see these blog posts in your email 

    It is hard to remember to check for updates in Off the Shelf without getting an email alert when something new has been posted. However, for some of us, the Subscribe via email on the right doesn’t work consistently.

    There is another easy way to make sure you get alerts for this and any other blogs via your Outlook email using the RSS feed reader right in Outlook.

    1. Find the RSS Feeds option in your navigation bar in Outlook.


    2. Right click on it and select the option Add a New RSS Feed.

    3. Paste in the URL for the feed. For this blog, the feed URL is: https://staff.library.ucsf.edu/share/feed

    4. For other blogs, click on the RSS icon and grab the url of that link.

    RSS Subscribe

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 9:17 am on March 6, 2015 Permalink |

    Liz Taylor Moving On 

    I am sad to announce that Liz Taylor will be leaving us for new adventures later this month. Her last day will be Friday March 20. Liz and her husband are relocating to Denver, Colorado where they both have exciting new job opportunities. Liz will be starting a position at Yukon Learning, where she will further develop her expertise in designing eLearning modules.image

    Liz Taylor joined the Learning Technologies team in October 2013. In a year and a half, she has made considerable contributions to the work of the team. Many faculty and staff have benefitted from consultations with her on using Articulate Studio as well as the CLE. She was a big part of getting the twice monthly Tech Clinics off the ground and putting together the Intro to CLE session featured at each clinic.

    We will all miss Liz’s energy and enthusiasm, as she has been an active member of the Library staff. She has served twice on the holiday party committee and also as one of the Engagment Survey ambassadors, leading the staff to a pizza party prize.

    Please join me in wishing Liz the best before she heads for the foothills of the Rockies. We will keep you posted on plans for a send-off.

    • Kemi Amin

      Kemi Amin 9:22 am on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Say it ain’t so!!!
      Best wishes to you Liz and thank you for the warm welcome during my arrival at the Library. Have fun in Denver!

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 9:26 am on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sad news for us, but best of luck in Denver!

    • Sarah McClung

      Sarah McClung 10:03 am on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Best of luck, Liz! It’s been wonderful working with you!

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 12:58 pm on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Definitely a loss for us. 🙁 Good luck with your new adventures in Denver!

    • Liz Taylor

      Liz Taylor 5:03 pm on March 9, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks everyone for your kind words! It’s definitely a bitter sweet move! Gonna’ miss 530 Parnassus!

    • Elizabeth Bayha 5:22 pm on March 9, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aw, Liz! 530 just won’t be as bright and bubbly without you here! You will be missed!

    • Hamza Alduraidi

      Hamza Alduraidi 6:53 pm on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dear Liz.. It was a great pleasure working with you! I wish you the best of happiness and success in Denver and wherever you decide to be. I couldn’t make it to today’s event, but I will definitely see you before you leave and say my goodbyes.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 1:35 pm on January 2, 2015 Permalink |

    Welcome Kemi Amin! 

    kemiI am delighted to report that we have a new Communications Manager starting on Monday January 5. Muinat Kemi Amin is joining us after 8 years at UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden where she served as marketing manager.

    Prior to working at UC Berkeley, Kemi worked at Buy Local Berkeley, a city funded program to stimulate the local economy. While still an undergrad, she was the co-founder and executive director of the Center for African Diasporan Culture – an arts and culture nonprofit focused on promoting and supporting African Diasporic culture in the East Bay.

    Kemi has an MBA in Design Strategy from the California College of the Arts – a unique program that unites the perspectives of systems thinking, design thinking, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework. That may sound like a mouthful, but it translates into a great fit for our environment.

    Kemi is dedicated to applying her expertise in design and business to develop marketing strategies for the public good. I feel very fortunate to have her joining us at the UCSF Library.

    Kemi will be located in the CKM. Please drop by and welcome Kemi to our staff!

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 4:48 pm on November 25, 2014 Permalink |  

    Library Accomplishments for 2013-14 

    We summarized the past year’s accomplishments in this document to illustrate the progress we have made on our strategic goals.

    Click image below to read online. Or go to this print-friendly version.

    Thank you to Dylan Romero for formatting this document for maximum readability and impact.


  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 9:49 am on October 7, 2014 Permalink |

    Steven Williams moving on to UC Berkeley 

    We have been very fortunate to have Steven Williams here the last 2 years, leading the production of the Coursera courses and demonstrating what is possible when we put some resources behind online course design and production. Steven has been instrumental in shepherding these courses from idea to reality and has received rave reviews from the faculty of these courses. His collaboration with faculty and other departments on campus has paved the way for new initiatives in educational technology at UCSF.

    Somehow Steven also found time to assist with other projects, most recently the rollout of the Kaltura video hosting platform. We will miss his hard work and sharp mind, but are very excited that he has found a great opportunity at UC Berkeley.

