Envisioning the Future, Choosing Courage

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 


The Sutherland family legacy lives on at the CSU 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.

Student Voices

Students predict the future of CSU

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.

Student Employee Spotlight: Mary Williams

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).