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Libraries: Give the gift of knowledge

March 27, 2014 — 


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the entire university community, thank you to those of you who have already made your gifts in support of our students! As we near the end of the 2014 Faculty, Staff and Retirees Campaign, we hope those of you that are still considering your contribution will find an area to support that you feel passionate about.

Across the university, library resources and spaces to study, meet and collaborate play an important role in a student’s experience today. When you support our libraries and study spaces, you are giving our students the gift of knowledge that enables them to conquer the challenges before them. With your support, we can help shape the success of our students.

Please remember – it’s not about the size of your gift; it’s about your participation. Working together strengthens our university. Each gift from our faculty, staff and retirees sends a strong message to the external community that we support and value our students, researchers and programs, inspiring them to do the same. Click here to make your gift today.

Brian Dobie
Head Coach, Bison Football
Kinesiology & Recreation Management
Co-Chair, Support Staff

Charlotte Enns
Department Head & Professor
Co-Chair, Faculty

Douglas MacEwan
Former Head & Professor
Co-Chair, Retirees




‘Beneficial to everybody’

The Bannatyne campus library plays a big role in Emily Sobering’s pursuit of a physical therapy degree.

“It’s where everything comes from. It’s like your reference point for all of your information,” she says.

The university’s faculty, staff and retirees campaign runs throughout March. Every year, members of our community support our students by making a gift to an area of their choice. Donating to libraries enriches the university experience for students like Sobering.


Emily Sobering.

She credits the librarians at the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library with helping her to make sense of the massive amount of resources stored on its shelves and in its digital databases. Thanks to their thoughtful guidance, Sobering got to know – and mastered – the research tools available to her and designed specifically for her program.

“Honestly, I don’t think I would know where to start as far as what databases are appropriate for physical therapy because if you look online there are thousands of databases,” she says. “So to know already that okay, these are the ones specific to my research and my faculty, it’s very, very helpful.”

When Sobering hears about people wanting to donate to U of M libraries, she is quick to offer a thank you. To her, the small things a library provides are big things. It offers a sense of calm within a bustling university campus, and the perfect environment for quiet study or meaningful group discussions.

The public space has fewer distractions than at home and she especially likes the group study areas with the wall-to-wall white boards, which have plenty of room for ideas to take over.

“We really do use the libraries and we really do appreciate it,” Sobering says. “It’s your place to study. It’s your quiet time where you can focus and get stuff done. So, it’s extremely beneficial to everybody on campus.”

Watch this video to see how your gift shapes our students.



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