An outstanding university must have an outstanding library. Despite the proliferation of electronic resources, our circulation statistics remain high and we maintain a steady stream of guests. The campaign for Michigan State University will enable the MSU Libraries to keep pace with faculty and students’ need for extensive, up-to-date print and online collections, and research consultation services provided by expert subject specialist librarians. Our priorities are to endow a director and a head of special collections. We also seek to create endowments that will support and grow our library collections, digitize our rare materials and Turfgrass Information Center, and assist us in creating a modern and functional library facility.
MSU Libraries seek to raise $25.0 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.
To date we have raised $28.1 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great university forward.
“There is a straight line from the strength of a library to the success of a research university.”
Michigan State University offers doctoral programs in 113 fields. Among its 125 peers in the Association of Research Libraries, MSU ranks sixth in research demands. The breadth and depth of research conducted by MSU faculty, graduate students, and professional students places an extraordinary expectation upon the libraries. An endowed named directorship and endowed head of special collections will enable us to meet those expectations.
The most challenging problems in the world require solutions based on cutting-edge scholarship�and that scholarship requires access to the broadest array of current information possible. In this fast-moving world, timely access is also a priority. In only 12 months, our users downloaded 4.7 million full-text items, including articles, reports, and book chapters. We aim to expand access and preserve the intellectual content by scanning these materials and make them freely available online. In this way, the MSU Libraries can contribute to worldwide access to information in a number of fields.
Our physical space supports intellectual development by providing space for collaboration, a critical skill for twenty-first century problem solvers. Group technology labs and collaborative learning spaces are critical to developing effective information literacy skills because our search habits and assumptions, usually experienced individually, are brought to light in a group setting.