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Dedication of the Marston Science Library
Gainesville, Florida March 3,1989
Commemorative Booklet, "Environment for Discovery" insert
Invitations to the Dedication Ceremony and Morning Program 1
Morning Program 5
Welcome by Dale Canelas, Director, The University of Florida Libraries 5
The Historical Perspective by Max Willocks, Associate Director 6
Planning the Library by Carol Drum, Head, Marston Science Library 8
Considering the Design by Calvin Peck, A.I.A 10
Introduction of Robert Q. Marston, President Emeritus, University of Florida 12
Remarks by Dr. Marston and Introduction of Guest Speaker 13
The Science Library of the Future by Martin M. Cummings, M.D. 16
Closing Announcements by Carol Drum 24
Dedication Ceremony 25
Welcome by Marshall M. Criser, President, University of Florida 25
Invocation by the Reverend Dr. Robert D. Marston 25
Introduction of Guest Speaker by Robert A. Bryan, Provost 26
Dedicatory address by Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Ph.D. 27
The Dedication of the Marston Science Library 30
Acceptance by the State 32
Acceptance by the University 33
Acceptance by the Faculty 33
Acceptance by the Student Body 34
Introduction of Robert Q. Marston, President Emeritus, University of Florida 35
Remarks by Dr. Marston 36
Presentation by Marshall M. Criser 38
Benediction by the Reverend Dr. Robert D. Marston 39
Building Information 40
A tour of the building 40
Floor plans 44
The University of Florida Libraries
Dedication of the Marston Science Library
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to the Marston Science Library
Dedication. This library has
been designed to provide a
varied range of services and
facilities for the students, facul-
ty and staff of the University of
Florida. It is specialized in
character, used primarily by
those capable of documentary
research in theoretical and ap-
plied sciences. The knowledge
these specialists derive from its
use is transmitted to our society
through their achievements -
food for our citizens, travel in
space, bridges linking continent
to islands, computers monitor-
ing the interactions of modern
Our dedication is a celebra-
tion of the students who
authorized use of activity fees
for the library, of the faculty
and administrators who sup-
ported the project, of the
legislators who provided major
funding, of the library staff
who planned for needed ser-
vices, and the architects who
designed the facilities, and of
Robert Q. Marston, who drew
together the various efforts that
resulted in this Library.
If universities are viewed as
a principal means through
which society seeks to reduce
the costs of ignorance, then the
research library, which preserves
and makes available the ac-
cumulated knowledge of the
past and serves as a spring-
board for discoveries of the
future, is a pivotal part of the
education process. It has enor-
mous value to society which
relies on the contributions of
future generations to maintain
vitality and growth.
With these thoughts in mind,
we dedicate ourselves to main-
taining the trust of all who con-
tributed to the creation of this
DALE B. CANELAS,
A Message from Dr. Marston
Thinking creatively, logically
and productively constitutes
one of life's great joys. The
degree to which such a skill is
developed largely determines
opportunities, station in life
and the ability to serve others.
Cognition knowledge and
the process of knowing has
been the special responsibility
of universities across the cen-
turies and libraries have been
the core of the universities.
This science library already has
an annual rate of over 850,000
visits per year. It is a part of
our new dynamic information
age and comes into being at a
propitious time in the history
of our university and in the
history of our nation.
Throughout my presidency,
and indeed long before I came
here, it was clear that such a
facility was desperately needed
as the scientific base of the
University of Florida became
stronger and larger. For many
years funds were simply not
available for buildings, despite
notable increases in state ap-
propriations for books and
journals. Faculty members and
librarians documented in detail
and repeated the urgent need.
Yet we would not be here to-
day if the students of the time,
also sensing the need, had not
agreed to the use of student ac-
tivity fees to be added to the
funds already available for this
science complex. Twice I ap-
peared before the Student
Senate and once appeared at a
noon open forum on the Plaza
of the Americas on the subject.
In the end, student response
was overwhelmingly positive.
This library is dedicated at a
time of serious concern about
the quality of science education
in the United States. The
University of Florida is a major
force in science education and
scientific research in the na-
tion. It is timely that our
library resources in science are
now greatly strengthened.
Ann and I are greatly
honored to have any building
at the University of Florida
carry the Marston name. We
thank President Criser and
others in the administration
here for recommending it, and
the Legislature and the Gover-
nor for the enabling legislation.
Of all the buildings on campus,
this, as Bob Bryan said with
glee when he first told me, is
the best. Throughout my career
from Oxford through the Na-
tional Institutes of Health, and
including the eight American
universities I have worked in,
my focus has been science and
the support of science. My job
as President of the University
of Florida, as Marshall Criser
told me sixteen years ago when
he was a member of the Board
of Regents, was to help
strengthen the academic pro-
grams here. Thus, we are
pleased that the Marston
Science Library is an important
academic building filled with
students and faculty involved
in serious scientific scholarship.
University libraries today are
far different from the
repositories of books and jour-
nals they were when I began
using them in the early 1940's.
They are at the hub of the
changing, exciting knowledge
explosion of our times. This
library will not be the same in
a decade as it is today.
Whatever its form and function
will be in the future, it will
continue, I believe, to sym-
bolize the importance of serious
scholarship, the necessity for
accuracy and truth, and the ex-
citement and joy of discovery
of old and new knowledge by
young and old alike.
ROBERT Q. MARSTON,
University of Florida
The University of Florida Libraries
Dedication of the Marston Science Library
March 3, 1989
Half past ten o'clock, Computer Science Engineering Auditorium
Welcome Dale B. Canelas, Director,
The Historical Perspective
Planning the Library from
the Library's Viewpoint
Considering the Design
"The Science Library
of the Future"
R. Max Willocks,
Associate Director for Science and
Technical Services, University Libraries
Carol A. Drum, Head,
Marston Science Library
Calvin H. Peck, AIA,
Vickrey, Ovresat, Awsumb Associates, Inc.
Robert Q. Marston, President Emeritus,
University of Florida
Martin M. Cummings, M.D.,
Former Director of the National Library of Medicine,
Dr. Cummings is currently a fellow with the Council
on Library Resources.
Carol A. Drum
Two o'clock, on the plaza south of the Marston Science Library
The Dedication of the
Accepting for the State of
Accepting for the University
Accepting for the Faculty
Accepting for the Students
The Reverend Dr. Robert D. Marston
Marshall M. Criser,
President, University of Florida
Robert A. Bryan,
Provost and Vice President for
Marshall Warren Nirenberg,
Nobel prize winner in medicine and plysiohlgy, in
1968, Dr Nirenberg received a BS. in Zoology and
Chemistry at U F in 1948 and a M.S in Zoology
in 1952. He is currently chief of the Laboratory of
Biochemical Genetics at NIH.
Joan Dial Ruffier,
Chairman, Board of Regents
Doyle E. Conner,
Commissioner of Agriculture
Marshall M. Criser
Dale B. Canelas, Director,
Edwin A. Scales, President,
U. F. Student Body
Robert Q. Marston, President Emeritus,
University of Florida
Marshall M. Criser
The Reverend Dr. Robert D. Marston
A reception follows the dedication ceremony, with music ly the New University of
Florida String Quartet: Richard Black, violin; Deborah Stebbins, violin; Kim
Sewell, viola, and Nathan Cutler, cello.
The Concept Realized
The building we dedicate to-
day has been a long time in the
making. As many as 20 years
ago, University librarians, pro-
fessors and researchers were
forming visions that led to
creating this "environment for
discovery." Former Director of
Libraries Gustave A. Harrer,
garnering support for a central
science library in 1968, ex-
plained that, in the face of the
current explosion of scientific
knowledge, it was essential that
librarians work with "centraliz-
ed and carefully coordinated
collections to aid scholars in
their search for information."
As the rising costs of scientific
journals threatened the cancella-
tion of multiple subscriptions,
the idea of consolidating the
varied collections gained
strength. Continuous travel
across campus to small branch
libraries was becoming a cons-
tant source of frustration and
waste of valuable time for inter-
As the University grew, the
need for additional library
space became more acute.
Crowded conditions for both
users and books made existing
facilities inefficient. Decisions
had to be made either to ex-
pand current library space or to
pursue the concept of a new
library. Faculty committees
debated the merits of both
avenues. Support for a central
science library gathered
momentum. Ultimately, those in
stalwart support of the idea
from the onset were joined by
those holding fast to their in-
dependent libraries. The con-
cept would become reality.
Ground was broken for the
central science library in April
1984 after years of meetings
with architects, engineers, plan-
ning commissions, and library
committees. The long-needed
science library was to be housed
in a building that promised not
only fulfillment of immediate
requirements but also com-
patibility with the twenty-first
century. Recent advancements
in library technology and the
assurance that greater strides
were on the horizon demanded
a state-of-the-art building. The
fact that the library was to
house the ever expanding
research resources in the
sciences presented an even
Construction progressed with
few setbacks as the Library
staff, faculty and students
watched the dream of many
years move closer to reality. The
chosen site at the academic core
of the campus prompted the
design team to comment that
"the number of students and
faculty utilizing the facilities
will provide the synergy to
create an active and interactive
center to campus life."
It was the creation of a
building of importance on the
University of Florida campus.
Long before construction was
completed, teams of experts
were conferring and planning
the next step the actual
move into the finished building.
Library materials from thirteen
different locations were to be
consolidated into the collection
of the new central science
library a collection of
440,000 volumes, 500,000
microforms and 200,000
documents. The central science
library would also be home to
the University Libraries Map
Collection, one of the premier
collections in the country. Over
350,000 valuable maps, 150,000
aerial photographs and satellite
images, and a unique collection,
valued at over $1.5 million, of
NASA film from the Kennedy
Space Center had to be
transported to the new
building. The physical aspects
of the move would be a for-
midable task. It would take
26 professional specialized
library movers fifteen eight-
hour days to accomplish the
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Integrating the library staff
was another considerable
challenge. Staff from four
specialized branch libraries was
to be consolidated into one
cohesive working team. It re-
quired a total restructuring of
individual responsibilities but
promised increased oppor-
tunities for professional growth.
