University of Michigan Library
A campaign conversation with Dean James Hilton How does the work of the library intersect with the university’s “Victors for Michigan” campaign priorities? There are many points of intersection, but the most significant is probably engaged learning. Engaged learning happens when undergraduates participate in the journey of discovery that is the defining characteristic of great research universities like Michigan. This journey takes place all over campus, and indeed all over the world, and I’d be remiss in not mentioning that library resources almost always support these endeavors in one way or another. But more notably, this journey often and increasingly occurs within the library itself. One ready example is archival research: It may sound dry, but curious undergraduate students with access to boxes full of previously unexamined materials can make remarkable discoveries. One such student, A. Brad Schwartz, came upon a trove of letters in our Orson Welles archive, some unopened, written in response to the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast. His fresh analysis of the public response to the broadcast earned him a writing credit (almost before he’d graduated) on a PBS American Experience documentary marking the broadcast’s 75th anniversary. He’s also writing a book on Welles, which will be published in 2015 [see page 6]. Elsewhere in the library, students are engaged in all kinds of making and doing. The Digital Media Commons on North Campus in particular offers many opportunities for discovery, and for the creation of objects both digital and physical. We’re hoping the campaign will boost our effort to extend those kinds of rich resources, like 3D printers, design labs, and visualization facilities, and make them readily available on the rest of the campus. The university’s campaign launched with some very significant gifts already in place. How large should a campaign gift to the library be to make a true impact on the student experience?
Why is private giving to the library so important? The library offers almost all of its resources to the university and broader community for free, and we don’t have any ongoing sources of revenue to recover our costs. Our budget comes from the general fund, which is increasingly constrained in an era of declining support from the state and growing pressure to minimize tuition increases. The good news is that the university has maintained a high level of support for our collections budget, since community access to the scholarly record and the latest findings are crucial to the university’s core mission. The other good news is that philanthropy has enabled us to do important things we couldn’t have otherwise, such as the creation of the Audubon Room for exhibiting our important artifacts; Bert’s Study Lounge, which has been a huge hit with undergraduate students; and the Stephen S. Clark Library, which has created transformative opportunities for the combined use of maps, government information and data in the discovery process. This campaign gives us an opportunity to identify and share further prospects for such donor-funded transformations. How did you choose the three campaign goals for the library? When I joined the library last summer, I worked with my new colleagues to define a set of commons goals to ensure that we’re all navigating in the same direction. Those internal goals turned into the starting points for our campaign priorities. Of course, our campaign priorities and goals are greatly informed by the experience and expertise of the library staff who work with the university community every day and who have an excellent understanding of the current and emerging needs.
Photos: Sarah Nesbitt, for University of Michigan Library
One of the many things the library does well is steward our resources. So while we’re well-prepared to welcome, say, a very large gift to fund and name a worthy space for our Special Collections
Library, we’re equally positioned to make the most of gifts of any amount. The library is fundamental to the student experience, so it’s a great place to give if you’re looking to elevate all of the university’s schools, colleges and disciplines.
Victors for Michigan Campaign University of Michigan Library Goal: $30.5 million It’s hard to believe, but in the early days of our university library, students needed permission to simply touch a book. It took more than 50 years to liberalize access, and that came after the university librarian and the university president at that time, James Angell, all but begged the Board of Regents to allow books to be circulated.
“We have to remember,” President Angell said, “that the library is the great central power in the instruction given in the University, and that the books are here not to be locked up and kept away from readers, but to be placed at their disposal with the utmost freedom."
The University of Michigan Library is justly famous for our vast and comprehensive collections; in almost every instance, we meet a scholar’s need for a resource because we already have it, or because we find a way to provide it. In recent years, we have also become known for our groundbreaking (and audacious) initiatives in digital preservation and access. This reflects our dual commitment: to access and preservation, and to serving as catalyst for current and future scholarship via the best and most current means. Goal: $10 million
#1 COLLECTIONS AND TECHNOLOGY Support and Accelerate Scholarship
Placed at their disposal with the utmost freedom. Sharing knowledge with abandon. That is the hallmark of great libraries, great universities and the graduates they produce. That knowledge is to be created, shared and celebrated, because it brings meaning and sense to the world.
