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The Librarian's Corner
A Note from the University Librarian
University Librarian Steve Mandeville-GambleAs we approach the July 4th holiday, I am drawn to reflect upon and celebrate history. With this Saturday marking the founding of our nation, I felt it only appropriate to look back to the founding of UCR.

The history of our campus dates back over 100 years, to 1907, when the California State Legislature chose Riverside as the site of the Citrus Experiment Station to provide research on the agricultural issues that Southern California faced.

When the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences welcomed its first class in 1954, the library was among the handful of original buildings that were complete. Today, the UCR Library comprises two buildings and four libraries. We are home to the research collections and substantial archives of the former Citrus Experiment Station Library, as well as University Archives — the designated repository that documents the history of the campus from its beginnings.

The growth of UCR has mirrored the growth of Southern California. Once a small university in a small town, we are now the premier research and educational institution in the thriving Inland Southern California region. As the campus grows, so too does the library. When need for science reference materials and greater access to technology grew beyond space-impacted areas in the Geology Building and Batchelor Hall, we built Orbach Science Library in 1998. When the School of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class in August 2013, we established a Medical Library program in support. And we will continue this path forward — ever-evolving to meet the needs of our campus, community, national education standards, and worldwide research.

And so it is with a deep respect for our past, and a great excitement for our future, that I wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Steve Mandeville-Gamble
University Librarian
Library Receives $10,000 Programming Grant
The UCR Library has been selected to receive a $10,000 programming grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). A total of 203 organizations will be participating in the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant initiative, which seeks to familiarize public audiences with the people, places, history, and contributions of Latino Americans in the United States. The public programs slated for the grant will occur between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Through the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History public programs grant and its partners, the UCR Library will showcase a host of programs that include film screenings, presentations from UCR scholars, a field trip, dramatic readings, and performances. All programs will be free and open to the public.

Project partners include the UC Riverside Chicano Student Programs, the Riverside Public Library, the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, and the Riverside Community College District’s Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square
For additional information about the UCR Library's involvement in this initiative, please contact Anthony Sanchez, Program Director, at or Melissa Cardenas-Dow, Assistant Program Director, at
Spaces that Work: User-Centered Renovations at Orbach Science Library
Welcome to the new Orbach Science Library! Last summer, University Librarian Steve Mandeville-Gamble asked Ann Frenkel, Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research and Instructional Services, to pull together a team of librarians and staff to rethink how space is used in the UCR Library. They were given a budget for purchasing new furniture to enhance research and study interactions. The team analyzed how students use the physical library, studying where students carve out spaces for particular functions.

The team found that students engage in various types of activities, including individual study, group study, individual project work, project collaboration, social interaction and more. They discovered that open areas with tables are conducive to group collaboration, and that students who want to work quietly alone seek out nooks and corners between stacks. Students particularly enjoy the ability to create their own work environment. In the past few months the team has selected furniture to enable these experiences, using bright, bold pieces for open group spaces, creating collaboration stations with shared screens for project work, and installing pieces such as the “egg” chairs and bean bags for individual study. Most of the furniture is moveable and students are using the new mobile white boards as dividers, enclosures, or presentation walls.

We hope you enjoy the 100 new working spaces. Enhancements will continue to be made through 2015, so keep an eye out! The Facilities Department is making special effort to maintain a clean, organized, and inviting environment. AUL Ann Frenkel welcomes feedback on the renovations.
UCR Distinguished Librarian Publishes Brazilian Bibliometrics Article
Dr. Rubén Urbizagástegui, along with Cristina Restrepo Arango, has written another article adding to a long line of brilliant publications. His newest work, “The Growth of Brazilian Metrics Literature,” can be read in the open access publication The Journal of Scientometric Research.

