Endowments are a powerful tool in the Libraries’ stewardship of our collections, resources and expertise. They bridge the gap between federal funding and collection needs, which enables employees to cultivate positive user experiences and better prepare for its future.
This issue of Stay Connected is dedicated to envisioning our future and making courageous choices to realize that future. At Colorado State University, we’ve declared the future will be green and gold — green for a thriving planet and gold for a flourishing humanity.
The Libraries has been looking inward as an organization so we can define our unique contributions to that ambitious green and gold future. For our 2021 Strategic Plan, we developed a vision statement:
Equitable access to knowledges that empower expansive learning, intellectual growth, and joyful discovery for a sustainable, thriving planet and flourishing communities.
Our stories highlight a few of the people who are joining us on our journey toward that vision:
- Students, whose predictions for the future are hopeful, optimistic and inclusive
- Donors, whose strategic generosity through endowments empowers us to create a sustainable impact on our communities
- Libraries’ employees, whose hard work, courage and grace are already propelling us toward a better future
As our Stay Connected readers and part of our Library community, we are also elevated by your support and ideas along this journey.
– Karen Estlund, Dean of Colorado State University Libraries
Thanks to the work of archivists and librarians, the Sutherland family’s legacy – an example of how resiliency and positivity can emerge from adversity and transform lives – will be preserved and accessible to researchers, providing more insight into their wide-ranging impacts within local and international communities.
What will Colorado’s future look like? With the Libraries’ leaders and employees engaging in future-forward research and planning, we asked CSU students how they envision the future and library staff how they’re making those visions reality.
An aspiring geophysicist, intern and geoscience major William Fabrocini (B.A. ‘22) was first in line when the opportunity came to work with a geosciences professor through the Geospatial Centroid at the CSU Libraries.
The Geospatial Centroid at the CSU Libraries serves as a resource for the growing field of geospatial data and mapping. It’s also a second home on campus for student employees, like Mary Williams (B.A. ‘22).
Pretty much every library has books. So does the Morgan Library, but it also has a 3D object scanner, a meditation room, state and county parks passes, more chargers than anyone would ever need and an extensive collection of cat-centric yearbooks.
Data literacy is the ability to think critically about statistics and data visualizations, to understand both the power and the limitations of data, and to advocate for ethical data use are all key aspects of data literacy. What are some key data pitfalls everyone should watch out for?
The popular Creative Writing Reading Series is turning the page on a new chapter of literary voices at Colorado State University with its new partner this year: the CSU Libraries. The program welcomes emerging and established literary voices to Fort Collins to take part in various events.
Middleton's presentation will look, in part, at the works of Black feminists poets who might not be as well known, and what happened to those writers. This research was a continuation of Middleton’s time at CSU, where she earned her undergraduate degree in English and master’s in ethnic studies.
This summer, librarians and archivists welcomed students in an experimental book arts and history course to the Reading Room in Morgan Library. Students enjoyed special access to the Libraries' most precious treasures to learn about the rich, beautiful history of book arts.