I (and many others) received the following e-mail:
Thank you for your e-mail expressing your concern about the future of the University of California’s Water Resources Center archives. As I hope you will understand, because of the volume of messages I have received on this topic, I am sending the same response to all.
The academic home for the Archives, the ANR Water Resources Center, closed December 31, 2009, and ANR is seeking a new, appropriate home for the Water Archive resources. The intrinsic research and societal value of the Archives is not in dispute. How to best manage the Archive resources into the future, where to house the Archive resources, and how to ensure that the resources are available to future researchers, students, and policymakers are being discussed.
The UC Berkeley, Davis, Riverside, and Merced campuses were asked to submit proposals for assuming full responsibility for the Archive library resources. Specifically, each proposal must address the unit’s long-term commitment to maintain and improve the collection, the unit’s plan for housing the collection, and the unit’s plan for accessibility of archive materials. In addition, each unit was asked to address issues of funding, staffing, the Advisory Board, and administrative details of transference of the collection. UC Merced immediately declined because of budget shortfall issues.
The proposals from the other three campuses will be reviewed by a small panel chaired by Associate Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz and that includes Vice Provost Daniel Greenstein (formerly of the California Digital Library); Chair of the University of California Committee on Libraries and Scholarly Activities (UCOLASC) Richard Schneider; Executive Director Mary Croughan (former Academic Senate Chair); and current Water Archives Advisory Board Chair Tim Ramirez. This group will make a recommendation to Vice President Dan Dooley, who will make the final decision on the future home for the Archives.
The goal is to make this invaluable resource available to researchers, students, and staff throughout the state. The best proposal that ensures this goal is met will be selected, and the Archive resources will continue to be available to researchers and the people of California far into the future.
With best wishes, I am,
Mark G. Yudof