Enthusiasm for the potential
improvements allayed the con-
cerns of uncertainties ahead.
The challenge was met.
Today the Marston Science
Library, with collections and
services designed to meet
requirements, primarily serves
the needs of over 1,150 faculty
members in 42 academic
departments in three major
components of the University's
academic structure the
College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, the Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences, and
the College of Engineering. It
also serves the needs of
graduate, undergraduate and
professional students in the
sciences all over the campus,
including the Health Science
Center. The challenge to build
a collection of science materials
to support the research efforts,
service programs and scientific
teaching throughout the
University is met by a circle of
highly qualified librarians and
support staff, each with
varying responsibilities in the
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Library launches the scientific
academic community at the
University of Florida into a
new "environment for
discovery." It stands as our
challenge to create new
knowledge and as our
commitment to preserve the
record of human endeavor
which created great discoveries
in the past.
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President Marshall M. Criser
and the faculty and staff of
the University of Florida
request the pleasure of your company
for the dedication and naming of
The Robert Q. Marston Science Library
with an address by
Marshall Warren Nirenberg
2 o'clock, Friday, March 3, 1989
on the plaza area south of the building
In case of inclement weather,
the events will be held in the
Computer Science Auditorium
The President of the University of Florida
and the faculty and staff of
the University Libraries
invite you to a presentation on
The Science Library of the Future
by Martin Cummings
in the Computer Science Auditorium
Friday, March 3, 1989
The Dedication of the Marston Science Library
March 3,1989 at halfpast ten o'clock
Mrs. Canelas: Good morning. Welcome to the University of Florida. We are
delighted to have so many friends join us to celebrate the dedication of this beautiful
library. We are honored to have with us Robert Q. Marston, President Emeritus of
the University of Florida, without whom the building would not be here; Dr. Martin
Cummings, who will help us focus on the future of research libraries' services; and
Cal Peck, the architect who translated the aspirations of the University of Florida
librarians for an outstanding library facility that would effectively meet the
academic needs of science scholars into this beautiful and aesthetically pleasing
building. I will leave it to others on the program to provide specifics on the concepts
underlying the design effort and on the shape of the future, but it may be helpful if I
provide some general background.
UF's stature in the sciences is based upon the work of the many scholars who
comprise its faculty, research staff, and graduate student body as well as upon the
education that they provide to undergraduate students. Good facilities can go a long
way towards aiding good research and effective instructional programs. But, in
spite of its strength in the sciences, until very recently UF suffered from very
inadequate science facilities.
There are three basic ingredients needed to produce a good library building a good
client, a good architect and good project management, and, of course, the funds
necessary to pay for the result. The problem is that each group speaks a different
language. A successful outcome depends upon the willingness of all concerned to
ensure full understanding before proceeding to the next step. Research libraries are
rare there are only about one hundred throughout the United States and good ones
are even rarer. Finding experienced librarians to develop the building service
concepts and sensitive architects to translate them into an effective and beautiful
building is not easy.
The process begins with a carefully thought-through building program. It is
imperative that the architect be allowed to grasp the broad concepts before we
librarians bury him in detail. This is a real challenge. A great deal of give and
take characterizes the relationship between architect, university planners,
construction personnel, and the library staff as they resolve the problems that arise
over a multiyear process of designing and constructing such a large and highly
specialized building. As the years go by and the building takes physical shape,
frequent communication between them is necessary to bring that building to a happy
conclusion. The wonder is that out of such a difficult, complex, and time-consuming
proceeding, we get any successful buildings at all; but, as all of you can see today, we
have been particularly fortunate and that is the cause for this happy occasion.
A library building is intended, of course, to contain the collections that provide the
intellectual support to the academic program. I am particularly pleased to be able to
announce that Mr. Ted Crom has made the University of Florida Libraries a bequest
of a two thousand volume collection of horological, technical and tool books. This
fascinating collection documents the period in western culture when conversion
from hand to machine production took place. Containing many works on early
machine age tools, certainly a historical period when the environment for scientific
discovery was rich and rapidly growing, this extraordinary collection will serve the
needs of UF scholars in the history of science for generations to come. It is a
particularly welcome part of our celebration.
Max Willocks, the Associate Director of Libraries who led the team of library staff
involved in planning the building, will give you a glimpse of the process that took
place and that resulted in this building for us.
Mr. Willocks: Libraries seem always to be on the horns of a dilemma. On the one
hand, University administrators and other leaders regularly call the library the
heart and the center of the university educational program, and, on the other hand,
they look upon it as sort of a black hole into which they must pour money. The library
seems to be able to occupy both of those positions quite well.
When I arrived here in 1976, one of the first things that I heard about was that the
science library branches were sadly overcrowded and that we needed a central
science library. Such a facility would provide space for services and materials and
space for the library users all of which were very limited at that time. I soon
learned that Dr. Gus Harrer had been confronted with this immediately upon his
arrival here in 1968. He found it necessary to address this problem because the issue
had already been raised by a number of faculty. In fact, the IFAS faculty had been
pressing for some time for an addition to the Hume Library and as yet had not
succeeded in getting one. They particularly needed an addition to the Hume Library
because the biological sciences materials were being added to that collection and
there was just not space enough to add them and also serve the users of the library. It
was soon recognized that chemistry was in bad need of additional space. At the same
time, it was recognized that engineering and physics facilities not only were limited
but they were in the wrong place. They did not really offer a central place for the
users of those collections. So Dr. Harrer pressed this matter further with President
O'Connell, particularly in 1969, with the help of a number of other university
administrators, yet nothing came of it.
These efforts continued for several years. About 1975, the engineering faculty and
physics faculty urged the establishment of a central science library. As a result of the
urgings of those faculties, Dr. Harrer engaged a consultant, Porter Kellam, who
came to campus and spoke for some time not only to Gus but to the librarians and to
the faculty. Numerous faculty were engaged in those conversations and after that
session, Dr. Harrer proposed the appointing of an ad hoc committee on the central
science library. That committee was named by Dr. Bryan in July 1976. He named
Professor Lewis Berner as chair of the committee. The committee had numerous
meetings with library staff and consulted other major libraries in the country as well
so that Professor Berner presented a unanimously adopted report to Dr. Bryan
favoring the building of a central science library. That report was submitted in
December 1976. In January of 1977, Dr. Bryan enthusiastically endorsed the
recommendation of the committee and urged the Executive Vice President of the
University to see that this project was given the highest possible priority in the
building requests to the Board of Regents and to the legislature. He also continued the
committee that had been named so that they could work on this project as needed.
As the library worked its way up the priority list of building construction matters, a
building program for such a facility was pursued by the library staff. This program
was completed at least in its first draft form in December 1979. Although work
continued on this project for some time, we were dismayed to suddenly realize that it
had jumped from third on the building priority list to practically off it; in fact, I guess
it was moved to forty-third at that time, and a number of us lost a bit of hope for the
science library. But more faculty began to support the project and it got back on the
priority list and serious progress was made. Particularly the chemistry faculty and
the agriculture faculty took more interest and began to give it stronger support so that
we could proceed with it with much more earnestness.
In 1983, the combined efforts of Dr. Marston, Dr. Bryan, and Dr. Harrer produced the
funding for the building and the project became a reality. I am greatly summarizing
these activities but there was an awful lot that went into the actual accomplishment of
the funding for this building.
I have worked with architects on fourteen different library buildings and I'd like to
say that Vickrey, Ovresat, and Awsumb has been the most helpful, has been the best
listener, and has made the greatest effort to give us the building that we felt we needed
than any other architect I have ever worked with. And, I think, as you look at the
facility now, you can see that this was a successful cooperation together, for indeed
this building is successful.
Although Carol Drum was perhaps going to tell you about one of the professors, I
think, if I may, I'll usurp this anecdote because she was telling me about it the other
day. One of the chemistry faculty who had adamantly opposed the construction of this
building in fact had said that if it was the last thing he ever did, he was going to see
that this building was not built came around recently and said that he was wrong.
He had been converted and saw indeed that this building was badly needed, it was a
success, and he joined enthusiastically in support of the library and its staff.
Ms. Drum: Good morning. I'm Carol Drum. I'm Chair of the Marston Science
Library. I want to say that working on the project of building the science library is
probably the most exciting thing that has happened in my career, at least to date.
What the library staff envisioned when we started planning for the library was a
modular building that had no immovable objects within the core. We really got that
because all of the stairwells, the elevators, the bathrooms and most of the offices are
on the perimeter of the building. This allows us a good deal of flexibility with what
we can do with the seating space and the shelving space. Another thing that we were
very adamant about was that we prepare for the technologies of the future, the ones we
know about now and the ones we cannot even foresee. We have conduit running
throughout the building we can plug in more that three hundred computer
applications throughout the five floors of the building. One of the reasons that this is
important is that, whenever we started planning for the building, we planned an
online catalog. I think we may be the first major library in the country that planned
for having only an online catalog. We did not move a card catalog into the building.
This, incidentally, has worked out very well for us and has caused no major
We had built into the building the flexibility to expand it without additional
construction because two of the floors are reinforced to hold compact shelving.
Compact shelving was installed on the first floor during construction of the building
and compact shelving can also be placed on the fifth floor. We have a very large
collection of compact shelving; it is one of the largest in the country. In my opinion,
although I have nothing to substantiate it, we are probably the only people in the
United States to date that has a major, active research collection on compact shelving.
It has been working out very well for us so far and we do expect it to continue. The
other thing that's unique about our compact shelving is that we put map cases in one
modular section of it. This is the first installation of its kind in the United States.
Our map librarian, HelenJane Armstrong, worked very closely with the compact
shelving people and the people that build map cases to perfect this particular kind of
equipment and arrangement.
The next thing that we wanted was the seating on the perimeter of the building. If you
go through the building, you will see that on almost all the floors the majority of the
seating is on the perimeter of each one of the floors with the shelving in the middle of
it. What this does for us is it cuts down somewhat on the transit noises of the people
coming up the stairs and out of the elevator; it provides a little quieter study space for
people. It also makes use of the natural light so, in the daytime, it's very pleasant to
sit especially up on our fifth floor and daydream overlooking Payne's Prairie.
