Letter from University Librarian, Ginny Steel- Winter 2016

University Librarian, Ginny SteelDear Donors and Supporters of the UCLA Library,
With the holiday season upon us, I am mindful that we at the UCLA Library have so much to be thankful for, as the contents of this issue reveal.
Our dear friend Norman Powell has yet again demonstrated both his exemplary generosity and his unwavering faith in the importance of the UCLA Library. As you can read in the article about his gift to endow the position of UCLA university librarian, Norman has treasured memories connected with the libraries here. His endowment will ensure that future generations of students, scholars, and members of the public excel in their academic endeavors and build their own library memories.
The Ahmanson Foundation has been a loyal supporter of the UCLA Library for countless years, funding everything from the acquisition of medieval and Renaissance books and manuscripts to fellowships for graduate students in the Center for Primary Research and Training. The foundation’s most recent gift, for the St. Catherine’s Monastery digitization project featured in this issue, illustrates its far-reaching vision. This project unites both the far-distant past—rare and unique manuscripts in the monastery’s library—with the present and the future – digitizing them to make them accessible online to students and scholars around the world.
We are also deeply grateful to the many individuals listed in the UCLA Library’s 2015-16 Donor Honor Roll. Their generous gifts came in a wide range of sizes and for a variety of different purposes, and all enable us to spark new discoveries, empower student achievement, and build an informed, engaged public.
I look forward to welcoming you to the UCLA Library early in the new year. In the meantime, I encourage you to keep the Library in mind as you plan your year-end giving.
Wishing you a warm, wonderful holiday season filled with friends, family, and fun!
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Virginia Steel
University Librarian