Dr. Urbizagástegui has written extensively about bibliometrics. This work — an explanation of findings from his study of the production rate of articles, book chapters, and dissertations of bibliometric research in Brazil — specifically discusses not only the rate of growth in the production of literature, but also possible explanations of outside influences which have affected that growth. This quantitative study includes all literature on bibliometrics produced in Brazil from 1973 to the end of 2012. There is also a qualitative study of the same literature in a forthcoming article entitled “Bibliometrics, informetrics, scientometrics and other “metrics” in Brazil.”

Urbizagástegui and Restrepo explain that a quantitative understanding of bibliometrics within academic libraries may offer insight into how effective or ineffective search tools and methods are for patrons, and as a result how to better improve information access overall so as to promote research production across all areas of study. One of the most compelling discussions in the article focuses on a widespread perception in the early 1970’s of the lack of usefulness of quantitative studies in bibliometrics. It goes on to explain that this perception may have contributed to a punctuated production of bibliometric studies for the first nearly three decades of this study’s focus. Not until the turn of the millennium with the expansion and growth of technologic tools did quantitative bibliometric publications begin to consistently grow exponentially.

Reading Urbizagástegui's and Restrepo’s publication, an analogy kept coming to mind: information is the ocean, and libraries are tide pools. By looking at the microcosm of one, we can be informed about the whole. By forensically evaluating the effect of devaluing specific types of research and how this affects the continued production of research publications in that field, Urbizagástegui and Restrepo help to shed light on some of the causal factors of distinction or obscurity of research across all disciplines. With this in mind, the argument could be made that no research should be discounted based on perceived “uselessness” of quantitative or qualitative criteria alone, as the body of work will suffer due to a narrowed scope of consideration in the academic arena.

Weds., July 15th

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Orbach Room 240
Please RSVP by July 13th

Julie Mason

Summer Hours
June 13 - Sept 23

Mon-Fri: 7:30a - 6:00p
Sat: 10:00a - 5:00p

Mon-Fri: 7:30a - 6:00p
Sat: 10:00a - 5:00p

Mon-Fri: 9:00a - 6:00p

All buildings will be closed July 3rd and 4th in observance of Independence Day and September 7th in observance of Labor Day.
The UCR Library again received the honor of representing the campus on the new R’Card! A beautiful image of Orbach Science Library adorns the front of the official campus ID card for the 2015-16 year.
Staff Stuff
Under the leadership of engineering librarian Michele Potter, The Library Academy, an online digital badging system was piloted this year to provide students an opportunity to hone their information literacy skills on their own time.

Borrowing from the video game world, many online learning sites now offer digital badges for gaining new skills or accomplishments. Badges are growing in popularity as an effective way to engage students in active learning. 

The online The Library Academy resides in UCR’s iLearn course management system and includes a number of modules broken into three levels: Freshman/Sophomore, Junior/Senior (level in process), and Graduate (level in process). Each level contains modules that focus on topics such as general information about the libraries, how to start the research paper process, how to locate and evaluate information, and how to ethically and effectively use information sources in academic projects. The modules are structured to be consecutively completed; however, modules can be done randomly if certain skills/information are needed for a course assignment or project. 

Students self-enroll in The Library Academy and may complete badges on their own or as directed by their instructor. The system automatically awards a digital badge which can be used as proof that they have successfully completed the module. Modules designed for lower division skills were successfully piloted in an English 1 course and recently, a lower division spring quarter science lab course experimented with a customized badge module focused on understanding scientific literature and identifying scholarly articles. The badge was designed to help students locate original research reported in an assigned news article. A follow-up survey indicated students felt more confident identifying and locating a scholarly article after earning their badge.

The Library Academy is still in the early stages, with more modules in development and additional courses scheduled for piloting the digital badging system this summer. The scalability and accessibility offered by this library instructional tool is instrumental in promoting information literacy skills to the broad student population. We are looking forward to tallying the badges!

In the last edition, the "Award Winning Staff" section incorrectly identified Christy Brown Anderson as a librarian assistant. Her correct title is library assistant.
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