As we head off for the holidays, I thought it would be apropos to highlight the good efforts of many of our University Libraries colleagues to support underserved populations in Central Ohio.

Wrapping gifts for BBBS!

Recently, sixteen of our colleagues helped inspect and sort over 4,300 pounds of food and other non-perishable donations at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. More than 525,000 individuals receive emergency food each year through the food bank, and the University Libraries is proud to support this organization. A special thank you to our colleagues who volunteered for this effort: Ariel BaconAnthony BakerQuanetta BattsTheresa CavinAllison DeVitoKeiko HillJian LeeBrent Lewis, Aaron Miller, Aaron OliveraJessica PageLisa Patton-GlinskiElaine PritchardKarla StriebMike Vanecko, and Patrick Visel.

Also, thanks to the generous support of University Libraries faculty and staff, we were able to collect and donate nearly 70 holiday gifts to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. These gifts will be given to the boys and girls who participate in the mentoring programs sponsored by BBBS. We currently have nine colleagues who participate in Project Mentor, spending one hour a week mentoring a little brother or little sister. A special thanks to everyone who donated a gift! And thanks to our gift-wrapping crew! –  Sue Beck, Corazon BrittonLisa ChiongSandi Howe-ForneyJulie HigginsShannon Niemeyer, and Elaine Pritchard – who volunteered to wrap all of the gifts for our little brothers and sisters.

I’m deeply grateful to work with so many generous people who choose to live their values through action.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.

Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries