Columbia University Information Services and University Libraries Launch Development Program

NEW YORK, July 3, 2003 - The Columbia University Information Services and University Libraries have launched a major new development program. This includes the appointment of a new six person team that will expand private and federal support.

The new development program includes a new Friends of the Columbia Libraries program with 500 members in the organization. Membership in Friends is open to everyone and includes campus, alumni and community supporters. The development program is part of a strategic initiative begun in 2001 by Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian.

The Libraries and Information Services development plan is a comprehensive fundraising program, including annual giving, major gifts, and grants from foundations, corporations and government agencies. Support will be sought for endowments, capital projects, and ongoing and new programs, building on a strong tradition of private and foundation giving to the libraries and information services at Columbia.

The Libraries and Information Services Development Office works in partnership with Columbia University Development and Alumni Relations Office (UDAR). The Libraries Development Office is led by Patricia Moran, Director of Development. In June, Robert I. Smith joined the staff as Major Gift Officer and will work closely with Moran and Neal to strengthen and expand private support for the Libraries. Jennifer Barager, Grant Development Officer, works to secure corporate, foundation, and government grants supporting library and information services projects. Matt Hampel, Annual Giving Officer, coordinates the Friends of the Columbia Libraries organization and works to secure other annual gifts for the Libraries and related programs and projects. Hampel and Barager joined the Development team in the spring.

In launching the new development program, Jim Neal expressed his "deep excitement and anticipation for this expanded capacity to bring in new resources to advance the Libraries and Information Services program at Columbia."

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 7.5 million volumes, over 50,000 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms and other non-print formats. The collections and services are organized into 23 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. The Library's web site at is a gateway to the print and electronic collections and to services. To join the Friends of the Columbia Libraries, call Matt Hampel at 212-854-4746 for membership materials.

Information Services at Columbia University includes Academic Information Systems (AcIS), the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), the Center for Research on Information Access (CRIA), and Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC).

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