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The Finals Countdown at Access Services Conference 2016

On Friday, November 18, UCR Library team members Elisha Hankins and Sahra Missaghieh Klawitter were the closing speakers at the 2016 Access Services Conference. (read more)

Library Team Presents at Homecoming Panel

Three UCR Library employees presented as part of a Homecoming panel at the Campus Showcase Exhibit – Working on Campus on Saturday, November 19, 2016. (read more)

GIS Poster Exhibit Showcases Diverse Data

UCR Library’s GIS Day Poster Exhibition opened on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in the atrium of Orbach Science Library, showcasing the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). (read more)

UCR Yearbooks Available Online

UCR Library had a timely contribution to this year's Homecoming activities: UC Riverside yearbooks are now available online via Calisphere. (read more)

George Brown Papers Open for Research

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, UCR Library announced the opening of the George Brown Papers for scholarly research. (read more)

"Orange Roots" Offers a Juicy Slice of UCR History

On the afternoon of Thursday, November 10, 2016, UCR Library celebrated the opening of a new exhibition, titled, “Orange Roots: The Remarkable Story of Two Trees, a Pioneer Town, and the University of California, Riverside.” (read more)

The Library's Role and Position Post-Election

Last week, we saw an election unlike anything that any of us alive today could have imagined even a few years ago.

Some have used the rhetoric that emerged during the campaign and afterward as a legitimization for disrespectful speech and violent action towards those that they do not understand and therefore fear. As one colleague put it, we are a nation experiencing a case of road rage, where rage has replaced reasoned, open, and honest discourse.

The UCR Library affirms the campus’ commitment to diversity and inclusion and its role in ensuring that that commitment is fulfilled. We also stand for reasoned, thoughtful, and respectful discourse and the free exchange of high-quality information. We value the multiplicity of viewpoints, insights, and lived experiences that make the academic, professional, and personal experience at UCR so rich for our students, faculty, and staff.

The role of the Library has been and always will be to connect people, ideas, and information. This is a time for us to come together to shine the light of reason and fair play on  “information” being shared via social media and other communications platforms that has not faced the test of journalistic or academic integrity and that has not been edited, fact checked, vetted, or otherwise challenged effectively for factual inaccuracies.

The Library can and will play a critical role in preserving and extending our democratic ideals where people of all backgrounds, identities, socioeconomic levels, and places of origin have an equal footing and an equal voice in the democratic processes that have set this country apart from so many others for so long. Libraries in this country have stood from their beginnings as places where democratic ideals are protected, shared, and nurtured. This is not the time for us to stop doing so.

We have an opportunity to be part of the solution to pull this country back from despair, lawlessness, and discord. That doesn’t mean that we have to always agree, far from it. But it does mean that we have to use our skills and abilities to stand for our ideals.

Everyone in the UCR Library community is welcome as a valued member, regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, visible and non-visible disability, or any other characteristic. Please join me in affirming that it is our duty to continue to work together to ensure the safety and well-being -- physically, emotionally, and academically -- of all of the students, faculty, staff, and community members who work, study, or use the UCR Library.

Sincerely,
Steven Mandeville-Gamble, University Librarian
Noah Geraci joined the UCR Library team as the Digital Assets Metadata Librarian. (read more)
Danielle Sanders joined the Library Human Resources (LHR) team as the HR Analyst. (read more)
Swati Bhattacharyya joined the Rivera Reference team as the Business Librarian. (read more)
Melanie Ramiro joined the Library Administration team as the Communications Specialist. (read more)
Finals Week Stress Relief Event Series:
Dec. 6: Coffee / Tea / Snack Break
Dec. 7: Therapy Dogs
Dec. 8: Expanded Library Hours for Finals Week ends
Dec. 10: Intersession hours begin
Dec. 24: Winter break closure begins
Come check out the full calendar listing of upcoming workshops and special events on our website.
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