Preserving the Past: Protecting the Future
Your gift to any one of these funds will help the Libraries meet the challenges of today and the years ahead.
All contributions are tax-deductible and count toward Annual Giving and Class Goals.
|Contributions may be made ...|
|...online through the Smith College Advancement Office||Online Giving Form|
|...or mailed to the Friends of the Smith College Libraries||Printer Friendly Form|
|For additional information, please contact:
Mary Irwin, Library Gifts and Development Officer
Smith has been building library collections for over 100 years. Special collections of rare and historically significant materials have grown steadily since the 1940s. The Friends created the FSCL Preservation Fund to provide an annual income for the repair and protection of fragile materials. Preservation work is expensive due to the cost of materials and the skilled handiwork involved. Your support in any amount will help us protect our rare and unique holdings. See examples of recent preservation projects.
This challenge fund was established to raise $1 million to support the new Director of Special Collections position. A generous alumna from the class of 1962 will match all gifts made up to $1 million to endow this position. Dr. Beth Myers has been hired to provide vision and oversight of the college's renowned special collections: the Sophia Smith Collection, the College Archives and the Mortimer Rare Book Room. See a feature about Myers and the Sophia Smith Collection in this recent MSNBC's special presentation "A Refuge for Women's History." Be a part of the exciting changes underway in our integrated special collections. It's easy to make your gift online - the fund is listed under "Other Designations".
Smith has long been proud of the tremendous breadth and depth of its library collections. Keeping up with quality academic output is a perennial challenge, especially when both print and online collections are served. An additional challenge is keeping apace with the high cost of journals. The pressure on the acquisitions budget inspired this new endowed fund. The Acquisitions Fund is an area of specific need for which we welcome your support.
Smith students spend a lot of time in the four campus libraries. Over time, furnishings need to be replaced, and the Libraries must adapt to new student needs like the current trend for group study spaces. The Library Furnishings Fund has helped purchase study tables, comfy chairs, new lighting fixtures, ottomans and side tables. By supporting this fund, you will help the libraries maintain welcoming and comfortable spaces for study.
"The only constant is change" is an oft-quoted phrase when it comes to library technology. Upgrading computer hardware comes with the territory as well as harnessing new software and providing more electronic resources and online services. This fund was established by Marjorie Lamberti '59 to provide the Libraries with the means to adapt nimbly to changing technologies so as to maintain a high quality service to the Smith community. We invite your support to help this useful fund grow.