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Taking Western Libraries to the next level

August 8, 2016

Taking Western Libraries to the next level
Western Libraries has been supporting students, researchers and community members for more than 115 years.

From providing access to one of the largest collections in North America, to assisting with research questions, to offering a quiet place to study, Western Libraries has been supporting students, researchers and community members for more than 115 years.

Today, in addition to the welcoming environment and service excellence for which it’s well-known, Western Libraries offers access to a collection of 12 million digital, print and microform resources, a number of rare and unique items in its archival and special collections, as well as information literacy and research services to advance student success and research excellence.

As a supporter of Western Libraries and donor to its Digital Bookplate program, Peggy Roffey believes in the significant impact the libraries and its “immensely helpful and resourceful” staff have on teaching, research and scholarship at Western.

“My support for Western Libraries is inspired by the library system’s spirit of innovation and the way it is able to balance respect for its rare book collections with responsiveness to changes in the way people access information and use library space,” she said.

With a view to continual evolvement, growth and response to the ever-changing academic and digital environment, Western Libraries recently introduced a new strategic plan, Engage. Empower. Excel. It highlights key priorities, including creating inspiring learning, research and collaboration spaces; strengthening community engagement; enabling student success; and enhancing its collections.

The support of alumni and friends like Roffey is critical in helping Western Libraries achieve its goals and address a number of challenges facing it today, said Catherine Steeves, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian of Western Libraries.

“Academic libraries must anticipate and respond to a wide range of rapid changes in higher education, research, society and technology, such as the need for new services and the rise in digital scholarship, big data and e-learning,” she said.

“Donor support makes it possible for us to continue to provide the exceptional services Western Libraries is known for and will also propel us to the next level.”


This article appeared in the 2016 edition of Annual Impact
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