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The Librarian's Corner
A Note from the University Librarian
University Librarian Steve Mandeville-GambleDear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the first edition of the UCR Library Newsletter. This biweekly piece serves a number of audiences: our internal staff, the UCR campus, and the broader Riverside and Southern California communities. We hope to inform the UCR community – both in the Riverside area and around the world – of the dynamic activities taking place in the UCR Library, from new initiatives to exciting additions to our collections, from new services to improvements on existing services, from our events and exhibition calendar to staff announcements. Here in the Librarian’s Corner, I plan to share insights on the growth of UCR as a university and the Library’s role to support and further the teaching and research mission of the university. If you have any questions or comments, or ideas for content, please don't hesitate to reach out to Sara Fitzgerald, our Communications and Stewardship Director.

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the UCR Library!

Sincerely,
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Steve Mandeville-Gamble
University Librarian
Beyond the Collection: A Happening Year at the Library
New furniture in Orbach Science Library creates comfortable collaboration spaces
An exciting academic year-in-review. June marks the close of a transformative year for the UCR Library. Whether students convene in exciting new collaborative spaces or attended workshops on library resources, citation management, or educational apps, the library is always the central venue for greater academic engagement here on campus. And the 2014-2015 academic year found the library to be quite the happening place!

The newly-established Inland Empire Memories Initiative, lead by new University Archivist Bergis Jules, identifies and preserves our rich local history and cultural legacies. This collection focuses on documenting the lives of historically underrepresented populations in the Inland Empire region. The Water Resources Collections and Archives has also been a vital resource, especially for public policy officials, environmental researchers, and engineers grappling for solutions to California’s historical drought. A new first-floor exhibit from our Tuskegee Airmen Archive invites visitors to glimpse into the past of these World War II heroes and recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department unveiled a beautiful photo exhibit in Orbach Science Library's atrium in conjunction with other campus events.

Support from the Associated Students of UCR helped to make the library a prime resource during finals week. Each quarter, the library doors are open 24/7 during the week of final exams, and library staff offers de-stressing activities to students during study breaks. This year, yoga, board games, snacks, massage therapy, and furry visitors were among the amenities provided. We also open library classrooms to provide students with more quiet spaces and computer access and accommodate all styles of research, reading, and study habits.

The first wave of new furniture for Orbach Science Library arrived mid-year, making this an even more popular spot for students and researchers alike. Brightly colored seating and whiteboard topped tables enhance the first floor reading area, and student-arranged beanbag chairs encourage casual collaboration throughout the library. The active learning spaces now include six-person collaboration stations with comfortable seating and large monitors for screen-sharing. Mobile whiteboards are utilized heavily by both undergraduates and first-year medical school students who fill them with formulas and diagrams in every nook of the library. With support from the new School of Medicine, several library classrooms and meeting rooms have also been updated, replacing LCD projectors with large-screen monitors, installing web-conferencing equipment, and adding flexible furnishings. Select study rooms in Rivera and Orbach are now equipped with flat-screen monitors as well, and the next wave of spectacular space enhancement is coming soon!

The library continued to hold ever-popular Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons during the year, and hosted Wikipedia Visiting Scholar Chris Troutman—one of only four visiting scholars from The Wikipedia Library. The campus community also enjoyed special programs such as historian/author Judy Yung discussing her work on oral histories of Chinese American women, investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld expounding on his book “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” and UCR Assistant Professor Begoña Echeverria introducing us to her Basque-themed historical novel “The Hammer of Witches,” based on her research on Basque identity, language, and culture. In collaboration with campus student groups, the Halloween Ghost Tour of Rivera Library and the “May the Fourth" mash-up event drew over 400 enthusiastic students! 

Throughout the year, the library continues to assist and instruct thousands of students, providing the tools and resources needed to be information-competent. We support faculty and the greater community by locating resources vital to research and programming as well.

Next time you’re on campus, be sure to "check out" the library! ...And stay tuned for more happenings as we begin the new academic year.
Winners Announced for 2015 Petko Competition
Hecht and Colclasure submit award-winning entries. Each year the UCR Library’s hosts the Adam Repán Petko Student Book Collection Competition to encourage students in reading, as well as in the creation of their own personal libraries and book collections. The collection’s submitted this year showcase the diversity of student interests and represented a wide array of topics from children’s literature, fantasy, and historical fiction to political biographies, social organizations, and renowned women authors. 

Tikva Hecht took first place in in the graduate division for “Books I’ve Held On To: Stories and Poems from my Childhood.” Through the use of captivating descriptions Hecht was able to illustrate the distinct patterns and shared impressionistic illustrations woven throughout her collection and its underlying theme of “displacement.” Hecht's collection provides a brief glimpse into her childhood and the imaginary journeys that have influenced her writing.
 
Carol Colclasure was awarded the top prize in the undergraduate division for her entry “Works of Wonderful Women.” Colclasure’s collection featured an extensive number of books on the topics of female liberation and intellectualism that she began collecting at a very young age. These early bibliophilic endeavors have led Colclasure to a literary life as well, through her current studies in literature and writing.
 
