Monday, February 10, 2014

Kathy and David Crowe to Create Endowments to Support University Libraries through Planned Gift



Kathy Crowe has worked at the University Libraries at UNCG since 1983.  She is currently the Associate Dean for Public Service.  David is a scholar, researcher and writer.  He teaches history and law at Elon University. Together they have made a planned testamentary gift to benefit the University Libraries, where David also plans to give his papers to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.
Their gift will endow two funds:
(1) for professional development for the libraries staff and faculty; and
(2) to ensure the growth of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives through acquisition and preservation of valuable records, books and manuscripts. 

Income from the first endowment will be used to enhance professional development opportunities for the faculty and staff of the University Libraries.  Purposes for which funds might be used include but are not limited to provide funds for Libraries’ staff and faculty for travel, conference registration, continuing education, and professional development.

Income from the second endowment will be used to enhance the work of the University Libraries.  Purposes for which funds might be used include but are not limited to acquiring and preserving books, manuscripts, original records and other primary resources to be used by students, historians, researchers and the community.

Kathy Crowe has degrees in both History and Library Science.  Before becoming Associate Dean in 2006, she was Head of Reference and Instructional Services at UNCG and, prior to that,  a reference and instruction librarian.  Her interests include information literacy, assessing user needs, enhancing customer service and marketing library services to all user groups. She has published journal articles, book chapters and presented at conferences around the world on these topics.  Kathy’s understanding for the mission of libraries to preserve unique materials and intimate knowledge of  the continual learning needs of faculty and staff led to her commitment for funds of this nature.

David Crowe, scholar and researcher, has been a professor at Elon University since 1977.  He is the author of several books including War Crimes, Genocide and Justice:  A Global History (2013), The Holocaust: Roots, History, and Aftermath (2008), Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind The List (2004) and A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia 1995 and 2007).  He is the recipient of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies’ 2010 Richard Stites Senior Scholar Award and Elon University’s Distinguished Scholar Award.  He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and a Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The University Libraries’ collections have supported his research over the years.  Appreciation for that and his passion for research provided the impetus for giving back. 

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