Steve Mandeville-Gamble Named University Librarian

Steve Mandeville-Gamble of GWU will replace Ruth Jackson, who is retiring

University Librarian Ruth Jackson is set to retire on Feb. 28, 2013.

University Librarian Ruth Jackson is set to retire on Feb. 28, 2013.

Steven Mandeville-Gamble will become UCR’s ninth university librarian, replacing Ruth Jackson. Jackson, who has held the position of university librarian since 2002, is retiring. Her tenure ends on Feb. 28, and Mandeville-Gamble will start his on March 1. 

Mandeville-Gamble comes from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he has been the associate university librarian since 2007. In that role, he worked closely with development officials to bring in over $23 million in contributions and endowments that helped support projects like the Churchill Library and Center and the Teamsters Labor History Research Center — both of which were projects that resulted in endowing faculty positions.

Prior to serving as the associate university librarian, Mandeville-Gamble held positions in the area of special collections at George Washington University, North Carolina State University, and Stanford University. Throughout his career, he has effectively advanced diversity, dating back to his work as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund project archivist at Stanford University two decades ago. He holds a masters in library and information studies from UC Berkeley, a M.A. in anthropology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University. According to Dallas Rabenstein, executive vice chancellor and provost, “Steven has an impressive vision for the future of UCR’s library and has a dynamic leadership style and acumen as seen through his vision seminar and his other meetings during his campus visit.”

Rabenstein also lauded Jackson’s work at UCR. During her tenure, UCR’s total library collections doubled to 3.2 million volumes. Aside from growing the Eaton science fiction collection, Rabenstein said Jackson was also “the driving force behind the creation of our distinctive Tuskegee Airmen Archive.”  Jackson plans to continue working on the Tuskegee Airmen Archive on a part-time basis after her retirement.

A farewell reception in honor of Jackson’s retirement and accomplishments will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Alumni and Visitors Center. Attendees can RSVP by either calling (951) 827-1244 or emailing carolem@ucr.edu.

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