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The Librarian's Corner
A Note from the University Librarian
The new year brings new beginnings and provides the opportunity to reflect on a year filled with significant accomplishments of which we can rightfully brag from all divisions of the Library. From cross-campus relationships in grant writing, Open Access policy development, and an Affordable Course Materials Initiatives pilot program to instruction room upgrades and space transformations, we have continued to implement strategic plan initiatives at breakneck speed. Here are just some of the noteworthy achievements from 2015:
  • Hired significant leadership positions and staff to raise the bar on the library's level of organizational excellence.
  • Received grant funding for multiple projects, including space transformations, diversity initiatives, collections surveys for the local region, and scholarly use and preservation of social media content.
  • Implemented new technologies and augmented current equipment for better user access and customer service.
  • Launched a substantial backlog processing project and completed 17 collections as of December 7th.
  • Supported scholarship and artistic expression across the continent by lending materials to museum and library exhibitions throughout North America, including loaning content for Nao Bustamante’s show "Soldadera" at The Foundry for Art, Design, and Culture in Cohoes, NY.
  • Launched UCR’s participation in the UC Federal Documents Archives Project, in collaboration with Google Books and the California Digital Library. UCR's participation will result in a massive increase in the number of US federal documents available in digital form to researchers and UCR and around the world.
  • Implemented a Peer Researcher and Innovation Pilot program in collaboration with the University Honors program to provide graduated learning opportunities that combine experimentation and interdisciplinary play.
  • Developed a digital badging system to increase student engagement and information literacy competencies. 
  • Established a new multi-site integrated curriculum support program for School of Medicine faculty and students from year one through year four, and provided faculty development sessions to affiliate clinical faculty at remote School of Medicine partner sites.
  • Launched both the Tuskegee Airmen and the History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement exhibitions, raising the standards across the board for library exhibits.
  • Re-engineered and built a new cyberinfrastructure for the entire library, bringing in industry standards and best practices for excellent security and usability.
I am looking forward to a 2016 filled with even greater triumphs, and invite you to join the UCR Library on our path of ever-increasing excellence.

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Steve Mandeville-Gamble
University Librarian
National History Day Learning Lab Held at UCR
The UCR Library co-sponsored the National History Day Learning Lab in collaboration with the National Archives at Riverside and the Orange County Department of Education. The event, aimed at assisting 6th through 12th grade students with their National History Day projects, was held at UCR on Saturday, November 7th. Educators, archivists, and students from throughout Southern California participated in the day-long event that featured sessions on a variety of topics, including research methods, how to conduct oral histories, and locating primary, secondary, and online resources. Students were also offered research consultations with an archivist or librarian to assist them with their projects.
Dr. Alexander Haskell, Associate Professor of History at UCR, set the tone for the day with his keynote address emphasizing the importance of historical research. UCR librarians Christina Cicchetti and Eric Milenkiewicz were also available to assist with the various sessions and research consultations offered to the students. The day's activities concluded with tours of the Rivera Library exhibit space and the Special Collections & University Archives reading room.

Visiting Scholars Enrich Research and Learning
Visiting scholars are an integral part of UCR life, particularly at the UCR Library. The library has been a long-standing partner in research and collaboration for the entire UCR campus, and visiting scholars have assisted the library in that role. These scholars are typically invited by UCR faculty to come to campus as either researchers or instructors. There are approximately 550 visiting scholars on campus currently, hailing from around the United States and the globe.

Our visiting scholars make great contributions to departments and research centers through research and teaching, offering a global academic perspective that enriches
 the instructional environment. Most recently, in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Daniel Costas Pantoja — a visiting scholar from Bogota, Columbia — joined the library in developing resources and events for international students.

Pantoja acted as both a representative and a liaison in disseminating information about library resources and events back to the international student body. Over the summer, he completed a fellowship with the Smithsonian Institute’s Latino Museum Studies Program and is now a UCR Ph.D. student studying musicology in Columbia.
Workshop Teaches Citation for Unusual Sources
Who is the creator of a postcard? How do I refer to a historical plaque? In the “Citing the Unusual” workshop offered this fall, attendees had the opportunity to learn about citing sources that go beyond typical books and articles. The co-instructors discussed performance art, oral history interviews, and more. Participants also got a hands-on look at primary sources and works of art from UCR’s own Special Collections & University Archives, and viewed online examples from other institutions.

The workshop explained that citation is about more than just avoiding plagiarism. Citations are like a breadcrumb trail - their main purpose is actually to help other people trace your research steps and discover your sources for themselves.

Attendees learned about the main elements are needed in any citation, looked at some popular styles (Chicago, MLA, etc.), and learned that not every scenario is anticipated by citation guides. Some archives or museums provide preferred citations, but with a basic understanding of needs and applying consistency, you can cite pretty much anything.

Don’t let formatting your bibliography stop you from using unusual sources in your next research project! The library offers many useful workshops each quarter. Expect more featuring Special Collections & University Archives materials soon.

See the complete calendar of library workshops and events here.
All buildings will be closed Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King., Jr. Day.

Visit for current hours and holiday schedules. 
The UCR Library is getting a new website! Built to best practices for web user experience, the new design will be mobile and tablet friendly, and make our services easier to access. We will launch a beta version for the public to test on February 1st.
Angela Lee joined the UCR Library as Medical Librarian in November.

Aaron Lipparelli also joined the Orbach team as Night & Billing Coordinator this month.

We said farewell to Maria Parenteau in December, and to Anthony Sanchez this month.
Scotty's Story
Scotty, the UCR mascot, celebrated his 61st birthday in November! Did you know that Scotty’s history dates all the way back to UCR’s inaugural year? In November 1954, an election ballot listed six potential campus symbols whittled-down from 67 student suggestions including "The Unicorns."

When none of these received a majority vote, the men’s basketball team led a write-in campaign for the "Hylanders." With a brief spelling adjustment, the "Highlanders" came to be the campus nickname. Scotty — originally a pint-sized bear in a kilt and scarf, playing bagpipes with a determined look — became UCR's mascot symbol. In 1998 the mascot was redesigned with a fiercer image, and in 2010 students voted on a sleeker Scotty featuring a growling bear wearing a Tam O’Shanter. Scotty’s half-blue face plays homage to the Scottish hero William Wallace. For more UCR history, visit the University Archives on the fourth floor of Rivera Library.
Study Rooms
The library has over 70 study rooms throughout Rivera and Orbach libraries, 67 rooms available for UCR students, faculty and staff, and these spaces are essential for students.

• Reserve through the new system or using QR codes on the door
• Rooms generally accommodate 2-10 people
• Spaces facilitate collaboration, group study, tutoring, supplementary instruction, and more
• Large, flat-screens now available in many rooms
• All rooms equipped with WiFi access, tables, chairs, and whiteboards
• Check out whiteboard markers, erasers, and more at the Circulation / Reserve desk
The UCR Library serves the research and teaching needs of the campus, and serves Inland Southern California 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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