As we celebrate the holidays and look to the new year, I thank each of you for your support of the University Libraries.
Whether you attended an exhibit or program, partnered with us to extend our community impact, made an enabling donation, or work tirelessly for the Libraries to provide vital services to Ohio State’s students and faculty, you have been a critical part of our success this year.
This past year, the University Libraries:
- welcomed more than 650 library professionals from across the United States and Canada to the Ohio State campus for IDEAL ’19, a discussion of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in libraries and archives.
- helped launch the university’s year-long sesquicentennial celebration with the first of two special exhibitions in Thompson Library, Scarlet & Gray, The Student Experience. Our faculty and staff worked with partners across campus to preserve and share Ohio State’s story. Time and Change: 150 Years of The Ohio State University, authored by University Archivist Tamar Chute, captures the university’s rich history through more than 300 rarely seen photographs. The Carmen Collection “spotlights members of Buckeye Nation who have shaped The Ohio State University throughout its history but whose stories have been lost or too seldom told over the years.”
- partnered with the Wexner Center for the Arts and internationally-recognized artist Ann Hamilton on her latest project when an object reaches for your hand. I encourage you to visit the second-floor book stacks in Thompson Library to experience this glimpse into Ohio State’s collections and take a piece home with you.
- worked with faculty and staff across the university to ensure the cost of classroom materials are not a barrier to student success. Through the university’s Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX), our faculty and staff will have partnered to help Ohio State students save $10 million by spring 2020.
On behalf of the faculty and staff at University Libraries, happy holidays and best wishes for the new year.
Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Dean of University Libraries