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Private Philanthropic Trends in Academic Libraries by Luis Gonzalez

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Friends of the library

Abstract:

The Friends of the Library group is probably one of the most difficult enterprises to sustain for academic libraries and their senior administration. Academic libraries do not have a regular alumni population like other colleges within higher education institutions. For an academic library to form or create a Friends of the Library group there are a series of challenges that need to be addressed in a diversity of ways depending on the institution and the nature of its senior management. Friends’ groups are usually constituted by alumni that had some kind of special relationship with their academic library during their academic careers. They need to be sought out, cultivated and “wined and dined” to understand ...

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