Some of our furniture was especially designed for us and people around the country
have taken note of that and have asked us many questions about it. We have
graduate carrels that are somewhat unique although other places have similar
seating. We also have a number of carrels that have electrical power to them. Again,
a lot of other people have this, but not necessarily exactly like we have provided for our
people. We have plans to expand our CD-ROM collection and to put it in what we call
our "wet carrels."
One of the real challenges, not the only one, but one of the real challenges in all of this
was when I tried to learn to read blueprints. I can assure you that in blueprint form it
is quite different from what we actually see in the building, at least for me. So I
developed a strong admiration for people who can conceptualize a building, who could
then convert this conceptualization into little blue dots and dashes, understand what
that means, and give it to someone else who then builds it. With that in mind, I want
to introduce our next speaker, Calvin Peck, who does a very good job of
conceptualizing and then converting. Cal is the managing principal in the Orlando
office of Vickrey, Ovresat, and Awsumb Associates, Inc. He was the principal
designer on our building. He also worked very closely with the interior designer so
that the furniture matches the ambience of the building design itself. What I think is
a really lovely feature of the building is the chandelier that hangs over our
information desk on the second floor; Cal also was the designer of that chandelier.
So without further ado, I would like to turn the program over to Cal who is going to give
us some more information about the building process.
Mr. Peck: Thank you, Carol. The chandelier that Carol spoke of, I think, is the
world's heaviest light fixture. It weighs about 1900 pounds. But we needed something
over the information desk.
I'd like to say how pleased I am to be here today. It's very flattering to be introduced
as the architect for this building complex and the science library. Although I was part
of the team, I really am only the spokesman here today for that project team. I'd like
to introduce the people who were part of that project team without whom this project
really would not have been possible. Mr. Rex Rokicki, my partner at VOA who was
the project manager and the project architect for the project. Mr. Steve Clark, my
associate at VOA who was the project designer for the project and probably had more to
do with the design than I did. And Mr. Kevin Barnes, also an associate with the firm,
was the construction administrator for the project and was involved from day one on
the construction site following through the construction for the twenty-two months of
construction that we had. Without him we would have been in big trouble. And my
associate who was not able to be here today, Mr. Ron Pedonti, who was the interior
designer for the project and selected the furnishings and the colors that you see here
as well as did the design for the various pieces of equipment Carol alluded to. I think
also without leaving anyone out, I'd like to thank Gus Harrer, Dale Canelas, Carol
Drum and Max Willocks for the help that they gave us and the unstinting energies
that they put into the project as we were here on campus working on the design and
trying to bring to fruition the ideas that a lot of people had about this project for a long
period of time.
We are going to hear more about the library of the future from Dr. Cummings. While
I think that this library will function well in the future because of its flexibility, as
Carol alluded to, some of those things are the large column spaces and the very high
floor to floor spaces that we have that allow a certain amount of activity to take place
above the ceiling level. As Carol alluded to, we have expansive floor areas the three
floor levels are about 25,000 square feet each. And all of the utilities, all the solid
partitions, all the toilets, are on the perimeter so that you really could go in, you could
take out everything on a floor and rebuild the library. We also have increased
loading capacity within the library. It exceeds what was required for the standard
building code, and the computer facility next door has the same loading capacity so
you could move either the library into that building or perhaps the computer facility
into the library sometime in the future. Think about that.
The other aspect is the very flexible lighting system and a very flexible air
distribution system that will allow changes to occur on the floor of the library and, of
course, we have extensive conduit in the library that will allow computers to be wired
in to various areas of the floors of the building. But I think the real importance for the
building complex, at least for me, lies in the kind of campus planning issues that we
resolved as we were doing the project. The program that was originally conceived by
Mr. Gary Koepke and executed by Mr. John Carlson envisioned a new center for the
campus created by a large number of students from a couple of different programs
that could come together. Although it was controversial at the time, I think the idea
was enthusiastically endorsed and supported by Vice President Bryan and by then
President Marston. I think that without those two gentlemen, we again would have
been in some trouble on campus.
The building complex consists of the Marston Science Library, as you know, as well
as the computer facility. Because the funding from the legislature was split between
two legislative sessions, we were asked to design a two part building which would end
up looking like a single facility and I think we succeeded in that. The building itself
acts as a gateway to each side of campus from the other and it really formalizes the
campus plan that was known as "the banana plan" for many years by uniting the
Plaza of the Americas and the mall to the southwest through the atrium complex. The
atrium space between the library and the computer facility was designed to serve not
only as this gateway and primary entry to the library but also as the connector
between the funding allocations from the legislature.
When the design team first walked the site, it was apparent from the activity on the
Turlington Hall plaza that the library area should be passive and quiet and separated
from the activity that takes place to the north. I think this was accomplished
relatively well through the planting that we have out there and the seating areas
which are somewhat unique on campus. Indeed, when we first began working on
campus back in 1976 with the Norman Hall addition, the University did not want us
to provide outdoor seating spaces, so I think in the ten years from 1976 to 1986 you can
see a very nice transition toward concern for the student on campus.
Because the complex was to be the largest building on campus at that time, other than
the health center, care was taken to reduce the visual impact of the building. The
library is the same height as Turlington Hall, and I think harmonizes well with that
building through picking up some of the architectural details that occur in
Turlington Hall. We brought some of the banding and some of the heights into this
building. I think, additionally, the library relates to some of the other buildings
around it in terms of the way it steps down to the street level so that along the street
level as you walk into the plaza between the two buildings, the library and Turlington
Hall, it begins to lower the scale on your approach into that.
I think in retrospect we met most of the goals of the program and I think that both the
computer facility and the science library fulfill their intended uses; but they also
contribute to and really enhance the academic environment on the campus. That
was one of the things that was not really in the program but one of the items that we felt
strongly about as we began our design. On behalf of VOA Associates, I'd like to
thank everybody in the University community for allowing us to participate in the
design of this building and I'd like to thank President Marston for his support during
the process. Without his support, the building certainly would not have taken shape.
Ms. Drum: Thank you, Cal.
Now it is my privilege to introduce Dr. Robert Q. Marston in whose honor the science
library is being dedicated today. Dr. Marston completed his medical studies at the
Medical College of Virginia. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes
Scholar. He eventually went to the National Institutes of Health, first as its Associate
Director and then as its Director. He left the National Institutes of Health in 1973.
After an interim year as Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Virginia, and as
a distinguished fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Marston was
appointed as the seventh President of the University of Florida.
In spite of a fledgling economy at the beginning of his tenure, he led the University
through a period of significantly increased private funding and development.
Among his chief accomplishments was the establishment of a non-profit corporation,
the J. Hillis Miller Health Center's teaching hospital, to ensure the future of Shands
Hospital. Endowed professorships and teaching and research chairs for
distinguished scholars increased almost tenfold while he was President. He also
directed a highly successful drive to attract National Merit and Achievement
Scholars to the University of Florida.
After retiring as President in 1984, Dr. Marston was named an Eminent Scholar at
Virginia Military Institute. Later he was appointed to the governing board, the Board
of Visitors. Dr. Marston returned to the University of Florida faculty in 1985. He
worked with graduate students, conducted research and presented papers for the
Department of Medicine and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Currently, he is active with the National Association of State Universities and Land
Grant Colleges, and the Robert Wood Johnson and Kellogg foundations. Dr.
Marston serves on several corporate boards as well. He has been chairman of the
Safety Advisory Board for Three Mile Island, a member of the Johnson & Johnson
board, chairman of its Sciences and Technology Committee, and a board member of
two Miami based corporations. Dr. Marston and his wife Ann live on a farm in
Alachua where they raise fish commercially.
It's been said several times and I'm going to say it again that the library is extremely
grateful to him for the enormous contribution he made toward getting the science
library funded. Dr. Marston.
Dr. Marston: Thank you, Carol.
Presidents are blamed for a lot of things that aren't their fault. But, on the other side,
they get much undeserved credit, and today is one of the examples of the latter. I spell
out in the printed program some of the people who played a major role in getting this
entire complex, and I'll say a few more things about that this afternoon. For this
audience, let me say that Marty Cummings did his best, when we worked together at
NIH, to help me understand a little bit about libraries essentially, especially research
libraries. But it was really Gus Harrer when I came to UF who insisted that I come
over and talk to him with some frequency and at least listen to his articulation of the
needs on this campus for additional libraries. Sometimes it sounded as if those
needs were a bottomless pit, but I assume that will continue in the future, too.
Libraries have had a greater impact on my life than even I probably realized until I
thought about this event. But I went to college from a small rural town with
deficiencies in my education in high school. I went to a military school where, under
the best of conditions, it's not easy to study under barracks-like conditions.
Fortunately my brother was three years ahead of me and he said, "the thing for you to
do if you plan to stay in VMI is to go to the library and study every night." And so for a
year I went to the library and studied and sometimes I got bored with studying and I
would browse the books and read books that I otherwise wouldn't have read. I think
without that experience, and without the discipline of studying in a library night after
night, that whatever academic success that I've had since then would not have
I know a little bit about this library, and I look to the back of the room at the graduate
student whom I work with most closely and he tells me that it is a good library and
that it is a good place to work and all of the faculty members that I work with give this
same assessment of the library. So I assure you it is a good working library.
The main thing that I have to do is to introduce an old friend. Marty Cummings was
the director of the National Library of Medicine from 1964 to 1984. These were the
most important two decades in the one hundred and fifty year history of the most
important biomedical library the world has ever known. Because of the explosive
growth in biomedical research and the availability of relatively generous public
funds for the support of that research, the National Library of Medicine was favored
among libraries. It was Dr. Cummings, however, and his staff who used these
resources and captured opportunities to modernize library operations, invent new
computer-assisted organization and distribution systems, and to make cooperative
regional, national, and international arrangements which have dramatically and
permanently changed the nature of libraries everywhere. Thus, he was the obvious
and, indeed, the only candidate the staff recommended as the keynote speaker today.
