UC Libraries Partner with DPLA via HathiTrust


Subject: UC Libraries Partner with DPLA via HathiTrust

To: Users Council (for information and distribution)
CoUL (for information)
SOPAG (for information) [via Elizabeth Cowell]
Collection Development Committee (for information) [via Sharon Farb]
Heads of Public Services (for information) [via Amy Kautzman]
Heads of Technical Services (for information) [via Karleen Darr]
Library Technology Advisory Group (for information) [via Tom Bustos]
Resource Sharing Committee (for information) [via Sarah Troy]
Scholarly Communications Officers (for information) [via Susan Mikkelsen and Mitchell Brown]

As announced today, HathiTrust Digital Library collections, including over 400,000 UC volumes, will be discoverable within the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) project. Of HathiTrust’s nearly 11 million volumes, the 3.5 million that are in the public domain or have been made publicly available by rights holders will become a DPLA “content hub”-accessible to DPLA users via the sharing of metadata records. HathiTrust will continue to host and preserve the digitized volumes. In a major new development, OCLC has agreed to apply Creative Commons “CC0″ licenses to the hosted UC catalog records, to remove barriers to providing the records within DPLA’s data sharing agreement.

DPLA provides an online portal to freely-available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of America’s shared cultural heritage. HathiTrust will be by far the largest DPLA content hub, providing a foundation for DPLA’s services.

This new partnership emphasizes anew how the UC Libraries’ mass digitization collections form a core piece of the future digital library for all, via HathiTrust, and now DPLA. For more information please see the official press release [].
Heather Christenson
University of California
California Digital Library

Last updated: July 15, 2013

New UC Libraries Advisory Structure Membership Finalized


From: Users Council Liaison List for CDL [mailto:UCL-L@LISTSERV.UCOP.EDU] On Behalf Of Ellen Meltzer
Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:42 PM
Subject: New UC Libraries Advisory Structure Membership Finalized

To: Users Council (for information and distribution)
CoUL (for information)
Collection Development Committee (for information) [via Sharon Farb]
Heads of Public Services (for information) [via Amy Kautzman]
Heads of Technical Services (for information) [via Karleen Darr]
Library Technology Advisory Group (for information) [via Tom Bustos]
Resource Sharing Committee (for information) [via Sarah Troy]
Scholarly Communications Officers (for information) [via Susan Mikkelsen and Mitchell Brown]

From: Ginny Steel, Council of University Librarians

Date: June 6, 2013

Appointees announced
Following a selection process coordinated by SOPAG, the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) has finalized membership for the major groups in the new UC Libraries Advisory Structure. Thanks to all of those who were considered for these positions and thanks also to SOPAG and the UC Libraries Advisory Structure Implementation Team for all the work that went into the development of the new structure and formation of the groups.

By populating the new groups with individuals who possess a range of expertise, we hope to create dynamic teams that can bring a cross-functional approach to their work to meet their charges. The groups will begin meeting in July, and the members are as follows:

Coordinating Committee
SAG 1: TBD once groups are activated
SAG 2: TBD once groups are activated
SAG 3: TBD once groups are activated
CoUL: Ginny Steel (UCLA), University Librarian
CDL: Rosalie Lack, Manager, Web Archiving Service
Communications Manager: Marlo Young (UCSD), Communications & Outreach Specialist

Strategic Action Group 1: Scholarly Research & Communication
Berkeley: Jean McKenzie, Acting AUL for Collections
Davis: Beth Callahan, Head, Health & Life Sciences Libraries
Irvine: Carol Ann Hughes, AUL for Public Services
Los Angeles: Sharon Farb, AUL for Collection Management and Scholarly Communication
Merced: Susan Borda, Digital Curation Librarian
Riverside: Ann Frenkel, AUL for Research & Instructional Services
San Diego: David Minor, Director, Digital Preservation Initiatives; Interim Head, Research Data Curation Program
San Francisco: Anneliese Taylor, Assistant Director, Scholarly Communications and Collections

Santa Barbara: Sherri Barnes, Scholarly Communication Program Coordinator
Santa Cruz: Christy Caldwell, Science & Engineering Librarian
CDL: Trisha Cruse, Director, UC Curation Center
LAUC: Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz (UCB), Head, Catalog Department
Portfolio Manager: Lynne Cameron (CDL) Technical Lead, Discovery & Delivery

Strategic Action Group 2: Access, Discovery & Infrastructure
Berkeley: Erik Mitchell, AUL and Director of Digital Initiatives & Collaborative Services
Davis: Xiaoli Li, Head, Cataloging & Metadata Services
Irvine: Kristine Ferry, Head of Access Services
Los Angeles: Todd Grappone, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Information Technology
Merced: Robin Milford, Head, Access Services
Riverside: Eric Milenkiewicz, Archivist
San Diego: Catherine Friedman, AUL for Academic Services
San Francisco: Michele Mizejewski, Web Initiatives Librarian
Santa Barbara: Gary Johnson, AUL Research & Scholar Services
Santa Cruz: Robin Chandler, Associate University Librarian, Collections and Library Information Systems
CDL: Patricia Martin, Director, Discovery & Delivery
LAUC: Sue Perry (UCSC), Head, Digital Initiatives
Portfolio Manager: Adrian Petrisor (UCI), Director of Information Technology

Strategic Action Group 3: Collection Building & Management
Berkeley: Beth Dupuis, AUL & Director, Doe/Moffitt Libraries, Interim Director, Subject Specialty Libraries
Davis: Myra Appel, Head, Humanities & Social Sciences & Government Information Department
Irvine: Vicki Grahame, Head, Cataloging Department
Los Angeles: Judy Consales, AUL for the Sciences; Director, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; Director, Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library
Merced: Emily Lin, Head, Digital Assets
Riverside: Diane Bisom, AUL for Information Technology & Systems
San Diego: Martha Hruska, AUL for Collection Services
San Francisco: Polina Ilieva, UCSF Archivist
Santa Barbara: Janet Martorana, Head, Collection Development Department
Santa Cruz: Marcia Barrett, Head, Technical Services
CDL: Heather Christenson, Manager, Digital Content
LAUC: Angela Riggio (UCLA), Head, Scholarly Communication and Licensing
Portfolio Manager: Leslie Wolf (CDL), Project Manager, Discovery & Delivery
Ex-officio member from the SAG 3 Collection Licensing Subgroup: TBD

Collections Licensing Subgroup
Berkeley: Jean McKenzie, Acting AUL for Collections
Davis: Gail Yokote, AUL for Sciences & Technical Services
Irvine: John Renaud, AUL for Research Resources
Los Angeles: Susan Parker, Deputy University Librarian
Merced: Jim Dooley, Head, Collection Services
Riverside: Kuei Chiu, Head of Collection Services
San Diego: (Pending hire) Content Acquisitions & Resource Sharing Director
San Francisco: Julia Kochi, Director, Collections and User Services
Santa Barbara: Catherine Nelson, Head, Acquisition & Research Management Services
Santa Cruz: Kerry Scott, Head, Collection Development Department
CDL: Ivy Anderson, Director, Collection Development and Management

Common Knowledge Groups (CKGs) To Be Launched in Fall
The UC Libraries Advisory Structure Implementation Team has laid the foundation for the formation of the Common Knowledge Groups (CKGs). One CKG will start its activity at the same time as the new Advisory Structure, to provide support to the Portfolio Managers from Day One. The development of the other CKGs will be the first responsibility of the Coordinating Committee once it begins its work in July. We anticipate the groups can start their activity in early fall 2013.

Ongoing Work to be Continued
The Advisory Structure Implementation Team has worked with SOPAG to document all of the current ongoing work of the existing All Campus Groups (ACGs) and their subgroups, including Common Interest Groups (CIGs). In addition, the team has added all systemwide services to ensure that no work is lost. These projects will be passed on to the new groups as they begin their work.

For more detailed information about the new UC Libraries Advisory Structure, please check the website at

Ellen Meltzer
Information Services Manager
University of California – California Digital Library
415 20th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Last updated: July 15, 2013

Virginia Steel (UCSC) Appointed UCLA University Librarian


Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Faculty, Library Staff, Vice Chancellors and Vice Provosts

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia Steel as UCLA’s University Librarian, effective July 15, 2013.
A library director for more than 11 years with significant leadership experience within the University of California system and at Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions, Ms. Steel brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and perspective to this critical role. She currently serves as university librarian at UC Santa Cruz and previously served as director of libraries at Washington State University (2001-05), overseeing the libraries on the Pullman campus and coordinating library services across the four WSU campuses. She has also served as associate director for public services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1997-2001) and in various positions at UC San Diego (1988-97) and Arizona State University (1981-87). While at UCSD, she was selected for a Council on Library Resources academic library management internship, for which she spent a year at Brown University working closely with senior library and campus administrators.

Throughout her career, Ginny has focused on understanding the information needs of faculty, students and staff, and enhancing and building services and collections to meet those information needs. Ginny has a deep commitment to maintaining strong links to libraries’ campus and external constituencies; in her various roles she has established and fostered strategic partnerships with campus organizations, philanthropists, corporations and foundations to improve services and support for students and faculty and to provide physical and virtual spaces that foster creativity, engagement and a wide range of intellectual pursuits. During her tenure at UCSC, Ginny oversaw a $100 million expansion and renovation of the largest library on campus. After the project’s completion, library use more than doubled and it continues to grow. Ginny was also instrumental in bringing the Grateful Dead Archive to UCSC.

In her role at UCSC, Ginny has been actively engaged on a number of systemwide committees. She currently chairs the UC Council of University Librarians and has played a lead role in the development of a systemwide strategic plan for the UC libraries. She also serves on the Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication, and she was a member of the Online Education Pilot Project Advisory Board (2011-12) and the California Digital Library External Review Committee (2010-11). She is also active in the American Library Association and other professional organizations. She was president of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) in 2004-05 and has served on the boards of LAMA and the Greater Western Library Alliance. Her professional contributions include editorships, articles, invited papers, numerous presentations and a video production. She holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.A. from the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago.

I want to thank the search/advisory committee for assembling an outstanding pool of candidates and for its role in recruiting Ginny. The committee was chaired by Alessandro Duranti, distinguished professor of anthropology and dean of the Division of Social Sciences; other members were Johanna Drucker, professor of information studies; William P. Edwards, president of Westwood Investments and member of the UCLA Library Board of Visitors; Alicia Gaspar de Alba, professor of Chicana/o studies, English and gender studies; Lynn K. Gordon, professor of ophthalmology and associate dean for academic diversity in the David Geffen School of Medicine; Kendall N. Houk, professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Beverly Lynch, professor of information studies; Kelly Lytle Hernandez, associate professor of history; Jonathan F.S. Post, distinguished professor of English; Todd Presner, professor of Germanic languages, comparative literature and Jewish studies; Timothy Rice, professor of ethnomusicology and director of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music; and Francis F. Steen, associate professor of communication studies.

I also want to express our gratitude to Gary Strong for his exemplary service as university librarian since 2003.
We all recognize that our libraries play a critical role in the academic enterprise at UCLA, and I am confident that Ginny will provide outstanding leadership as university librarian. Please join Chancellor Block and me in welcoming her to UCLA and this important role.

Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Last updated: July 15, 2013

UC Libraries Advisory Structure Enters Next Phase


To: Users Council (for information and distribution)
CoUL (for information)
Collection Development Committee (for information) [via Sharon Farb]
Heads of Public Services (for information) [via Amy Kautzman]
Heads of Technical Services (for information) [via Karleen Darr]
Library Technology Advisory Group (for information) [via Tom Bustos]
Resource Sharing Committee (for information) [via Sarah Troy]
Scholarly Communications Officers (for information) [via Susan Mikkelsen and Mitchell Brown]


Planning for the new UC Libraries Advisory Structure has entered its next phase. The Council of University Librarians has endorsed charges for the primary committees. The committees are now named: the Coordinating Committee; Strategic Action Group 1 (SAG 1): Scholarly Research and Communication; Strategic Action Group 2 (SAG 2): Access, Discovery, and Infrastructure; and Strategic Action Group 3 (SAG 3): Collection Building & Management. A fourth group, the Collection Licensing Subgroup, reports to SAG 3. All of these committee charges can be found on the UC Libraries Advisory Structure public wiki at

Next Steps
Each campus will be asked to nominate names for membership on each group with a deadline of May 3. LAUC will be asked to nominate names for membership on the Strategic Action Groups with the same deadline. Nominees will be selected based on their relevant expertise and availability to work on the groups, with the aim of balancing the necessary expertise across the committee (as defined in the charge) to accomplish each group’s work. Recommendations will be forwarded to SOPAG who will send a proposed roster of names to CoUL for final decisions.

