The Library needs your help.  In the Campaign for the University of Florida, the George A. Smathers Libraries seek to create endowments that will sustain the expansion, dissemination, and preservation of our collections to better support academic programs, both new and traditional, being taught for graduate and undergraduate students.  Currently holding the largest collection of information in the state, our collections reflect the university's increasingly broad research and instruction programs.  Over the past 100 years, faculty and librarians have collaborated in building collections that now total more than 3.3 million volumes in practically every written language published on every populated continent.  But more is badly needed.  As faculty and students have told us in every survey, what you most want are broader, deeper collections. 

The Library's central mission is to provide access to knowledge at the time our students and faculty need it.  Thus, our primary strategy in the campaign is to create endowments for the acquisition of books, journals, and electronic databases.  Libraries offer a powerful prospect for giving in that they offer donors the opportunity to have university-wide impact, and at the same time, a unique capability to address the donor's most specific area of interest.  It is just this rationale that we hope will be appealing to our donors. 

We also seek funding for a well-equipped imaging laboratory that will enable us to preserve and disseminate UF's unique and rare materials.  Making electronic images will provide the means for the Libraries to support undergraduate use of fragile research materials that would be destroyed if dozens of students used them each semester and to disseminate the materials widely to scholars from any part of the globe with access to the Internet.  It will also assist the library in bringing together disparate information on the same subject that may have been published in different formats or publications and permit us to begin development of a text center. 

And finally, we seek funding for a blast freezer that will give us the capacity to freeze-dry library materials that have been damaged by water or mold, and to deinfest materials that have been infested by insects.

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For a printed copy of this publication please contact
Carol Turner
Assistant Director for Public Services