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Message from the Dean

Dear Friends of the Madden Library,
Dean McDonald

Hello, everyone. This month marks the third anniversary of the opening of our new library. What a transformation it's been! We opened with plastic furnishings and unfinished spaces in 2009 and now have a library filled with students working, studying, and socializing. The Madden Library has become the academic destination of our region.

Today we have state-of-the-art technology in every room and beautiful artwork on our walls. We have forged new partnerships by creating facilities for the Learning Center to tutor students, the office of Technology Innovations in Learning and Teaching to aid faculty, and the office of Services for Students with Disabilities. Planned for construction this summer is a new Graduate Studies Center, which will be the first resource on our campus created specially for graduate students.

Every month more than 40,000 students enter the building and find in this inviting space a suite of services that are designed to make them successful in their learning. While we hear of a decline in the use of books elsewhere, our circulation of print materials holds steady year after year, a testament to one of the finest collections of books and journals in the CSU system. Use of our Multimedia Lab, our laptop loan program, and our professionally staffed reference service grows steadily every year.

We have hosted stimulating, well-received programs and exhibitions, from stunning displays of Samurai weapons and armor to Alice in Wonderland treasures to talks by distinguished architects, historians, artists, business leaders, and award-winning poets. Through these offerings, the Madden Library serves the Central Valley region as a destination for lifelong learning, intellectual discovery, and engaged cultural enrichment.

In spite of all these successes, we face an uncertain future. The chronic shortfalls in the California state budget represent a precipitous disinvestment in public higher education. In 2013 we face potentially ruinous cuts to our already strained budget.

With the prospect of disastrous budget cuts looming, the importance of your continued support is paramount. Along with my staff and faculty, I deeply appreciate your generous gifts and loyal support of our programs and exhibitions. In the months and years ahead we hope we can retain that support by our continued good works. It is my commitment as dean to ensure that this library continues to promote and nurture student enterprise and success.

Best regards, my friends

Peter McDonald

Peter McDonald, Dean of Library Services