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  • Kemi Amin

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

    Library Staff Summer Jamboree 

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


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

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


  • Kirk Hudson

    Kirk Hudson 2:17 pm on May 18, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: hardware, process, purchase, request, software, staff   

    New Process for Library Staff to Request Computer Hardware & Software 

    To improve the process for Library staff requesting computer hardware and software, and to provide tracking, we have chosen to use Zendesk for all requests moving forward from today.

    To make sure your requests get routed to the Tech Commons directly, please make sure to select these options when making your request:

    1. Go to https://www.library.ucsf.edu/contact/
    2. In the first field titled, I need help with: select Hardware/Software
    3. Complete the remaining fields. In the field titled, Affiliation: select Staff
    4. In the field titled, Department: enter Library
    5. In the field titled, How can we help you?: enter as much information about the hardware and/or software you are requesting.
    6. Click the Send button to submit your request

    Completing the form with these four fields completed as indicated makes tracking easier.
    Post-sale and after digital download of software, tracking of license codes is important for future upgrades or purchases. Ideally, when we/you receive your hardware or software, entering serial numbers, digital download URL’s, license codes, etc. into the ticket will allow us to retroactively look this information up. If you don’t have access to Zendesk, please contact your manager or supervisor to request access.

    We are hopeful this new process provides more transparency regarding the hardware and software request and purchase process. If you have outstanding software or hardware purchases, and have not received an email from Zendesk indicating the purchase, please complete your request using the process above.

  • Kemi Amin

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

    Nominate Co-workers for UCSF STAR Awards 

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

    Two Types of Awards

    Achievement Awards – nominations due March 31 27!

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

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

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

    Nomination Process for Achievement Awards


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

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

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

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


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

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

    STAR Award Nomination Form

    EVCP Additional Documentation Form

    Full details on HR site

    Achievement Awards Criteria

    Chancellor’s Priorities

    UCSF PRIDE Values

    Miscellaneous Questions

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

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

    Yes, and thank you for considering making a nomination.

    Can I nominate more than one person?


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

    Can I nominate myself?
    Nope, sorry.

    Is the award taxed?

    More Questions?

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

  • Gail Persily

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

    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!

  • Richard Trott 12:48 pm on July 5, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: , staff   

    UCSF Library Slack 

    If you haven’t tried out (or heard about!) the UCSF Library Slack, here’s a short list of features. If you have not yet joined the UCSF Library Slack, try it now!

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  • Kemi Amin

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

    Meet Michelle McNeil 

    Marketing & Communications Assistant Michelle McNeil

    Marketing & Communications Assistant Michelle McNeil


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

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




    Illustration by Michelle’s McNeil >

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


    • Anneliese Taylor

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

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

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 12:15 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink |
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    Staff in Print – Ariel Deardorff and Peggy Tahir 

    In April, both Ariel and Peggy published papers but in very different areas.  Ariel published a review of the data visualization software Tableau in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA).  The piece highlights features of Tableau, why and how people might use it, and covers the differences between the versions available.  JMLA is open access, so you can read the full-text of the article.  Peggy was a co-author of a systematic review that reviewed studies using remote physical activity monitoring in neurological diseases, highlighting advances and determining gaps.  Peggy participated in the development of the search strategy and methodology – a key component of a systematic review.  The article is in PLOS ONE, another open access publication.  Congratulations to Peggy and Ariel on their publishing accomplishments!

  • Kemi Amin

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

    Karen’s Official Retirement Announcement 

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

    Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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



  • Richard Trott 8:35 am on July 6, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: staff   

    Welcome Back, Stefan 

    4942292864_f54c4ae999_bStefan Topfstedt has rejoined the CKM to work on Ilios and the CLE. Please join me in welcoming Stefan, the latest former Library employee to “boomerang”. (I’m a boomerang, myself!)

    If you need a topic of conversation when introducing (or re-introducing) yourself to Stefan, I recommend asking him about his French bulldog, Beetle.

    Obligatory Welcome Back, Kotter joke: Please be advised that just because we have him on the spot, that is not a sufficient reason to tease him a lot.

  • Kemi Amin

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

    Hi All –

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

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


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

  • Gail Persily

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

    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.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 3:20 pm on September 11, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: staff,   

    Interested in what Megan and others like her do? 

    Megan will be part of a panel, along with colleagues from USC and UCSD, talking about Bioinformatics and Libraries. The webinar is part of the Midday at the OASIS series and will be held Wednesday, September 17 from 2-3pm. More information, including how to register for it, below:

    Presentation Title: Bioinformatics and Libraries

    Presenters: with Yi-Bu Chen, PhD., M.S., Program Director, NML Bioinformatics Services, USC Norris Medical Library; Megan Laurance, PhD., Research Informationist, UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management; Lucila Ohno-Machado. MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Biomedical Informatics, University of California San Diego.

    Description: Speakers will address current issues in Bioinformatics and training programs and services for Bioinformatics through the Library,.

    Please register now for the Midday at the OASIS! Session!

    A recording is usually available if you can’t make the live version.

  • Richard Trott 8:10 am on August 25, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: staff   

    Baby Shower for Mark Bridge & Amy 

    Mark Bridge and his wife Amy are expecting their first child in October!

    We’ll be having a baby shower for them in conference room 119 on Friday at 2PM. Come by and congratulate the parents-to-be!

    I also have a card in my office if you’d like to sign it. Stop by or get in touch to arrange a time.

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 4:48 pm on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, Mark! I’m sorry I missed your shower, but I’ll look forward to baby pictures!

    • Mark Bridge

      Mark Bridge 11:41 am on September 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Julia, and thank you everyone. By all accounts there will be lots of photos, and I’ll try to bring some in for the November coffee hour which I’ve just signed up for. I might be half asleep, but there will be lots of photos I’m sure 🙂

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 2:11 pm on August 7, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: staff,   

    Leslie Kleinberg Moving on Up – to the EVCP Office 

    Leslie Kleinberg has accepted the position of Administrative Specialist in the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost’s office effective October 1st. In her new position, she will be tracking and reviewing correspondence for the offices of the Chancellor and EVCP, producing web and email communications, supporting the University’s compliance with public requests for information, and planning events.

    Leslie has held a variety of roles since she joined the Library in 2000. She started with a dual position of web support and print communications, segued into focusing more on the web, became the main contact for upkeep and maintenance of the Library’s website, and has lately focused on using her project management expertise to support the Kaltura project. Throughout it all she has developed her skills as a project manager and has played an instrumental role on a number of big projects – from shepherding the migration of the website to Drupal, managing the migration to and implementation of ServiceNow, and most recently leading the implementation of EZProxy.

    I will miss Leslie’s willingness to step up to the plate and take on a new project or responsibility and the many contributions she’s made to the Library in the past 14 years. She’ll still be part of the EVCP family, so I’m sure our paths will continue to cross.

    Leslie’s last day will be Friday, August 15th. She will be away for medical leave and will start her new position October 1st.

    We’ll be having a going away Coffee Hour for her on August 15th from 10-11am. Please join us to wish Leslie well in her new position!

  • Kirk Hudson

    Kirk Hudson 2:31 pm on July 1, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: masters graduate, staff   

    Ben's Master's adventure… 

    starts August 2014 at the University of San Francisco and finishes 27 months later!

    Ben will study for a Master of Science in Information Systems in the School of Management. His course uses traditional classroom and lecture instruction, and an online Learning Management System similar to the Library’s CLE.

    This seems like a perfect match. Ben’s work experience will inform his academic course of study, and his studies will enhance his work and the operation of the Tech Commons. Please congratulate Ben as he embarks on this new scholastic journey.

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 6:37 pm on May 21, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: staff,   

    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!

  • Jim Munson

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

  • Gail Persily

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

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 12:30 pm on April 23, 2013 Permalink |
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    Want to suggest a book for the Popular Reading Collection? 

    Talk to Rachel Taketa and Eric Peterson! As of April 22nd, Rachel and Eric have taken over selection for the Popular Reading Collection. Since I’ve been the only person selecting since the collection started 5 years ago, having new people select books will bring different viewpoints and interests and broaden and refresh the collection.

    If you’re not sure what we have right now, you can see a list of all titles at http://ucsfcat.ucsf.edu/search~S0?/ftlist^bib329%2C1%2C0%2C98/mode=2 .

    Thanks Eric and Rachel!

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 10:30 am on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      More non-fiction please.

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 12:00 pm on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Definitely let Eric and Rachel know the types of non-fiction. The non-fiction titles are a little harder since we’re selecting from a limited catalog of titles, and it tends to focus on the more pop non-fiction.

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 3:18 pm on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing. Lawrence Krauss

    • Richard Trott 8:36 am on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is it possible to get books that aren’t provided by that service we use? Specifically, we have the book _12_ about the Gallup workplace evaluation process down here in the CKM. (It’s in the catalog.) It is collecting dust, but given that the entire campus is undergoing the Gallup process, I wonder if it might be of interest to the campus at large.

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 12:34 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sure, we can add that book to the popular reading collection. If you drop it off with Susan, she can label it and change the location in the catalog. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Arthur Townsend

    Arthur Townsend 12:41 pm on April 15, 2013 Permalink |
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    Welcome, Alberto Luna 

    Please join me in congratulating Alberto Luna who has recently accepted the position of Mission Bay Library Public Services Assistant. Since October 2011 Alberto has worked at the UCSF Library as a casual Library Assistant. Alberto previously worked at the Sutro branch of the California State Library and before that at San Francisco State University’s Leonard Library. Alberto has a bachelor’s degree in History from San Francisco State University as well as an associate degree in Library Information from City College of San Francisco. Alberto is currently working on a Master of Library and Information Science degree from San José State University. If you happen to be at Mission Bay please stop by the library and congratulate Alberto on his new position. Alberto can be reached at 514-4060.

