Magazine article American Libraries

Money Matters: Academe Gets Its Due for Wealth of Service

Magazine article American Libraries

Money Matters: Academe Gets Its Due for Wealth of Service

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In unrelated acts of gratitude, two former academic-library patrons have enriched the budgets of the universities that nurtured them.

* The willingness of a Duke University librarian decades ago to lend books by mail to a young Virginia farm boy even though he wasn't enrolled there has resulted in a $20-million gift to the university's business school.

Given by John Brooks Fuqua, the unofficial alumnus who grew up to found Fuqua Industries, which grew into a Fortune 500 conglomerate, the donation will expand the faculty and international business education program of the Raleigh, North Carolina, campus's business school, which was renamed in his honor in 1980. His latest gift, announced April 25, raises Fuqua's total munificence to Duke to $37 million.

Fuqua, who never attended college, educated himself by reading history, business, and finance books he borrowed from Duke. "He was saying last night that he hadn't paid his library dues back then, but he probably covered it since," business school Dean Cabell Smith told the Associated Press.

* On the other side of the country, Innovative Interfaces President Stephen Silberman has given the University of California/Berkeley $3.5 million to commemorate the Free Speech Movement that campus officials tried so hard to quash in the 1960s.

The money will be divided into a $1.6-million expenditure for a cafe with Free Speech Movement exhibit space in the Moffitt Undergraduate Library, $500,000 to preserve the related archives at Bancroft Library, and $1.4 million to establish the Mario Savio/Free Speech Movement Endowment for books, named after the student protest leader who was expelled in 1964 for his activities.

"Mario Savio and the leaders of the Free Speech Movement symbolize the very best of Berkeley, surely just as our top researchers, scholars and athletes," said Silberman, who attended Berkeley in the 1960s and subsequently served as a library staffer there, during an April 29 press conference.

Representing his father, who died in 1996, Savio's son Nadav thanked the university for "allowing the creation of a meeting place for future generations of righteous troublemakers."

Links that Add Up

Though the fiscal proceeds are minimal so far, there's some intriguing promise in a four-month-old partnership between the Tacoma (Wash.) Public Library and the virtual bookseller Amazon.com (www.amazon.com). The arrangement, which TPL Community Relations Officer David Dombrowski believes to be a Libraryland first, creates ISBN links between the two organizations' Web-based bibliographic databases, and pays the library 5%-15% of all Amazon. …

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