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From the Desk of the University Librarian
University Librarian Steve Mandeville-GambleWhile the 2016 academic year has drawn to a close and our most recent graduates depart our campus and strike out on new paths in the outside world, our focus at the UCR Library remains devoted to building a sustainable future.

After spending time with a friend of mine over the Memorial Day weekend who had come to Southern California to present a keynote address at the Native Americans in Philanthropy conference, I was reminded of this quote from Chief Seattle of the Dkhw'Duw'Absh (Duwamish) Nation in Washington State: “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors – we borrow it from our children.”

This led me to reflect on the idea of “sustainability.” Libraries have a different way of thinking about this concept than most people do.

With every new generation of students that passes through our University, innovative concepts emerge about how to improve the world around us, and how to correct the mistakes of our collective past. These inspired ideas are born when young eyes look at old resources and interpret them in new and different ways. The Library remains dedicated to collecting and preserving the resources that help to make this type of idea genesis possible.

We have Kent LaCombe joining our staff team as the Water Resources Librarian, who will spearhead the Library’s efforts to raise the profile of our water-related holdings. He also has a graduate degree in Indigenous Studies and has already identified key intersections between our water resources collections and the history, culture, and politics of the Native American communities of Southern California in particular and the Western United States in general.

We also have the Focus on the Universe astrophotography exhibit that is now on display in Orbach Library. This exhibit enhances the Library’s existing diverse collection of physics and astronomy research materials and underscores our commitment to support the curricular and research needs of our faculty and students.

The Eaton Collection’s bountiful resources in Science Fiction and Fantasy continue to attract students from around the world. The UCR Library is working hard to secure resources to ensure ongoing funding to ensure that the Eaton Collection will continue to thrive as not only the world’s largest research collection of speculative fiction but the world’s best.

Last month, the IMLS awarded a grant to the Library’s Inland Empire Memories project; through this, the UCR Library maintains its mission to sustain, preserve, and make available the records from all communities that make up the United States. In a similar endeavor, the DocNow project responds to the public's use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this type of digital content.

One of the key motivations for pursuing the DocNow project was to think about the long-term preservation of digital content regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. The movement is one that has a tremendous presence on social media platforms, including millions of shared images, videos, and personal reflections. We believe it’s important to capture those records.

Looking forward, it’s not only our records of cultural memory that need preservation; it’s our natural resources, as well. From earth and water to sky, and beyond – into the realms of imagination and fantasy – the UCR Library’s collections will continue to use the procedures, policies, and methodologies of library science to preserve these unique holdings for future generations to enjoy for many years to come.

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Steve Mandeville-Gamble
University Librarian
Visiting Scholar in the
Eaton Collection
The UCR Library has been host to Pablo Gomez, visiting scholar from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, throughout Spring Quarter, 2016. Gomez found his way to the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy after an international search for a library that could provide access to the largest possible number of works in these genres. He has found titles in the Eaton Collection that are invaluable for his work and very difficult to find in Europe.

Gomez is researching transnationalism in science fiction cinema for his Ph.D., and his research has identified trends in science fiction that reveal the development of a “transnational social conscience” that has come about largely through globalization. “Science fiction has a social imagination that can deal with our real world by suspending reality or pushing the boundaries of reality.”

Gomez will be returning to Spain in June.
Focus on the Universe Exhibition Features Amateur Night Sky Images
An exhibition featuring the work of regional amateur astrophotographers opened in Orbach Library on Thursday, May 26. Focus on the Universe: Astrophotographers of Southern California features stunning views of night skies and celestial bodies from local sites including Joshua Tree, Moreno Valley, and San Diego.

Images were selected by Mario de Leo Winkler, the exhibition curator and a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Over 70 local astrophotographers responded to Dr. de Leo Winkler's call, and he reports that it was difficult to narrow down the entries to the 17 that appear in Focus on the Universe.

Funding was provided by The GOGREEN Survey: Caring about the Environment, a collaborative National Science Foundation grant with activities at UCR, UC Irvine, and the University of Kansas. This exhibition is one of several activities designed to bring astronomy to the Riverside community through the "broader impacts" section of the local grant.

Focus on the Universe: Astrophotographers of Southern California
May 23 - June 29, 2016
Orbach Science Library Atrium

Opening Event:
Thursday, May 26, 2016
12:10 - 1:00 pm
Orbach Science Library
Library Welcomes New Water Resources Librarian
Water Resources Librarian to raise profile of the Library’s water-related holdings. Though only in his second month at the UCR Library, Kent LaCombe is already in the midst of several projects designed to help better preserve and provide access to the library’s rich collection of water-related materials. As the Water Resources Librarian he is responsible for managing and curating the library’s unique contemporary and historic materials devoted to all aspects of water resources held in both the Special Collections’ Water Resources Collections and Archives (WRCA) and in the general collection.

LaCombe’s educational and professional background make him well-positioned to oversee the growth and evolution of a collection that currently boasts more than 200,000 technical reports, 1,500 specialized newsletters, 5,000 maps, 200 manuscript collections, and 45,000 historic photographs documenting water history. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental History from Kansas State University where his dissertation focused on freshwater ecosystems, specifically environmental change in Lake Huron during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Before coming to UCR LaCombe was an Assistant Professor of Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he served as an embedded liaison librarian in the School of Natural Resource Sciences. LaCombe also holds an M.L.S. from Emporia State University and has extensive experience working in libraries, archives, and museums. Most notably he served as the Assistant Director of Vermont’s Brownell Library and was the Search and Sorting Supervisor at Kansas State University’s Hale Library.

LaCombe has often described this position as a “dream appointment” for him that perfectly matches his specialized abilities, experience, and long-term professional goals. He views this position as the perfect vehicle for applying his expertise and passion for both information science and water studies. Through everything from resource visibility, promotion and teaching to donor cultivation, he is prepared to drive the building, enhancement, maintenance, and delivery of the library’s water resources collection. The library is pleased to welcome LaCombe to our team and with him at the helm we are excited to witness the new and exciting directions that this world class research collection is headed.
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To count from 1 to 4 million would take a person about 92 days! (source:  How Much is a Million? by David M. Schwartz)
The color woodblock below by Tōshūsai Sharaku is one of two Japanese prints recently donated to Special Collections & University Archives by visiting delegates from UCR's partner school, Josai University.

Scott Metoyer joined the library on May 9th as the Lead Software Developer.

Melanie Ramiro joined the library on May 10th as the temporary Communications Specialist.

Michelle Xu joined the library on May 18th as the temporary Acquisitions Accounting Assistant.

Rocco Berges joined the library on May 23rd as the Senior Building Maintenance Worker.

Wendy Williams-Clark transitioned from a temporary to permanent library appointment on May 23rd as the Human Resources Generalist.

Diane Acevado joined the library on June 1st as the Human Resources Analyst.

Sara Fitzgerald, former Communications & Stewardship Director, left the library on May 20th for a new position. 
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