UC Riverside hosts LAUC 2019 Statewide Assembly

UC Riverside hosted the 2019 Statewide Assembly for the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC).

LAUC is a statewide organization of all librarians employed at least half time by the University, and its formal objectives are: to advise the University on professional and governance matters, to make recommendations concerning the UC librarians' rights, privileges and obligations, and to promote full use of UC librarians' professional abilities.

More than 60 librarians from all ten UC campuses attended, with additional participants watching the proceedings remotely via Zoom.

On Thursday, March 28, 2019 the Assembly met in the Fox Hole in the Pentland Hills complex on the UCR campus. LAUC President Roger Smith (UC San Diego) called the Assembly to order shortly after 9:30 a.m. Following general announcements, UCR University Librarian Steven Mandeville-Gamble gave welcoming remarks.

In the morning, the Business Meeting consisted of roll call, and reports from Standing Committees, the Nominations Committee, LAUC Representatives, and the President.

At lunch break, attendees were invited to join student-led campus tours. LAUC-Riverside Chair Kent LaCombe also led two walking trips to the UCR Botanic Gardens. A LAUC-themed word search puzzle was also distributed.

The first part of the afternoon session was a working discussion, in which all attendees reacted to and generated ideas on the value of LAUC and barriers to engagement at the statewide and local levels. After a break, the Assembly concluded with a review of the major ideas generated and a summary of action items.

Roger Smith adjourned the Assembly shortly after 4:00 p.m. Interested parties were invited to continue the discussions at a happy hour gathering at the Getaway Cafe.

LAUC-Riverside Chair Kent LaCombe spearheaded making the local arrangements, with assistance from several LAUC-R members, including but not limited to: Geospatial Information Librarian Janet Reyes, Director of Teaching and Learning Dani Cook, Scholarly Communication Librarian Swati Bhattacharyya, Social Sciences Teaching Librarian Christina Cicchetti, University Programs Teaching Librarian Judy Lee, Collections Strategist for the Arts & Humanities Carla Arbagey, Early Experience Teaching Librarian Michael Yonezawa, Medical Education and Clinical Outreach Librarian Elisa Cortez, Head of Preservation Services Patricia Smith-Hunt (not pictured), Special Research Projects Director David Rios (not pictured), and Arts and Humanities Teaching Librarian Ken Furuta (not pictured).