Support the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, cited by many as the collection of record for Latin America in this hemisphere, is home to some of the most unique and rare collections on the Forty Acres and beyond.
The year 2021 marks the Benson’s centennial, yet the future is anything but certain. With the rising cost of resources, endowments supply much-needed annual support for the Benson. We need your help to take the Benson into the next century. Former head librarian Laura Gutiérrez-Witt has graciously pledged to match the first $20,000 to the endowment she generously created, The Robert Charles Witt and Laura Gutiérrez-Witt Library Fund for Latin America.
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Support the Artaza and Castañeda Diversity Alliance Pilot Residency Program
A challenge we face in libraries is recruiting individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in the profession. To remain the pre-eminent library for a Tier 1 research university, we need to harness the power of diverse perspectives to enhance and transform our services. The talent is out there. We need your help to bring them to the Forty Acres.
The first year of the residency program will consist of a rotation to identify an area of interest in libraries. The second year will allow the resident to pursue a specific area of interest.
University of Texas at Austin alumnus and Libraries Advisory Council Member Gustavo Artaza has generously contributed the $100,000 toward the establishment of the program in honor of his mother, Consuelo Artaza, and his grandfather, Dr. Carlos Castañeda, who was the original librarian of the university’s Latin American Collection and namesake of the Perry-Castañeda Library.
Artaza’s contribution will go toward the overall challenge to raise $133,000 in order to obtain a matching grant from the university.
Help us raise the remaining $33,000 this year’s 40 Hours for the Forty Acres fundraising campaign.