The University of California, Merced Library: What other research libraries will be
R. Bruce Miller, founding university librarian at UC Merced, will discuss the rapid transition of the UC Merced Library from concept in 2001 to a fully functional cutting edge research university library in 2007. The UC Merced Library superficially is similar to other research university libraries, but a closer look reveals unique organizational structures, atypical programs focused on communication with users, bold attitudes regarding access to information resources, integrated and non-intrusive technology, and pizza delivery to the reading rooms. The role of librarians is focused on initiative, leadership, and creativity. Librarians are not allowed to do "piecework". Miller will discuss problems and successes. The focus will be on the evolving nature of libraries and the opportunities and challenges that face the profession.
Bruce Miller is the founding university librarian for the UC Merced library, the first new US research university of the 21st century. Before joining UC Merced, he served for 14 years as associate university librarian for user support services at UC San Diego.