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PRESIDENT MARY SUE COLEMAN
Conservation Digitization Collections Technology (various)
Graduate Exercises, May 3, 2013
Library Campaign Council They came from as far away as Marina del Rey, California and Rockbridge Baths, Virginia, and from as nearby as the north side of Ann Arbor. It was November 8, 2013, and with the official kickoff of the University of Michigan’s “Victors for Michigan” campus-wide fundraising campaign just hours away, the members of the U-M Library Campaign Council gathered for their inaugural meeting. “The three primary components of a great university are a great faculty, great students and a great academic research library. Without each of these, an institution cannot rise to the level of excellence that has characterized the University of Michigan for generations,” said council co-chair David W. Goodrich. “There are major changes taking place in the role and use of an academic library, and we’re committed to raising the financial support needed for us to maintain our position as ‘Leaders and the Best.’” During the meeting, council members and library leaders discussed the use of technology to promote engaged student
learning, the impact of enhanced library spaces, the value of library collections to U-M students and faculty members, and the vital role the library plays in the university’s research mission. They also visited a range of library spaces, including those recently transformed by renovating, and those ready and waiting for the donor support that will facilitate such transformations. All of it was fodder for the work that lies ahead: the council members have volunteered to act as ambassadors and advocates to help the library make the most of the campaign opportunity. Jennifer Poteat, council co-chair alongside David Goodrich, said, “I’m delighted to help build awareness of the library and its superb collections. There are too many people in the community who have no idea that we have such a world-class resource in our midst.” The council will work closely with the development office and library leadership to shape fundraising initiatives during the campaign, and they will establish and maintain relationships with donors and prospective donors.
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ENGAGEMENT
Cultivate a Community of Discovery
There is no one place on campus that “is” the University of Michigan Library. The library is made up of many buildings, people, collections, technology, and activities that can be found throughout campus. Librarians and curators offer one-to-one consultations in a variety of settings. Clinicians and health sciences researchers consult with librarians who are embedded in their workplaces. Students, faculty and community members participate in the many lectures and events hosted by the library throughout the year. Michigan Publishing, the library-based publishing enterprise, publishes scholarly and educational materials in a range of formats for broad dissemination and permanent preservation.
Our librarians and curators are accomplished experts in their fields. Name almost any domain – from health sciences to music, Islamic manuscripts to data visualization, engineering to international studies, and more – and it’s likely that the library has a corresponding specialist. Our diverse cadre of librarians and curators are known for their high level of service, their active engagement across campus and their skill at anticipating the needs of the university community. Their expertise, combined with their close contact with faculty and students, shapes important decisions about the materials and resources that will best serve campus needs. And in today’s complex information landscape, librarians and curators increasingly collaborate with faculty and scholars in their learning and teaching, as well as in the entire lifecycle of their research projects. Goal: $10.5 million
Our deep engagement with all of these facets of the university requires a broad range of resources to support both traditional infrastructure (buildings), and intellectual infrastructure (publishing and programming). Campaign gifts in these areas support the entire lifecycle of the discovery activities of our community, from the inception of an idea to the presentation of research findings, creative output, or new knowledge. Goal: $10 million • • •
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Space renovation Publishing Exhibits & programming
Endowed library deanship Endowed library conservator Endowed directorships for Special Collections, Taubman Health Sciences, or other libraries
H David W. Goodrich, Campaign Council Co-chair
Michael J. Perlstein
Founding President and CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (retired)
Partner, Fischbach, Perlstein, Lieberman & Almond LLP
Jennifer Poteat, Campaign Council Co-chair
Edward D. Surovell
Attorney, educator, book lover, and life-long student
Chairman of the Board, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Michigan
Paul N. Courant Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Information, University of Michigan
James J. Duderstadt, Ph.D. President Emeritus, University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
Carl D. Winberg, M.D. Director of Hematopathology, LabCorp Specialty Testing Group
James L. Hilton University Librarian and Dean of Libraries; Vice Provost for Digital Educational Initiatives; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Information, University of Michigan
Mari Vaydik Director of Development, University of Michigan Library
Ralph C. Heid, Jr. Retired Senior Vice President, International Finance, Comerica Bank, andperipatetic seeker of books and maps for U-M.
