Your Donation at Work

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Your Donation at Work

"We enact our values through the decisions we make and the actions we take. The value of access, especially access to higher education and access to a public research library’s resources, motivates and energizes me as a library leader. It's clear that this value also motivates and energizes our supporters because of the actions they take. We celebrate their generous philanthropy as it enables Penn State Libraries to reach the highest levels of excellence in our services, collections, and personnel."
- Dean Faye A. Chadwell



"In 1979, I borrowed $100 from an emergency student loan fund. That was a huge amount of money to me at the time! I had no idea how I'd pay it off in 30 days, but I did. It allowed me to buy a book and art supplies that I desperately needed to stay in school that term. I've never forgotten that help! I vowed then that I would give back to the University someday to help keep at least one other kid in school the same way.  I'm very happy that I've begun to do this!"

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The inimitable Sue Paterno, ’62 Lib Arts, Vice-Chair of the University Libraries Development Board, recently spoke with fellow Libraries supporter Lily McGovern, ’71 Lib Arts, and learned they have more in common than a shared love of the University Libraries...

IMAGE: Lily with her mother Angelina Miller, who's always been a central figure in her life

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Lily with her mother Angelina Miller


Exceeding Expectations

"The University Libraries checked off an important item on its wish list thanks to a highly successful 2020 Giving Tuesday: The African Diaspora, 1860 - Present library database. This unique collection of digitized resources will support various disciplines at Penn State and the Center for Black Digital Research, a collaboration between the College of the Liberal Arts and the University Libraries." Diane Zabel, Interim Dean

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African Diaspora database collection



"I'm so grateful for my wonderful supervisors who helped me realize my passion then - and who I'm lucky to still have as mentors - now." – Olivia Kuzio, Bednar Conservation Intern, 2015-2017

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“During my time at the Penn State Libraries, I was able to collaborate meaningfully across the library and the University. By expanding my network of collaboration, I was able to plan successful events which fostered an environment of open sharing and collective knowledge creation.” – Lily Murray, Student Engagement and Outreach Bednar Intern, 2018-2020

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Lily Murray

Inspiration through Generosity

“Code for Her was so fun! The learning environment was relaxed and supportive, and our instructors, Joss and Katie, made it super easy to ask questions. Even though people were at different levels, we helped each other. I liked that the workshop was project-based; we got to create something WE wanted to make and were interested in. Working towards a final product made it easier to learn.” – Erica Fleming, spring 2019 Code for Her participant

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Erica Fleming

Marion Mackinnon’s Gift Leads the Way for Students With Disabilities

"As an international student who is blind and pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology, I am deeply indebted to University Libraries’ Adaptive Technology & Services. All tactile graphs as well as alternative text materials required for my course work are always provided to me in a timely manner, making my academic experience very enjoyable. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to those who have supported me –giving me the strength to not give up but to keep moving forward." -Jooyoung Seo.

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