TheUCLA Library has created a Board of Visitors composed of prominentbusinesspeople, philanthropists and educators.
Members are Roy Aaron, mediator, arbitrator, and businessconsultant and former president of the UCLA Foundation; Fereshteh Diba, chief financialofficer of Gas Conditioners International; Bill Flumenbaum, senior vicepresident in the personal investment management division of Capital Guardian Trust Company; Robert M.Hayes, UCLA professor emeritus in information studies; Ken Karmiole, owner ofKenneth Karmiole, Bookseller Inc.; Ynez O'Neill, medical educator, researcherand professor-in-residence at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; NormanPowell, retired executive of British Petroleum, and his wife, Armena; LeonRootenberg, principal with Rootenberg Rosenthal Accountants and a director of B& L Rootenberg Rare Books; Charlie Steinmetz, project manager of the UCLACultural Virtual Reality Lab and trustee of the Steinmetz Foundation; Patsy andRobert Sung, president of CNI Systems Inc., (Robert Sung) and trustees of theEdna and Yu-Shan Han Foundation; and Charles E. Young, chancellor emeritus ofUCLA.
"I am honored that these distinguished individuals haveagreed to serve on the Library's inaugural Board of Visitors," said UniversityLibrarian Gary E. Strong. "I thank them for their service and look forward toworking with them to strengthen and enhance UCLA's world-class Library."
The board's inaugural meeting was held on Sept. 15 at theCharles E. Young Research Library. Chancellor Albert Carnesale welcomed membersand emphasized the importance of the Library to UCLA's instruction and researchas well as in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty. Strong led adiscussion about the library's vision and goals, and graduate studentparticipants in the Library's Center for Primary Research and Training talkedabout their experiences with the program. The center provides asubstantive educational experience by training them in archival methods andsimultaneously makes accessible lesser-known collections by organizing them andcreating finding aids, or guides.
Immediately following the meeting was a reception for donorsand the public to celebrate the library's acquisition of its eight millionthvolume. Celebratory events will continue throughout the year; information isavailable online at http://www.library.ucla.edu/celebration.