How will my gift be used?
Your contribution supports KU Libraries in these vital areas:
Student support: KU Libraries work to adapt to the changing academic landscape and give students the tools they need to succeed. By blending technology, comfort and flexibility, study spaces in all seven library locations are built to help students excel at KU. In classrooms across campus, libraries faculty and staff provide more than 600 instruction sessions, reaching upwards of 10,000 students.
Textbook affordability: As devoted supporters of student success, KU Libraries have long been committed to ensuring the existence of affordable and accessible materials for all Jayhawks. One new initiative, Textbook Heroes, recognizes extraordinary KU faculty, staff, instructors, and students who advocate for textbook affordability in classrooms at the university. Through the support of our friends, we have provided grant funding more than 20 projects that support adoption, adaptation or creation of open educational resources (OER) at KU, impacting thousands of students.
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.
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 five million volumes and one million 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 users 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 rooms, offices, study spaces, etc.) and faculty positions.