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Sherry Willhite retires

Please join me in saying farewell and sending best wishes to our CDL colleague, Sherry Willhite, who is retiring from the University of California effective January 2013.

Before coming to CDL Sherry worked at Carlsbad City Library and was a Chemistry Librarian and Online Coordinator at the UC San Diego Library.  She was User Services Librarian for the UC Division of Library Automation before the birth of CDL. Sherry has always been a fierce advocate for making life better for librarians and end-users, always trying to make tools user friendly instead of “user vicious,” as she would sometimes say.

Those of us who had the pleasure of working with Sherry know that she was always ready to dig into a problem, get to the bottom of it, and come up with an elegant solution.  She excelled as an analyst, and some of her analytical reports will be held up as models of elegance and usefulness.  Sherry did seminal work in the world of interlibrary services and metasearching, as well, with her work on SearchLight.  We are sorry to say goodbye to someone who was so passionate about service to the library community.  Sherry retires from the UC having accomplished so much on behalf of all UC’s library users.

We wish Sherry all the best in her retirement.