Why we need Friends
A Library is more than a collection of books
In fact, the library of tomorrow has to be much more.
The library has always been the cornerstone of a college education, but today it's no longer entirely about books and journals--it's also about electronic data, and the equipment and resources to manage it. Information is now a driving force in our society, and university libraries across the country must struggle to keep up with the trends and the ever-expanding expectations of faculty and students.
The University Libraries have already distinguished themselves, becoming a national leader in making the new electronic forms of information available to our users. We need your help to remain at the forefront in both traditional and electronic collections, and to keep moving forward. You can create a technology endowment to:
- purchase, upgrade, and replace equipment annually;
- purchase databases, software licenses, or other technological enhancements needed to meet information needs;
- fund training, research, and development necessary to implement and manage the technology purchased.
As the University expands and improves its academic programs, the Libraries will become an even more important factor in meeting crucial information needs. Rising costs threaten our ability to meet these needs. The average price of scholarly journals has risen more than fivefold over the past fifteen years. Book prices have increased by 60 percent. And yet, as costs for materials rise, our general operating budget does not. We must tap new resources in order to remain responsive. You can create an acquisition or program endowment to:
- purchase books, journals, or archival materials;
- purchase databases or software;
- support archival research, scholarly activity, and collaborative projects.
Despite major increases in institutional funding, research libraries, like Oklahoma State University's Libraries, are buying fewer monographs and serials due to escalating costs. Thus, private giving is increasingly important to collection-development funding strategies.
Did you know you can double or triple your gift if you or your spouse work for a company with a matching gift program? Please contact your personnel office to find out how simple matching can be!
For more information on giving to the Library contact the Brandy Cox, Senior Director of Development, at bcox@OSUgiving.com or 405-385-0715.