Before he became a library administrator, Marty was a physician and a medical
scientist. After his B.S. at Bucknell, and M.D. at Duke, he became a faculty member
in medicine at Emory, chairman of microbiology at Oklahoma, and Director of the
Research Services at the Veterans' Administration central office. His field was
infectious diseases, his specialty syphillis and tuberculosis. He has published papers
and books on these subjects. He held several positions at NIH in the early '60s, none
more important than when he was Director of International Research because then he
asked me to chair the International Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee in 1961 and
we have been friends ever since.
The world has recognized his contributions with honorary degrees, election to the
highest professional organizations, including the Institute of Medicine of the
National Academy of Sciences, and many, many awards such as the Rockefeller
Public Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award of HEW.
During my years as Director of the National Institutes of Health, Marty was a key
member of my immediate staff. I watched with admiration and respect his close
working relations with the U. S. Congress on the one hand and his responsiveness to
the needs of scientists and others in the health field on the other. He continues to work
with the Council on Library Resources. He continues to publish one book a few
years ago on the economics of research libraries and just three weeks ago, I believe,
a book that he edited on the influence of change for research libraries came out.
He is an accomplished fisherman, once having been a commercial fisherman with
his wife as his mate. After six months, Arlene decided that that was not the life that
they wanted to lead the rest of the time. He already had Florida ties, with two sons
who graduated from FSU, but his Florida ties have recently become stronger with the
purchase of a second home on Longboat Key.
Ann and I are delighted to have Marty and Arlene with us on this splendid day. He
will speak on "The Science Library of the Future." Marty Cummings.
Dr. Cummings: Thank you for that warm welcome. I think it is clear from what has
been said already that no other building on this campus is more appropriately named
than the central science library. Bob Marston has been and continues to be a scholar,
particularly in the field of science, but also in other broader fields, and I feel that the
dedication naming this building in his honor is an exquisitely correct move!
My real purpose in addressing you today is twofold: first, to honor an old friend and
former colleague; and second, to forecast how the research library in the near future
might provide its services to scholars, students, scientists, and educators. My first
task is the easier of the two because I have been privileged to observe Bob Marston's
contributions to academic programs for more than a quarter of a century.
As he noted, we met in 1961, while I was serving as Chief of the Office of International
Research at the National Institutes of Health and realized that we needed someone
who understood scholarship at the international level to chair an important
organizational group which was sponsoring support for postgraduate studies in the
United States and abroad. A young dean of the University of Mississippi was brought
to my attention and this led to Bob's appointment to chair this group. I can tell you that
his background and experience as a Rhodes Scholar and a Markle Scholar and his
broad interest turned this operation into a most successful one which has continued
for three decades.
Subsequently, I was privileged to observe his capacities for planning and leadership
as he served as Chief of the Division of Regional Medical Programs, then as
Administrator of the Health Services and Mental Health Administration, and,
finally, in what I believe to be the most important position in American medicine, as
Director of the National Institutes of Health. Particularly, I recall that on most
occasions when his support for medical libraries was sought, he responded
affirmatively. The creation of a national network of regional medical libraries was
greatly facilitated by his real understanding of how improved access to libraries
could assist people concerned with medical research, with medical education, and
even with patient care. Also, I know how he loved the ambience and historical
collections of the great library because, as Director of the NIH, he often brought his
distinguished visitors to the National Library of Medicine, where he revealed his
feeling that nothing was more precious or inspiring than a library which allowed the
absorption of knowledge. And I remember very clearly Bob's farewell address at
NIH, when he had many accomplishments to recount and recall, when he referred to
the National Library of Medicine as the brightest jewel in the NIH crown. And if
there was ever any equivocation about my warmth and friendship for this
gentleman, it was dissipated at that moment. Thus I hope you can sense that it is
truly a genuine pleasure for me to be here on this occasion when this beautiful,
functional, well-designed library is named in his honor. Also, it is a privilege for
me to be invited to make some remarks in this marvelous setting about the changing
role of the research library in the future. In doing this, one needs to look back, even if
only for a brief moment.
I am reminded of a book that was published at the first centennial of American
medicine in 1876. It contained only five articles, which covered all of the advances of
the past one hundred years. Dr. E. H. Clarke started with this story: "When
Boerhaave, the most accomplished and celebrated physician of the 18th century, died,
he left behind an elegant volume, the title page of which declared that it contained all
the secrets of medicine. On opening the volume, every page, except one, was blank.
On that one was written, 'keep the head cool, the feet warm, and the bowels open.'"
Today more than 300,000 new medical articles are published annually in
approximately 20,000 medical journals. Nearly 17,000 new medical book titles are
added to the collection of the National Library of Medicine each year. There are
approximately 100,000 scientific journals published at this time.
As science has progressed in the generation of new knowledge, science libraries
have labored to keep pace with this massive growth of new literature. It is easy to
forget that new technologies have stimulated profound changes in the performance of
libraries for more than a century. For example, the typewriter converted illegible
catalog cards into more readable, useful guides to access collections. The telephone
connected remote users to providers of library services, and the automobile, bus, or
van brought library collections to rural communities. As a child in the small town of
Berlin, New Jersey, I recall vividly the bimonthly visit of the library bus, which
brought the National Geographic and Popular Mechanics to my brothers and me, who
consumed them from cover to cover. This was a very limited venue for discovery, but
it served to whet my appetite for libraries forevermore. Libraries continue to serve as
an environment for study and discovery but they have changed from passive
repositories of books and journals to active information centers. This has been
accomplished largely through the application of new computer and
telecommunications technologies. Thus I think it is most interesting that this entire
new complex brings together the conventional or traditional library resource with
modern computer facilities which are housed in the building in which we now meet.
I recognize, of course, that it would be foolhardy for me to attempt accurate predictions
about the precise role which new information technologies will play in library
operations beyond the turn of this century. Advances in communications and
information technologies have proceeded more rapidly than nearly any other field of
technology. The innovations in computer, audio, and video communications, optical
scanning, and film and facsimile transmission have made it possible to handle
information in ways that were not possible before.
Information systems based on new computer and telecommunications technologies
have created massive bibliographic and database services that provide highly
selected information immediately upon demand of the inquirer. Such systems have
revolutionized the organization and delivery of knowledge for scholarly, scientific,
or educational activities throughout the world. Nowhere is this benefit more
noticeable or more influential than in the sciences and particularly, I must say, in
the field of medicine, in which the National Library of Medicine pioneered the
development of MEDLARS and MEDLINE more than twenty-five years ago. Today
these information systems serve biomedical sciences in more than fifty countries
and respond to more than three million queries annually. MEDLINE provides
references and abstracts for the world's biomedical literature published in more than
seventy different languages. Similar sophisticated information systems have been
developed in chemistry, biology, engineering, and several other scientific and
The successful application of these library-based information systems has been
greatly amplified by the creation of large bibliographic utilities such as the Online
Computer Library Center (OCLC) and the Research Libraries Group. In addition,
commercial vendors have amalgamated and improved these systems, selling the
information for significant profit to users or subscribers who have access to
terminals at home or in their offices. The further extension and development of such
commercial services will change significantly the role of libraries as information
providers in the future. I will say more about this a little later.
Whereas the costs of producing and organizing information remain large, massive
amounts of information previously stored in and retrieved from large computer
systems can now be handled by microcomputers at very low cost. In addition to the
continuing decline in the cost of computer storage, we may expect the costs of compact
disks and long-distance communications to fall significantly within the next five
years. Cheaper communications will make it easier to access information systems
in any location. Low-cost compact disk databases will encourage users to have
readily at hand a large store of reference materials. With compression techniques,
one compact disk can store the contents of four or five hundred books or
approximately 250,000 pages of text. Although these numbers are reduced somewhat if
graphs, tables, and photographs are included, one can still expect to have the
equivalent of a modest library on a few compact disks that take up less shelf space
than a large printed dictionary. If this technology dominates the available
information storage methodologies, libraries will need to re-examine their
requirements for space. Space required for new items in the collection may be
reduced, although many major libraries are planning to increase the size of their
collections during the next decade. It is still unclear to me whether space for user
access will be modified significantly; this factor will depend on whether users study
and work in the library, at home, or in their offices. Libraries which are planning to
provide services based on new technologies will need to change the kind of space
available for staff and patron use. Thus I was pleased to hear about the flexibility that
was built into the new science library here, with massive conduits available on each
floor from which electrical extensions can be made to reach into workstations and
Many research libraries your own included have already acquired information
in different formats: microfilm, magnetic tape, floppy disks, and compact disks.
These modalities of information storage and retrieval will require a modification in
the service operation of libraries, particularly if the growth in the number of printed
books and journals continues concurrently. In addition, we see the development of
electronic texts that can be easily transmitted, copied, or reformatted.
We should not expect electronic text to simply duplicate the conventional print
format. For example, some publishers now are considering an electronic version of
the scientific journal in which the contents would be available as individual articles
rather than in the form of a collection of articles that constitute the full printed issue.
One might subscribe, then, to a certain number of pages or selected articles based on
your interest that would be made available electronically upon demand. It would no
longer be necessary to acquire the complete publication in which there were items of
little interest to the reader.
The development of electronic journals, however, creates problems for those who
index and catalog the literature. New methods of citing references and new
procedures for transmitting articles will be required to adapt the information forms
to the existing bibliographic and interlibrary loan networks. With new desktop
technologies, authors will become their own publishers. Commercial publishers may
be required to seek new arrangements to obtain information to sell to libraries. On
the university campus, libraries will need to establish and maintain close
connections with those who generate new knowledge and those who seek access to it.
With improved marketing and distribution mechanisms in desktop publishing, the
current advantage of large-scale publishers may disappear. This event may result
in a revival of the university press, which in recent years has had a difficult time
competing with large commercial publishers.
Many libraries now use electronic mail for internal communication and some have
developed plans to use this system in association with document delivery by way of
telefacsimile transmission. Telefacsimile technology, which provides fast, high-
quality images at relatively low prices, may well replace a large portion of library
lending using the slow mail systems now available. Library workstations will
include telecommunication resources adequate to serve local terminal networks,
data lines, and links to distant bibliographic systems and databases.
