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.

Academic Librarianship

Objective: Develop cultural competence and skills/experiences relevant to academic library services for diverse communities and special projects in academic libraries.

Activities: In the Academic Librarianship stream you'll take courses in scholarly communication, information intermediation, collections management, and courses in non-dominant perspectives and diversity.

This area of librarianship is a dynamic and evolving profession dedicated to meeting the information and research needs of students, faculty, and other members of academic communities. An additional advanced degree as well as an ALA-accredited master’s degree is sometimes expected to obtain an Academic Librarian position. There is a need for academic librarians with the skills to serve ethnically diverse campus communities.

In this stream, you will be placed with Arizona State University (located in Tempe, AZ), area tribal libraries, or 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.

Archives and Special Collections Librarianship

Objective: Develop cultural competence and technical skills that are relevant to archival practices with an emphasis on BIPOC, Latino, and/or Native American perspectives.

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

The lead partner is University Libraries Special Collections and Center for Creative Photography at the UA. Given Special Collections’ emphasis in U.S./Mexico borderlands material, you may have opportunities to work with Spanish-language material. Other partners who may be an option for placement include: Arizona State Library Chicano/a Research Collection, ASU Community Memory Project, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University, and the Arizona Historical Society.

This stream provide opportunity to explore issues such as language, property rights, and the importance of culturally appropriate metadata. You will leave Special Collections with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a Special Collections or archival environment, including processing, providing reference and instruction, exhibit design, digital curation, and preservation.

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.