Global Reach, Local Impact
UC Riverside has a specific geographic locale in Inland Southern California but an impact that spans the globe. Our students and faculty draw on the research opportunities here in the Inland Empire and the resources provided by the UCR Library to develop solutions for worldwide problems. The UCR Library and the people who work here are a key component of those efforts.
UCR Library employees are making a positive impact on the world of scholarship by redefining how scholarly research is performed and the resources available for such inquiry not only here at UCR but worldwide, from the innovative teaching aid created in their TeachArchives.org project that earned Robin M. Katz and her colleague Julie Golia the coveted James Harvey Robinson Prize from the American Historical Association, to Eric Milenkiewicz’s project leadership on a joint Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant-funded collaboration with UCR Faculty member Cliff Trafzer and colleagues at the Sherman Indian Museum. This joint effort will arrange, preserve, and digitize the historical holdings of the museum and the multiple stories that they tell of off-reservation American Indian boarding schools in the late 19th through 21st centuries. At the same time, the UCR Library is actively helping to shape archival and other information resource protocols to ensure that past colonial practices are not inadvertently recreated, therefore serving as exemplars of how to move important digitization and historical documentation projects forward in a way that is both culturally sensitive and ethically sound.
Finally, the UCR Library is actively supporting and engaging in discussions and activities that will propel innovation here at UCR forward. One of the main themes of the current comprehensive campaign is Emerging Technologies, technologies that are invented, developed, and refined here on campus. The library plays a key role as an academic partner providing campus researchers access to the information resources they need to engage in this work. Some of those new technologies will be discussed at the upcoming Campaign Symposia on February 16, 2017.