LAUC Statewide Assembly 2017

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Location: UC Irvine Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C and D

The 2017 LAUC Assembly Local Arrangements Committee looks forward to welcome LAUC members from all campuses to what promises will be a fun celebration of what has shaped LAUC over the last half century. For those of us who are long term LAUC activists and those who are newer to UC, this will be a chance to see how LAUC has made a difference. Come see old friends, make new ones and be prepared for many surprises that await you at UCI on April 20. Please share your memories and reflections on the website. We hope that you will join us on this special occasion.

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Miki Goral, UCLA
My first official LAUC-LA involvement came about a year after I started working at UCLA. I was elected Member-at-Large, an office reserved for “junior librarians.” And so began my journey. In the beginning, I would attend the board meetings and be completely flummoxed by the initialisms bandied about. I soon learned that libraries (and LAUC) live on alphabet soup: UCOP, DLA, CDL, LAUC, CAPA, LRC, CACLS, CPG, SLASIAC, SOPAG, DOC, MARC, NUC, OCLC, RLIN, LCSH, MeSH, BRS, SDC, etc. Gradually, I learned to decipher these cryptic acronyms, as new librarians still must do.

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Esther Grassian, UCLA
What have I learned from my participation in LAUC, especially my three years as LAUC statewide VP/President-Elect, President, and Past President?

First, I learned and will never forget how valuable you (LAUC members) are. Your dedication, hard work, and expertise make the UC libraries work so well, contributing greatly to the success of each campus and the University as a whole.

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Carla Arbagey, UC Riverside
One of my favorite activities that we have done at LAUC-R was our celebration of National Library Worker's Day in 2016. NLWD occurs during National Library Week, and is promoted by ALA's Allied Professional Association. I was LAUC-R Chair at the time, and I wanted to celebrate the day and recognize the hard work of all our staff. I have always felt that hand-written notes of appreciation and thanks have a great impact, and so decided that we would send postcards with our notes of thanks to ALL library staff, including our wonderful student assistants...

NLWD postcards front

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Christina Woo, UC Irvine
In 1993, UC Irvine welcomed its third chancellor, Laurel Wilkening, who succeeded Jack W. Peltason. For her investiture in October, University Librarian Joanne Euster funded the rental of academic regalia for librarians who wanted to march in with UCI faculty at the event. After we had figured out how to wear our hoods, and which side our tassels belonged on (the left), we stood on the front steps of the Main Library (renamed Jack Langson Library in 2003) for this photo.

Librarians posing in front of Jack Langson Library before marching with UCI faculty for third chancellor at 1993

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Sally Willson Weimer, UC Santa Barbara
I decided to become active in LAUC to learn more about the role of governance in an academic librarian's responsibilities. Several librarian mentors had encouraged me to learn more about academic librarian leadership and to participate on committees. As a teaching and collections librarian, I wanted to outreach to colleagues and other academic members in the university...

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Elizabeth Salmon, on behalf of UC Merced
construction of UC Merced library

Construction of the UC Merced Library, June 29, 2004.
Left to right: Jim Dooley, Donald Barclay, Joy Parham, Bruce Miller, Sarah Sheets, Emily Lin...

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Nancy Koller, UC Riverside
My memories of LAUC are a mixture of personal involvement (resulting in rewards and satisfaction) at both the local and systemwide levels, and the certainty that LAUC is important for UC librarians.

From my very first year at UCR I was involved in LAUC at the local and sysemwide level. I was hired in a temporary position for a special project – UCR Library had received a contract with University Microfims in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to digitalize their entire microfilm Wing Collection. It was projected to last three years. -- Interestingly LAUC established an Ad Hoc Committee on the status of temporary librarians. The UCR LAUC Chair appointed me as a member of the systemwide committee and so began my memories of LAUC at all levels...

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Bev Toy, UC Irvine
LAUC –CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND IRRESOLUTION
Author’s Note: This does scan.
OCLC v. BALLOTS debate was the first;
Which system was best? Which one clearly the worst?
We measured and clocked and we argued all day.
OCLC won out – and so did L. A...

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