Some good news for the start of the New Year: It’s my distinct pleasure to announce that Danielle Westbrook has accepted the position of UC Systemwide Library Planning (SLP) Analyst.

As the SLP Analyst, Danielle will provide UC systemwide committees, including the Council of University Librarians (CoUL), the Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Committee (SLASIAC), and the Shared Library Facilities Board (SLFB) with support for strategic planning, assessment, policy development, communication, and committee activities, including agenda building, member recruitment, and other operational matters. Danielle will sit within the California Digital Library (CDL) and will be a member of my executive office team.

Many of you have had the opportunity to work with Danielle and can attest to her many outstanding abilities and commitment to the UC Libraries. Danielle joined the University of California in 2013 as the Shared Print Analyst in CDL’s Collection Development and Management program. In that role she was responsible for evaluating collections and related datasets for UC Shared Print and the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST). She successfully collaborated with other CDL teams, UC campus libraries, and external partners on analyses, assessment and systems development. Danielle has also chaired or served as project manager for a variety of UC and WEST committees.

Prior to joining the CDL, Danielle worked in Licensing and Collections Management & Planning at the University of British Columbia Library. She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Arts in the History of Education from the University of Toronto.

Danielle’s new position will begin January 23, 2017, though in an effort to ease the transition, she’s graciously agreed to continue contributing on a part-time basis to WEST and UC Shared Print activities over the next 4-6 weeks.

Please join me in welcoming Danielle and wishing her the best in her new position!