For those of you who may have known or worked with PCC’s Co-chair of the Standing Committee on Training.




John Riemer

Head, UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center Kinross South

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From: Steel, Virginia
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 12:03 PM
To: All Library Staff
Subject: Sad news


Dear library staff members,


Chamya Pompey Kincy (27 February 1976-20 July 2013)


With tremendous sadness, I am writing to let you know that Chamya Kincy, a member of the Cataloging & Metadata Center, died peacefully at home this past Saturday after a heroic battle with cancer.


She first joined the Library as a student assistant in May 1997 and then was hired as a Library Assistant in May 1999.  Working in the Records Management Section of the YRL Cataloging Department, she was responsible for a wide variety of database maintenance, minimal-level cataloging, and physical processing tasks.  The quality and quantity of her work was invariably exceptional, resulting in her receiving one of the Library’s Incentive Awards in 1998.  She was one of the very first to catalog Internet resources in OCLC and was assigned to the new E-Resources Cataloging and Metadata Section at its creation within the Cataloging Center in 2004.


She obtained her library degree from UCLA in 2005 and her coursework included an internship in original cataloging within the Center.  Her studies culminated with her achieving the Passed With Distinction status in her portfolio presentation, which addressed the differences between and the implications of pre- and post-coordinated subject headings.  Chamya also earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physiological Science, both from UCLA. 


With great energy and enthusiasm, coupled with a powerful work ethic, Chamya launched a career here in the Cataloging & Metadata Center as Life & Social Sciences Cataloger in 2007.  She was an outstanding trainer and she devised a new means of accelerating library school interns past copy cataloging into original cataloging, creating guided exercises specifically for interns.  She systematized the provision of internships in the Center and personally supervised half a dozen.  Helping to lead the way with the Center’s establishing new cataloger roles, she took part in the first two campus metadata consultations and participated in collecting metadata for the Walter L. Gordon, Jr./William C. Beverly, Jr. Collection through interviews with Walter Gordon himself.  She provided high-quality reference service at the Biomedical Library and collaborated with staff there on the Library’s new data initiatives.  She was very active in LAUC-LA and recently was nominated to run for Chair-Elect.


In the Medical Library Association, she chaired the Technical Services Section and was MLA’s liaison to ALA’s cataloging rule-making body Cataloging Committee: Description and Access.   In the Program for Cooperative-Cataloging, she served as co-chair of the Standing Committee on Training.  She led the local efforts to prepare the Library for implementation of the cataloging rules Resource Description and Access (RDA).  Earlier this year, she had completed 90% of her first monograph, Making the Move to RDA: A Self-Study Primer.    It brought her great happiness to receive word of her Promotion to Librarian earlier this month.


Chamya impressed many with her professionalism, conscientiousness, keen intellect, organizational skills and her generosity in helping to bring others along.  She will be sorely missed.


Services are pending.


Please note: Counseling services are available to all Library employees.  To access these services, call UCLA Staff and Faculty Counseling Center at (310) 794-0245.


With condolences,




Ginny Steel

University Librarian


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