A Presidential Trust
In 2006, President Nathan O. Hatch began the Presidential Trust for Faculty Excellence campaign, aimed to attract $10 million in funds for faculty support. As part of this, the Library received 10% of the raised funds for library support of faculty. The library developed an innovative program to award funds for faculty research. During the three year campaign, the Library received and then distributed $650,000 to acquire resources and collections. This project was about more than just the funds and materials, however. Faculty who required specialized materials or collections to support their research collaborated with their library liaison to write a grant proposal. The collection management team evaluated grant proposals and awarded the funds as made sense for the collection. This creative approach allowed faculty members to request larger than typical requests, work closely with their librarian, and have an invested approach to the collection.