UC Berkeley’s plans for the Water Resources Center Archives

I received the following e-mail. Here’s a chance for interested folks to hear about UC Berkeley’s plans for the Water Resources Center Archives.

DATE: May 17, 2010

TO: Supporters of the Water Resources Center Archives (WRCA)

FROM: CNR Dean J. Keith Gilless

The UC Berkeley campus is preparing a joint (College of Natural Resources (CNR), University Library, and UC Digital Library) proposal to retain the Water Resources Center Archives (WRCA) on the Berkeley campus. The proposal is due to the UC Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR), by close of business this Friday, 5/21/10. I am hosting a listening session for WRCA supporters to describe the Berkeley proposal and seek WRCA supporter input:

Wednesday May 19th 3-4 pm Room 133 Giannini Hall

Please RSVP to my assistant, Adrienne Hink (ahink@berkeley.edu) if you plan to participate and let her know if your participation will be in person or remotely by phone. Adrienne will email dial-in information for those who RSVP to her by 5 pm Tuesday, 5/18.

For those of you unable to participate either in person or by remote call-in, I encourage you to send your written comments to Adrienne by noon, Wednesday, 5/19.

As you are likely aware, UC Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources has dissolved the UC Water Resources Center and is seeking to find a new academic home for WRCA. We understand that other UC campuses are likely to be submitting proposals to receive the collection as well. Berkeley has hosted the archives for 50 years and is considered “home” to the collection. We take very seriously the role of stewarding this collection and will not propose an acquisition plan that cannot be maintained. The library has operated out of space in the College of Engineering and there is an MOU in place allowing WRCA the space until June 2013. It is our understanding that the space will not be available for library uses after that date, making consideration of the future management of the archives very timely. Our proposal sets forth the creation of a transition team that will evaluate many aspects of maintaining the collection, including the pursuit of space that is guaranteed for the long term. We will seek to maintain the collection as a single unit provided that space and funding for designated staffing can be maintained, but we must also prepare for the reality that no space can be provided and it becomes necessary to integrate the paper (non-digital) collection with other units of the campus library system.

We recognize the Archives are a unique and valuable resource and are deeply committed to ensuring their long term preservation. We welcome you input as we finalize the proposal.

JKG

Dean J. Keith Gilless
Email: gilless@berkeley.edu

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