Letter from University Librarian, Ginny Steel- Winter 2019

Dear Donors and Supporters of the UCLA Library,

Excitement is building around the rapid approach of UCLA’s Centennial, with a grand, year-long celebration set to begin in May 2019. As the repository for the campus’s history as well as an instrumental part of its growth to greatness, the UCLA Library is integrally involved with the Centennial commemoration in countless ways.

In this issue you can read about one of those ways in the article about Chloe Patton and her project to digitize rare and unique films in University Archives that record moments in campus history. This is only a preview of coming attractions, so to speak. In future issues of this newsletter, I will share some very exciting news about the Library’s own Centennial Celebration initiative, including how you can enjoy it, participate in it, and even support it.

But the UCLA campus is not the only institution celebrating a landmark birthday. Our Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library recently marked its seventieth year with a months-long series of public talks, exhibits, and workshops for faculty and students, culminating in a reception and dinner for donors.

Like the rapid development of both the UCLA campus and the UCLA Library system, the East Asian Library’s growth has been remarkable. It is now widely regarded as among the top ten East Asian libraries in the country. Key to its success has been its vibrant community of donors, who have given generously to build new collections that support ever-expanding and increasingly interdisciplinary areas of teaching and research. A priority for the future is to enhance its facilities and increase its staff to keep pace with the growth of UCLA’s academic programs.

These landmark anniversaries are a tribute to you, our loyal and steadfast donors. Although public funding forms a portion of the UCLA Library’s annual budget, we have been able to accomplish many of our most noteworthy achievements and to reach our current stature only thanks to your generous contributions. I hope you will take a look at our Centennial Campaign funding opportunities on page seven and think about how you can support your  UCLA Library during this Centennial year.

Whether we’re acquiring new collections in emerging areas of study, developing new services that support data-driven research, or revamping our facilities to meet the changing needs of today’s students and instructors, your gifts enable us to achieve and maintain a high level of excellence.

I look forward to seeing you at the Library one day soon and thanking you in person.


Ginny Steel 

Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian