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$5,000 for 50 Donors
A long-time Libraries’ benefactor and ’91 graduate school alumna will give $5,000 once 50 donors make a gift to the University Libraries.Give Now
$1,000 for 25 Faculty/Staff Donors
As a member of the University Libraries staff, L. Blue Dean will give $1,000 if 25 University Libraries staff (current and retired) make a gift to support Libraries today.Give Now
A SILS alumna and Friends of the Libraries board member will match gifts to the University Libraries 2:1 up to $10,000 and challenges ALL past and present Health Sciences Library users to give on GiveUNC.Give Now
Neilson Brown, Chair of the Friends of the Library Board of Directors, will match gifts to the University Libraries dollar for dollar up to $5,000 and encourages all alumni and friends to make a gift on GiveUNC.Give Now
Elaine L. Westbrooks, Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian, recently announced a new University Libraries initiative to engage in the important work of reckoning with systemic racism and oppression. Please join Elaine’s commitment to action.
Today, Elaine will match your gift to support the reckoning initiative dollar for dollar up to $5,000.
To support the reckoning initiative, please allocate your gift to the Library General Support Fund (576026).Give Now
Carolina’s libraries are integral to every part of the University’s mission – providing access to millions of resources, helping students and researchers navigate reliable and useful information, and teaching students and faculty the skills they need to turn information into knowledge. In the recent months, in typical Tar Heel spirit, we came together to help our students and faculty successfully make it through an extraordinarily trying spring semester, by:
- Helping students and faculty in real time – answering upwards of 2,400 questions via chat, remote consultation, email and virtual office hours.
- Boosting access to online resources including eBooks, streaming video and e-journals.
- Supporting over 12,000 students – providing course reserve materials electronically.
- Making high-powered software found in the library available remotely.
- Moving class instruction and workshops online.
In addition to suffering a global pandemic, communities around the world have come together to protest anti-black violence following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Being integral to every part of the University’s mission includes the required work of reckoning with systemic racism and injustice.
The University Libraries has an obligation—and a great deal of work to do—in order to be part of the solution and through a new Libraries initiative to engage in the work of reckoning, we are fully committed to action.
As we move forward in this difficult time, the University Libraries is called upon to be an organization that fully lives our stated commitment to inclusion and diversity. We must set the stage so that every individual who engages with the University Libraries—whether students, professors, clinicians, community members or our own staff—can bring their best and most authentic selves to the work that they do. Only in this way will the University Libraries bring our own best efforts to the mission of the University.
Click here to read a message from Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian Elaine L. Westbrooks about The University Libraries’ Role in Reckoning with Systemic Racism and Oppression.
UNC students use the studying area at Kenan Science Library on August 27, 2019, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)