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For university librarian, 11 million volumes just the beginning

“A scholar with expertise in online information, public policy and economics, Jeffrey MacKie-Mason started attending meetings on campus last summer and assumed the reins as UC Berkeley’s new university librarian on Oct. 1. MacKie-Mason comes to Berkeley from the University of Michigan, where he served for 29 years first as a faculty member, then dean of the School of Information. Wearing the librarian hat for the first time, he now oversees a library system with more than 11 million volumes, several dozen facilities and a combined staff of some 350 employees.” (via Berkeley News)

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Berkeley Public Library card requirements raise concerns

“Berkeley Public Library’s requirement of a photo ID and evidence of a home address in order to obtain a library card has raised concerns regarding the accessibility of the institution. According to James LaRue, director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, it is standard practice for libraries across the nation to request a photo ID and an address. LaRue noted that the requirement is in place in order to insure the safety of the library’s collection, by enabling checked-out materials to be recovered if necessary.” (via The Daily Californian)

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Months after resignation of Jeff Scott, Berkeley Public Library hires interim director

“On Monday, the former city manager of Albany began her first day as the Berkeley Public Library interim director after former library director Jeff Scott resigned in August amid controversy. Beth Pollard, whose appointment was announced Friday, will succeed acting Library Director Sarah Dentan in the position until a permanent director is appointed in spring 2016. Abigail Franklin, chair of the Berkeley Board of Library Trustees, contributed to Pollard’s appointment and praised her openly in a press release for her familiarity with Berkeley and a “wide range of library services expertise.” (via Daily Californian)

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Berkeley Public Library director resigns amid contention over book weeding

“Jeff Scott, the director of library services for the Berkeley Public Library, announced his resignation Monday after multiple protests related to the removal of thousands of books from the library’s inventory. Scott’s resignation will take effect Sept. 8, less than a year after he was appointed to the position. Sarah Dentan, acting deputy director, will take over the position while the Board of Library Trustees searches for a permanent replacement.” (via Daily Californian)

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Obscure and popular books part of Berkeley library weeding process

“When librarians from the Berkeley Public Library were examining books that had not been checked out for three years to determine which ones to keep and which to discard, they reviewed “The Housefly: Its Natural History, Medical Importance, and Control,” written by Luther S. West in 1951. It was retained. So was “A Guide to Shrubs for Coastal California,” by Harry Morton Butterfield, published in 1980, and the memoir “The Peacocks of Baboquivari,” by Erma J. Fisk, which came out in 1987. But the librarians agreed that Yingxing Song’s “Chinese Technology in the Seventeenth Century,” described by its publisher as a “1637 classic on the history of traditional Chinese technology,” didn’t need to remain in circulation. Neither did “Creating Color: a Dyer’s Handbook,” by Judy Anne Walter or “Strip City: A Stripper’s Farewell Journey across America,” by Lily Burana.” (via Berkeley Side)

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Berkeley: Whistle-blower rally calls for library policy changes

“Retired librarians and some three dozen allies blew the whistle Tuesday — literally — at a noontime rally on library policies. Calling for whistle-blower protection for staff, retired librarian Pat Mullan, a whistle around her neck, told the crowd outside the Central Library that the system’s staff members face “threats of retaliation for speaking up in meetings.” Mullan was referring to librarians who have publicly opposed the reorganized process for selecting and deselecting library materials. “Thousands and thousands of books have been tossed without the librarians’ input,” Mullan charged, punctuating her message with whistle blasts. (via San Jose News)

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Berkley or Berkeley? Library scores misspelled buttons

“When two cities have nearly identical names, mix-ups are bound to happen. But for the city of Berkley’s Public Library, a decade-old mistake by a library on the west coast turned into a pretty sweet deal. The Oakland County library received a batch of buttons from the Berkeley Public Library, located in Berkeley, Calif., after the library noticed its order of buttons were misspelled. The buttons say: “I have a library card, Berkley Public Library.” (via Free Press)

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UC Berkeley’s free speech movement interviews released to the public

“While many commemorations of UC Berkeley’s free speech movement focus on central players in the monthslong clash with the administration, a new project tells the story from different perspectives — including female activists who dealt with sexism and a student who, after a Mario Savio speech, needed a breather from all the fervent discourse.”I had to get away from it,” UC Berkeley alumna Dutch Key told a historian. “It was too intense. I went shopping at Macy’s.”

Interviews with dozens of people who experienced the free speech movement in 1964 and 1965 are being released to the public, just in time for its 50th anniversary.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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Berkeley Public Library’s Branch Out draws thousands

“This April, the Berkeley Public Library marked the completion of its Branch Library Improvement Program with a month-long celebration. The event, called Branch Out, consisted of over 170 programs and helped draw thousands of visitors to the Library. True to its name, Branch Out featured a wide range of free workshops and activities for all Berkeley residents. The Central Library and its four branches put on author talks, book clubs, arts and crafts sessions, daily geocaching sessions and a multitude of other programs designed to stimulate the mind, body and soul.

Scattered throughout the month were larger gatherings that attracted hundreds of people each. These included after-hours concerts, a family-friendly First Friday festival showcasing local artwork and a barn dance. All were catered by local eateries.” (via Berkeleyside)

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UC Berkeley grad to expand Wikipedia’s scholarly offerings

“Kevin Gorman is the proverbial walking encyclopedia – the kind of guy who can explain the significance of the Winter War of 1939, but also name nearly every species in the fungus kingdom. Gorman, 22, UC Berkeley Class of ’13, spent his youth guzzling up the pages of Encyclopedia Britannica before eventually becoming a full-blown Wikipedia fanatic. Now Gorman is UC Berkeley’s official Wikipedian-in-Residence, a liaison of sorts between the hallowed halls of academia and that essential ingredient in so many last-minute term papers. In short, his charge is to improve the quality and quantity of information on the collaborative online encyclopedia. It is the first post of its kind at a university.” (via SFGate)

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