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The University of Florida libraries hold Florida's largest collection of informa-
tion resources. Nine campus libraries, including the George A. Smathers
Libraries, the Health Sciences Center and the Legal Information Center, reflect
the university's increasingly broad research and instruction programs. In nearly
100 years, faculty and librarians have built collections that now total over three
million volumes printed in practically every written language by publishers
throughout the world.
IT'S PERFORMANCE THAT COUNTS
The George A. Smathers Libraries comprise hundreds of specialized collections
in the arts and humanities, physical sciences and social sciences. Its publications
reveal how scholars perceived their world through time. The library retains
books that record the early development of the scientific method in the 17th
and 18th centuries; the pages on which Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote her
novel The Yearling; and the letters and notebooks of Florida's first senator,
David Levy Yulee. The libraries are a triumph of hard and thoughtful work, the
value of which is counted in the hundreds of thousands of students and faculty
who have found what they need on the shelves or via computer.
GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES
We base our performance on the consistent collection, organization and
preservation of information that will be needed in the future. It is an exciting
challenge that is shared not only among librarians and faculty, but also with
the university's donors. We welcome you to be a part of that productive col-
laboration. Together we will build the state's greatest library, one that serves
its constituency with excellence and one of which we can all be justly proud.
Dale B. Canelas
A RECORD OF TOP
T HE GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES INCLUDE
specialized libraries in science, architecture and
art, education and music. Our collections cover
all areas of contemporary knowledge, from agriculture to
zoology and from philosophy to history.
The George A. Smathers Libraries support the very
best educational, research and service performance by
university faculty and students using the latest on-line
technology and time-honored methods of collection and
UF librarians, for instance, took the lead in develop-
ing the state's on-line catalog, LUIS, which links UF to
other college and university libraries in Florida and to the
Internet. LUIS is one of the most extensive databases of
research material in the nation. Through LUIS, library
patrons at all 10 state universities can search more than
nine million catalog records.
Our librarians worked closely with the Minolta
Corporation to design electronic equipment that scans
rare materials and provides them to scholars worldwide
via the Internet.
With support from the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, we created abstracts of our rare Caribbean
newspapers in English, French and Spanish and placed
them on the World Wide Web for global scholarly use.
UF's UNIQUE COLLECTIONS:
Latin American Collection -
among the world's finest and the
most notable at UF. it supports UF's
Center for Latin Amencan Studies,
the first formal program of its kind
at a U S university
Isser and Rae Price Library of
Judaica holds most of the landmark
scholarly literature and classic texts in
Map and Imagery Library -
largest of its kind in the Southeast,
it contains nearly 750.000 items
Baldwin Library of Historical
Children's Literature more
than 90,000 books for children
published between 1775 to 1950.
it is internationally respected
P.K. Yonge Library of
Florida History Florida's premier
historical record, it spans five centuries
AT PRESENT, THE GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES
receives a small percentage of its annual operat-
ing resources from private gifts, grants and dona-
tions. Our campaign strategy is to enhance the impact
private investment has on our performance and quality.
In the Campaign for the University of Florida, the
George A. Smathers Libraries seek to create an endow-
ment that will sustain the expansion of our collections,
build an imaging laboratory and install a special blast
freezer that will help us conserve rare, unique and newly
Private endowments give great libraries important
long-term advantages by providing a dependable source
of added revenue year after year. Endowments are effec-
tive hedges against rising costs, helping us to meet chang-
ing conditions more easily.
Similarly, private investment in the latest library
equipment and technology helps ensure the strategic inte-
gration of resources and services in today's digital univer-
Build the acquisitions endowment . ..... ..3,000,000
Expand digital access to holdings ..... .. .1,500,000
Preserve newly acquired or damaged materials ... $500,000
TOTAL . . . ..
ASSOCIATION OF RESEARCH
UF is one of 109 members of the
Association of Research Libraries -
including Harvard. Yale, Illinois.
Cal-Berkeley, Texas, vMichigan. UCLA
and Cornell Endowments can help
the university enhance its
performance in this peer group
UF book collection size .
