SILS News – Mar. 26, 2020

Date: Mar. 26, 2020
Title: SILS Phase 4 cohort announced!

Dear Colleagues,

The SILS Working Group would like to assure you that in these difficult times, work on the Alma/Primo implementation with our vendor, Ex Libris continues to move forward as planned. To that end, we are pleased to announce the SILS phase 4 cohort! 

With the assistance of library leadership teams, CoUL, and the Direction and Oversight Committee (DOC), 17 new groups have been staffed. We also welcomed several new members to the SILS Working Group which oversees the project.The Shared Governance Task Force will continue in phase 4 bringing our total number of groups to 19. Thank you to all the new members who have volunteered or been appointed, especially those serving on more than one group. We look forward to working with you all!

To view the rosters for the various groups, please visit the SILS website. The shared governance phase 4 chart shows the relationship of the groups and provides brief definitions of the groups and structure.

With so many new teams, the SILS Working Group will be leading a virtual orientation for new phase 4 members on April 2nd. If you have any questions about the SILS project, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the SILS Working Group members directly or to email


The SILS Working Group

Chris Shaffer, University Librarian & Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC San Francisco (Co-Chair, steering committee)
Günter Waibel, Executive Director & Associate Vice Provost, California Digital Library (Co-Chair, steering committee)
Donald Barclay, Deputy University Librarian, UC Merced
Christine Barone, Collections Project Coordinator, Southern Regional Library Facility (Project Co-Manager, steering committee)
Peter Brantley, Director of Online Strategy, UC Davis
Todd Grappone, Associate University Librarian for Research and Development, UCLA
Sarah Houghton, Discovery & Delivery Director, California Digital Library
Salwa Ismail, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology, UC Berkeley
Cathy Martyniak, Director, Southern Regional Library Facility (steering committee)
Erik Mitchell, Audrey Geisel University Librarian, UC San Diego
Caitlin Nelson, Product Manager, California Digital Library (interim project lead until SILS Service Manager is hired)
Aislinn Sotelo, Program Director for Metadata Services, UC San Diego
Lena Zentall, Discovery & Delivery Associate Director, California Digital Library (Project Co-Manager, steering committee)
Communication Operation Leads representative (TBD)
SILS Service Manager (TBD), California Digital Library