Businessman, collector, donated the library's Kelmscott Chaucer
What does a library look like? Collections & Spaces
This irrepressible urge to create, to make something where there is nothing, is a defining characteristic of humanity. It persists through our earliest known history, when materials were limited to what we could imagine or find and refine, through to today, when “creation” includes forms that have few or no tangible features. Recently the library hosted a presentation by Cuban book artist Rolando Estévez. A founding member of the Cuban publishing collective Ediciones Vigía, Estévez and his cohort were determined to make books despite critical national shortages of basic materials, including paper. Working with scavenged stuff – paper begged from butcher shops, items plucked from the natural environment, a variety of found objects of a kind known to most of us as “trash” – Ediciones Vigía has been publishing poetry, short stories, literary criticism, and works for children since 1985 in editions of 200 copies, each made by hand.
What can I do to help? Call Mari Vaydik at (734) 936-2384 to discuss how your gift to the library can make a real difference in the areas most meaningful to you. Visit our online wish list to browse a wide range of giving opportunities, for inspiration or to give online (lib.umich.edu/giving-mlibrary/collections-wish-list). Consider a planned gift to the U-M Library. U-M has planned giving professionals who can answer all of your questions. Visit michigan.giftlegacy.com to learn more.
These works of literature and visual art are collected by museums and libraries around the world, including this one. Estévez, who now works independently of the collective, continues to rely upon the commonplace and the discarded for his artistic media. The creation of something wholly original out of things discovered or found serendipitously, and then renewed for a purpose their original creators could not have imagined, is the embodiment of what the library at its best makes possible. Our collections become more important and meaningful when the items in them are used, reused, reworked, and reimagined. Our spaces come alive when people use them to join together, to learn from each other, to share their work, or to work alone toward the findings and creations that spark the ones that will come next. Our technology, no matter how advanced, is only as useful as the minds and imaginations that test its limits, and oblige its makers to overcome them. The community that uses the library needs more than “information.” It needs expansive spaces, adaptable environments in which people can learn and teach and study, where they can interact, press up against limits, take risks, and advance toward their own contributions to the scholarly and cultural record. And in turn the library collects, preserves, and shares these contributions, these somethings-where-there-was-nothing, to ensure that the work of our extraordinary community of discovery endures.
Opposite page, from top left: Rolando Estévez with prospective graduate student Samuel Shuman, Anthropology Professor Ruth Behar, and Athena Jackson of the Special Collections Library studying the work of the conservation unit on paintings Estévez made during a residency at the university in 2012 and donated to the library. Opposite page, from bottom right: Two of Estévez’s 2012 works, which were painted on brown kraft paper. Above: Estévez prepares a new work about Ernest Hemingway in Cuba, with Shuman and Behar looking on. He unveiled this work during his presentation in the Hatcher Library Gallery, and it now belongs to the library’s collection.
What does a library look like? Leadership When Google approached the library in 2002 with a proposal to digitize its collection, they were met by an institution whose extraordinary leaders had spent years, if not decades, laying the necessary foundation for such a project, as well as a group of librarians and technologists more than ready to advance their digital preservation efforts to the next stage. Visionary leadership in fact reaches back to the early days of the University. When Asa Gray, the university's first faculty member, was entrusted with a $5000 budget to establish the library's first collection, he purchased materials from a broad array of disciplines, and thus helped to establish the university's commitment to many fields of study. In the 20th century William Warner Bishop (university librarian from 1915-1941), focused the library’s resources on acquiring good,
usable editions rather than expensive rare ones, and thus ensured the collection’s depth and breadth of content. What connects the leaders of the past to those of the future is that the challenges they will face, however unalike they may seem, must be met with the same capacity to envision and prepare for what is coming next, alongside a commitment to preserving the knowledge created by generations past. Doing both is essential to the university’s learning, teaching, and research mission. Visionary leadership such as this is rare, and cannot be taken for granted. Endowed positions convey its importance to the world, and can help to secure it for the present and the future.
