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UC berkeley bloggers, BOTM for June, 2007

Jim Church is the International and Foreign Documents Librarian and Librarian for Development Economics at the University of California Berkeley. He began his career with international documents as the UN and European Union Collection Assistant at Princeton University, later serving for one year as Economics Librarian at Yale University, and four years as State, Local and International Documents Librarian at the University of California, San Diego. Jim served for one year as the international documents column editor for the Journal of Government Information. He is currently the International Documents Columnist for Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) Journal DttP, and an international documents panel judge for the GODORT notable documents panel.

Harrison Dekker is currently the Coordinator of Data Services for the Doe/Moffitt Libraries at UC Berkeley. In addition to providing data services, he is actively involved in broader library technology initiatives. Prior to his arrival at Berkeley, Harrison worked as a programmer analyst for a Chapel Hill-based management consulting firm and for the North Carolina State Data Center. His library experience includes stints with the State Library of North Carolina, IBM, and the University of North Carolina.

Tim Dennis, a recent graduate of Berkeley’s School of Information with over 10 years of experience in research libraries, specializes in user services technology support for the UC Berkeley Government Information unit. He has extensive experience in government information reference services, statistical/data services consultation, and documents processing. Recent activities include: creation of the library’s first informational weblog, GovBlog, the IM reference service, GovChat, the unit’s Government Information wiki, and is currently leading the unit in a user-centered redesign of the website.

Glenn Gillespie is a Reference and Government Information Specialist in Doe/Moffitt Reference Services Department. His primary responsibilities are three-fold. He has oversight of documents operations, provides technical support and is responsible for post-cataloging processing of all material coming into or going out of the Government Reference collection. Glenn devotes a significant portion of his time to reference service through regular duty at Doe and Moffitt Reference desks. Glenn possesses substantial reference experience, with significant knowledge of congressional and federal resources and publications.

Susana Hinojosa is currently the UC Berkeley selector for California/US State, and Latin American government publications. In addition to the government documents collection development, Susana’s responsibilities and areas of expertise include reference/research and instructional services. She is an active participant in the Government Document unit’s development of innovative services which include chat reference, email reference and a GovBlog. From October 2004 through May 2006, Susana was also the primary selector for the library’s Spanish and Portuguese collection.

Jesse Silva is currently the Federal Documents and Political Science Librarian at Berkeley. Originally from the Los Angeles area, Jesse traded the smog for the redwood trees of UC Santa Cruz where he earned a BA in Community Studies. While working in the University Library, he discovered government documents and a twisted love affair was born. Soon he entered the MLIS program at San Jose State, moved to San Francisco, and took a job cataloging government documents at the SJSU/San Jose Public joint-library. He did this at the same time he co-authored a book on legal executions in California. After a very brief job with Innovative Interfaces (which had nothing to do with gov docs and everything to do with teaching libraries how to use the Innovative software), Jesse is very excited to be working with and learning from the library staff at Berkeley. When he is not in the library, you can find Jesse enjoying everything about living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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