LAUC-B 2020 Spring Assembly Committee Reports

LAUC-B Spring Assembly Committee Reports

Submitted for the Spring Assembly on April 22, 2020

Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Advancement (CAPA)

DATE: April 22, 2020
TO: Naomi Shiraishi, Chair, LAUC-B
FROM: Elliott Smith, Chair, Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Advancement (CAPA)
RE: CAPA 2020 Spring Assembly report

Members 2019-20

  • David Eifler (2020)
  • Marlene Harmon, Affiliated Library Representative (2022)
  • Kendra Levine, Affiliated Library Representative, CAPA Interview Coordinator (2021)
  • Toshie Marra (2020)
  • Michele Morgan (2022)
  • Lisa Ngo, Position Announcement Coordinator (2021)
  • Elliott Smith, Chair (2020)

The chair would like to thank all the members of CAPA and the ad hoc committees for their extraordinary dedication and persistence under unprecedented circumstances, and designee David Eifler for coordinating the ad hoc committees. The chair would also like to thank AUL Susan Swarts and the staff of the Library Human Resources Department for their exceptional efforts to ensure that the review process could proceed in a secure, confidential, and timely way.


CAPA interviews all candidates for positions in the Librarian series to share information related to the Librarian review process and evaluate their potential for obtaining career status at Berkeley. Since November 1, 2019, CAPA has conducted six interviews for two positions:

  • Resource Acquisitions Librarian (Collection Services)
  • Undergraduate Learning & Research Librarian (Instruction Services)

Job Descriptions

CAPA reviews position descriptions for openings in the Librarian series. Since November 1, 2019, CAPA has reviewed two job descriptions:  

  • Systems and Discovery Services Librarian (Library IT)
  • Data Services Librarian (Digital Initiatives & Information Technology)

Academic Review

CAPA has been meeting weekly since March 11 to review 30 cases, including five for career status and five for promotion. We have charged six ad hoc committees to review these ten cases. Barring unforeseen circumstances, CAPA plans to complete the review process for all cases by the normal deadline of June 1.

Committee on Affiliated Library Affairs

Report submitted by Joe Cera (Vice-Chair)

2020 Annual Report

Members: Emily Vigor (Chair) (2020), Joe Cera (Vice-Chair) (2020), Kendra Levine (TALAG Chair) (variable term), Ramona C. Collins (ex-officio) (2020)

Spring 2020 Events

CALA and the Affiliated Libraries were planning on sponsoring the Spring LAUC-B Affiliated Libraries Assembly on April 14, 2020, The future of Affiliated Libraries at UC Berkeley. Presenters included: Michael Campos-Quinn, BAMPFA; Lillian Castillo-Speed, ES Library; Marci Hoffman, Law Library; Julie M. Lefevre, IGS Library; Kendra K. Levine, Institute of Transportation Studies Library; Chris Marino, Environmental Design Archives; and Jason Miller, Visual Resources Center. This event has been postponed to a later date due to various current events.

Conference Planning Committee

No report submitted.

Distinguished Librarian Award Committee 

No report submitted.

Committee on Diversity

2020 Spring Report: LAUC-B Committee on Diversity

Report by Christina V. Fidler and Mohamed Hamed


  • Mohamed Hamed (LAUC-B Co-chair, 2020)
  • Christina Fidler (LAUC-B Co-chair, 2021)
  • Stella Tang (LAUC-B Member, 2020)
  • Neda Salem (Affiliated Staff Representative, 2020) 
  • Claude Potts (LAUC-B Member, 2021)
  • Michael Lange (SDC Representative, 2021) 
  • Immaculate Adesida (LHRD Representative, 2021) 
  • José Adrián Barragán-Álvarez (Statewide Representative, 2020) 

Recent activities:

The Committee on Diversity developed an ambitious lineup for the Spring Semester. These activities have since been postponed but the committee is attempting to find creative ways of conducting them virtually.

