The Impact of Your Gift to the College of Charleston Libraries
This is a transformative time at the College of Charleston, marked by a comprehensive campaign focused on raising the margin of academic excellence and reaching national distinction. We are pursuing academic excellence, introducing innovative pedagogy, and investing in our learning spaces and faculty.
In an era marked by a rapidly evolving information landscape, the College of Charleston Libraries play an ever more critical role in the lives of students and faculty. In addition to traditional scholarly research, the library fosters experiential learning and collaboration that is essential for students and faculty to succeed in a technology-driven society. Making a gift supports the resources, people, and facilities that are essential to both preparing students for academic achievement and building a dynamic learning environment for the entire community. And, your investment in the Libraries is an investment in the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge at the College and throughout the region.
21st Century Learning Technology
The role of libraries is changing. Multimedia is being used in the classroom now more than ever, in presentations, group assignments, and research projects. Investing in 21st Century Learning allows us to provide mobile technology that can be easily integrated into the classroom, providing dynamic learning tools to an increasingly web-based generation of students. It allows us to increase students’ digital fluency, a key need for employers, by growing the number of library computers with updated software and offering instruction in digital design and creation.
Books and Electronic Resources
As the College adds new majors and degrees and improves existing ones, the Library must increase its number of corresponding databases and books to support student learning and academic excellence. Private philanthropy is essential to keep up with the growing demands. In the past two years, privately funded databases have been used by over 8,000 students and faculty. Investing in general collections provides essential resources to all students and faculty regardless of discipline.
When the Library had the rare opportunity to acquire the Grimké-Drayton Collection, one of the region’s most noteworthy assemblages of early prints relating to the history of Charleston, private philanthropy made the acquisition a reality. Your gift allows us to purchase historic collections of high research value that we would not otherwise be able to acquire. With the recent move of the South Carolina Historical Society archives to the Addlestone Library, our libraries are now considered premier research centers in the region, attracting scholars and researchers from around the world. Join us in offering College of Charleston students and faculty with the best possible research materials available.
Digitizing Unique Research Materials
The College’s award-winning Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) makes accessible unique research materials to scholars, students, educators and other patrons from around the globe. The LCDL received the Charter Day Special Award in 2012 from the Historic Charleston Foundation for historic preservation. The American Library Association selected the LCDL’s educational branch, the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), in 2015 as one of eight institutions worldwide with the “Best Historical Materials”. As a part of the South Carolina Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America, our partner institutions and their collections are on the national and international stage. With your help, the LCDL can continue to serve as a true gem of the College of Charleston.
Student Internships and Apprenticeships
The Libraries are among the top employers of students on campus. We provide high-quality internships and apprenticeships that impart skills in customer service, research, archiving, book conservation, design, librarianship, public outreach and digital humanities. Our student interns have gone on to be professional corporate archivists, museum and library professionals, and doctoral students at leading universities. Interns are given individualized mentorship and tasks that correspond with their career and educational goals. Raising $100,000 will afford two years of paid student internships at the Addlestone Library.
Race and Social Justice Initiative
In response to the recent tragic events in Charleston, the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture has begun an important educational initiative over the next 18 months to increase conversations about race, social justice and reconciliation. Made possible by a $125,000 grant from Google, the Addlestone Library, Avery Research Center, African American Studies Program, Lowcountry Digital History Initiative and multiple community partners have organized a series of public lectures, faculty and student development, and exhibitions that are engaging communities both locally and nationally. Help us extend our work for an additional four years to ensure a more profound and lasting impact.
Or make an annual gift today by visiting: https://giving.cofc.edu/campaign/donate and selecting “Friends of the Library Fund” from the drop down menu.
If you have any questions about the Friends of the Library or making a gift, please contact Halley Cella Erickson, Senior Development Officer, at 843-953-6526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.