    Steven has accepted a position as UC Berkeley’s Academic Integrity Service Lead on their Educational Technology Services team. His last day at UCSF will be Friday, October 24.

    Please join me in wishing Steven the best. Who knows? Maybe he will return once again!


    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 6:12 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sad for us, but congratulations on your new position, Steven!

    • Liz Taylor

      Liz Taylor 10:08 am on October 16, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, Steven! Best of luck!

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 12:15 pm on October 2, 2014 Permalink |

    The Library is currently recruiting for a Communications Coordinator to ensure that the UCSF Library’s programs and services are widely publicized by implementing effective marketing and communications strategies to increase visibility and participation.
    The position can be found at http://ucsfhr.ucsf.edu/careers by searching for keyword 41410.
    Please share with any potential candidates.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 1:35 pm on September 29, 2014 Permalink |  

    Here is a link to the Powerpoint that Kirk put together about Mission Hall. https://ucsf.box.com/s/wfy6lwmxs5uat0casfd1

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 6:37 pm on May 21, 2014 Permalink |
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    Erin Hayes Heading off to China Basin 

    Erin Hayes, web & marketing assistant extraordinaire, has accepted a new position (Programs Analyst) at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Erin has been working her magic at the Library since 2007. From creating eye-catching graphics for our website news items, to building our social media presence, Erin has been instrumental in getting the word out about Library services and programs. She has also been a key member of the web team – producing and editing content and working on the recent usability testing and site updates.

    There is much much more I could say about Erin’s many contributions here, but the main thing is congratulations, Erin on your new position and best of luck in the new job. I am so happy you will still be part of UCSF so that we can continue to draw on your expertise and creative ideas.

    Erin’s last day will be on or around June 4.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 7:08 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wishing Erin all the best!

    • Liz Taylor

      Liz Taylor 8:37 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations and good luck @Erin Hayes!

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 9:47 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply


    • Andres Panado

      Andres Panado 9:58 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wil miss Erin. 🙁 She is such a wonderful colleague to work with and I’m sad to see her leave us.

      Erin – thank you SO MUCH for volunterring to work at the Service Desk two hours a week.

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 11:53 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations Erin! Our loss is the Cancer Center’s gain.

    • Erin Hayes

      Erin Hayes 9:45 am on May 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks everyone! It’s really been a pleasure working here and with all of you!

    • Rachel Taketa

      Rachel Taketa 3:56 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What???? Nooooooooo. OK, well… congrats Erin! We will miss you 🙁

    • Susan Boone

      Susan Boone 2:17 pm on June 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, Erin!

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 9:07 am on October 21, 2013 Permalink |

    Welcome our Newest Learning Technologies Specialist 

    I am very pleased to welcome Liz Taylor to the Library and the Learning Technologies Group. Liz recently moved here from Arlington, Virginia where she worked at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a non-profit that works to improve health worldwide. At MSH, Liz was a Senior Training Specialist who designed elearning content for delivery worldwide. And lucky for us, MSH just happens to use Moodle!

    Liz has a Masters degree in Education and Human Development. She has a passion for elearning and is excited to be making her home in San Francisco. We are delighted to have her on our team.

    Liz loves dining out, is comfortable behind a sewing machine, and lives with her husband and two kitty kats.

    Please join me in welcoming Liz to UCSF.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 9:47 am on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome Liz! i look forward to meeting you.

    • Sean Mcclelland 5:21 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome, Liz, we’re excited to work with you. Can you sew me a Halloween costume?!

    • Liz Taylor

      Elizabeth Taylor 5:22 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Everyone! Glad to be here!

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 8:20 am on September 26, 2013 Permalink |  

    The UCSF 25th Annual Faculty and Staff Art Show (and Sale!) is September 30 – October 3. Check it out. http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2013/09/109121/ucsf-celebrates-25th-annual-faculty-and-staff-art-show

    I understand some of the Library staff have pieces in the show! Sean McClelland is one. Who else?

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 1:06 pm on August 9, 2013 Permalink |

    Sean McClelland's New Role 

    I am very pleased to announce that Sean McClelland has accepted the Lead Learning Technologies Specialist position we have been recruiting for in the LTG.

    Sean has made significant contributions to the Learning Technologies Group for the past 2 years, providing excellent services and gaining recognition for his Better Presenter blog and workshops. I am excited to begin working more closely with Sean as we develop plans for LTG services in the future.

    Please join me in congratulating Sean on his promotion.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 6:26 pm on July 11, 2013 Permalink |  

    Check it out. Peggy Tahir is doing a webinar about copyright. It is one of the Midday at the OASIS programs offered by the Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library (kind of a regional outpost of NLM).

    Presentation Title: Educating Faculty on Copyright @ UCSF: Fair Use, Open Access, and Brief Updates on Current Court Cases

    Description: Peggy Tahir, Education & Copyright Librarian, UCSF Library, will cover copyright issues and what she has been doing at UCSF, including details about their new Open Access Policy, and she will go into some details on Fair Use and conducting a Fair Use analysis. She will also cover some of the current court cases involving copyright.

