Letter from University Librarian, Ginny Steel- Winter 2018

Dear Donors and Supporters of the UCLA Library,
The Sinai Library Digitization Program featured in these pages offers a near-perfect example of the ideal UCLA Library project. It’s partly traditional, focused on ancient written materials, and partly high tech, utilizing innovative equipment and online access. It brings together a global network of partners from various countries and backgrounds with unique areas of expertise. It supports both teaching and research in several disciplines. And it attracted the support of visionary donors like the Arcadia Fund (please see cover story) and The Ahmanson Foundation, profiled in this newsletter last winter.
Many Library projects reflect a similar ideal structure: a mix of traditional and high tech created by partners to develop and implement innovative solutions to the pressing needs of today’s students and researchers. And in almost all these cases, the contributions of our many donors provide essential support that makes these projects possible.
You can see the impact of supporting the Library everywhere you turn at UCLA. Last fall UCLA welcomed more than 30,000 undergraduates, more than 14,000 graduate students, and more than 7,000 faculty and researchers, and they’ve brought  energy and excitement to every corner of the campus, including the libraries. They’re using our comprehensive collections in print and online, searching out their favorite library spaces, consulting with librarians on everything from assignments to software, and engaging with one another in the libraries over coffee and during public events.
As I see the thoughtful, animated, serious faces of our students and scholars, I am yet again reminded to offer thanks to each of our donors. Just as each user has his or her own reason for using the Library, each donor has his or her own reason for giving. Yet we all enjoy the spirit of community and of recognition of our shared goals and shared achievements.
Thank you for joining the UCLA Library’s community of donors, and my best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous new year.
Virginia Steel
UCLA Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian