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From the Desk of the University Librarian
University Librarian Steve Mandeville-GambleThe theme of this year’s National Library Week was "Libraries Transform." This resonates particularly with the UCR Library as we continue to look ahead and plan for a future unlike any we have seen before.

As the UCR campus continues to grow our student and faculty populations, the library must work at an incredible pace to keep up. Maintaining services and support for exponentially more patrons is a challenge unto itself — but it is a challenge that we are ready to face.

At the same time, the mission of libraries has not ultimately changed in 6,000 years: libraries have, and continue to, connect people with high-quality information and ideas to transform the world into a better place. The ultimate mission hasn’t changed, but the information ecosystem in which we exist has. Where information used to be encoded in print books and journals, it is now encoded in electronic databases, electronic journals, websites, as well as printed books, maps, etc. Where libraries used to have to assert mastery over a few formats of materials and provide access to that content, library staff now have to do the same for a multiplicity of formats.

And where libraries have historically trained young scholars on how to use print resources, we now have an opportunity to instill those traditional skills as well as cutting-edge digital literacy skills.

In the coming years, you will see significant transformation at the UCR Library as we balance our support for traditional scholarship and embrace newer modes of information exchange. From adopting leading technologies to refreshed spaces and facilities, we aim to constantly evolve and consistently meet our users both where they are, and where they are going.

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Steve Mandeville-Gamble
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Tomás Rivera Exhibition to Open at UCR Library
Exhibit honoring past UCR Chancellor to open in AprilAn exhibition honoring Tomás Rivera, the youngest and first Latino Chancellor in the UC system and the namesake of the Rivera Library, opened in Special Collections & University Archives on Monday, April 11. Rivera was born in 1935 to Mexican migrant workers, and was among the first generation of Chicanos to earn a PhD. He was an accomplished author, educator, and administrator who unexpectedly died at the age of 48 while serving as UCR’s Chancellor.
Tomás Rivera: UCR and Higher Education Retrospective / Tomás Rivera: Una retrospective sobre UCR y la Educacion Superior

Now Open
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Special Collections & University Archives
Tomás Rivera Library, 4th floor

The exhibition focuses on his commitment to the arts, higher education, and activism and is curated by librarians Melissa Cardenas-Dow and Stephanie Milner. It is just one of the projects supported by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) as part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. The opening coincides with the 28th Tomás Rivera Conference, an annual public event at UCR that focuses on core issues facing Chicanos and Latinos.

3D Printer Event Launches New Partnership
The UCR Library’s 3D printer was featured with demonstrations for over 140 honors students during “Geek Week” in early January. This event launched a new collaborative program between the Library and University Honors (UH) to foster curiosity and exploration, build a sustainable peer resource program, and increase student collaboration with interdisciplinary projects.

The UH Peer Researcher Fellowship and Innovation Program has two components. The fellowship program pairs students with a librarian mentor to learn advance research skills and experience co-teaching library workshops. We hope to build a strong learning community of peer instructors to share skills, experiences, and knowledge through this experiential learning opportunity.

17 fellows from a variety of disciplines and stages of academic career were selected for the pilot program. UH students Raymond Tran and Mary Michaels serve as program advisers, assisting the librarian team to develop future programming and curriculum. The pilot program will be assessed through student, staff, and faculty feedback.

Engaging students through innovative and entrepreneurial forums or project laboratories is another program focus. Guest speakers from a range of professional backgrounds will host discussions on crowdfunding, multimedia production, and small business development. Project laboratories will provide space, tools, and hands-on instruction for experimenting and “making” with open-source electronic platforms such as Raspberry Pi and MakeyMakey.

Through this enriched programming we hope to inspire UH students, and to spark early exploration and design of their capstone projects.
Spotlight on Faculty: Professor Walter Clark
Noted musicologist Walter Clark came to the University of California, Riverside in 2003 with two primary goals in mind: to create an emphasis on Latin American music in the program here and to help develop a doctoral program in musicology, ethnomusicology, and composition. Thirteen years later he is still at UCR, now serving as Chair of the Music Department, having accomplished those initial goals and so much more.

In 2004, Clark established the internationally recognized Center for Iberian and Latin American Music, the only of its kind in the world, that serves as a major destination for research and performance. He has served as the center’s director since its inception which now boasts a team of eleven faculty members, a refereed online journal, and a concert series. The creation of a graduate program at UCR in this area of study was also led by Clark and is now flourishing with nearly forty students from throughout the world pursuing their doctorates here.

From the beginning of his tenure at UCR, Clark has also been an avid collaborator with the library and has played an instrumental role in helping to develop our archival holdings pertaining to Iberia and Latin America. As a result, our collections contain materials that are attracting the interest and attention of scholars throughout the Americas and Spain. This includes the papers of Joaquín Nin-Culmell and The Romeros as well as the only surviving manuscript of Enrique Granados’ Spanish opera María del Carmen and one-of-a-kind, non-commercial sound recordings of major flamenco artists from Spain recorded by local flamenco-guitar virtuoso Ted McKown.

Clark’s contributions to the university and the library have been considerable and it is safe to assume that there will be a few more things added to this list before his time at UCR comes to a close.
See the complete calendar of library workshops and events here.

Wed. 5/18 | 10 AM

Wed. 5/18 | 10 AM

Fri. 5/20 | 1 PM

Sun. 5/22 | 12 PM

Wed. 5/25 | 1 PM
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Every quarter, the UCR Library puts on stress-relief activities during Finals Week. For Winter Quarter, we had therapy dogs, snacks galore, chair massages, counseling and tutoring on-hand, a visit from Scotty the Bear, and much more. Follow us on Facebook for photos and for next quarter's calendar!
Makerboxes are portable bins containing items to inspire creativity and discovery. Already featured at student outreach events, some boxes hold items such as Legos and Jenga, and others have more discipline-specific items like magnetic poetry or molecular model kits. You can find makerboxes on the shelves attached to the Reference and Research Assistance Desks in Rivera and Orbach Libraries.
UCR Emeritus Professor R. E. Taylor recently donated a large archival collection documenting the University of California’s role in developing radiocarbon dating. Professor Taylor operated the UCR Radiocarbon Laboratory in the Department of Anthropology and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics from 1973 to 2006. Former UCLA professor Willard Frank Libbey received the 1959 Nobel Prize for his work on the use of Carbon-14 for age determinations. These papers will be made available to researchers in Special Collections & University Archives.
Kent LaCombe joined the UCR Library on April 1st as Water Resources Librarian. He comes to us from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Samantha Lang came on board at the end of March as Director of Development, helping to generate private support for the library, graduate division, and broader campus-wide initiatives
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