Dean’s Post

Dean, Jane TreadwellYesterday I read an article in the New York Times about the library of Antioch College.  The story was both poignant and inspiring, so I wanted to share it with you.  Click here to see the article.
The thought that “the library is the heart of the university” is almost a cliche, but at Antioch it turned out to be true.  Antioch ran into financial problems last year, before the problems on Wall Street trickled down to most college and university investments, and the Board decided to close the college down. That is, except for the library. 
With a bare bones staff of three people, the library is staying open, receiving periodicals so there won’t be gaps if and when the college opens again, maintaining special collections and archives–where there has been a $100,000 gift–and lending books out to other libraries in Ohio.  The knowledge that had accumulated in that library is still there, and still accessible to the public.  The library endures, offering testimony to the past while preparing for the future.

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