All of these developments will require a fairly large one-time capital outlay to
establish the facility and the communication lines required for network operations.
Also, libraries need to be prepared to pay for their fair share of network maintenance
and replacement of obsolete equipment. In addition, they may be required to pay
copyright fees for the extended use of materials previously available only within the
walls of the library. Stanford University has committed itself recently to negotiating
a license fee with the Copyright Clearance Center which will allow its entire faculty
and all of its students to photocopy materials outside the library. Now this is an
experiment which I think every senior university administrator needs to watch with
great care because it is essentially a bold effort to perturb the current truce that exists
between libraries and publishers and I simply commend this to your attention.
The costs of operating research libraries have risen significantly in the past two
decades. The annual operating expenditures of the 119 members of the Association of
Research Libraries now total more than $1.5 billion. Approximately ten percent, or
$150 million, is spent for automation-related activities. These expenditures will
continue to grow with the increase in technological adaptations suitable for library
operations. Currently, the greatest increase in operating costs comes from the
rapidly rising price of books and journals, particularly of scientific books and
journals. These costs have increased at a rate of approximately fifteen percent per
year for more than a decade. In the sciences, the costs of journals have risen more
than in any other field, at the rate of over twenty percent per year for the past five
years. In the future, expenditures for information in new formats may approximate
the funds spent for printed literature. Thus, libraries will require significantly
increased budgetary support. However, the benefits will be enormous in terms of the
number and types of services available and the large number of persons who can be
served. In my view it is only through new technological applications that libraries
have been able to meet the continually rising demand for services. The expansion of
library services to distant users will be particularly cost-effective in relation to the
marginal costs involved.
At the end of this century, in the year 2000, I believe that the research library will
remain the principal repository, preserver, and disseminator of printed materials;
and in addition, it will be a major provider of information in electronic formats.
The library will serve as a gateway to information in changing formats. The
boundaries between existing primary and secondary forms of information will be
blurred. Secondary information sources, which are now largely represented by
printed indexes and abstracting services of published literature, will be available
mainly as computer-based online information services. Special information
resources will be available as compilations of discrete information packages and in
the form of review articles prepared by individuals or groups of experts within highly
However, because printed matter is so compact, portable, and legible, I believe that for
the next decade, the principal source of information will remain books and journals,
supplemented by electronic methods of creating, storing, and reproducing the
material in differing formats. In addition, a large national repository of library
materials preserved on microfilm will be available as a result of the activities
coordinated by the Commission on Preservation and Access. This development
resulted from the recognition that a large percentage of printed materials has become
brittle due to the use of acid paper. As much as one-third of some library collections
has deteriorated seriously. It has been estimated that more than three million titles
need preservation at this time. A massive effort to film this literature before it
literally disappears has been undertaken. Libraries will be able to obtain these
microfilms or hard copies on a cost-recovery basis from this national collection,
which will be aggregated from many libraries undertaking the filming of their own
deteriorated printed books.
The academic science library is unique because it is situated in an environment
where faculties seek to generate new knowledge and students seek to absorb it.
Generation, acquisition, organization, and communication of knowledge for use by
individuals or groups remain the basic functions of the modern university, and I
believe that the library will continue to play a central role in carrying out this
function. In this context, the university librarian will need to become a manager or
administrator of a campus-wide information system which will involve the faculty
and the senior officers of the institution. This administrative function will be
important even for the services which are not provided by the library. Technology-
driven libraries will need technology-oriented staffs to satisfy user needs. Many of
these employees will come from scientific disciplines rather than from library
schools, which have generally failed to provide adequate training in this particular
Historically, our libraries whether university or neighborhood public libraries -
have been designed to provide equitable access to information for all citizens, as
befits a nation that depends upon an informed citizenry for successful democratic
government. Most library facilities and services have been provided free or at a
minimum cost, so that economic status has not been a major factor in determining
how much one could learn from browsing the contents of a library. We may expect
fundamental changes in how we seek information due to the changing access and
availability of information through new information systems. There is clear
evidence of a marked increase in the use of the several thousand databases currently
available through computerized networks. However, this trend may be arrested or
reversed because of the domination of these information services by large
commercial organizations, which may lead to rising costs that will prohibit equal
access by all. We need particularly to be concerned with the rapid takeover of the
American publishing industry by large foreign conglomerates. Foreign publishers
hold an increasing number of copyrights of American scientific societies. We need
to protect the individual's right to easy, if not free, access to information which
relates to health, safety, education, and the environment. I am no longer convinced
of our government's willingness to make such information available through its
federal programs. For the past decade, information generated with tax funds has
been handed over to the private sector for resale to taxpayers who paid to generate it
originally. To continue this policy can only lead to a diminution in individual
freedom and intellectual growth, while the benefits of research and scholarship are
restricted by commercial controls. When users are required to pay for access to
literature based on the number of characters transmitted over communications links
and when libraries are no longer able to afford to subscribe to important publications,
serendipitous discovery through study and browsing will be inhibited and the
environment for discovery will be adversely affected.
Although new technologies will change the manner in which libraries will provide
services, it is imperative in my view that the policies governing library services
continue to be based on the principle of equitable access to information. The
understanding and application of scientific knowledge to improve public policy and
national productivity require equal access by those persons who may be affected by its
use. Thus it is a matter of great importance that our government protect the rights of
every citizen to have access to knowledge without regard to an individual's ability to
pay. In recent years there has been a deliberate plan to privatize many of the
government's own information services. This movement to restrict the free flow of
information has begun under the guise of national security needs, commercial trade
secrets, and copyright protection. Whereas there may be legitimate concerns about
each of these reasons for constraint, in the aggregate they can only lead to a serious
threat of lack of freedom to know what government or industry is doing, which may
not be in society's best interest.
In addition, Shattuck and Spence at Harvard recently described how restraints on the
flow of scientific and technical information have weakened the U. S. economy. A
National Academy of Sciences report in 1987 indicated that every year controls on the
export of information and selected technical products cost the U. S. economy about
188,000 jobs and $9 billion in exports.
According to the Coalition on Government Information, significant public
information is increasingly being distributed electronically through public and
commercial database services without public debate regarding citizen access rights
to this government information. Major electronic information systems being
developed are concentrated in business and regulatory areas which have large
commercial markets. The government's electronic dissemination efforts are more
limited in the fields of great public importance such as health, education, and
welfare, where electronic databases may not be profitable. Thus, despite the massive
trend toward computerizing government information, federal information policy
has failed to assure the public's right to access these electronic databases. Surely they
should be made available to the nation's depository libraries at the same time they are
given to commercial vendors. A waiver of fees should be considered for nonprofit
institutions such as colleges and universities, where the information is needed for
research and teaching.
A major consequence of the commercialization of information resources will be the
creation of "information-rich" and "information-poor" sectors of society. If only
those who can afford to pay for information can receive it, our entire educational
apparatus, which is based on democratic sharing of knowledge, is seriously
threatened. Unconstrained or easy access to information leads to discovery and new
knowledge as a public good, whereas control of information leads to stultifying or
damaging power. If for no other reason, libraries such as the one that will be
dedicated today must remain as a major societal mechanism to provide easy and
equitable access to the world's accumulation of knowledge.
All of us assembled here today, as well as future generations of students and
scholars, will be indebted to Dr. Bob Marston, Dr. Bob Bryan, Gus Harrer, Max
Willocks, and others for their inspiration, for their planning, and for preparing the
specifications and programs which have led to the highly successful architectural
design and construction we now observe. The University of Florida has added a
valuable and exceptional resource for those committed to learn and seek knowledge.
Ms. Drum: I'd like to thank you all for coming today and remind you that at two
o'clock this afternoon will be a formal dedication of the building. There has been a
slight change because of the rain yesterday. We decided that we would not take a
chance on it raining today and it will be held in this room instead of outside on the
The Dedication Ceremony
March 3,1989 at two o'clock
President Criser: We welcome you here this afternoon for a very important event in
the history of this University. At this time I will call on the Reverend Dr. Robert D.
Marston, Rector of Saint Thomas Church in Orange, Virginia, and son of President
Emeritus and Mrs. Marston, who will give the invocation.
Reverend Dr. Marston: Let us pray.
Almighty and eternal God, from whom cometh all wisdom and knowledge, we
recognize today a man who has invested a great deal of himself in education and
learning, personally and professionally, particularly in relationship to this great
University. Graciously bestow thy blessing upon this library, the Robert Q. Marston
Science Library, that all who have helped to bring this place of learning into being
and all those who will work and study within its walls may find their minds
enlightened and their spirits refreshed. Amen.
President Criser: Dr. and Mrs. Marston, Commissioner Conner, Representative
Flagg, Dr. Nirenberg, our many honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is with
great pleasure that I welcome you to this occasion when we dedicate and name the
central science library in honor of Robert Q. Marston, seventh President of the
University of Florida. In addition to those who are part of the program, we have
several special guests in the audience including some of our local officials. I'd like
to have the members of the City Commission, County Commission, the School Board,
and the county constitutional officers please stand so that we may recognize you.
Since we are honoring one former President, it is a pleasure to recognize two others -
I think it is always important to remember how important it is to recognize past
Presidents at this time, the fifth President of the University, Dr. J. Wayne Reitz,
and sixth President of the University, Stephen C. O'Connell. We have with us a
former State Representative, former Speaker of the Florida House and former
Commissioner of Education who also has a great building on this campus named in
his honor, Ralph Turlington. Ralph, welcome back. We have two past Chancellors
of the State University System who reside in Gainesville and of whom we have the
benefit in continuing service to this University, E. T. York and Bob Mautz. Are
either E. T. or Bob here today? Mrs. York is here; we welcome you and give our best to
E. T., and we will convey best wishes to Bob Mautz. Bob Marston is an alumnus of the
Virginia Military Institute. He serves on its Board of Visitors and here representing
the Virginia Military Institute is Robert Foster, a member of its Board of Visitors, a
resident of Tampa. Mr. Foster, will you stand? And from this morning's program,
the former Director of the National Library of Medicine, a fellow of the Council for
Library Resources, Dr. Martin Cummings. Dr. Cummings, will you be recognized?
