At the corner of Jamestown Road and Cary Street, the Jewish community at the College of William and Mary now has a dedicated home. The Shenkman Jewish Center opened its doors to the public the morning of Wednesday Nov. 14, only nine months after its groundbreaking ceremony in February of this year.
I appreciate the broad reach and impact William & Mary Libraries has across and beyond the William & Mary community. It is an extraordinary resource and a hive of activity on campus — the collections, staff expertise and facilities are remarkable. Supporting William & Mary Libraries is; a means to support students, faculty and staff, and a deeply satisfying way to give back to William & Mary.
Kathy Koch ’80
William & Mary Libraries Board of Directors
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Give today! Your investment will help William & Mary Libraries continue to support the academic needs of our students and faculty by providing top-notch collections, excellent services, inspiring spaces and expert guidance.
PILLAR I: WHERE GREAT MINDS MEET | $8.5 MILLION
- Undergraduate Support | $2 million
Establish funds for student employment and Special Collections Research Center student assistantships. The establishment of funds to supplement student employment around the libraries is critical as public resources continue to decrease.
- Graduate Students and Postdoc Students Support | $750,000
Establish Postdoc Fellowship opportunities in Special Collections and fund graduate assistantships, housed in Special Collections, Digital Services or the Reeder Media Center, which provide hands-on archive and library experience.
- Deanship / Archivists / Professional Positions | $5.5 million
Endow the Deanship of the library and the Burger Archivist and University Archivist positions in the Special Collections Research Center. Establish funds to supplement additional professional positions across the library.
- Visiting Scholars and Authors Fund | $250,000
A gift to establish a Visiting Scholars and Authors Fund would provide ongoing support to bring in additional alumni authors, visiting scholars and other notables.
PILLAR II: MAKING THE REMARKABLE | $16.5 MILLION
ENGAGED LEARNING, INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION
- A Studio for Teaching and Research | $2.5 million
The Studio will be a unique and signature workspace on campus for faculty and those who support their work, and will be home to the Center for the Liberal Arts.
- Teaching and Research Innovation Funds | $2 million
This fund would provide grants to librarians and faculty working together to support projects that embrace the intersection of technology and research, collaborative projects in the Center for the Liberal Arts, digital humanities research and experimentation across disciplines.
- Library Collections, Digital Resources and Collection Conservation | $5.5 million
Raise funds in support of purchases for the general library collection and special collections.
The Digital Services Fund will support the digitization and discovery of library materials, especially the holdings of Special Collections and the University Archives.
Establish an Oral Histories Fund that will help ensure former presidents and rectors, other members of the Board of Visitors, retiring administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and current students are interviewed regularly
Create the Access and Conservation Fund to support the preservation of general and special collections.
- Swem Make a Difference Fund | $1.5 million
Annual, unrestricted funds to support the operations, services, outreach, teaching and general needs of the libraries.
BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES
- Swem Library Renovations and Enhancements | $5 million
The Botetourt Theatre Renovation Fund can preserve the feel of the original mid-century modern theatre space while enhancing accessibility, technology, sound quality and comfort for guests to attend lectures and performances.
The creation of green spaces, including a rooftop garden and enhanced patio spaces at Swem Library, will allow students to enjoy the outdoors, with all the resources of Swem at their fingertips.
You can learn more about the William & Mary Libraries goals & priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.
W&M Impact News
When William and Mary head field hockey coach Tess Ellis first came to the College in 1992, she said she remembers dragging old sticks from the now-demolished equipment shed on Barksdale Field back for use. Her office is filled with photos — and even more have been moved to the archives — depicting the rich history of the team. This semester, through Century Project donations, the team is once again making history.
As of June 30, the Class of 1983 added another record to its storied history. Members of the class contributed more than $5.2 million in gifts and pledges to the Law School on the occasion of their 35th Reunion—the highest amount ever raised by a reunion class. The class previously set giving records for 20th, 25th, and 30th reunions.