Knowledge River News

Knowledge River is an educational experience within the School of information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) that focuses on educating information professionals who have experience with and are committed to the information needs of Latino and Native American populations. Knowledge River also fosters understanding of library and information issues from the perspectives of Latino and Native Americans and advocates for culturally sensitive library and information services to these communities. Since its inception, Knowledge River has become the foremost graduate program for training librarians and information specialists with a focus on Latino and Native American cultural issues.

"Love of Books Leads to Life Down Under"

When Jeffery Cruz was a boy growing up on Tucson’s south side, he spent hours in the summer reading amid the stacks at the Valencia branch library. His grandfather would take him to escape the heat, but Cruz relished getting lost in the latest science fiction and fantasy titles. One of his favorite topics was Mexican-American history.

"Learning the Archive: Knowledge River Graduate Assistants in Special Collections"

Each semester Special Collections hires two to three graduate assistants from Knowledge River, a program of the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences. Knowledge River encourages future information professionals to develop an awareness of Latino and Native American archival materials and a commitment to serve those populations.

"Native American Archives Symposium"

Knowledge River alum Jennifer O'Neal presents at the Native American Archives Symposium.

"Knowledge River: A case study of a Library and Information Science Program focusing on Latino and Native American perspectives"

A case study of the Knowledge River program as a model of diversity training in the LIS professions.

Knowledge River at the Arizona Library Association Conference

Topic: "Student Seeks Extraordinary Experience: Connecting Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona through Graduate Student Internships." Speakers: Peter Runge, Gina Macaluso and Ofelia Zepeda Join Peter Runge, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Northern Arizona University Cline Library, Assistant Professor Gina Macaluso, University of Arizona School of Information, and Ofelia Zepeda, University of Arizona School of Information Knowledge River Scholar, as they share the connections made between NAU Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives and the UA School of Information Knowledge River Program to develop exhibits through the Elizabeth and P.T. Reilly Internship opportunity. Be prepared for a visual tour of exhibitions completed by students, past and present. This poster session will be held on November 19.

Knowledge River at the Arizona Library Association Conference

Topic: "Librarians Seeking New Careers: Shifting Our Information Profession Skills to New Callings, presented at Arizona Library Association Conference." Speakers: Gina Macaluso, Jennifer Nichols, Christine Dykgraaf and Amy Rusk Ever wonder what it would be like to work in a different library or information setting? Considering a change in careers? Do you have skills that you would like to utilize differently? Join three librarians who have made shifts in their library careers as they talk about their experiences transitioning to different information roles. Assistant Professor Gina Macaluso will talk about making the change from public librarianship to academia; Assistant Librarian Jennifer Nichols will talk about making the shift from public librarianship to academic librarianship; Senior Librarian Christine Dykgraaf will talk about her move from academia to public librarianship; and Library Services Manager Amy Rusk will talk about making the shift from school librarianship to public librarianship and the similarities between the two systems. Each will bring a different perspective on how to successfully CONNECT with new audiences and services. This presentation will be held on November 20.

Knowledge River at the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference

Speakers:Gina Macaluso, Ofelia Zepeda, Jessica Redhouse and Cordelia Hooee What are some of the most effective tools for storytelling? Assistant Professor and Knowledge River Manager Gina Macaluso and Knowledge River Scholars from Cohort 13 Ofelia Zepeda, Jessica Redhouse and Cordelia Hooee from the University of Arizona’s School of Information will lead a discussion with the audience on how pressing issues in Native American communities such as, language preservation, education, and identity formation can be harnessed through technology for the purpose of critical reflection, advocacy, and educational endeavors. Each student will share their own personal stories using media ranging from digital stories to social web platforms to digital archives in order to elaborate upon the value of each for the purpose of storytelling. This interactive discussion session will revolve around the following questions: how can technology help us to authentically tell and share our stories?

Knowledge River Celebrating 10 Years"

Knowledge River, the diversity program of the School of Information Resources and Library Science, will celebrate its tenth anniversary over homecoming weekend.

Toward Understanding Libraries as Tribal Treasures

Arizona has been home to Native Americans for thousands of years. Over 250,000 individuals representing twenty-one federally recognized tribes call the state home, from the Akimel O’odham to the Zuni. These tribes have histories rich with tradition, and many keep libraries to preserve and make accessible the stories and texts of their cultures as well as give community members access to the world of information through literature and web-enabled computers. And yet, strategies for developing and preserving these libraries have not always been prioritized. How essential are these resources and what value do they represent to their tribes and to Arizona? Sandy Littletree, program manager for the Knowledge River Project at the UA School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), and graduate student Jamie A. Lee have launched a project to unearth the value of these treasures and develop a better understanding of the role of the library in these cultures.

Oral History Project Emphasizes Tribal Libraries

Sandy Littletree and Jamie A. Lee, both of the UA's School of Information Resources and Library Science, have launched an oral history project centered on the history of Arizona's tribal libraries.

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