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COLLECTIONS & TECHNOLOGY
Library Book Rescue
Protect two fragile books in basic boxes or rebind two books that are falling apart. $20 Reattach two loose or torn pages on a book. $25 Digitize an original audiocassette for preservation. $60 Provide for conservation treatment of a rare map or book. $350-$3,000
Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Changing Currents in Education and Public Life (Ed. Lynne Book and David Phillips, 2013)
This book builds upon current discourse about the expanding role of creativity and entrepreneurial studies and trends in higher education and the public domain. $110
La bibbia di san marco a venezia (The Bible of San Marco of Venice)
This complete Italian text of the Bible features photographs by Sandro Vannini of the treasures of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice (known as the “Golden Church"), whose mosaics are among the world’s greatest examples of Byzantine art. $7,930
3D Motion-tracking Kits
These self-serve kits, available for checkout at library circulation desks, allow students to experiment with software and applications that track human movement to control devices and applications. $500 each
Self-serve 3D Printer Stations
These stations enable students to print their own models with experts on hand, and will allow the library to expand its first-of-akind initiative to offer self-serve 3D printing to students. $2,000 each
Ultra High Definition (“4K”) Display
These large format high resolution monitors facilitate analysis and display of scientific data and research content, for use in the library’s data visualization hubs. $8,000 each
These free-standing hubs will be placed in open, public areas of the library to facilitate data visualization and broad understanding of its various uses in scholarly work. $25,000 each INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ENGAGEMENT
William Bolcom Biography Project (U-M Press publication)
U-M Professor Emeritus of Composition William Bolcom, world-renowned composer of symphonic and operatic works, has received a Pulitzer Prize for Music, a Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for the recording of his Songs of Innocence and of Experience, and the National Medal of Arts. The U-M Press seeks to commission a professional biographer to write the compelling story of Professor Bolcom's important contribution to the field of music. $50,000
MLibrary Undergraduate Student Research Award
Three prizes are awarded to undergraduate students who show extraordinary achievement in completing their research project utilizing resources provided by the library. First Place-$1,000 Second Place-$500 Third Place-$250
What does a library look like? Engaged Learning Reports on academic research almost always focus on the undertakings and achievements of the university’s faculty members and graduate students; but thrilling discoveries with realworld impact are not the exclusive province of scholars who have already earned degrees. Undergraduates make important contributions in their own right, and often and increasingly, the library serves as the linchpin of this undergraduate research and discovery journey. A. Brad Schwartz, (BA, 2012) discovered a wealth of primary source materials that led to a novel take on the infamous 1938 radio broadcast, “The War of the Worlds,” produced by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater. His history honors thesis, The War of the Worlds Letters: Orson Welles, Fake News and American Democracy in the Golden Age of Radio, won him an MLibrary Undergraduate Research Award, and his findings earned him a writing credit for a 2013 episode of the PBS series American Experience marking the 75th anniversary of the broadcast. His book on Welles and “War of the Worlds” is forthcoming from Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux. Jaquelin Elliott (BA, 2012), another research award honoree, credits the depth of the library’s collection for enabling her explorations no matter how obscure her search topics became. To support her English honors thesis,The Leviathan and the Cyborg: The Influence of Moby Dick on Sci-Fi Horror Films, she made exhaustive use of the library’s collection, including the film holdings in the Askwith Media Library. “There was never a time when I could not find exactly what I was looking for in our system and I could always find copies of whichever texts I needed somewhere on campus,” Jaquelin says. Carlos Garcia (BFA, 2013) began his undergraduate education at Michigan’s College of Engineering, studying computer science and electrical engineering, before transferring to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance to pursue his interest in music and performing arts technology. His programming background gave him the wherewithal to push the limits of the facilities in the library’s Digital Media Commons. His senior thesis, which featured spectacular feats of projection mapping, was both an achievement in itself and represented an expansion in the capabilities of the facility for all of its users. Stephanie Berger (BA, 2013) researched and wrote her anthropology honors thesis, Treating Bones: The Intersection of Archaeology and Conservation, using library collections as well as information resources and interlibrary loan services to secure materials from libraries as far away as Australia. Her research findings are now guiding the care and treatment of human remains at the U-M Museum of Anthropology. Ongoing investment in the resources that make possible these kinds of intellectual and practical discoveries is essential to the university’s future. That those resources reside in the library, and are available to all, eliminates barriers to the scholarly infrastructure – both its record and its technologies – and allows our entire community to learn, create, and discover.
