This month SEL will be saying goodbye to longtime librarian and fearless leader Anita Colby, who is retiring on June 27, 2014 from her position as Coordinator of the Science and Engineering Libraries (SEL). Anita has been with UCLA for the entirety of her 36 year career providing thoughtful leadership, mentoring, and considerable influence to numerous endeavors and projects.
Anita graduated from UCLA’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1978 after obtaining a BA degree in German from California State University, Long Beach. She joined the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges in 1978. At that time UCLA contracted with the Department of Education to serve as one of ten clearinghouses for acquiring, indexing and abstracting educational resources about community colleges; running a publications program; and a user services operation. Anita was Associate Director of the Clearinghouse for the final 10 years of her tenure at ERIC. While at ERIC she worked 20% time at the Engineering and Math Sciences Library for many years, facilitating a transition to traditional librarianship in 1995, when she began working full time at SEL.
While at ERIC, Anita developed lexicography and editing skills that she later utilized in her collaboration on two editions of the Dictionary of Educational Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations; two thesauri for the firm Sociological Abstracts, the Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms and Thesaurus of Linguistics Indexing Terms; and the UC Press publication, Irangeles: Iranians in Los Angeles.
At SEL, Anita has served as the subject librarian (providing collection development, instruction, and research assistance) to Computer Science, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Statistics. She was Head of Collection Development for most of her time at SEL and briefly assumed this responsibility for the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library when another librarian retired.
We thank Anita for her service, leadership, and contributions and wish her well in this next chapter of her life. We will miss you Anita!