The goal is to have the new advisory structure in place by July 1, 2013.

Last updated: July 15, 2013

Elizabeth Cowell (UCSC) appointed to GPO Depository Library Council


Begin forwarded message:
From: GPO Public Relations

Date: April 3, 2013 8:52:02 AM EDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2013 No. 13-13
MEDIA CONTACT: GARY SOMERSET 202.512.1957 | cell 202.355.3997 |


WASHINGTON -Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks announces the appointment of five new members to the Depository Library Council (DLC).
The Council, composed of 15 members each of whom serves a three year term, advises the Public Printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The FDLP provides the public with access to authentic, published information from all three branches of the Federal Government in print and electronic formats through partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide ranging from small public libraries to large research universities.
“This new group of librarians brings decades of experience and strong leadership to the Depository Library Council,” said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “I look forward to working with each of them and their Council colleagues to advise us on the changing needs of the Federal Depository Library Program as we develop a national plan for the FDLP in the digital age.”

The five new DLC members for the June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2016 term are:
Greta Bever is the Assistant Commissioner for Central Library Services at the Chicago Public Library, which has been a Federal depository library since 1876. In that capacity, she oversees the Government Publications department. From 2003 to 2008, Ms. Bever served as a member of the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board/Illinois State Archive Advisory Board that makes recommendations to the State Archivist and provides advice and assistance to the Illinois State Archives. She has been a member of the Cook County Local Records Board from 2003 to the present.

Roberta Brooker is the State Librarian at the Indiana State Library, a regional Federal depository library that began collecting Federal laws and other Federal materials when it was established in 1824. She brings to Council a government documents background as well as experience as a coordinator for the Indiana State Data Center. Ms. Brooker has an extensive background in training, including teaching government information courses at the Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science. She is a member of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the Indiana Library Foundation.
Elizabeth Cowell is the Associate University Librarian for Public Services at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she provides strategic leadership for public service activities locally and UC systemwide. She has extensive government documents experience in several academic libraries and was an active participant in the LOCKSS Alliance. Ms. Cowell also served as one of two regional librarians at the Wisconsin Historical Society. She has contributed numerous presentations and publications to the field and actively participates in professional associations.

Kate Irwin-Smiler is a reference librarian at the Wake Forest University School of Law’s Professional Center Library in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she also serves as coordinator of the depository library collection. She brings to Council expertise on legal information and legal training. Ms. Irwin-Smiler is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and serves on the association’s Federal Depository Library Program Task Force. She is also a member of AALL’s Academic Law Libraries, Government Document and Social Responsibility Special Interest Sections.
Hallie Pritchett is head of the Map and Government Information Library at the University of Georgia, the state’s regional Federal depository library. Ms. Pritchett participates in numerous library associations, including the American Library Association (ALA) and the Georgia Library Association (GLA). She is permanent executive secretary of GLA’s Government Information Interest Group (GIIG), immediate past chair of ALA’s Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT), and current chair of the Regional Government Information Librarians (REGIL).

GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through our Federal Digital System, partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit

Last updated: July 15, 2013

UC-eLinks is moving to the Ex Libris Cloud


After more than a decade of hosting the Ex Libris SFX software that runs UC-eLinks, the CDL is joining a growing number of SFX customers by moving UC-eLinks hosting from CDL to the Ex Libris Cloud. The migration process will take several months and we’re beginning this month.

Why now? The SFX servers at UC are reaching end of life and the software must be migrated to a new environment. By moving hosting to Ex Libris, CDL will gain some cost savings, and will avoid other costs by reducing time spent planning and implementing infrastructure changes for a new host environment at UC.
What does this mean for campuses?
In effect, nothing is changing for campuses. There will be no change to the user interface for end-users, staff, or UC-eLinks administrators who maintain their specific campus-managed titles in UC-eLinks.

