Update on WRCA move: Closed as of Oct. 15

The Water Resources Center Archives Prepares to Move to Southern California
Update October 2010

Dear friends, colleagues, supporters, and members of the water community,

Much progress has been made since July 16, 2010 when the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) announced its decision regarding WRCA’s future home. Following a thorough review of the three proposals that were submitted from UC Berkeley, Davis and Riverside to house WRCA, UC Riverside was selected as the new academic home.

The UC Riverside campus (UCR) is partnering with California State University. San Bernardino (CSUSB) to continue to provide access to and development of this world-renowned collection. In fact, the move will allow UCR and CSUSB to build a statewide collaborative network that will enhance access to WRCA’s unique materials.  This network will not diminish services to the UC campuses but increase support for water research agendas of the UC and CSU campuses and external clientele of WRCA.

Throughout August and September, a transition team has been meeting to gather information and propose a strategy for the move.  The transition team will shepherd WRCA through the complex process of moving the physical collection as well as the online catalogs, archival collection guides, WRCA web site, several databases, the On Water blog, and Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information.

Although some access points may change, virtual use of catalogs (via OCLC and Melvyl) and digitized content will remain largely unaltered and available to the public throughout the move. The web site and catalogs will remain accessible at UC Berkeley until we are positive that the files have transferred correctly and are accessible at UCR.

Moving a library is a complex, time-consuming process, and necessitates that access to the physical collection be limited for several months before and after the move.  Below is a fairly accurate timeline concerning access to the collections.

October 15, 2010 – WRCA facilities will close and all services will be suspended except for digital interlibrary loan (ILL).

November 15, 2010 – Digital ILL will be suspended.

January 3- 17, 2011 – WRCA collections and equipment will be moved from UCB to UCR. WRCA will be completely moved out of O’Brien Hall by January 31, 2011.

April 25, 2011 –WRCA resources will be formally available at the UCR Orbach Science Library and the CSUSB Pfau Library.

UPDATE: WRCA expects to re-open at UCR and CSUSB between June and August 2011.

Thank you all for your continued support of WRCA and for your patience. WRCA looks forward to serving UC, CSU and the California water community for years to come from its new location in Southern California.

We plan to send out another update about the transition in January 2011.

Linda Vida, WRCA Director
Paul Atwood, Archivist & Head of Technical Services

ANR’s official announcement, plus links to the three proposals that were considered, can be found on ANR’s public website:

WRCA website: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/
On Water blog: http://blogs.lib.berkeley.edu/wrca.php
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Berkeley-CA/Water-Resources-Center-Archives/163647453707

Posted on October 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm by admin · Permalink
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  1. Written by Ken Henneman
    on January 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Why did this happen?

    How could it happen?

    • Written by wrca
      on January 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

      Ken — Please view the link to ANR’s website for further background on the decision-making process.

  2. Written by Shelley Bookspan
    on March 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    This is quite unfortunate. The Bay Area is easily accessible from everywhere in the state. UC Riverside could not be less convenient. This renders important information for me in my work very expensive to get use.

  3. Written by Peter Reich
    on April 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    UC Riverside is an excellent location for this collection: much of it pertains to Southern California, there are complementary repositories in the area, such as the Huntington Library and NARA-Pacific Southwest Region, and many relevant professional firms, such as Riverside-based Best, Best & Krieger. UCR itself is a high-quality institution with years of experience promoting agricultural and water-management studies. The move was good for the long-time viability of the WRCA. Peter L. Reich, Professor of Law, Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa.

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