One of Bob and Ann Marston's sons is on the stage and gave the invocation. Their
son Wes who has been educated as a Gator and is now in our Law School is also here.
So I ask Wes and his wife Joanie, and if Adele their daughter is with them, will they
please stand and be recognized. Adele is not here; she is about age 2, 3, 4 time does
go by. She is prepping in her academic work so she will be admitted to the University
of Florida at an early age. We regret that the Marston's daughter Anne Peace could
not be with us here today.
Now to introduce our speaker for the dedicatory address will be Dr. Robert A. Bryan,
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Bob Bryan will become Interim
President of the University of Florida on April 1. Provost Bryan.
Provost Bryan: Thank you, Mr. President.
Ladies and gentlemen. It seems appropriate to have one of the University's most
noted graduates return to speak at the dedication of a science library in honor of one
of the University's most noted Presidents. Our speaker for the dedicatory address is
Dr. Marshall Nirenberg, University of Florida alumnus and Nobel Laureate. As a
student at the University, Dr. Nirenberg earned his bachelor's degree in zoology and
chemistry and his master's degree in zoology. He also worked on this campus as a
teaching assistant and as a research assistant. From here he went to the University
of Michigan where he was a teaching and research fellow while earning his
doctorate. In 1957, Dr. Nirenberg began working at the National Institutes of Health
as a postdoctoral fellow. He is still with NIH as a research biochemist and Chief of
the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics. Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Nirenberg led a
team of scientists at NIH that deciphered key elements leading to an understanding
of the genetic code. Dr. Nirenberg broke the genetic code, deciphering how nature
uses the order of DNA bases to produce proteins that carry out various functions and
orders in the body. This breaking of the scientific code is considered by many to be
NIH's greatest single scientific achievement. Dr. Nirenberg's research earned him
a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1968 and, as luck would have it, Dr. Marston was the
Associate Director of NIH when this University of Florida alumnus received the
Nobel Prize. Within a year, Dr. Marston was the Director of NIH and Dr. Nirenberg
had received his third degree from the University of Florida, an honorary doctorate
of science. Dr. Nirenberg's achievements have opened the door to a whole new
environment for discovery, allowing for more intimate explorations of the nature of
man and disease. It is with great pleasure, therefore, ladies and gentlemen, that I
present to you Dr. Marshall Nirenberg.
Dr. Nirenberg: Thank you very much. I've been looking forward to this occasion
because by dedicating the Marston Science Library we honor Bob Marston whom I
greatly admire and because being here evokes many happy memories of the years
that I spent on this campus. It is also a great pleasure for me to be able to see Dr. Lewis
Berner, who was my mentor for the master's degree here, in the audience and Dr.
George Davis who introduced me to biochemistry.
Now, a library means different things to different people. I view a science library
first and foremost as a place where the leading edge of science can be followed. Each
day journals with new information arrive in the library and they are read avidly by
investigators. This is the primary way that we have of keeping up with the field and
continuing to learn about the new developments in the field. The library is also a
repository of knowledge and it obviously is essential for all investigators to look up
all the past knowledge on a particular subject. As a molecular biologist, I also think
of libraries as collections of DNA, pieces of DNA, fragments of DNA, that are
inserted into viruses that are able to replicate in cells. The advances that have been
made in the field of molecular genetics are really extraordinary and new
information is being obtained at an ever increasing pace. At the present time, most
of the new information that is coming out of the field of molecular biology relates to
the question of retrieval of information how are some genes turned on selectively
and others turned off in the mammalian cells and other cells from higher
organisms. Out of this ferment, the genetic programs for embryonic differentiation
will ultimately emerge. The basic strategy seems quite clear already that is, some
genes code for proteins that bind to specific nuclear-type sequences in DNA and
thereby activate or inhibit the rate of initiation of messenger RNA synthesis. Most
mammalian genes that have been investigated are regulated by combinatorial sets of
proteins that frequently, but not always, bind to different sites on DNA. A large
project which has already begun is the sequencing of the human genome. The
human genome contains about three billion base pairs which is approximately the
number of characters in about seven thousand volumes of the Encyclopedia
Britannica. Almost every cell in the body contains a complete set of information, but
only about two percent of this information codes for protein. The human genome
probably contains 40,000 genes an upper limit might be 100,000 genes. The precise
number is not known. Each gene contains the information for the synthesis of one
kind of protein or, in most cases, for a small set of proteins that are structurally
related. Each protein molecule is a machine or part of a machine that has been
selected during evolution and honed for a particular task. Most proteins function as
catalysts for specific reactions that are required by cells. The commercial use of
recombinant DNA technology is really in its infancy, but most informed people
would agree that the potential for growth is great. I had no doubt whatsoever that the
information encoded in genetic libraries eventually will be of enormous value to
man and it will be used in many ways. At the present time we are able to read genetic
texts and we are able to browse in genetic libraries, but thus far only a very small
fraction of the texts available have been read. The point that I have been leading up to
is that an enormous number of species of plants and animals that live in the rain
forests of Central and South America, the Amazon and in other tropical places
throughout the world will soon become extinct due to wholesale destruction of the
ecosystems by logging and attempts to develop the land for agricultural purposes.
The biological diversity that exists in the undeveloped rain forests and tropical
jungles is tremendously valuable to man. The information that currently resides in
thousands and thousands of different kinds of genetic libraries will be irretrievably
destroyed in perhaps twenty years unless governments set at least a portion of the
land aside and preserve it in the undeveloped state. As Otto Gottlieb of Brazil has
said, the loss of the information that resulted from the burning of the library in
Alexandria is small in comparison to the loss of information in genetic libraries
that will soon be lost due to exploitation of tropical lands by man without concomitant
conservation of the natural ecosystems.
We have gathered here to dedicate the Marston Science Library. I hope that Bob
Marston will forgive me if I tell a true story that happened during the time that he was
the Director of the NIH. As you know, the Director of the NIH plays a tremendously
important role in formulation of policy in biomedical research. He is involved in a
great many issues and he also works very closely with Congress on the budget for
biomedical research. Most of the budget for the NIH is distributed to investigators
throughout the United States through the various grant programs. Now I met Bob
Marston and came to know him while he was Director of the National Institutes of
Health, but I only understood his basic nature when he was placed in a situation that
required him to make decisions that would have profound future consequences. He
was told by the President of the United States to markedly reduce the amount of money
that he requested from Congress for biomedical research. To whom does one owe
allegiance in a situation such as this to the President? to Congress who asks for
your advice on the budget for biomedical research? to the scientific community? Our
government is based on separation of power. The Constitution of the United States
gives Congress the responsibility to propose legislation and to appropriate money.
And the President is empowered to accept or veto the proposals. Instead of requesting
a markedly reduced amount of money for research, he requested an amount that
would not be disruptive to ongoing research. This must have taken a great deal of
personal courage because he was immediately fired and given two weeks to vacate
the small house on the NIH campus that he and his family occupied. Everyone there
realized that he had given Congress completely honest advice on the budget without
distortion and for that reason he was fired. I well remember a meeting he scheduled
a few days before he left the NIH to tell the people goodbye. The largest auditorium
there was absolutely packed with people. There was no standing room available and
there was an equal number of people trying to get into the room and there was no room
to get into this auditorium. Everyone stopped their experiments to come to this
meeting to express their appreciation and support for Bob Marston. In fact, I had
never seen such a spontaneous enthusiasm and outpouring of affection in my entire
life. Bob Marston, by his selfless actions on behalf of the scientific community, had
become a hero to all of us. And so this ceremony to dedicate the Marston Science
Library has very special significance for me. I view it as a celebration to honor Bob
Marston and I have the greatest respect, regard and affection for him. I know of no
one who deserves more to be honored than he. Thank you very much.
President Criser: Thank you, Dr. Nirenberg. Your being here is much appreciated.
You have been a close friend and associate of Bob's over many years and we are
delighted that you could be with us here today.
We will now formally dedicate and officially name the Marston Science Library.
Because the President of the Board of Regents Joan Ruffler is sick and unable to be
here today, we have parted from your printed program. To dedicate the Marston
Science Library is the Honorable Doyle Conner, Commissioner of Agriculture for the
State of Florida. Commissioner Conner is a graduate of this University. In his
sophomore year, the same year he was old enough to vote, he was first elected to the
Florida House of Representatives. At the age of 28, he became the youngest Speaker of
the House in Florida history. Since 1961 he has been Commissioner of Agriculture.
In that position, he is also a member of the Governor's Cabinet and a member of the
State Board of Education. To dedicate and name the Marston Science Library is the
Honorable Doyle Conner.
Mr. Conner: Thank you very much, President Criser. Former President Marston
and your delightful family, past Presidents who have already been honored with
appropriate buildings we just left the Reitz Union and the O'Connell building is the
one with all the air in it not too far from there. The way they name these buildings,
they put the buildings in a hat after the appropriation is made. Until a President has a
building named for him, he's not really sure whether it is going to be a student union
or some fine science library. We have requested some new hen houses at the poultry
department. Criser knows those names will go in the hat for the poultry department
and all I can say, Mr. President, is "lots of luck."
I think the thing that thrills me almost as much as participating in a ceremony
honoring my friend Dr. Marston is to see a cover of a program designed by Bob
Bryan. I don't get many calls from Bob but when I do get a call, I know it's urgent.
He called me after midnight the other night and he said, "Don't you own some
bulldozers?" and I said, "yes." He said, "Come and bring some operators. We need
to move some art around here on our campus."
Also it's good to see one of the great statesmen of our time, Ralph Turlington. This is
what he told me when we served as freshmen in the Florida legislature some time
ago. Representative Flagg, you do indeed have some large shoes to fill.
It is a privilege to formally dedicate this facility to a great man, a great scientist. It is
appropriate that we have on this campus the Marston Science Library of the
University of Florida. We honor him for what he has done, not only for the
University of Florida and our people in this state, but also for his contributions to
mankind. I could not be more serious when I say that he is one of the great
contributors and yet lives among us as a neighbor and a friend and we are happy to
call Bob Marston just that, along with his delightful family that you have already
met. Our University is a great resource; this facility here is a great resource for our
people, so it is most appropriate that the name Bob Marston be placed upon this facility.