    When: July 17, 2013
    1-2PM (Pacific) | 10-11AM (Hawaii) | 1-2PM (Arizona) | 9-10AM (American Samoa) | 6-7AM Thursday (Guam)

    Please register now for the Midday at the OASIS!

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 4:22 pm on March 23, 2013 Permalink |  

    Current Topics – Computer-based Assessment, Data Management Plans, and SXSW! 

    This week’s Current Topics session featured 3 reports from staff attending a diverse range of meetings.

    Ryan Brazell reported on his experiences attending SWALLT, which – in case you didn’t already know – is the Southwest Association of Language Learning Technology. Ryan is a long time member of this volunteer organization dedicated to assisting those involved with any area of language learning and the use of technology. Even though the focus is language learning, the technologies they discuss are very applicable at UCSF. Ryan talked about an informative session on computer-based assessment (or online exams) which is a topic of major interest at UCSF. Check out a blog post on Convergence that summarizes a workshop we held on the topic last November. The presenter at SWALLT explained his strategies for developing competency-based assessments that can identify a student as possessing beginner, intermediate or advanced skills.

    Megan Laurance attended a meeting about the DMP Tool available through the CDL. DMP stands for Data Management Plan. Major funders including NSF and NIH require that investigators have a data management plan for various types grants. The meeting Megan attended was really a workshop hosted by the CDL where attendees brainstormed ideas for how to engage researchers on their campuses in using the DMP Tool and how libraries can play a key role. Megan’s report led to a good discussion about data repositories and data archives as well.

    Julia Kochi was among the 30,000 who descended upon Austin, TX for the South by Southwest (SXSW) meeting. Julia attended SXSW Interactive which is all about technology (hardware, software, storage, apps, etc.).  In trying to keep it manageable, Julia focused on big data (in this case they were talking about personalized data)/privacy, design, and space.  There were a surprising number of presentations about space and how to use space to foster innovation and creativity as well as how to have the proper work/life balance.  The sessions about “big data” and how the interactions of your life are tracked was certainly enough to give one pause to think about loyalty programs and smartphone usage (see the story about the “Target baby” as an example).  Overall, it was an invigorating, overwhelming, and exhausting experience!

    Thank you to Ryan, Megan, and Julia for reporting on these interesting meetings and generating some interesting discussion. Future Current Topics sessions will be jam-packed, as there are a lot of professional meetings in the April-May timeframe. I urge folks to attend – learn something new and find out what your colleagues are up to.


  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 4:33 pm on February 4, 2013 Permalink |  

    Welcome new education and reference librarian Evans Whitaker! 

    I am delighted to welcome a new librarian to the staff, Evans Whitaker, who started on February 4. Whit joins the Education and Reference group where he will provide support for the School of Medicine curriculum as well as consultation and instructional services in a range of areas.

    Whit worked in a similar role at the Norris Medical Library at University of Southern California where he provided instruction to students in the Keck School of Medicine as well as other programs. Most recently, he was the librarian for the Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz.

    Whit came to librarianship after 20 some years as a clinician in family practice when he decided to put his passion for information retrieval and management to work in a new career. We are very excited to have Whit bring his unique background to UCSF and to our library.

    Whit is California born, raised and educated – B.S. in Biology from Stanford, M.D. from UC Irvine, and M.L.I.S. from San José State University. After five years in North Carolina, he and his wife  moved to the foothills of Santa Cruz. Whit enjoys being outdoors, riding bikes and hiking. Whit and his wife have a just married daughter in Lynchburg, VA and a son, recently graduated from college, who is living at home and teaching math at his former high school.


    • Mark Bridge

      Mark Bridge 4:38 pm on February 4, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome Whit – it was nice to meet you – Mark (one of the programmers 🙂

    • Evans Whitaker

      Evans Whitaker 8:40 am on February 5, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Mark! It is good to be here.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 10:51 am on January 18, 2013 Permalink |  

    Thank you to the Coffee Club for reviving monthly coffee hours!!!

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 10:53 am on January 18, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hear, hear!

    • Margaret Hughes

      Margaret Hughes 10:59 am on January 18, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Here’s the info again:

      The tradition of the Library Coffee Hour is being revived! We’d like to invite all of you to share in some caffeinated (or, yes, decaf) conversation with your coworkers on the first Friday of every month. Coffee Hours will be from 10am-11am in the first floor Staff Lounge. Join us for coffee, tea, and treats!

      Speaking of treats, we’d like to ask for volunteers to serve as co-hosts each month and bring in snacks for the group. Please sign-up on the wiki page for the month of your choice. We’ll be sure to send you a reminder email the week before.

      The first Coffee Hour will be Friday, February 1st. Mark your calendars! Looking forward to it!

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