To build a vibrant and resourceful environment for the Information Age with a robust impact on learning and knowledge creation, and the preservation of the cultural legacy.
Highlight the program's
value to Howard University--emphasize impact on
research, learning, talent development and the
preservation of intellectual and material legacy.
The following programs represent funding interests
specific to these areas. We seek an attention-grabbing
proposal that convinces the donors that the Howard
University library is an expertly run organization,
the center of cutting-edge technology that is
indispensable to Howard University students and
faculty, and worthy of the donors
investment. Donors will know where funds
are allocated, and then see tangible evidence
of their philanthropy. Our program is designed
to allow for easier promotion, and for participation
by smaller donors. The more people involved in
this program, the broader the potential support.
Learning Classroom, FL 116: $500,000
Stress the critical importance of information management
and critical skills in the highly competitive world
of the 21st century. Those students who
will flourish in the fast changing environment of
the 21st century will have capitalized
on such skills. As a strategic factor, information
and its effective use is the equivalent of money,
productivity, quality, and innovation.
Technology Forum FL 240: $400,000 initial construction,
plus $500,000 endowment
Unlike peer and other similar universities, Howard
University Libraries does not provide any reserved
graduate study rooms for individual or group study.
High-end workstations with various applications--
word and data processing; authoring tools; group
ware systems; scanners; video-communication.
initial cost for wiring, equipment/furnishing; $1,000,000
endowment to generate $100,000 annually for equipment
maintenance and service support.
Kiosks, Founders Lobby and UGL Lobby: $10,000 each.
Learning Center, UGL: $500,000.
The Center will be transformed into a Multimedia
enclave for access to and training in the use of
computer and network-based electronic media. It
will feature classrooms with videoconferencing capability,
listening and scanning stations, as well as cable
and satellite hook-up.
Founders Library is the jewel piece of African-American
architect Albert I.
Cassell. The building is the signature structure
of the main campus. It was designed and constructed
under Cassell's close supervision in 1937-39, during
a period in American history when professional opportunities
in architectural design and construction were severely
limited for African Americans. Nevertheless, with
native talent, unique drive, and incurable optimism,
Cassell was able to surmount the obstacles of poverty
and rigid racial prejudice. Unfortunately, the Founders
Library interiors have been minimally maintained.
The eighteen original white oak tables show the
effect of over 60 years of continuous service (and
abuse). Their tops are worn out, the legs are heavily
soiled. Fortunately the overall structure is robust.
An authentic restoration of these historic pieces
of Howardiana will demonstrate that we care about
preserving Howards material heritage. In an
authoritative study on educational excellence, Alexander
Astin maintains that one of the key determinants
of educational excellence is student engagement,
and the level of such engagement is closely related,
among other factors, to the quality of life on the
of twenty 1938 white oak reading tables, $6,000-$20,000
each table, including: Eight 4'x4' tables; twenty-one
4'x8' tables; nine 4' round tables; and three 4'x14'
The sponsors for each project will be immortalized
by means of cast bronze plaques, permanently attached
to the respective objects.
of 1938 Cast Bronze Clocks, Founders: $5,000
There are 12 wall clock with solid
of one 1938 white oak floor clock, $15,000
of one 1938 white oak floor atlas, $5,000
of eight 1938 solid cast bronze sconces, $5,000
of architectural woodwork (Founders Main Lobby,
Hallways, Reference Room, and Browsing Room) $500,000
The sponsors for each project will be permanently
recognized by means of cast bronze plaques, permanently
attached to the respective objects.
of Channing Pollock Theatre Collection, Founders:
The refurbishing and renovation of the
Pollock Theatre Collection
will create an alternative space for revitalizing
out-of-classroom exchange. Writers and would-be
writers from within and outside the University can
assemble informally for public readings of their
poetry and other creative works, with the backdrop
of books by Shakespeare and other literary giants.
of Room 300A, Founders: $200,000
This room, which has been the site of lectures
by Ted Koppel, Mike Wallace, and other national
spokespersons, will be enhanced to sustain and invigorate
the community of learners who gather for seminars,
panel discussions, videoconferences, and other events
designed to promote social and intellectual exchange.
of Founders Main Lobby and Hallway floors with terrazzo,
$250,000. The current flooring is made
of asbestos tiles, many of which are damaged beyond
repair. The sponsors for each project will be immortalized
by means of cast bronze plaques, permanently embedded
into the terrazzo floor.
of lighting in Founders Reference Room, Treasure
Room, and Browsing Room, $400,000.
The original fixtures were removed and discarded
in an earlier renovation project (about 1976). They
were replaced with modern fluorescent fixtures,
many without covers. Near-replicas of the original
1937 pendant fixtures will be installed. The sponsors
for each project will be immortalized by means of
cast bronze plaques, permanently attached to the
production and installation of African and African-American
thematic tapestry in the Reference Room/East and
the Circulation Hall, $6,000 per tapestry.
The Heritage Hall will provide a focal point illustrating
the history of people of color. Its impact on one's
sense of history and worth, as well as the effectiveness
of learning can be tremendous. (Similar sites: Nationalities
Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning, University of
Pittsburgh; University of Carolina Library, Chapel
A Web Magazine of the Arts: $5,000, annually.
Funding will support one student editorial
stipend and web production fees. CreativityZone
purports to encourage and promote creativity. It
will publish on the World Wide Web articles, poems,
short stories, graphic art and other creative works
in any medium produced by Howard University students,
faculty, staff, alumni and retirees.
OF THE CAPSTONE
one-time cost. A campus cybertour that
reflects the spirit of Howard University--be it
a building, an art work, people, interiors, classroom,
library, stage, or laboratory setting, social gathering,
Donors will be able
to select from a list of 100 wanted titles for the
Reference Collection in the Founders Library. Each
volume will be book-plated in honor of the donor.