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We will help you as a connector

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We strive to be a connector of people, resources and ideas. We are committed to:

Forming alliances with campus partners

Developing strategic campus and higher education partnerships that leverage our respective strengths for the common good.

  • Coordinate with campus, local, and regional/national partners to support the University of Arizona's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), through programming and resources development. 
  • Secure a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a library service model in support of data-intensive humanities research on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Engaging our local community and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands

Engaging with the communities of Tucson, the state of Arizona and the U.S.–Mexico borderlands as a culturally and environmentally unique region.

  • Establish a partnership with Bibliotecas UNAM to exchange information and collaborate in areas of joint strategic interest through onsite visits and online interactions.
  • Strengthen outreach programming for K-12 students around information literacy and critical thinking skills by working with public and charter school teachers and with community-based organizations in the Tucson area.

Accomplishments thus far

We are making good progress toward this strategic direction. As of August 2020, we have:

  • Established strategic alliances with campus partners (CyVerse; Data7; BIO5 Institute; Research, Discovery & Innovation; University Information Technology Services, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) to develop campus-level support for data science. Launched the Data Science Resources & Training web portal to aggregate all the training opportunities on campus and launched the Data Science Ambassadors program.
  • In collaboration with campus partners, developed a comprehensive set of recommendations for delivering instructional, consulting, and research services that support graduate and professional student success.
  • Collaborated with the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records on a National Endowment for the Humanities National Digital Newspaper Program grant to digitize and make openly-available newspapers that reflect the diverse communities of Arizona.
  • Hosted a national symposium on Preserving the Voices of Arizona's Diverse Communities.
  • Partnered with Mansfeld Middle School to bring 3D printing into the classroom and curriculum.
  • Secured a $750,000 grant funded by the Mellon Foundation to develop a service model in support of data-intensive humanities research on the US-Mexico Borderlands.
  • Completed and submitted the draft Memorandum of Agreement between the University of Arizona and UNAM to UA Global.
  • Participated in Bibliotecas UNAM programming.