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From the Desk of the University Librarian
University Librarian Steve Mandeville-GambleThe University of California system is dedicated to enrolling an additional 10,000 California undergraduates over the next three years. UC Riverside will be a key player in providing an academic home for close to 2,000 of those additional students, perhaps more. At the same time, Chancellor Wilcox announced at his inauguration in April 2014 that the university would be adding an additional 300 ladder-rank faculty within five years. We have already added more than 90 additional faculty since then, and have searches for more than 120 additional faculty going on as I write this message.

With this significant growth, both in terms of the faculty and the students at UCR, the UCR Library has the opportunity and challenge to meet the needs of a much-expanded academic community. Fortunately, much of that work has already started.

You have seen numerous announcements of new hires in our past newsletters. Four additional librarian recruitments are currently underway, with more planned. Two of these are director positions that focus on specific areas of excellence: Research Services and Teaching & Learning. Their aim is to develop scalable services in these areas to support the increase in undergraduate students as well as graduate students and faculty.

Space is a significant consideration for a rapidly-growing student body. New flexible furniture in both Rivera and Orbach libraries supports the increased use of our facilities. We have already seen a 14% rise in use of Orbach Science Library since the new furniture was installed there in March 2015, which is made even more impressive considering the near-zero increase in enrollment at UCR during that time. We are also widening the security gate entrance in Rivera to ease the flow of traffic.

Finally, technology and equipment must keep up with our increasingly tech-savvy library users. We are in the process of replacing old copy machines with all-in-one copier/scanner/printers. We have also installed self-checkout stations to relieve pressure and reduce queuing at the circulation desks.

The UCR Library, as an academic library of the 21st Century, must constantly work toward improvement and growth to not only to meet the demands of the UCR campus but to exceed the expectations of our community. If we can serve you better, please do not hesitate to let us know.

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Steve Mandeville-Gamble
University Librarian
Library Launches Test for New Website
Beta test invites public to provide input. The UCR Library has announced the successful beta launch of our new library website. On February 1st, 2016 library presented the redesign for public testing and comment. The beta site, available at, presents a cleaner, sleeker, ADA-compliant, and mobile and tablet-friendly interface that highlights the library’s services, collections, and resources.

The new website is the culmination of a year’s effort to understand and support our varied community of users and their needs, enhance features and usability, and simplify design and navigation. 
New features include:
  • Increased detail and prominence for library’s notable collections
  • New opportunities for instructional support
  • Accurate, easy to find, and up-to-date information, including Hours prominently displayed on homepage
  • Easy access to locating equipment such as printers, copiers, scanners, and computers in each library facility
  • Improved sign-up systems for workshops and booking study rooms
Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, the library's Web Developer and User Experience Designer, leads the website redesign team. "Our guiding design principle was that users come to the library website to gather information or complete an action," reflected Dolan-Mescal. "We made the layout simple and easy to navigate and re-worked content to be succinct and concise to ensure that users get what they need quickly and smoothly."

Help us make the new website the best it can be by providing your comments at We will continue to iteratively enhance the site based on comments and targeted user testing.
Library Receives Mellon Grant for Innovative App
Archiving social media for generations to come. A two-year, $517,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund a joint project called "Documenting the Now: Supporting Scholarly Use and Preservation of Social Media Content." The project — a collaboration between The University of California, Riverside, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland — responds to the public’s use of social media for chronicling historically significant events and demand from scholars and archivists seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this digital content.

The three institutions will develop DocNow – a cloud-ready, open-source application that will be used for collecting tweets and their associated metadata and Web content. The app will be specifically designed to help authenticated users tap into Twitter streams to identify web content that is of value for current and future research.

Bergis Jules, co-principal investigator and community lead at UC Riverside, hopes the DocNow project will be a catalyst for community building around the scholarly use and preservation of social media archives. "Community building will be vitally important as we continue to develop standards and effective practices around the collection and access to this rich content," said Jules. "I'm excited The Mellon Foundation is supporting this project as it will be an important contribution to scholarship on social media archiving."

The grant also supports the development of best practice recommendations for ethical, copyright, privacy, and access issues related to collection of social media content
Spotlight on Faculty: Professor Tiffany pez
Tiffany López is an inspiration not only on the University of California, Riverside campus, but regionally and nationally as well. She is dedicated to creating awareness of cultural history, and providing insight into the intersection of art and creative production’s role in personal and social change.

López is a professor in the UCR Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production, and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS). She has been teaching at UC Riverside for nearly two decades, and her dedication to introducing students to Chicana/Chicano and Latina/Latino history and culture has been a driving force in her work.

As part of the UCR Library's Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programming series in March, López will lead a scholarly discussion and give a dramatic reading from the Segundo Jueves Latina/o Play Project. She will read an excerpt of "Y No Se Lo Trago La Tierra" by Tomás Rivera, past UCR chancellor and the first Mexican-American chancellor in the UC system.

The Play Project is a series of performances including dramatic readings, plays, music, and dance from Latina/o cultural writings and works that López has developed as living, shared artwork using the medium of theatrical performance. A Segundo Jueves Latina/o Play Project performance will be presented at the Culver Center in April, 2016.
See the complete calendar of library workshops and events here.

Thu., 3/10 | 7 PM

Wed., 3/16 | 1 PM

Wed., 4/20 | 1 PM

Wed., 4/27 | 10 AM 
Visit for current hours and holiday schedules. 

• 365-day checkout period for books and periodicals
• 7 renewals per item
• 14 days recall period, except for reserve material (7 days)
University Archives has added about 10 linear feet of records to a collection documenting UCR's African Student Programs, one of the longest-running student services programs on campus.
The library is keeping minds fresh for finals with Finals Week Stress Relief events! Join us for free massages, pet therapy, snacks, study jams, peer review sessions, and more. A variety of special programs will occur in both the Rivera and Orbach libraries from March 9-18.
The Science Library broke ground 20 years ago this February. It was the first new library building on campus in over 25 years when it opened in 1998. In November 2009, it was named in honor of UCR chancellor Raymond L. Orbach.
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.

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