His leadership was known in Mississippi when he was there; he made his
contribution at the National Institutes of Health; and then we learned to know him
better as our President here at the University of Florida. I happen to know some of the
private and public boards on which he serves. He serves there with a great deal of
distinction. This is a science library and Bob is a man of science so it is appropriate
that it bear his name. This is located here on the heart of the campus and as we, not
only students but also those of us who happily return to this institution, pass by, we
will remember that we too knew of his great works, the academic excellence that he
has required for this University during his administration. For the Marston
Library to join with this computer science engineering building, it is appropriate. So
on behalf of the State of Florida and the State Board of Education and with legislative
approval, it is with great honor and pleasure that I dedicate and name the Robert Q.
Marston Science Library for the purposes for which it was intended and to honor the
seventh President of the University of Florida.
President Criser: Thank you, Commissioner. It is very appropriate that you make
the dedication today. There is a building in the vicinity of this campus named for
you already and I would like to say to you that I would be honored to have my name on
a hen house at this University. I would impose only one restriction and that is that if
Bob Bryan is still the Interim President that he not pick the committee that will select
the artwork that goes there. You know if I can depart a minute from the program -
walking over here we were talking about how healthy this is. We argue about politics
all the time; we argue about whether or not John Tower should be confirmed as
Secretary of Defense; and Lord knows everybody in this state knows who the football
coach should be at the University of Florida and has a different view; so why
shouldn't we argue about art? That's good. It's healthy. It shows that we are thinking
about something and this is a healthy exercise. I hope we all keep it in that context.
Or, if we don't keep it in that context, I hope we wait until after April 1.
Now, to accept the Marston Science Library for the State of Florida is the Honorable
David Flagg, a member of the House of Representatives. David also is a graduate of
this University. He is a former Commissioner and Mayor of the City of Gainesville
and was elected last year to represent this area of the state in Tallahassee. Before I
introduce David, I would like to comment on the fact that another great friend of this
University who currently serves in the Florida House, the honorable Sid Martin of
Hawthorne, is unable to be here today. As we all know, Sid has been in the hospital
since December; he is seriously ill. We all hope that he regains his health and
returns to his position in Florida's governmental leadership. We all need to keep
Sid in our thoughts and prayers as he goes through this difficult time. Senator George
Kirkpatrick is also unable to be here today. We would hope that he could have joined
us but other responsibilities of his office precluded that. But now representing the
State Legislature and the state government, I introduce the Honorable David Flagg to
accept the Marston Science Library for the State of Florida. David.
Mr. Flagg: Mr. Conner, President Criser, Dr. Marston, Provost Bryan, Dr.
Nirenberg, and honored guests, ladies and gentlemen. I hope you will indulge me if
I may at this time ask Ralph Turlington and Bill Andrews to come forward and join
me at the podium. These two gentlemen along with Jon Mills are the ones from whom
I inherited the legislative seat I now hold and I certainly need all the assistance and
leadership that I can get. I think it highly appropriate with what these two gentlemen
have given to the State of Florida and the University of Florida that they stand here
with me symbolizing this unanimous acceptance. And to Provost Bryan, if you need
any further controversy, I have some I can share with you.
Ladies and gentlemen, it does give me great pleasure and, on behalf of the State of
Florida, it is my privilege as a member of the Florida House of Representatives to
accept the Marston Science Library for the citizens of the state. Here are housed
resources for our students studying in the areas of liberal arts, sciences,
engineering, and agriculture. As these students are enriched by their knowledge
and research, so too the citizens of this state will be enriched by those educated men
and women. This facility is also a tribute to Robert Q. Marston in recognition of his
many contributions to the University, the State of Florida, this nation, science and
medicine. With the kind of enthusiasm and optimism that has always characterized
Bob Marston, we accept this building for the State of Florida. God bless you, sir.
President Criser: As President of the University of Florida, it is my honor and
privilege to accept the Robert Q. Marston Science Library for the University. Be
assured of our dedication to using this facility to enhance the quality of education,
particularly in the sciences. The library is the heart of a university and we accept
this building with heartfelt appreciation for the man for whom the building is named.
I'd like to also recognize here today special guests who returned to our campus.
Harold and Mary Jean Hansen served this University so well for so many years.
Harold now is director of the science and technology committee of the United States
House of Representatives. It is always an honor and a privilege to have the two of you
back in Gainesville. Thank you for being here.
Now to accept the building on behalf of the faculty is Dale Canelas, Director of
University Libraries. Mrs. Canelas has been a member of our faculty since 1985
when she came here from Stanford University. It is her faculty and staff that will
oversee this facility to better serve our students and our faculty. Dale, would you
Mrs. Canelas: On behalf of the faculty and staff of the University of Florida
Libraries, I enthusiastically accept the Marston Science Library. The University of
Florida's stature in the sciences is based on the work of many scholars who comprise
the faculty, research staff and graduate student body as well as the education they
provide to undergraduate students. Good facilities can go a long way toward aiding
good research and effective educational programs, but more important is the
intellectual environment which nourishes academic achievement and here the
library has a special part to play. As the University of Florida scientists create new
knowledge and educate new generations of students in this constantly expanding
universe, the library contributes to the scholarly process by identifying, collecting
and making available the results of learning relevant to the University of Florida's
academic program. A library building is intended, of course, to contain the
collections that provide intellectual support to the academic program. To celebrate
this happy occasion for the University, I am particularly pleased to announce that
Mr. Ted Crom has made the University of Florida Libraries a bequest of his two
thousand volume collection of horological, technical, and tool books. This
fascinating collection documents that period in western culture when conversion
from hand to machine production took place. Containing many works on early
machine age tools certainly a historical period when the environment for science
was rich and rapidly growing this extraordinary collection will serve the needs of
University of Florida scholars in the history of science for generations to come. It is
a particularly welcome part of our celebration.
We are pleased to have this wonderful facility named in honor of the University's
seventh president. With the Marston Science Library we are better able to support the
programs undertaken by students and faculty in the sciences. The library will serve
as a visible symbol of Bob Marston's dedication to students, science and the academic
excellence of this institution for generations to come. On behalf of the faculty and
staff of the University Libraries, we accept the Marston Science Library with a
commitment to reach a high level of excellence in providing library services in
support of the University's mission.
President Criser: Thank you, Dale.
With careful consideration a student has been chosen as the last to formally accept
the Marston Science Library because our students are the ultimate beneficiaries of
this facility. While this building was constructed out of student need, the truth is that
the building would not have been built without student approved funding. To accept
the building for the students is the new President of the Student Body, Ed Scales from
Lakeland. Ed is a former student member of the Board of Regents. He is a graduate
of the College of Journalism and is now a student in the College of Law. As I call on
President Scales, I would remind him that when he was appointed student regent, a
kindly president on this campus made available to him an office next to his, provided
secretarial services, provided his telephone, his Xerox, his fax machine, his public
information and relations facilities and did all of those things for him. I would hope
at some time in the future, if there were somebody that did not have any of those
facilities available, he would act as kindly. The Honorable Edwin Scales.
Mr. Scales: Thank you, Mr. President, and to secure your needs in the future, be
assured that we will fight as hard as we can to keep tuition low so that your
grandchildren can be guaranteed access to our state university.
As a law student here at the University of Florida, I must admit that I am a little
uncomfortable around academicians and talking about academics. There is an old
adage that you can tell when a lawyer is lying because his lips are moving. I assure
you that is not the case when I say that on behalf of the students of the University of
Florida, it is with great pleasure and great pride that I accept the Marston Science
Library. This University has been and continues to be blessed with great leadership.
From President Sledd to Marshall Criser, each has made his mark on this campus
and each of the former presidents has been honored in a building or in a major
complex with his name. It is only fitting that Dr. Marston be honored in the same
manner with this outstanding educational facility. Some six years ago my
predecessors here at the University of Florida approved partial funding from the
capital improvement trust fund fee to help fund the central science library and
computer science engineering building. With a little over $11 million from student
fees of student money, students have a monetary as well as educational stake in this
great complex. Therefore it is with great pleasure that I accept the Marston Science
Library on behalf of the students of this great University. It is with great honor that I
participate in this ceremony to name this building in recognition of President
Emeritus Marston and his many contributions and accomplishments -
contributions and accomplishments for this state, this school and, most importantly,
our students. Thank you, Mr. President.
President Criser: Thank you, Ed.
There are many good things to say about Robert Quarles Marston. First is that I
chaired the committee that hired him. A Rhodes Scholar, doctor of medicine and
former Director of the National Institutes of Health, Bob Marston was President of the
University of Florida from 1974 to 1984. Under his leadership, the University
prospered and became one of the ten largest universities in the nation, one of the three
most comprehensive in its academic programs. With significant growth in
educational quality and academic reputation. During his tenure, faculty research
activities increased significantly, paving the way for the University's election to
membership in the Association of American Universities in July 1985. Dr. Marston
has been the prime mover in establishing a research center to promote and foster
University and University-related research programs. His ability to build private
support for a public university increased donations to the University from
approximately three million to thirty million dollars a year. His fundraising efforts
resulted in the establishment of twenty-six eminent scholar chairs and a private
endowment that approached a hundred million dollars. He effectively used public
and private resources to attract outstanding students and have this University
ranked fifth among the nation's public universities in the number of National Merit
and Achievement Scholars enrolled in the freshman class. Since he retired as
President, Bob has taught at Virginia Military Institute, where he now serves on the
governing board; he returned to this campus and is active in the College of Medicine,
in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences where he has conducted research on
fish. He continues to be active with the National Association of State Universities
and Land Grant Colleges, a distinguished organization of which he served as
president. He also works with the Robert Wood Johnson and the Kellogg
foundations. Dr. Marston serves on several corporate boards. He has published, or
has in press, papers on the National Institutes of Health, triploid and tetraploid fish,
the Three Mile Island accident, and presidential science advising. He has also co-
edited the book The Medical Implications of Nuclear War.
