Welcome from the Vice Provost for Libraries
This June, I was privileged to attend the public launch of “Making History: The Campaign for GW” at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. The energy of our university leaders and the excitement amongst our donors was inspiring. It is clear that this $1B comprehensive fundraising campaign, the largest in the university’s history, will lead to incredible changes for every facet of GW, including the Libraries, and will catapult us into a top-tier research institution.
I am enthusiastic about the opportunities that this campaign will offer the Libraries over the next four years, not only to increase funding for fundamental areas like print and electronic resource acquisitions, space renovations, and technology, but also to support our vision of establishing the GW Libraries as a true interdisciplinary hub for the university. As George Washington himself wrote in 1771, “I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.” In an increasingly complex, interconnected world, cross-disciplinary approaches to global problems offer the greatest promise. As centers of information, and the busiest facilities on campus, the Libraries have extraordinary potential to bring together students, scholars, and faculty from across the university to identify new methodologies and to conduct groundbreaking research.
As you read through this issue of Vision: GW Libraries, you will see some of the great work that the Libraries already do, from interdisciplinary academic collaborations to fostering undergraduate student research to the acquisition of Special Collections found nowhere else in the world. More can and will be done to evolve the GW Libraries to meet the increasing demands of our students and faculty. The university is at a turning point and I invite you to join us in our journey. To learn more about the key role that the GW Libraries play in advancing the university, and about how you can support our initiatives, please visit campaign.gwu.edu/priorities/libraries.
University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries