Knowledge River Streams

Knowledge River Scholars can work with our partners in several areas, specializing in public librarianship, medical librarianship, archives and special collections, or academic librarianship. Learn more about how our partners can help you reach your academic goals.

Public Librarianship

Objective: Develop cultural competence and skills/experiences relevant to public library services to diverse communities.

Activities: In the Public Librarianship Stream you'll take courses in multilingual services, equity of access, children’s literature, and storytelling.

This area addresses the growth in use of free public library services, especially during this harsh economic climate. More and more people are turning to public libraries for not only recreational reasons, but also for employment assistance, second language learning, literacy instruction, health information, and technology use. There is a need for culturally competent librarians who can serve diverse populations.

In this stream, you will be placed in the Pima County Public Library, area tribal libraries, and in the Knowledge River Office to focus on outreach services and program development. You'll have the opportunity to develop skills in outreach services, program development, community assessment, partnership building, and information services.

Health Science/Medical Librarianship

Objective: Contribute to the reduction of health disparities experienced by Latino and Native American populations and increase the pool of medical librarians represented by two cultural groups highly underrepresented in the library profession.

Activities: In the Medical Librarianship Stream you will learn the fundamental aspects of medical librarianship in an academic environment, including specialized outreach services for underrepresented/underserved communities. These aspects include user services at the reference and information desk, technical services in the interlibrary loan and collections departments, and administrative services with the development and management of the service learning practicum. You will be guided by the suggested courses listed in the Medical Librarianship Stream and work as a graduate assistant at Arizona Health Sciences Library.

This stream is a partnership with the Arizona Health Sciences Library. A faculty librarian, experienced in working with these two cultural communities, will serve as the program coordinator to oversee all aspects of the internship and service learning practicum. You'll gain academic grounding in key public health issues backed up with hands-on experience, project management, team development, and interpersonal professional skills.

This stream also serves as the first step on a path towards an informationist role for librarians working in communities on health information issues. This kind of experience will be useful in interlocking relationships between electronic medical records, personal medical records, and linkages to relevant knowledge-based information in the 21st century.

Archival Librarianship

Objective: Develop cultural competence and technical skills that apply relevant archival practices to Latino and Native American collections.

Activities: You'll work with University of Arizona Special Collections librarians and archivists on a wide array of archival activities. You'll learn how to process archival collections (including the arrangement, description, and creation of access points) and have the opportunity to work on projects focusing on exhibit curation and design, in-depth reference, instruction, or digital curation.

The lead partner for this activity will be the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Center for Creative Photography at the UA. Given Special Collections’ emphasis in U.S./Mexico borderlands material, you will have opportunities to work with Spanish-language material. Other Knowledge River partners contributing to this stream include: Arizona State Library’s American Memory Project, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University, and the Arizona Historical Society.

This area will allow you to explore issues such as language, property rights, and the importance of metadata in diverse cultural collections. You will leave Special Collections with the knowledge and skill set needed to work in a Special Collections/archival environment, including processing, providing reference and instruction, exhibit design, digital curation, conservation, administration, and XML.