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 Tuesday, July 25, 2006 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Friends in the Community Promote CU-Boulder Libraries
by Allison Sylvest

The Friends of the Libraries is an organization primarily comprised of Boulder community members who are dedicated to assisting the seven CU-Boulder libraries in promoting information and resources available on campus. The approximately 40 year-old organization is one of the oldest in the country, and was initiated by local businessman Wyn Kinsley.

"Dean James Williams has always said that the libraries are friend raisers, not fund raisers," said Dean's Assistant Mary Jane Campbell. "The Friends of the Libraries' programs and activities support this idea."

Four major programs per year are conducted through the Friends organization that are meant to highlight the provisions of the libraries on campus and present users with information on resources available to all Boulder community members.

The fall and spring Treasures programs highlight books and other items in the libraries' special collections, such as the works of Perry Como and Glenn Miller. Just Desserts serves up dessert and a mystery featuring local authors  such as Diane Mott Davidson and CU Law Professor Mimi Wesson, and an Information Day in January offers informative talks and instruction in computer usage to help familiarize the public with library resources.

"The general public, especially older people, tend to think of libraries in terms of books," said Claudine Garby, Friends of the Libraries president. "We're here to familiarize them with all of the libraries' special holdings, and help them learn how to find the resources they're looking for."

The Friends board is comprised of Boulder community members, some of whom have a direct connection with the university either currently or in the past, and some who are overall dedicated supporters of literacy and academia. Most of the 10-to-12 members have served on the board for numerous years.

"We act in an advisory capacity to the dean, as a connection to the Boulder community," said Garby. "He in turn keeps us updated on university happenings, so that we can carry news back to the community. We're very dedicated to the work we do."

For more information on the Friends of the Libraries, call 303-492-7511, email fol@colorado.edu, or visit the web site.


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