Category Archives: Staff Transitions

Retiring from the libraries

Name of Employee:  Bindu Bhatt
Title:  South Asian Studies Librarian
Department:  Area Studies
Officer of the Libraries
Retiring effective date:  December 24, 2010

Name of Employee:  Seth Kasten
Title:  Head of Reference and Research and Collection Development
Department:  Burke Library
Officer of the Libraries
Retiring effective date:  December 31, 2010

Name of Employee:  Sarah Elliston Weiner
Title:  Director, Wallach Gallery and Curator of Art Properties
Department:  Art Properties
Officer of Administration
Retiring effective date: January 7, 2011

Staff Transitions

Francie Mrkich was promoted from Associate Director to Director of Access Services, effective January 1, 2010.

Vivian Sukenik retired from the Science and Engineering Libraries, effective January 1, 2010.

2009 Librarian Promotions

Congratulations!

Colleen Major, Networked Electronic Resources Librarian, Promoted to Rank III

Dina Matsoukas, Reference and Education Coordinator, Promoted to Rank III

Dana Neacsu, Reference Librarian, Promoted to Rank III

John Oliver, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Promoted to Rank II

Lea Osborne, Processing Archivist, Promoted to Rank II

Neil Romanosky, ILL and Delivery Services Librarian, Promoted to Rank II

Jennifer Rutner, Assessment and Marketing Librarian, Promoted to Rank II

Silke Sahl, Librarian, International and Foreign Law, Promoted to Rank IV

Annemarie van Roessel, Archivist, Drawings and Archives, Promoted to Rank III

Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian, Promoted to Rank III

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Promotions and Retirements

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Congratulations are in order to the following staff:

Karen Aponte-Velez
Promoted to Bibliographic Assistant VI, Electronic Resources

Kenneth Petricig
Promoted to Quality Assurance Specialist, CCNMTL

Mercedes Suazo
Promoted to Library Specialist I, Law

Larissa Stuart
Promoted to Library Assistant V, Science and Engineering

Merran Swartwood
Promoted to Assistant Usability Research, CDRS

And to these recent retirees:

An Chen
Starr East Asian Library
Retirement effective date: October 31, 2008

Andi Chen Du
Starr East Asian Library
Retirement effective date: October 15, 2008

Alan Kennis
Law Library
Retirement effective date: August 22, 2008

Baszkiewicz-Scott, DeQuesada, & Obolonsky to retire

Please join us in wishing a fond farewell, and best wishes to the following retirees:
Daniela Baszkiewicz-Scott 
March 31, 2008 (18 years of service) Title:  Library Assistant

Luis DeQuesada
April 2008 (29 years of service) Title:  Library Assistant

Marina Obolonsky
April 30, 2008 (10 years of service) Title:  Bibliographic Assistant

-Human Resources

David Magier to Serve as AUL at Princeton

After 21 years at CUL, David Magier is leaving in April to take up the position of Associate University Librarian for Collection Development at Princeton. In this position he will have overall responsibility for building the library’s collections and for apportioning its entire acquisitions budget. The AUL serves as the primary spokesperson for the collections to Princeton campus, and coordinates the work of more than fifty librarians with responsibility for building collections to meet the needs of current and future students and faculty. Because Princeton gives the AUL the assignment to seek to build collaborative projects with peer institutions and represents the Princeton University Library in regional and national collection development arenas, David is sure he will continue to work with many colleagues at Columbia.

After a career in teaching linguistics and South Asian Studies (at Berkeley, in Pakistan, and at Michigan State University), David shifted careers to librarianship. His time here has spanned a growing range of responsibilities over the years:

- South Asia Librarian
- South & Southeast Asia and South Pacific Librarian
- all of the above plus Team Leader for the Area Studies Group
- Director of the Area Studies Division
- all of the above plus Director of the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research

David says, “I’ve worked with so many good people here… I’ll really miss them all!”

A farewell party for David Magier will take place on April 1st from 3-5pm in Butler 523.

Kudos!

Congratulations are in order to the following staff:
Aslihan Bulut, Reference Librarian, Diamond Law Library
Promoted to Rank II

Emily Holmes, Assistant Director, Preservation, Reformatting & Digitization
Promoted to Rank III

Hossein Kamaly, Middle East & Jewish Studies Librarian
Promoted to Rank II

Monica Kauppi, Law Cataloger, Diamond Law Library
Promoted to Rank II

Robert Rendall, Serials Cataloger, Original Serial and Monograph Cataloging Unit
Promoted to Rank II