The winners of the 2015 Adam Repán Petko Student Book Collection Competition were honored at a ceremony held in Special Collections & University Archives on May 14, 2015 where they were presented with an award certificate by University Librarian, Steven Mandeville-Gamble. All entrants were also presented with a book, courtesy of the UC Press, that closely matched their collection’s topical area. Dr. Edward C. Petko, the competition’s benefactor, provided brief remarks for the winners as well as their fellow entrants to close the ceremony. Hecht and Colclasure, as winners of this competition, will both be eligible to compete in the upcoming National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. 

For more information on the annual Adam Repán Petko Student Book Collection Competition please visit our website.
First May the Fourth Mash-Up Event a Huge Success
UCR Library helps campus celebrate Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day. On May 4th, you may have noticed a crowd gathering in the Leisure Reading area of Rivera Library. This was our first Star Wars Day / Free Comic Book Day Mash-Up event at the UCR Library, and it was a resounding success!

The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, and May 4th is Star Wars Day ("may the fourth be with you"); both are high holidays in the geek universe. This year the Library merged these holidays into one mash-up event that included several campus student groups, a multitude of librarians, and library staff.

In celebration, the library developed two exhibits focused on hero-making throughout history, and the use of Star Wars and comic book superheroes as modern day versions of these archetypes. Six display cases in Special Collections on Rivera Library's 4th floor, designed and curated by Kat Koziar and Stephanie Milner, showcase the Star Wars Day / Comic Book Day mash-up theme. In the Leisure Reading area on the first floor, one case displays Star Wars themed items and one Comic Book themed, which were designed and curated by Julia Ree and Stephanie Milner. Both exhibits will be on display in Rivera Library through July 31st.

Student groups also hosted activities and provided information on their respective groups. The Cosplay Brigade placed handmade masks and costuming gear on display for attendees to see up-close; these items sparked questions and conversation about the techniques for making costumes, which the Brigadiers were more than happy to expound upon. Ben Vaughan, head of the Origami Club, and several club members provided origami lessons, building space ships, animals, and the Death Star from Star Wars! The Science-Fiction and Fantasy Club handed out free comic books (provided by donation to UCR Library from staff and the public) in exchange for answers to trivia questions about the library, Star Wars, Dr. Who, and DC and Marvel Superheroes.

Librarians and library staff members were an integral part of the day as well. Kat Koziar manned a 3-D printer display station, providing detailed information and answering questions from attendees about policies and processes for the new Makerbot at Orbach Science Library. Eric Milenkiewicz and Leslie Settle played the original Star Wars score on vintage vinyl, and gave away hand-made Star Wars scrapbooks, comic and sci-fi book bundles, and a 3-D printed object to lucky raffle winners!

A big thank you to all who volunteered their time and participated in this delightful event. We had so much fun! Have ideas for the 2016 event? Let us know!
Calendar

Sun., June 7th

5:00 - 9:00 PM
Orbach Lobby
Finals Study Jam! Bring a friend and work with friendly tutors.
No sign-up needed
MORE INFO
Sahra Missaghieh Klawitter
sahra.klawitter@ucr.edu

Weds., July 15th

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Orbach Room 240
Patents & Trademarks 101 - free public seminar on how to protect your intellectual property with training from the US Patent & Trademark Office
Please RSVP by July 13th
MORE INFO
Julie Mason
julie.mason@ucr.edu
Staff Stuff
Anthony Sanchez, Rivera Library Instruction Coordinator & Reference Librarian
In April, Anthony Sanchez was awarded nearly $40,000 from the The Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching (IUTT) grant. 

The IUTT grant—provided by the Senate Library, Information Technology, and Scholarly Communication Committee and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Communication, Steven Brint—will support the transformation of one classroom in Rivera Library into a dynamic and flexible learning space with four LED monitors, software, mobile chairs, glass dry-erase boards, and painting. Because the grant is specifically dedicated to the cost of the technology requests such as laptops, monitors, software licenses, and electrical installation, the Library contributed additional funds for furniture and space renovation.

"It had been a professional goal of mine to revitalize our learning spaces classrooms since being hired back in August 2013," said Anthony. "The project fills a serious need to provide a flexible learning space, not only for our instruction sessions, but for students seeking collaborative work environments that can mediate brainstorming, experimentation, and dialogue."

Ann Frenkel encouraged Anthony to pursue the grant and assisted with the initial planning, while Rebecca Ryan optimized the budget. Dan Szilagyi and Dave Schuster provided key support in determining the needed equipment and infrastructure for the grant proposal. Anthony also thanked faculty members Crystal Mun-Hye Baik, Deborah Willis, and John Briggs for their support.

Once complete, Rivera Room 140 will support flexible teaching mechanisms that look forward to the future of technology once complete. Anthony expects the room to be ready for use in Fall quarter.
Our Award-Winning Staff
It brings us constant joy to recognize the amazing service and dedication of the library staff. This year, three individuals have reached huge milestones in their service to UCR. Josie Arreola celebrates 35 years at UCR, and Sahra Klawitter and Dan Szilagyi are both celebrating 20 years. In recognition from the University, each received a Service Award from the Staff Assembly on Tuesday, May 18th. Congratulations!
The UCR Library serves the research and teaching needs of the campus, and serves the Inland Empire community as the regional research library. Your gift makes a tremendous difference—through philanthropic support, you help the students, staff, and faculty at UCR make a positive impact on society.

UCR is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and gifts to UCR are tax deductible to the extent allowed by State and Federal law.
 
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