Library Exceeds Fundraising Goal

The Library has exceeded its Brilliant Futures campaign goal of $30 million; as of June 30, the Library has raised $32,177,585.55. The Library is the second unit on campus to meet its Brilliant Futures fundraising goal. We’d like to thank all the donors who have so generously contributed to this campaign as well as all the library staff who have worked so hard to help us exceed our goal. We quickly met our goal in large part due to the hard work of Paula Kaufman, Lyn Jones, Vicki Trimble, Roxanne Frey, Joyce Wright, Cindy Ashwill, and everyone who worked with and/or thanked our donors for their support-great work everyone! We will continue to set laudable fundraising goals and your continued support of the library will ensure we achieve them. Onwards to $40 million!

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Aug 28: World War II Stories

Photo of a WW2 soldier Thursday, August 28
6:00-8:00 pm
Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana

Explore the impact of WWII on the University of Illinois. Join us for extraordinary videotaped stories of U of I alums, reception, music, and panel discussion.

The event is free but registration is requested. To register, please call Vicki Retzolk at 217-265-0513.

This event is co-sponsored by WILL Public Broadcasting , the U of I Alumni Association , and the U of I Archives’ Student Life and Culture Archival Program funded by the Stewart S. Howe Endowment.

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WILL’s “Central Illinois WWII Stories” project is sponsored by SuperValu, Flooring Surfaces Inc., ECIBCTC, Clark Lindsey Village, Eco water Systems, IBEW #601, Strawberry Feilds, WETA, and the Corportaion for Public Broadcasting.

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Gaming Awards

Mary Laskowski , Associate Professor and Head of Information Processing and Management , and David Ward , Associate Professor and Head of Information Services for the Undergraduate Library , have been awarded a Presidential Citation for Gaming from the American Library Association (ALA). Awarded in the “Innovation” category, the citation recognizes efforts to use games and gaming as tools for learning, literacy development, and community development. Laskowski and Ward have developed public and classroom support programs to investigate best practices for integrating games as teaching tools into academic curricula. Their “Gaming Initiative” supports innovative teaching and research partnerships both within the academic community and between campus and the gaming industry. Learning outcomes include: students analyzing how culture and technology affect societal growth using “Civilization IV” in a library gaming lab, and students discussing and comparing the role of music in gaming through a program featuring campus researchers and local game company Volition.

Lisa Hinchliffe , Associate Professor and Head of the Undergraduate Library , has been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) as one of a panel of twelve national, leading gaming experts to launch a unique “Gaming for Learning” project. Funded through a $1-million grant from the Verizon Foundation, the project will track and measure the impact of gaming on literacy skills and build a model for library gaming that can be deployed nationally. The information will be used to build “The Librarians’ Guide to Gaming,” a comprehensive, online literacy and gaming toolbox, which then will be field-tested by additional libraries.

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