provide the link between individual people and humanity's recorded
knowledge. Collegiate study and academic research in the modern
world requires library resources-lots of them. The Paul Meek Library
is the one educational department on campus that has no alumni.
In order to maintain first-rate service, the Library must rely on
financial help from all university alumni and friends.
The volume of human knowledge is expanding so quickly that it is
virtually exploding. Unfortunately, price increases for every type
of library material, service, and environment, far exceed the general
inflation rate. Continual reinvestments in electronic technology
represent a perpetual cost, as do maintaining the buildings that
house them. At the same time, we must preserve the materials we
already have for future generations. In light of the "electronic
revolution," real-life figures would surprise you.
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cost of book*
Annual, 1991, 2001
Two hundred years ago colleges could flourish only on the tuitions
paid by their students. As economics became more complicated in
the 19th century, it was in a community's best interest to support
local institutions publicly. For much of the twentieth century that
mix of tuition dollars and public funding was adequate. No longer.
Since the 1990s the costs of maintaining a physical facility, staffing
classrooms with qualified instructors, and keeping laboratory and
library resources adequate to make education a practical exercise,
have outstripped traditional sources of support. Education benefits
communities as well as individuals, but the investment comes at
a cost. The strength of private support is an essential element
of our goal of maintaining excellence and enriching learning at
UT Martin, and its importance is growing.
In the face of its challenges, the Paul Meek Library prefers long-term
solutions, which is why we seek your support. We work to maintain
student access to up-to-date resources by participating in cooperative
agreements with other libraries, purchasing and distributing materials
in electronic formats, and maintaining a current body of research
in various print media. Here are specific ways you can help.
<Gifts and Transfers>
<Honors and Memorials>
<Bequests and Endowments>
If information is the currency
of the future, then today's students need to know how to acquire
and budget wisely. Traditional funding for higher education is declining
at the same time that the volume of potential library resources
are skyrocketing. Corporate executives who can make substantial
donations make a tremendous, visible difference to the school and
its mission, but it is the pooled small contributions from "middle
Americans" that together make biggest difference. Your gift
to the Paul Meek Library benefits not only your son, granddaughter,
or neighbor, but the students who come forever after them. Generous
donor support is crucial to maintaining educational excellence at
UT Martin. Please, invest in the Future.
<Gifts and Transfers> Do
you have books you no longer need?
The library gratefully accepts book donations for its collection.
We carefully consider all materials donated by faculty, students,
and community members. Please think over these few guidelines before
making a donation:
· The Meek Library supports an academic institution. Are
the books written and presented on a level that would inform college
· Are the books current? If not, are the subjects still important
today? Books in art, history, or politics probably are; business
or computer books or old encyclopedias, for instance, probably are
· We hold material for a very long time. Is the overall condition
good enough that items can be handled frequently? Will it cost more
to fix them than the items may be worth?
· "Leisure reading" books like novels, particularly
paperbacks, may be gifts more appropriate for a public library.
· We do not buy every book published, and we cannot keep
everything that we are given, either. If your books do not fit the
demands made on our collections we may sell, trade, or give them
· Unless you are within a few minutes driving distance of
Martin and have a large number of books, the Library staff typically
cannot pick up gift donations.
Here is how you can make a material gift
If you feel your potential gift meets these terms, contact our Acquisitions
librarian to describe your books, and arrange to meet a librarian
when you come. Should you have a large number of books (more than
a couple hundred) or very valuable ones, a little extra advance
time would be appreciated. Specific laws and documentation requirements
often apply to such donations; we can help with that. You can reach
the Library's main office at 731)587-7071 or email us at ___
It Makes a Difference
One gift allowed us to replace many out-of-print, well-worn standard
books on the Civil War and World War II in the circulating collection
with copies in better condition. Special Collections acquired a
nearly complete set of local telephone directories from the 1950s
from one thoughtful donor. A professor's weeding of his office shelves
netted over 400 scholarly books on the world's history and politics.
It all adds up.
<Honors and Memorials> Sponsor books or a journal to commemorate
Celebrate someone's graduation, mark a birthday, recognize an achievement,
or honor a retiree! Groups or individuals may suggest specific books
(subject to library approval), specify a discipline or topic, or
choose a title from the library's want-list. A gift bookplate in
the book names the donor (if an individual), the occasion, and the
person or event being honored. A card notifying the individual that
a book has been given in their name is sent. Larger bequests can
also be made.
The adopt-a-journal program applies the same gift principle to specific
periodicals, over a specific length of time. You may underwrite
the annual subscriptions to one or more of the academic journals,
trade publications, or leisure-reading magazines that the library
has or wants in its collection. To limit bookkeeping costs, we do
ask that such gifts cover subscriptions for three or more years.
When the issues are bound at the end of the volume, a bookplate
with the donor's name is placed in the front, as with a book gift.
Contributions may be made to the Library's general endowment, as
well. There your gift joins other contributions in an endowment
to provide updated material for the collection. A memorial gift
to the general endowment will still have a gift card sent to the
individual in whose honor the donation was made. Gifts may consist
of cash in any amount, or convertible securities.
Here is how you can make a memorial in someone's honor.
<link to contribution page>
It Makes a Difference
Friends and neighbors contributed over $2,000 to buy books for the
Regional History Room in memory of Virginia C. Vaughan.
<Bequests and Endowments>
Would you like to really make a difference?
Perpetual gifts-bequests and endowments-have become the keys to
maintaining current library and research resources. With a substantial
gift you may specify support for library purchases in a particular
area of study, enlarge an established purchase fund, or support
a specific activity or need. For instance, due to the generosity
of several donors, Special Collections is now fully funded, except
for its professional staff positions. Details can be arranged many
ways. Establishing such generosity properly involves the library
but needs to involve the University Advancement office as well,
since they coordinate gifts to the University. They can advise in
tax-advantage matters, donating or converting stocks or securities,
planned or deferred programs, or appreciating assets. Donors may
specify the purposes to which income may be used, but when setting
terms, please remember to leave the library latitude to respond
to changing times and circumstances. Here are some specific needs
that your gift might support.
· UTM Alumni Endowment Contributions of cash or convertible
securities in any amount provide a permanent income-producing support
for acquisitions. Income from the Endowment funds purchases for
the general collections.
· Library Development Fund An annual-giving opportunity that
supports annual library purchases directly.
· Preservation endowment Preservation is always an important
issue to libraries. Currently the library needs to repair 40-60
volumes per week, representing a substantial cost. Income from an
endowment for preservation will provide for the upkeep of print
materials, and repairs, rebinding, and replacement of current material
as merited, including the protection of new library acquisitions.
As the major point of access to the world's intellectual record,
libraries must also be preservers of that record. New generations
of students and faculty must have on hand the books, journals, and
reference material they need for learning and research. Your gift
would help preserve the materials students use on a daily basis.
· Endowed positions Librarians teach students. Having knowledgeable,
qualified library staff on hand to serve students and faculty is
a vital campus asset. Ensure excellent services by endowing a position
in the Library. Endowment income will be used to pay all or part
of the position's salary and benefits, freeing budgeted funds to
meet other pressing staff needs. Funding for new positions has become
critical. Despite the demands for more service hours, greater implementation
of technology, and increasing reference contacts, the number of
library positions has remained static-which means overall effectiveness
· Facilities endowment Everyone thinks "books"
but rarely ever "shelves" when discussing funding support,
yet one of the most overlooked Library needs is capital improvements.
A fund of this type would keep the University's capital improvements
budget from being nickel-and-dimed to death! It would allow us to
repair or replace furniture, acquire new shelving, make repairs
and upgrades, modify or improve the environmental controls as necessary,
rather than wait for improvement or repair requests to cycle through
the University budget priorities. Unspent income would also provide
a capital pool for financing major facility upgrades when needed.
Help us keep the Paul Meek Library looking like the beautiful place
it was designed to be.
· Acquisition endowments Acquisition endowments given by
individuals or collectively by several donors provide the permanent
means to acquire materials for future generations. A named library
endowment may be established with an initial gift of $15,000 or
more; income from endowments underwrites purchases of books, journals,
microfilm, or other materials for the Library collection. Whether
it funds print or electronic media, named library funds provide
unique opportunities for ongoing support for specific disciplines,
by type of material, or program interest. Books bought with endowment
income have an identifying bookplate placed in each item purchased;
periodicals carry the same plate when they are bound.
· Educational Resource-Support Endowments (ERSEs) This are
funds pooled gradually from other academic contributions, and specifically
endow library acquisition within a college's subject area. A percentage
of the gift endowing a scholarship or professorship is transferred
in the college's ERSE. Separate contributions are invited as well.
This way a scholarship not only helps a student attend college,
but also helps insure that they have appropriate materials from
which to study. You can support all students in not only one discipline
but also related ones, by contributing generously to specific ERSEs.
· Library Fund for Excellence Periodicals-academic journals,
databases, and index/abstract services-are near the heart of collegiate
education and many professions. Library subscriptions for a journal
typically stand three to five times the cost of an individual subscription.
Beyond that, in the past twenty years subscription prices have inflated
dramatically, hurting the resource support that the library is able
to offer academic programs. We have been forced to cut back severely
the titles we want, just to meet rising costs for titles we must
have. Gifts made to this fund specifically endow subscriptions to
periodical literature and databases needed by students in their
class work. Cash or convertible donations of any amount may be made.
It Makes a Difference
Income from the West Tennessee Banking Fund provides databases and
other materials related to business and accounting. The Naomi Stover
Ryan Fund supports general book purchases for the circulating collection.
Income from the Corbitt Endowment allowed the library to acquire
copies of virtually every edition of every book written by UTJC
professor Harry Harrison Kroll (1935-1957), together with photocopies
of his correspondence; thus, the Paul Meek Library now houses the
definitive collection on Tennessee's most-published author of the
20th century and his work. The Harold and Maude Smith Endowment
supplies materials and equipment for the publicly accessible Regional