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.

2001-07-01 10:09:20

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.

2002-09-01 10:09:20

"The 'Knowledge River' Model." Library Journal, September 1, 2002.

The most promising recruiting initiative in library education has to be Knowledge River (KR) at the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

2007-01-04 17:39:50

"UA Pushes for More Minority Librarians."

The Knowledge River Program encourages diversity through the funding of students interested in serving Hispanic and Native American communities.

2007-07-30 17:39:50

"Consumer Health in Diverse Cultures & Communities: a course for the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River program." Latitudes: Newsletter for the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region. July 30, 2007.

In June 2007, Kay Deeney and Kelli Ham went off to the wilds of Tucson, Arizona, to teach a course in the School of Information Resources & Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona called, Consumer Health in Diverse Cultures & Communities.

2007-10-21 17:39:50

"Turning the Page." Arizona Daily Wildcat.com

The UA is working to reshape the image of librarians. The stereotype of the grumpy middle-aged white woman is being combated by the Knowledge River program, based in the School of Information Resources and Library Science. The program offers financial assistance to Hispanic and American Indian students pursuing master's degrees in information resources and library science. And, yes, the group includes men. By graduating more minority librarians, libraries are better able to work with a community's needs and create a more equitable access to information, said Patricia Montiel Overall, an assistant professor of library science. The need for more minority librarians is evident.

2009-02-02 17:39:50

"UA Bringing Diversity to the U.S. Library System." UA News

The UA School of Information Resources and Library Science is currently recruiting American Indian and Hispanic students for its Knowledge River program.

2009-04-02 17:39:50

"Knowledge River Bridging the Digital Divide." Indian Country Today,

Joseph, project coordinator and librarian for the program in American Indian Community Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, earned her master’s degree in information resources and library science through the Knowledge River program in 2003. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2009/04/02/knowledge-river-bridging-digital-divide-83320

2009-08-19 17:39:50

"Knowledge River Selects Fellow as Manager." ACRL Residency Interest Group Blog,

On June 1, 2009, Sandy Littletree began working as the Program Manager for the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science Knowledge River Program.

2010-05-06 17:39:50

"Knowledge River Graduates Improving Arizona, U.S. Libraries." UA News,

With more than 100 graduates, the UA's Knowledge River program is fulfilling its mission to improve the training of Hispanic and American Indian librarians.

2010-08-15 17:39:50

"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.

2011-05-03 17:39:50

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.

2011-06-28 17:39:50

"UA's Knowledge River Program Lands Federal Grant"

The Knowledge River Project at the UA has received an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant at nearly $900,000

2011-07-18 17:39:50

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.

2011-07-26 17:39:50

"Spectrum and Knowledge River Scholars host Tucson fundraiser for Spectrum Presidential Initiative." ALA News,

CHICAGO—The University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Scholars, Spectrum Scholars, REFORMA Tucson Chapter Members, SIRLS faculty and librarians and library supporters in Tucson (Ariz.) raised over $1,500 for the Spectrum Presidential Initiative through a recent fundraiser. Organized by Spectrum and Knowledge River Scholar Mariaelena de la Rosa and Spectrum Scholar and Knowledge River Program Manager Sandy Littletree, the event brought together over 25 supporters of the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The dessert and coffee fundraiser featured the art of a local Tucson artist, Mel Dominguez, as well as a number of items donated for a very successful silent auction.

2011-07-28 17:39:50

"The Equality of Knowledge"

An innovative UA library program aims to make libraries inviting to all. As a kid, Sol Gomez was no stranger to the library. He'd visit with his folks, pick out a book—and leave. Today, it's his job to make the library a place where people like to linger, one where they can easily get information without feeling intimidated by language or cultural hurdles. Where he works, in the southside Mission and Valencia branches of the Pima County Public Library, that often means extending a hand in Spanish.

2011-11-04 17:39:50

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.

2011-12-14 17:39:50

"Knowledge River 10 Year Reunion"

Reforma's article on the Knowledge River program turning ten years old.

2011-12-16 17:39:50

Knowledge River Scholars Graduate

On Friday, December 16, 2011, eight Knowledge River scholars received their Master's degree from the University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), and another received her Digital Information Management Certificate, also from SIRLS. The commencement ceremony included special guest speaker 2011-2012 President of the American Library Association, Molly Raphael, who spoke to the graduates and guests about the urgent need to continue to advocate for libraries. Tucson-REFORMA Chapter Vice President and KR graduate, Berlin Loa, was honored by the SIRLS Faculty by being selected as the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Fall 2011 semester.

2012-01-01 17:39:50

"Archivist Apprenticeship"

Blog about Knowledge River scholars working at the University of Arizona's Special Collection

2012-10-02 17:39:50

"Native American Archives Symposium"

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

2013-11-13 17:39:50

"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.

2013-12-17 17:39:50

"Six UA Students to Receive Centennial Awards at Commencement"

Knowledge River students are honored during Saturday's commencement ceremony for their integrity, achievements and contributions to their families and community.

2014-04-11 17:39:50

"KNOWLEDGE RIVER, Awarded FY 14 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program"

Reforma and Gina Macaluso collaborate to document Knowledge River's historic award. Knowledge River is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of the 23 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) grants totaling $7,437,595 given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Recipients are matching these awards with $3,614,714 in non-federal funds.

2014-07-14 17:39:50

"Connected Learning in Digital Heritage Curation"

In an article for "The Magazine of Digital Library Research," Gina Macaluso writes on Knowledge River's connected learning approach to Digital Heritage Curation.

2014-07-20 17:39:50

"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.

2014-11-01 17:39:50

"Snapshots"

The School of Information Resources and Library Science received a $500,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the Knowledge River program.

2014-11-13 17:39:50

"Knowledge River, the Story Continues"

Gina Macaluso's article in the Utah Library Association's newsletter discusses the beginnings of Knowledge River as well as its continuation under the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Grant.

2014-12-08 17:39:50

"Knowledge River STREAMS On"

Arizona Library Association. Gina Macaluso comments on the successes of the Knowledge River program.

2014-12-08 17:39:50

"Improving Access to Libraries for All"

University of Arizona News covers KR initiatives. "Librarians and archivists involved with the University of Arizona's federally funded Knowledge River program believe they are part of a nationwide democratic imperative."

2014-12-11 17:39:50

"Arizona Libraries Evolve for the Future"

NPR coverage on the Knowledge River Program. "The University of Arizona’s Knowledge River program has gotten a half-million dollar grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The more than a decade-old program focuses on teaching library science to people with a commitment to the Latino and American Indian communities."

2015-05-01 17:39:50

"Pipelines and Partnerships at the National Library of Medicine"

Reserach Library Issues, no. 286 (2015). This special issue on diversity discusses Knowledge River's partnership with the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library.

2015-09-11 17:39:50

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?

2015-11-19 17:39:50

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.

2015-11-20 17:39:50

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.

2015-11-20 17:39:50

Knowledge River at the Arizona Library Association Conference

KR 13's Hanni Nabahe uses an infographic for a dynamic poster session that explains how the Knowledge River program puts its aims into practice inside the classroom and in the field.

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