What is the Library Advisory Council?
Philanthropic support of committed individuals and organizations is essential for OSU Libraries and Press to achieve its mission. The Library Advisory Council or the LAC is the principal volunteer leadership group for OSU Libraries and Press. It is comprised of distinguished OSU alumni and friends who are committed to the mission and vision of the Libraries and the Press.
Tell me more about the LAC's history.
The Library Advisory Council met for the first time in February 2003, having been established by former University Librarian Karyle Butcher. Among its first members were David Barnekoff, Tad Reynales,Brent Dalrymple, Tom Niebergall, John Byrne,Jean Roth, Joan Griffis, and Georgeann Casey. Since 2006, the Council has supported the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award through participation on the evaluation committee and through their donations. Individual members have also provided lasting support for OSU Libraries and Press through the establishment of endowments such as the Barnekoff Collection Fund and the Niebergall Family Fund.
How do Council members support the Libraries and Press?
Council members make a difference for OSU faculty and students through their meaningful engagement with the leadership at OSU Libraries and Press and through the significant relationships they build with fellow Council members, library and press staff, and other core supporters of the OSU Libraries and Press. Council members work closely with Faye Chadwell, University Librarian and OSU Press Director, as well as Mike Moran, Director of Development for Scholarships and University Initiatives and our development officer. The LAC helps to guide our development strategy and increase our visibility. The Council also provides input regarding our strategic initiatives and they assist in fundraising for our programs to benefit OSU students and faculty.
What are the benefits of Council participation?
Benefits of active LAC membership include
What are the expectations for members?
Members of the LAC serve a term of three years. They attend two meetings a year, typically scheduled in the fall for Corvallis and the spring for Portland, depending on availability of members. Members also make a commitment of $5000 a year for at least three years or an equivalent pledge.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in the LAC, you can contact Faye A. Chadwell or Mike Moran for more information. Interested individuals might also consider joining us for the next LAC meeting on April 22, 2014 in Portland to see the Council in action. We would welcome your insight on how the Libraries and Press can best fulfill our mission; we would appreciate your input on ways we can extend the success of our capital campaign. If you are interested in possibly attending, please contact Rhonda Hankins (541-737-4633) for details.