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Textbook and Educational Resources Fund is a Class Gift finalist

The Libraries’ Textbook and Educational Resources Fund is a finalist for the 2018 Senior Class Gift Campaign!horizontal image of physics textbooks on library shelf, labeled for fall titles on reserve, also includes Penn State Senior Class Gift logo

Voting is open to members of the Class of 2018 through midnight this Friday, Oct. 13, who can vote directly at http://giveto.psu.edu/s/1218/2014/index.aspx?sid=1218&gid=1&pgid=1442&cid=10298.

Individuals can donate to the Textbook and Educational Resources Fund at any time at giveto.psu.edu/textbookfund.


Contributions to University Libraries’ Textbook Fund lead to new endowment

For the second year in a row, the Penn State University Libraries Textbook Fund received a boost thanks to more than 70 donations totaling more than $30,000 from the recently concluded Giving Tuesday campaign. The Libraries participation in Giving Tuesday allowed alumni, students, parents and friends to support the Textbook Fund and increase the number of textbooks and course materials purchased each year, which can positively affect students across all majors, colleges, programs and campuses.

The $30,520 designated for the Textbook Fund in 2016 topped the Libraries’ 2015 Giving Tuesday total.

A new endowment, created by donations to the Textbook Fund in 2015 and 2016, will supplement the University Libraries’ budget in this specific area, with the goal of making available at least one current edition of each required text for every course offered at Penn State.

Matching gifts from individual supporters, three entities — the Penn State Bookstore, managed by Barnes and Noble; Shipley Energy; and the Penn State University Press — pledged funds to assist students through the new endowment. The Penn State Student Bookstore, managed by Barnes & Noble, pledged $10,000, with $5,000 each coming from Shipley Energy and the Penn State University Press.

Giving Tuesday 2017 is set for Tuesday, Nov. 28, but donations can be made to the University Libraries Textbook Endowment throughout the year at giveto.psu.edu.

For more information about the University Libraries Textbook Endowment, contact Wendi Keeler at wak109@psu.edu or 814-863-5446.

Giving Tuesday Nov. 29 supports Textbook Fund

Nittany Lion with text to promote Giving Tuesday on November 29

November 15 was National Philanthropy Day and we kicked off the beginning of our Giving Tuesday initiative with an event in the Franklin Atrium, where students showed their appreciation by signing thank you cards.

This was a great way to promote the Libraries, raise awareness of resources that are available to the students, and highlight the impact philanthropy has on their everyday lives. We received more than 1,500 signatures and they were thrilled to show their appreciation, in exchange for free coffee and cookies.

As you might be aware, the Textbook Fund here in the Libraries is really gaining some University-wide attention for its value to the Penn State student. This year, it was a finalist in the selection process for Senior Class Gift—a process that involved more than 150 applications and ours was selected for the final three. (and thanks to Chris Holobar, John Shank, and numerous others who helped us make the case for support that got us into the top three.) While we weren’t selected as the winner, we couldn’t have asked for better advertising for support. Access continues to be a priority of President Barron and Dean Dewey, and this particular event keeps the University Libraries at the forefront.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the official Giving Tuesday, we will once again have an event in the Atrium focused on student philanthropy.  We will also be attempting to match $20,000 in matching funds provided by Shipley Energy, the Penn State Press, and Barnes & Noble.

How can you help?

If you haven’t already, find the University Libraries on social media. The accounts are listed below.

The Libraries’ Giving Tuesday page is available to view and will be accepting gifts beginning at 18:55 on Monday, Nov. 28. Alternatively, you can support this initiative by sending a check directly to the Development Office, 510 Paterno Library, University Park.

Giving Tuesday is an online campaign and adding your voice will make a difference in our success. We encourage you to use the official hashtag when posting on social media: #PSUGivingTue

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As always, thank you for your continued support and please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

– submitted by Nicki Hendrix, Development and Alumni Relations