À plus tard*, Michelle!

September 5, 2018
Glynn Edwards
(BTW - I have been informed that this is a neutral bear, not the Cal bear.)

Our small library community in Redwood City is saying goodbye to another colleague.

It is with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to our amazing colleague Michelle Paquette - we wish her all the best in her new position at Smith College Libraries.

It is hard to know where to start when illustrating her impact. Michelle has accomplished a great deal during her short 3-year tenure in Special Collections and will leave our Collection Services division in better shape – certainly much better organized! She was pivotal in implementing better management workflows for our front end “accessioning as processing,” introducing us all to Trello – so that the virtual workflow mirrored the physical.

An active member of RBMS (Rare Books & Manuscripts), the NCTPG (Northern Calif. Technical Processes Group), and the Rare Materials Ontology Group (as part of LD4P project), Michelle contributed to many discussions on archival description. In addition to redesigning workflows, Michelle was responsible for cataloging manuscripts materials. She often worked closely with colleagues in Lathrop – acquisitions, cataloging, etc. – in designing new procedures or collaborating on materials in other languages. Subject librarians and curators at Stanford Library will miss her as well – her routine updates on collections cataloged, processed, and digitized were looked forward to with anticipation.

Michelle was also the point person for all our metadata projects and worked closely with the metadata coordinators in helping to define fields for the huge template we currently use and was proactive in experimenting with other tools that allowed for bulk clean-up of description. In this sphere, she also worked closely with the accessioning team in the Digital Library Systems & Services department by taking on some of the workflow necessary for digital preservation and publication. Many of the large image and media collections in Searchworks are the result of her efforts.

And how could we forget her work as an Expert Partner for Special Collections in Redwood City. This required taking care of all the computer swaps and upgrades before her departure. This work is often unheralded, but it is pretty time consuming and takes a lot of troubleshooting ability.

Michelle has been a tremendous colleague and friend. She has a wonderfully positive approach to the myriad facets of her work. Lately, she has been a Camtasia fiend – creating short videos documenting everything she does – for a very appreciative audience.

We will all miss her greatly!

For colleagues on campus and in RWC, we will host a party at RWC on Monday, September 10th from 2:30-4:00. There will be cake! First come, first served. Hope to see you there!

* À plus tard. This phrase means “see you later” (informally) and seemed an appropriate play on words, as Plus Tard tu comprendras is the title of one of the films in the recently acquired Amos Gitai film collection that Michelle cataloged.