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Friday, November 21, 2014

Chris Bourg
by Michael A. Keller

Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced this morning the appointment of their new Director for MIT Libraries and MIT Press.  It is with pride and enthusiasm that I congratulate our own Chris Bourg on this well-deserved appointment in assuming this role for MIT.

Chris began working for Stanford Libraries in 1998, as a graduate student assistant in the Social Science Data Service group. In 2002, she joined our full-time staff as the Curator for Behavioral and Social Sciences and went on to serve us well as Associate Director of Communications and Head of the Information Center before assuming her current duties as Associate University Librarian for Public Services. Leading MIT Libraries is an extraordinary opportunity for Chris and a logical progression for her professionally. She has been an imaginative and talented leader for our organization in providing service to Stanford students and scholars. Her efforts have made Stanford Libraries a stronger and better organization.  Chris' accomplishments are many, but here are some selected highlights:

  • Overseeing two major library website redesigns (2004 and 2012)
  • Improving and expanding our primary instruction, reference, and outreach programs -- including implementing chat reference, establishing a library open house event & library events for new graduate students.
  • Leading patron assessment programs, including major student and faculty survey and interview projects
  • Creating a library internship program for local first generation, low income secondary school students
  • Developing the Library Concierge Program to improve internal communications, provide cross-specialization training, and thereby improve operational effectiveness
  • Creating and leading the first Women’s Voices and Influence group for Stanford staff, and working closely with Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, University Human Resources, and the Office of Diversity and
  • Access to create a pilot program for Women’s Voices and Influence groups across the campus.

What I have admired most about Chris is her conviction and integrity to issues that matter and her determination to create meaningful, effective action on those issues. These characteristics have contributed to her being a sought after presenter and adviser at conferences and on committees across the globe. Chris was an outstanding representative for Stanford, and I look forward to watching her lead MIT Libraries during this critical time for research libraries.

The library community in Cambridge is gaining a leader who is user-centric and knows how to leverage the benefits of technology to improve processes, communication and service.  Chris Bourg has strong presence and is already an effective leader, capabilities that will serve her and MIT very well in the coming years. One can only be happy for Chris and compliment MIT on their judgment.

Please join me in congratulating Chris Bourg!


Micheal A. Keller

University Librarian
Publisher of Stanford University Press


Thursday, November 20, 2014

by Philip Schreur

I‘m very pleased to announce that Richenda Brim joined Stanford Libraries  on November 10, 2014, as our new Head of Preservation.  Richenda has had a rich history in Preservation, from the repair of books to paper conservation, from the formulation of preservation assessments to recovery plans.  Richenda comes to us from the Getty Research Institute where she most recently has served as Librarian for Administration and Special Projects, focusing on collection digitization, recovery planning and grant-funded projects.  Outside of her position at the GRI, Richenda has been active in the broader world of preservation making such presentations as Digitizing the Duveen Bros. Records and Beyond the Book: Preservation of non-Codex Library Materials.

Richenda, as Head of the Preservation Department, will not only be responsible for assuring that Stanford's resources are accessible to current and future generations of scholars and students but fill a tactical role in managing and enhancing the programs which preserve library assets in all formats. She will become our preservation conscience, activist, and leader; taking the chief role in our collection life-cycle management as new resources are acquired, processed, reformatted, used, and stored.  Most importantly, Richenda will be responsible for the investigation of new strategies and technologies to address challenges to long-term preservation and access as an increasing rich treasure of primary resources, both physical and digital, are added to the University's collections.

Richenda holds a MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in Art History from Loyola Marymount University.  She has also pursued additional studies in special collections librarianship and the identification of illustration processes from the California Rare Book School.

Richenda’s office will be on the fourth floor of Lathrop Library.  She can be contacted at (650-724-2958) or  I could not be more pleased that Richenda has joined us. Please join me in giving her a very warm welcome to Stanford Libraries.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

De-Stress Fest poster

Dog Petting! Chair Massages! Painting Party and more!

Come to Green Library to reduce stress during finals on Tuesday, December 2nd between 3:00 - 7:30 pm.

The De-Stress Fest will kick off at 3:00 pm with dog petting outside of Green Library, Bing Wing entrance (new location). In addition to the dogs, there will be a number of other stress-relieving activities, including spin-art, a painting party, games, book giveaways and more. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SUL Rosette
by Mimi Calter

Marina Verdian has resigned her position as Special Project Manager, and will be leaving SUL as of December 1st. The Facilities team is very sad to see her go, particularly during Big Game week, since she will be leaving us to take on the position of Facilities Director at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley! Rivalries aside, this is an excellent opportunity for Marina, and I hope you will join me in congratulating her on her new role.