Berkeley: Champion of staff mentorship and diversity wins Distinguished Librarian Award

From Berkeley Library

” Somewhere in the backyard of Debbie Jan’s home, in Richmond, an old, stone-bordered plant bed sits lonely and barren.Years ago, when Jan had more free time, the bed teemed with life and vegetables galore. In an alternate universe — one in which Jan chose a less demanding passion — perhaps it still does.Over the past 25 years, the garden of Jan’s life has, instead, been the UC Berkeley Library — the beautifully entwined, vigorous space that has been her home since she was an undergraduate.For nearly 14 years, from 2001 to 2015, Jan served at the helm of the Public Health Library (now part of the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library). There, she sowed seeds of trust and collaboration among staff; tended a diverse and growing collection; and showered researchers, faculty, and students alike with streams of information and guidance.This year, in honor of her “excellence in librarianship,” the Librarians Association of the University of California’s Berkeley chapter, or LAUC-B, has recognized Jan with the Distinguished Librarian Award. She shares the award, presented every other year, with Elizabeth Dupuis, associate university librarian for educational initiatives and user services, and director of the Doe, Moffitt, and subject specialty libraries.The heartfelt letters nominating Jan for the award overflow with praise and superlative. But Jan — the ever humble, cheerful gardener — never imagined she would win.”

https://news.lib.berkeley.edu/debbie-jan-champion-staff-mentorship-diversity-wins-distinguished-librarian-award

UC libraries launch tool to help achieve open access

From Berkeley Library News

” For far too long, a gold mine of knowledge has been locked away behind journal paywalls, or has been otherwise inaccessible to countless people who could benefit from it.To help address this problem, the scholarly community has been working toward achieving open access, helping to unlock this wealth of information by making it free to everyone, everywhere. But after nearly 20 years of work, much of the world’s scholarly information is still not as available as it could be — only 15 percent of journal articles, for example, are openly accessible at the time of publication.Today, to accelerate toward free readership for all, the University of California Libraries published Pathways to Open Access, a toolkit for campuses and research institutions to help make more knowledge openly available.The resource aims to help research libraries and institutions throughout the world, by empowering them with information that could enable them to redirect their spending away from high-cost subscription services and toward sustainable open access scholarly publishing.”

http://news.lib.berkeley.edu/pathways-to-open-access

Berkeley’s first 24/7 library space in the works

From Berkeley News

“While the grand opening isn’t until fall 2016, work already has begun to revitalize outdated Moffitt Undergraduate Library and create UC Berkeley’s first 24-hour library space. When it’s done, Moffitt won’t be your mother’s library, or even your big sister’s, for that matter, says Elizabeth Dupuis, associate university librarian.”

Berkeley’s first 24/7 library space in the works