UF periodicals collection size
CA A G N ST AT G
THE ACQUISITIONS ENDOWMENT
OUR PRIMARY STRATEGY IN THE
It6 Peiformance That Counts campaign is to cre-
ate an endowment for the future acquisition of
books, journals and electronic databases. No aspect of
library operation is more central to our mission than the
continued ability to make available the material our stu-
dents and faculty need at the time they need it.
The nation's top research universities enjoy healthy
endowments for libraries and library services. These
resources help them-
attract the best students and faculty;
promote university research;
meet the growing demand for electronic access to
information by both students and faculty on campus
and those who are enrolled remotely as distance-
assist faculty development of high quality instruc-
tional and research programs.
The Campaign for the University of Florida offers the
opportunity to invest in the creation of a $3 million acqui-
sitions endowment for Florida. Naming opportunities
exist for gifts of $100,000 and above, which are eligible for
available state matching funds.
PERFORMANCE THAT COUNTS:
SMATHERS FAMILY INVESTMENT
Former U S. Sen George A Smathers
and his family have invested
generously in the UF libraries that
now bear the Senator's name
Their support includes a $20 million
bequest provision that will provide
future acquisition ot major library
resources Gifts from the
family have already -
rebuilt the library stacks in
provided safe environmental conditions
for rare and special collections.
refurbished the Smathers Library
Grand Reading Room
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CA MPA I G
DIGITAL ACCESS To HOLDINGS
MAKING INFORMATION AVAILABLE
electronically presents a major challenge for
the George A. Smathers Libraries. It
requires physical space, software, equipment and the
Electronic access is particularly important because -
it enables students, staff and faculty to retrieve the
most current information promptly and completely;
a growing number of our students will work toward
their degrees on computers from off-campus locations;
*scholars can gain access to the unique and fragile
holdings at UF easily when they are converted into
Private funding for a well-equipped imaging laboratory
to preserve and disseminate UF's unique and rare materi-
als will promote and continue our leadership in library
A campaign gift creating a digital imaging laboratory
represents a unique naming opportunity, and the founding
gift is eligible for available state matching funds.
PERFORMANCE THAT COUNTS:
MELLON FOUNDATION DIGITAL
With support from the Mellon
Foundation, UF's librarians helped
develop technology that preserves
rare books and periodicals in a digital
format and provides them
electronically for use around the world
For example, we are
creating CD-ROMs of -
two Latin American newspapers vital to
the history of Haiti and Cuba.
selections from the Baldwin Library of
Historical Children's Literature,
parts of the Belknap Collection for the
Performing Arts, including more than
60,000 playbills, costume and stage
posters and scripts.
NEWLY ACQUIRED OR DAMAGED MATERIALS
I N SUPPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA'S
numerous and diverse programs of study, our aca-
demic and research libraries continually acquire
materials from national and international sources.
Often these materials, new or used, are in need of dry-
ing, deinfestation or other preservation treatment. Wet or
insect-infested books, government documents or newspapers
that are put on the shelves introduce mold and parasites to
the general collection, threatening significant and costly
loss of library materials.
From the It:f Performance That Counts campaign, the
UF libraries propose to acquire the technology needed to protect and preserve materials. Our
campaign strategy includes private investments in -
A blast freezer that would effectively treat materials that are water-damaged or insect-infested.
The equipment will speed the processing of such materials and will quickly make them usable
and available to the faculty, students and staff.
S E N
GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES
In the Campaign for the University of Florida, It's
Performance That Counts. The George A.
Smathers Libraries and its supporters share a
vision of quality and productivity for the future.
This vision translates into strategic opportunities
to invest in library performance.
The state of Florida believes that public-private
partnerships strengthen the performance of its
public universities. Florida offers donors to the
It's Performance That Counts campaign the
opportunity to secure additional, state dollars
to augment gifts of at least $100,000 for academic
endowments and for gifts equal to half the
projected costs of a new or renovated educational
facility. State matching funds are subject
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Campaign for the University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
P.O. Box 117001
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel. (352) 392-0342
Fax (352) 392-7251
Visit the UF George A. Smathers Libraries
web site: http//lwww.uflib.ufl.edul
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