Community Campaign Library Challenge

Community Campaign Library Challenge

The Rundown

Update (05/26/2017):

Through the incredible generosity of our campus community of faculty, staff, and retirees — $5,000 in challenge funds have been ‘unlocked’ to enrich our MacOdrum Library’s offerings. Thank you!

The MacOdrum Library is the heart of Carleton and is used by every single student, in every single program. All across campus, faculty, staff, and retirees are making the MacOdrum library their philanthropic priority today.

Donations to the MacOdrum Library Collections Fund will help support our current acquisition priorities, as well as future collections the Library would like to acquire.

More than ever, every gift counts. From now until April 30, we hope that 50 faculty, staff and retirees will join our campaign and unlock a challenge goal of $5,000 in funds to the collection. Already, 43 members of our community have chosen to make gifts in support of the MacOdrum Library Collections Fund. We hope you will join us today!

The Background

The MacOdrum Library is used widely by our campus community. It provides resources, spaces and helpful staff to support great moments of discovery. We maintain and update our collections to make sure we can always provide current, reliable, relevant resources that support and expand learning.

Library collections goes beyond books to subscriptions, online resources, journals, archives, maps, music collections and more. In addition to the purchases and subscriptions our budget allows, we depend on gifts to add more, new, current resources.

We are guided by department needs to build a collections ‘wishlist’ and identify priority acquisitions, including the ‘Migration to New Worlds’ collection, which offers a wide-ranging and in depth look at the emigration of peoples from Great Britain, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries..

This incredible resource will cost $37,500 USD and includes eye-witness accounts provided by unique personal diaries, letters and travel journals are supplemented by scrapbooks, government papers, hand-drawn maps, watercolours, objects, emigration pamphlets, shipping papers and rare printed material which provide significant context to the journey conditions and subsequent settlement.

The Benefits

Everyone at Carleton ends up walking through the doors of the library at some point, whether it’s for a resource, a conversation, an event, or a quiet space. Having crucial, up-to-date, rich resources available to support these experiences is one of the ways we help our students acquire a superior education, and use that education to bring good into the world.