    • Leslie Kleinberg 1:35 pm on April 15, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congrats, Alberto!

    • Julia Kochi

      Julia Kochi 11:19 am on April 18, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, Alberto!

    • Lucy Friedland

      Lucy Friedland 4:30 pm on April 18, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s great news, Alberto. I’m happy for you!

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 5:23 pm on May 9, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations, Alberto.

    • Alberto Luna

      Alberto Luna 7:39 pm on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you everybody though took me over a year to respond seeing that I recently became aware we had a staff blog?!

      Boy is my face red!

  • Richard Trott 8:19 am on March 4, 2013 Permalink |
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    Carson Tam Welcomes His Second Daughter 

    Carson Tam and his wife Eva had their second daughter, Shaelyn, on February 8. She weighed 7 lb. 4 oz. and was 18 inches long.  Mom and baby are doing great, and older sister Kaelyn is no doubt thrilled.

    Congratulations, Carson and family!



  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 11:43 am on February 1, 2013 Permalink |
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    Welcome, Megan Laurance 

    Please join me in welcoming Megan Laurance as the new Research Informationist. Megan will be working with me to identify and develop new services for researchers. Initially she’ll be working on evaluating Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA) and similar tools as well as on the DataShare project. She will split her time between Parnassus and Mission Bay. Her office at Parnassus will be in the Reference Suite (CL351) and her office at Mission Bay will be behind the Circ Desk.

    Megan comes to us from Ingenuity Systems where she has been a scientist for the past 12 years. Megan brings with her a deep understanding of the research process and needs of researchers, experience with user research and project management, and marketing. Megan earned her B.S. from Boston College and her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Oregon Health Sciences University.

    During her free time, Megan enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of San Francisco, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and her 7- and 5-year old daughters.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 2:33 pm on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome Megan. I did some time at BC too, many hours of which were spent studying in O’Neill Library 🙂

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 3:37 pm on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome to UCSF, Megan.

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 9:43 am on January 15, 2013 Permalink |
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    Rebecca Tang Baby Announcement 

    Isla (EYE-lah) Tang arrived on January 2nd at 5am, 7 lb 4 oz, 21.5 inches. Mommy, Daddy, big sister and baby are all doing well!

    Congratulations Rebecca and family!

  • Polina Ilieva

    Polina Ilieva 2:26 pm on September 14, 2012 Permalink |
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    Welcome Spencer Wright to the Archives and Special Collections! 

    Please join me in welcoming our new intern Spencer Wright. He selected the UCSF Archives for his History Internship Program and will help us with several projects from September until December. He will be working in the Archives reading room usually on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    Spencer is currently an undergraduate at the University of San Francisco, where he is majoring in US History with a minor in Classical Studies; his areas of academic interests include post-Civil War and Gilded Age history along with works of epic poetry from Ancient Greece and Rome.  Upon completing his BA there, he plans to pursue a Master’s in Library Information Science and work as a librarian.

     As befitting any potential librarian, Spencer is an avid reader in his spare time, and can frequently be found with a book by John Steinbeck or Philip K. Dick in hand.  When away from his books, Spencer can be found exploring Golden Gate Park or Ocean Beach (usually looking for ideal reading spots for sunny days), along with frequenting the Balboa Theater, always eager to see the latest movie, be it a summer blockbuster or an art-house favorite.


  • Polina Ilieva

    Polina Ilieva 8:38 am on September 11, 2012 Permalink |
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    Welcome Margaret Hughes to the Archives and Special Collections! 

    Please join me in welcoming our new Assistant Archivist Margaret Hughes. In 2011 Maggie graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Information where she had a dual specialization in Library & Information Services and Archives & Records Management. She spent the last year working as a Special Collections Cataloging Graduate Intern at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where she processed the Sylvia Sleigh papers and answered reference questions.

    While attending UM Maggie worked for two years as an Assistant Librarian at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and also spent the summer of 2010 as a Graduate Archival Intern at the Archives of American Art processing, arranging, and digitizing several collections. After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Maggie spent a year in New Zealand, then was a tour guide in France and also taught English in South Korea. Maggie’s hobbies include reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. She likes being outdoors and often goes running and hiking. She enjoys traveling and in her own words she “wants to go everywhere!”

    Maggie is located in the Archives office, room 524.

    • Michele Mizejewski

      Michele Mizejewski 2:39 pm on September 14, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Glad to have you, Maggie.