WishList, INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ENGAGEMENT (continued)
Library Exhibits Fund
Exhibits make the library’s world-class collections available to the widest possible audience and afford unique opportunities for programming and publication. Library exhibits span all disciplines and explore everything from niche interests to major contemporary issues. A donor-named endowment will strengthen and grow the exhibit program by supporting staff, improving exhibit spaces, funding programs, and more. $200,000 or above
Special Collections Library Renovation
A gift to name the Special Collections Library will create a space suitable for this magnificent collection, which includes some of the most historically significant treasures at the University of Michigan – the Galileo manuscript, John James Audubon's The Birds of America (18271838) and the Kelmscott Chaucer. $TBD LEADERSHIP
Marc Morisseau (BFA, 2009) used the library’s industrystandard hardware and software to become an expert in motion capture technology, an animation technique that applies real-world movement to digital characters. Today he’s a successful motion capture artist in Hollywood, working on top-tier games and feature films, including the sequel to Avatar.
Thanks to a generous $1.25 million matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the library created its first endowed conservator position. This grant offers a donor the unique opportunity to fully endow and name this position. $1 Million
Taubman Health Sciences Library Director Endowment
This will support the top tier leadership that enables the Health Sciences Library to deliver excellent health and biomedical information services to the university’s health sciences schools and programs, to its basic and clinical research systems, and to the U-M Health System. $2.5 million
Head, Special Collections Library Endowment
This will ensure that the Special Collections Library has the leadership and expertise necessary to maintain worldwide prominence and relevance for students, faculty, and researchers. $2.5 million
Neil Zemba (BFA, 2013) was an undergraduate when he joined Detroit Treads, a Detroitbased startup that’s creating shoes from recycled seatbelts and abandoned tires. Neil based the design of the shoes on a 3D model of a foot that he obtained via the library’s laser-scanning service. He went on to use the library’s rapid prototyping technology (aka 3D printing) to create the molds for the shoes.
Gioacchino and Carolyn Balducci
For the purchase of The Routledge Guidebook to Galileo's Dialogue
For the purchase of Cruchley's New Plan of London
Michael K. Burns
For the purchase of Almanacco dell'architetto in honor of Eleanor J. Burns
Richard C. and Judith H. Fuller
For the purchase of four books in architecture including Perspectiefteekenen voor bouwkundigen (Perspective Drawing for Architects) and Pioniere der sowjetischen Architektur (Pioneers of Soviet Architecture)
For the purchase of Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer and for Higher Education Institutions and Learning Management Systems Adoption and Standardization
What does a library look like? Technology The library’s most technology-enriched spaces are found in the Digital Media Commons (DMC), in the Duderstadt Center on North Campus. Remarkable and unpredictable things happen there, where the space, resources, expertise and culture come together to enable creative, open-ended student assignments (for example, "Design and create a surface that is responsive to light"); problem solving by faculty and researchers (for example, improving the acoustics at Yost Arena, designing safer ships, examining a complex molecule in three dimensions to better understand its interconnections); the development of mobile apps and other software (for example, a set of science learning and teaching apps, whose student creators received National Science Foundation funds to further develop); and creative projects that spring from the imaginations of the people that use it (for example, a fully-immersive rendering of a multiverse as imagined by a Stamps School of Art and Design senior). While DMC facilities are open the entire university, the reality is that they will remain primarily the domain of the North Campus community for as long as they exist only on North Campus. With the right level of donor support, the library can extend the culture and technology of the DMC to its Central Campus buildings, and invite all to become creators in this rich digital media world that offers almost infinite possibilities for teaching, learning, research, and creative expression.
The image above, and others featured in the upper borders of these pages, are from artists’ books in the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library’s collection. Anyone can visit the library to see these books or any of our holdings in person, or see more images from this collection, our many online exhibits, and our more than 250 digital collections on the lbrary's website.
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Published on May 14, 2014