When he was President, Bob Marston was often quoted as saying that "this year is the
best year ever." And he said that every year. A great mark of his leadership was that
each year was better than the year before. It is with real pleasure that I introduce the
seventh President of the University of Florida, President Emeritus Robert Q.
Dr. Marston: Thank you very much, Marshall, and thank you also for chairing that
committee that brought Ann and me and the family to our new home of Florida.
Wayne Reitz and Steve O'Connell, you always told me that it was much better to be
President Emeritus than to be President. Today proves that.
First, let me thank each of you for coming. Marshall Nirenberg, Marty Cummings,
Dean Sherman Dean is the wife of my Deputy Director at NIH these represent the
important NIH phase of our lives. I was surprised and pleased that VMI sent an
official representative here and, Bob Foster, I am very pleased to have you here. He
was in the Class of '41 at VMI which was also my brother's class and was one of the
classes, being in a military school, that took a severe toll in the early years of World
War II as they were called out of VMI to enter as newly commissioned officers. I am
very pleased to have you with me and hope that you will thank the people at VMI for
sending you. But, of course, those of you close to the University of Florida are the most
important of all on this day. I am honored by the dedication and naming of the
Marston Science Library. To have this facility named in my honor has a special
meaning for me because it is a library. It is central to the campus, its focus is on the
sciences where I have focused so much of my life. It was funded from a variety of
funding sources and I hope you will read what I say in the printed program in which I
point out the remarkable contribution that the faculty and the students on this campus
made to making these buildings a reality. The library met a need expressed by the
faculty and, as you have heard, was approved by the students approved by the
students, incidentally, after I met twice with the Student Senate and once in an open
forum on the Plaza of the Americas. Without that support we would not be here today.
I am honored by the architecture and order of the building. From the Reitz Union, the
Marston Science Library joins with the Computer Science Engineering Building to
frame the Century Tower, at the base of which is a plaque acknowledging Ann's role
in the decision to purchase the carillons for the tower. The John Henry sculpture has
created enough controversy and I agree with you, Marshall, to know that this campus
is intellectually alive. A University needs and always will have controversy and I
am going to have a discussion with Bob Bryan. I trained him to come from Associate
Vice President to Vice President and we are going to have a little session about that
move from Vice President to President.
One of the controversies of our times revolves around the relation of perception and
reality. Perception is reality, one hears, and there is truth here that people do act as
they believe or as they perceive things to be. Yet ill-founded beliefs cause much of the
serious mischief in the world. From our own witch burnings in Salem to the horrors
of World War II to the irrational act of the Ayatollah Khomeini's call for the murder
of a citizen of another country, we have glaring examples demonstrating that flawed
perception is a poor substitute for reality and truth. Next Thursday, I am giving the
Nuclear Engineering Department seminar on the Three Mile Island accident. The
difference in public perception of the risk-benefit ratio for nuclear versus fossil fuel
energy could hardly be farther removed from reality. The central role of all
libraries is to provide an environment for the development of a better understanding
of the realities of the world around us. For the research library especially, this
means that our concept of reality will change for it is the nature of new knowledge
and new research to correct the errors of past knowledge. The library staff here at the
University of Florida selected the title of a chapter that I wrote some time ago, "The
Environment for Discovery," as the theme for the activities today. In that chapter -
and I speak now especially to Marshall Nirenberg, Marty Cummings, and Dean
Sherman I discuss some of the factors that made NIH the best environment for
biomedical research the world has ever known. Because a similar environment for
discovery exists on this campus and because this science library will enrich that
environment greatly, Ann and I are especially proud that it bears the Marston name.
The list of people to be thanked is too long for recitation, but I talked about Gus Harrer
and his education of Bob Marston and the nature of libraries. Gus, would you raise
your hand in the back to acknowledge the role that you have played? The
accomplishments of the decade I was President could not have taken place without the
strong leadership of the University's Vice Presidents and Deans and the
administrative staff during that time. Three examples are Harold Hansen, John
Nattress, who served as my Executive Vice President, and Bob Bryan, soon to become
the Interim President of the University of Florida. As I say, I have written in your
program of the contributions of others to this building. For Ann and me, the last
fifteen years at the University of Florida have constituted a continuum of a grand
adventure that started with that extended honeymoon for two years at Oxford and has
included opportunities to participate in many of the world's great issues of the times.
In a way, these ceremonies today constitute a capstone, or at least a reflective pause,
along our road of high adventure. We thank you very much.
President Criser: Thank you, Bob.
One of your great accomplishments was helping promote the legislation that
established the Eminent Scholars Program and then raising the funds to establish
twenty-six endowed chairs for Eminent Scholars at this University. Therefore, it is
a great pleasure to announce that funds contributed in your honor by Atlantic
National Bank, now First Union Bank, have been used to complete the Eminent
Scholar chair in English and that the position will now be known as the Marston-
Milbauer Eminent Scholar Chair.
When you were President, you made sure that, because you were a man of science, the
arts were not neglected. Therefore it is appropriate that, on this day that we dedicate
the Marston Science Library, we also announce the Marston-Milbauer Chair in
English. But there is one portion of your presidency that we have neglected. Because
Ann Marston stood at your side or at the side of the podium, she did not always get the
limelight that she deserved. There is no adequate way to thank Ann for the countless
hours she spent in the service of this University. Few people even know of the
influence she has had on this campus entertaining donors and friends of the
University, welcoming new faculty, supporting the arts, recruiting national merit
and achievement scholars. Ann, would you come forward, please? Bob, I think it
would be appropriate at this time if you would come forward and stand at the side of
the podium. It is with great and sincere pleasure, Ann, that I present to you the
University of Florida's Presidential Medallion in recognition of your distinguished
service. Through your ideas and your actions, you have made this a better university
and a better community. We want you to know how much you are appreciated.
Now if everyone will stand while the Reverend Dr. Robert D. Marston gives the
benediction. Following the benediction, you are invited to see the Marston Science
Library and have refreshments which are on the lower level outside the library.
Reverend Dr. Marston.
Reverend Dr. Marston: Let us pray.
Eternal God, who has called us to love thee with all our heart, with all our soul, with
all our mind, grant that this new library located in the center of the University may
be such a place for the gaining of wisdom that minds may be enlightened and that the
University of Florida may become an even greater institution for learning and may
the students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and guests of honor, Robert and Ann
Marston, be forever blessed. Amen.
The Marston Science Library
The Marston Science Library opened in February, 1987, and consolidates library
materials in the agricultural, biological, physical, and earth sciences, engineering,
and mathematics. The library contains over 440,000 volumes of books, periodicals,
and documents, plus microfiche and machine readable data files. There are 25
miles of shelving, and seats for 1300 people.
Staff & Federal State
Offices & Microforms
I I t
The entrance to the library is on
the second level. The
Information Desk provides a
"hub" where library users are
directed to the library
materials, person, or library
area that will fulfill their
information need. This desk is
staffed during most weekday
and evening hours, with
abbreviated weekend hours. To
the left and right of the second
floor Information Desk,
encyclopedias, handbooks, and
so forth are assembled in order
by call number. The
Circulation/Reserve desk is
where all library materials are
Located between the Information and Circulation desks is a bank of terminals which
access the Libraries' online catalog, LUIS. LUIS, which has been operational in the
University of Florida Libraries for about six years and contains over one million
records, provides the key to the Library's collection; almost 100% of our journal titles
and books are reflected in the online catalog. (LUIS terminals are located on each
floor of the library. Dial-in access from home or office is possible also.)
Behind the Information Desk is the collection of federal and state documents,
primarily agricultural in nature and a large collection of technical literature from
the U. S. Department of Energy and NASA, including approximately 750,000
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On the third floor are the
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LC -dl shelved in call number order.
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periodicals includes 5,000
INDEXES current subscriptions in all
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A-Z engineering. The latest issues
LC & of many journals are displayed
Periodicals Dewey on the slanted shelves near the
third floor Information Desk in
Rest Rooms .
Rest Rooms order to facilitate browsing.
Indexing and abstracting services provide access to journal articles by author, title,
or subject. From Applied Science and Technology Index to Zoological Record, these
volumes shelved in the section nearest the elevators provide up-to-date indexing.
The Information Desk provides help with use of indexes or periodicals. Reference
librarians help with print sources or search online or CD-ROM databases.
The Photocopy Center boasts a number of high quality photocopy machines which may
be operated by coin or card. (Copy machines are also located on the first and second
floors of the MSL.)
The fourth floor contains the book
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of Congress classification scheme.
This classification scheme
arranges books in subject
groupings, with related subjects
LC Books nearby, for browsing.
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Fifth Level The fifth floor is reserved for individual quiet study. In addition,
theses and dissertations written by science graduate students at the
University of Florida are shelved here.
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z The first floor houses, in compact
Dewey A shelving, older journals (prior to
Periodica LC 1976) and books classed in the
999 Q K Periodical L 107 Dewey Decimal Classification. On
LC this level also is the Hume
Periodica s Photocopiers Conference Room which has
comfortable seating at tables for 35
MAPS E E to 40 people and equipment used for
0oo lectures and teaching, including a
DATASHOW machine which
allows projection from a computer
MAP on a large screen.
The Map Imagery Library, the best collection in the southeast, is housed on the first
floor. With 360,000 maps, 160,000 aerial photographs and satellite images, a large
collection of atlases, and a unique collection of NASA Kennedy Space Center film
rolls, it is the fifth largest academic map library in the United States.
(Subject to change during term breaks)
8:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m.
The Map Library is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Architects: Vickrey Ovresat/Awsumb Associates, Inc.
Consulting Engineers: Tilden, Lobnitz & Cooper, Inc.
Contractor: Gilbane Building Company
Construction Costs: $9,267,927
Cost per square foot: $82.22
Gross square feet: 112,725
Net square feet: 91,326
Equipment costs: $1,500,000
Linear feet of shelving: 106,331
Seating capacity: Carrels: 648 Tables: 666
Marston Science Library
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