    • Anneliese Taylor

      Anneliese Taylor 3:34 pm on September 27, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome, Maggie. New Zealand, south Korea and being a tour guide in France – sounds fun!

  • Kirk Hudson

    Kirk Hudson 5:18 pm on August 29, 2012 Permalink |
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    Laudable Customer Service: Marc Lowe 

    Congratulations and thanks to Marc Lowe for providing excellent customer service. A clinical resident requested help connecting to the UCSFwpa secure wireless network. In the process of setting up access to wireless, Marc explained how the resident could efficiently use VPN to download articles remotely.

    “… he (Marc) did a splendid job in helping me better connect to campus resources.”

    “… he (Marc) considerately explained how my previous VPN access was limiting my ability to download articles…” and “he (Marc) setup up the Network Connect app that has immensely streamlined my research capabilities.”

    “Overall, he (Marc) executed his job efficiently and went above and beyond my initial question!”

    Thanks for a job well done Marc!

  • Julia Kochi

    Julia Kochi 2:19 pm on June 25, 2012 Permalink |
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    New Responsibilities for Anneliese Taylor 

    Over the past year or so, the Library’s participation in scholarly publishing activities has been steadily increasing.  With the recent adoption of the UCSF Open Access Policy, this activity will require even more active leadership and support by the Library.

    Anneliese has been a major contributor to these recent efforts, working closely with UCSF faculty and the CDL.  To continue to grow our programs in this strategic area, Anneliese will begin devoting half of her time on scholarly publishing issues.  She will work with UCSF faculty, the CDL, and other parties to communicate about and implement the Open Access policy, conceive and deliver new programs, and educate the UCSF community about scholarly communication issues. Effectively immediately, her new title is Assistant Director, Scholarly Communications and Collections.

    In addition to navigating us through the new area of scholarly communications, Anneliese will continue to manage the work and staff of the Collection Management department.  We will be hiring a new librarian to take over her collection development duties.

    Please join me in congratulating Anneliese on her new role!

  • Richard Trott 10:35 am on June 12, 2012 Permalink |
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    Congratulations to Kirk Hudson on his 6th AIDS/LifeCycle Ride 

    Kirk Hudson has just completed his 6th AIDS/LifeCycle fundraising ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Over the years, Kirk’s pedaling has raised over $20,000 for charities like the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

    Congratulations, Kirk!

    On a related note, UCSF teams are raising funds for the July 15 AIDS Walk in Golden Gate Park. Please consider joining a team and/or contributing!

  • Jim Munson

    Jim Munson 4:56 pm on June 5, 2012 Permalink |
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    Congratulations to Jeff Codori on the Publication of His Book 

    We have another author amongst the Library staff! Jeff Codori new book was recently published, titled “Colleen Moore: A Biography of the Silent Film Star.” We have a copy in the Library’s collection, and of course it’s available on Amazon.com. The following is a brief description.

    Colleen Moore (1899-1988) was one of the most popular and beloved stars of the American silent screen. Remembered primarily as a comedienne in such films as Ella Cinders (1926) and Orchids and Ermine (1927), Moore’s career was also filled with dramatic roles which often reflected greater societal trends. A trailblazing performer, her legacy was overshadowed by the female stars that followed her, notably Louise Brooks and Clara Bow. An in-depth examination of Moore’s early life and film career, the book focuses on the ways in which her family and the times in which she lived influenced the roles she chose.

    Congratulations, Jeff!

  • Gail Persily

    Gail Persily 4:39 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink |
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    Josephine Tan Moves On 

    Librarian extraordinaire, Josephine Tan, has decided to leave us after almost 7 years at UCSF. The tug of family responsibilities has become just a little stronger with the birth of her second child, Alonzo, in January.

    Josephine with son Santiago in Dec 2010

    During her time here Josephine has developed a curriculum with the School of Medicine that covers the entire 4 year MD program. Josephine has also developed and taught classes in the Pathways to Discovery program, which involves students from all of the schools. She has become known for her creative techniques for boiling down complex search processes into 3 digestible tips. Her Power of 3 approach will undoubtedly live on at UCSF, as will her SuperSearching guide, the culmination of many iterations of Super Searching workshops and handouts.

    Her colleagues at the School of Medicine have spoken very highly of Josephine over the years.

    Josephine’s high energy and enthusiasm will serve her well in her current role. I know she intends to remain engaged in the field of medical librarianship and expect we will be hearing more from her before to long.

    Josephine will be in the office on May 16 for her last day. Stop by and wish her well. Or post your wishes here!

    • Erin Hayes

      Erin Hayes 4:43 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We’ll miss you, Josephine! Come and visit us often.

    • Josephine Tan 11:28 pm on May 14, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes, I definitely plan to visit, since I live just a mile away from campus. I do believe those are Jon Thomas’ glasses that Santiago has on 🙂

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