Message from Jay:
Recently I was asked what my proudest momentshave been since becoming Director of Libraries. Twoof those moments are documented in this newsletter: the expansion of the Learning Commons and theinaugural symposium of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center. I note these two events because they are symbolic ofthe dedication, hard work, and collaboration of many individuals in the Libraries and across the campus who have come together to make a positive impacton the lives of our students and the reputation of the university. At the ribbon-cutting for the Learning Commonsexpansion, Ngozi Mbawuike ’11 made the following remarks: I cannot think of a more empowering experience than students sharing knowledge with their peers. This library has created an environment in which students do not have to worry about where to get books from, where to get help from, or where to get away from thecraziness of the dorms. This library was named after a man (W.E.B. Du Bois) who strongly believed in the power of education for all people. The library has created, as well as improved and increased, the learning experience and opportunity of the students here atthis university. I am proud to have been a part of this moment where new generations of students can come,share, and exchange information, knowledge, and culture. It is deeply gratifying to hear Ms. Mbawuike talk about the Libraries, our positive impact on students and their time here at UMass Amherst. I hope you, as a Friend of the Library, will find it equally gratifying. Please know the support you provide as a Friend is vital to these achievements and very much appreciated.
Director of Libraries