  • In partnership with the Media Resources Center and Gisele Tanasse, the Committee on Diversity are to co-sponsor the Documentaries at Doe Film Series:
    • June 25 - American Denial: The truth is deeper than black or white
    • July 16 - Ama 
    • August 13 - The Cordillera of Dreams
    • September 17 - Horror Noire (2019)
    • October 29 - Archivettes
  • ExComm Diversity Librarian Task Force - The LAUC-B Executive Committee developed the Diversity Librarian Task Force. Immaculate Adesida is serving on the Task Force as a representative of the Committee on Diversity. The Committee on Diversity receives regular updates and has offered feedback on the following areas of focus: 
    • ​Diversity fellowship
    • Diversity recruitment training for managers
  • Critical Librarianship Reading Group - Inspired by the 2019 LAUC-B Shelf Awareness conference, the LAUC-B Diversity Committee is forming a brown bag reading group focused on Critical Librarianship. The group is designed to be a collaborative space to discuss critical librarian issues and readings. The group is open to all including staff, student workers, and librarians. The Committee developed a framework to launch the reading group:

The Reading Group was scheduled to meet for the first time on March 18, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this in person meeting had to be postponed. The Committee is now exploring ways to move forward with the Reading Group virtually.

  • Microaggression workshop for the current year. Based on the encouraging feedback received from the last two years, the Committee was motivated to conduct two workshops by Julie Shackford-Bradley from the Restorative Justice Center. The workshops were scheduled in March and April, but they got delayed due to the current circumstances. The committee is working with the speaker to move the sessions online via Zoom, and will send more information to all Library staff soon. The two planned workshops are: 
  • Microaggression Workshop: In this 2-hour workshop, participants learn about microaggressions, why and how they occur, who is harmed by them and how, and, most importantly, how to respond to micro-aggressions in ways that lead to prevention, transformation and healing.
  • Implicit Bias Workshop: In this 2-hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the concept of implicit bias. We will (honestly) discuss together how we develop biases over time that we may be unaware of and how biases influence our thinking and decision-making. We will engage in activities that increase our awareness of our own biases, how they influence our thoughts and behaviors and reflect on the impact of these conscious or unconscious biases on others.  Finally, we will  begin to explore possible action steps we can take when we are faced with these bias to minimize harm.

Nominating and Elections Committee 

Report submitted by Sam Teplitzky (Chair)

Nominating and Elections Committee has had a busy year. 

Two colleagues left committee positions mid-year. We were able to fill these two open positions for the Research & Professional Development Committee this winter. Many thanks to Jeremy Ott and Ann Glusker for joining the committee.

We updated and continued to use the Google Form for people to indicate their interest in serving on ExComm or other committees. The form continues to be a helpful way for colleagues to indicate their interest in serving LAUC-B both throughout the year, and when prompted during nomination season. Despite the form’s success, the committee also performed a great deal of one-on-one outreach soliciting and encouraging fellow members to take on LAUC-B positions. 

As part of this outreach effort, the committee worked with ExComm to create a position description page which helps to outline position duties and time commitments. The document can be found at:

Many thanks to the ExComm and Nominating & Elections Committee for their comments, and fellow members for their inspirational quotes.

The slate for next year’s Executive Committee is as follows:

  • Chair: Ramona Collins
  • Vice chair/Chair-elect: Susan McElrath
  • Secretary: Sherry Lochhaas
  • Treasurer: Jianye He
  • Library Representative: Anna Sackmann, Tim Vollmer
  • Incoming Affiliated Library Representative/CALA vice chair: Joe Cera

We will take nominations from the floor during the online spring assembly as well. 

Biographies will be available on the LAUC-B website when voting begins.


Thank you,

Sam Teplitzky, Chair (2020)
Liladhar Pendse (2020)
Chris Marino (2021)
I-Wei Wang (2021)
Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz (2021)

Committee on Research and Professional Development

Report for 2020 Spring Assembly 

Submitted by Susan McElrath & Jessie Sherwood


Susan McElrath and Jessie Sherwood (co-chairs), with members Ann Glusker, Jianye He, Kendra Levine, Lara Michels, Susan Powell, and Jeremy Ott. Two members (Haiqin Lin and Liladhar Pendse) resigned and were replaced.

Recent activities

In the spring of 2020, the LAUC-B R&PD committee received seven applications for LAUC presentation grants. Six were submitted to LAUC Statewide.

Spring professional development events

LAUC-B R&PD cancelled its panel discussion on Librarians doing research.

A new librarians’ event via Zoom has been scheduled for Friday, May 15. We look forward to hearing from Sherry Lochhaas and Abby Scheel.