CDL will continue to manage UC-eLinks on behalf of University of California libraries. SFX software and knowledge base updates will continue to occur on a regular, weekly basis.
We will need help testing
CDL will ask UC-eLinks administrators and staff to do testing to ensure the system has been successfully moved over to the Ex Libris Cloud. Testing is tentatively set for late May. We anticipate having two rounds of testing. CDL will coordinate testing with HOPS, Users Council and the UC-eLinks campus liaisons:
UC Davis is joining CDL
As an Ex Libris customer of the Aleph catalog software, UC Davis was the one campus that had its own version of UC-eLinks. UC Davis recently decided to discontinue hosting UC-eLinks on its own server, and will merge with the other UC campuses- all managed by CDL. UC Davis will move its SFX instance onto the cloud at Ex Libris shortly after CDL makes the migration. This change will reduce staff time maintaining, testing, and coordinating updates between UC Davis and CDL.

This information is also in CDLINFO:

Felicia Poe
User Experience Services Manager
California Digital Library
University of California

Last updated: July 15, 2013

CoUL Issues Statement of Support for Dale Askey


On March 26, 2013, the UC’s Council of University Librarians issued a statement of support for McMaster University librarian Dale Askey who has been sued by a publisher for making defamatory remarks in a blog post. The CoUL’s statement is linked from the CoUL Documents webpage.

More information on the Dale Askey lawsuit can be found at various places around the web, including the Library Journal’s InfoDocket site.



Joanne Miller
Systemwide Library Planning | California Digital Library
University of California, Office of the President
Ph: (510) 587-6141

Last updated: July 15, 2013

Welcome to the new UC libraries website


Sent on behalf of UL Ginny Steel:

I am delighted to send out the first “update” for the redesigned UC
Libraries website . The
website is the primary communication vehicle for the UC libraries’
systemwide initiatives and collaborative activities and is intended to be
used by both internal and external audiences. The redesign process, started
over a year ago, updates the site’s design, streamlines the navigation, and
enriches the content. Our goal was to improve the information provided to
audiences unfamiliar with how the ten campus libraries and CDL work
together as a system and to enhance navigation to information about the
systemwide groups whose material makes up the bulk of the website’s content.
At the same time, we wanted to make it easier for systemwide groups and
other library staff to keep track of new developments and find documents
and reports.

The new features you’ll find on the site include:

- New and refreshed visual design and layout
- Streamlined site-wide navigation and group architecture
- New search feature
- A “Latest Updates” listserv for UC libraries’ announcements and new
website content updates.

The revised site is powered by a new content management system (CMS), which
should help maintain the continuity of the site and streamline the update
process for contributors.

I want to extend my appreciation to everyone involved in the redesign
effort. Much gratitude goes to the chairs and members of the operations and
planning groups who took time out of their busy schedules to review files,
evaluate the design, and contribute ideas. Thanks as well to the small
group of stakeholders who helped to guide, champion, and weigh in on
decision-making as the project progressed.

- Felicia Poe (CDL)
- Diane Bisom (former SOPAG chair)
- Elizabeth Cowell (current SOPAG chair)
- Laine Farley (CDL)

Extra thanks, kudos, and credit go to the hard-working User Experience
Design Services team at the CDL. The talented crew worked countless hours
to bring the new site to fruition, and they brought an impressive level of
expertise and thought to this project.

- Project Manager and UX Lead: Rachael Hu
- Web Production Manager and Technical Lead: Eric Satzman
- Senior UX Analyst: Jane Lee
- Web Producers: Craig Thompson and Robin Davis-White
- Web Production Contributor: David Chan
- Technical Lead and Development: Brian Tingle and Mark Redar
- Project Consultant: Joanne Miller

I hope you’ll all take a few minutes to explore the new site to see how
it’s organized and how it can be useful to you. If you have any questions,
please don’t hesitate to contact the website’s administration team through

Ginny Steel
University Librarian
Chair, Council of University Librarians

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Last updated: July 11, 2013