How will my gift be used?

Your contribution supports KU Libraries in these vital areas:

The Learning Studio at Anschutz Library: KU Libraries work to adapt to the changing academic landscape and give students the tools they need to succeed. With its blend of technology, comfort and flexibility, the Learning Studio is built to help students excel at KU, enhancing the Chancellor’s goals of student recruitment, engagement and retention. Learning Studio partners include KU Info, Student Success, KU IT, KU Dining, and the Writing Center. This project requires private funding to support building renovation, furniture, equipment, technology, faculty and staff.

Collections: At KU Libraries, we invest in high-quality materials in many formats that serve research, teaching and learning needs at KU. The libraries are home to rich collections — both traditional and online — of more than 4.4 million volumes and 90,000 subscriptions to journals, magazines and newspapers. Private gifts of any amount support building, processing, digitizing and preserving collections in the social sciences, humanities and science and technology areas.

Faculty support: Librarians are a critical link between patrons and information. Gifts supporting professional development and training in new skills and expertise mean KU Libraries can continue to deliver top-notch support to campus people and priorities. Librarians at KU are exploring innovative new support models, such as “embedded librarianship,” which enable them to work more closely with students and other library users.

Digital scholarship: KU Libraries provide faculty and scholars with expertise and tools for creating and using digital scholarship to enhance research, teaching and learning at KU. Library consultants focus on organizing and preserving the results of today’s research for tomorrow’s scholars. In spaces both physical and virtual, faculty find expert consultants, educational opportunities and digital tools. These efforts require private funding to support technology upgrades, building renovations, furniture, equipment, faculty and staff. Giving opportunities include named spaces (multimedia conference room, offices, study spaces, etc.) and faculty positions.

Open Access: In 2009, KU became the first public university in the United States to adopt a faculty-initiated open access policy for the faculty research published in peer-reviewed journals. KU continues to be a worldwide leader in open access today. The university’s policy, which is implemented by KU Libraries, asserts the rights of KU faculty to provide broad, free access to their journal publications to colleagues around the world, dramatically increasing visibility and reach for research conducted at KU. This program requires private funding to support software, technology and implementation. Giving opportunities include software for streamlining and automating the submission process, additional technology tools for open access support, and events like Open Access Week, which highlight KU as an international leader in the open access movement.


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