When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, Carolina students raced to help those in need. They partnered with the University Libraries in a “Humanitarian Mapathon” to support Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, a crowdsourced mapping program that aids countries affected by a national crisis. Students volunteered to review satellite imagery, and added features such as roads and buildings to help rescue workers searching for survivors in the rubble. This technology saves lives throughout the world.
- Student Support
Create Library Spaces that Support New Styles of Learning and InquiryIdeas, when nurtured, can reach further than ever imagined. Only by expanding interdisciplinary collaboration and research space can we support new methods of teaching and learning. From building design labs to accommodating additional resource materials, we will create space to foster ideas and bring them to fruition.
Build Research Capacity through Technology LeadershipResearch is what fuels us. New innovations in research touch all students, who can then touch so many lives outside our state borders. We must support and inspire new technologies—and create new spaces for ideas to flourish. Our three Research Hubs feature MakerSpaces to develop and test new ideas, and bring together interdisciplinary research groups to form strategic partnerships. Support for the Hubs will strengthen critical infrastructure to bolster our research mission.
- Faculty Support
Support and Enrich World Class CollectionsFirst and foremost, we must give students and faculty all the support, space and inspiration they will need through their academic career. To achieve this, we will put an emphasis on strengthening our global collections, digitizing collections to ensure that history is preserved and made widely accessible, enhance our holdings of the American South and anticipate new developing trends in faculty research.
- Faculty Support
Foster Professional Excellence of UNC Library StaffAs new priorities emerge, we must provide mentoring and support for future research librarians. We must administer training and secure innovation grants for the next career librarians and knowledge holders. Because here at Carolina, leaders beget leaders, and go on to impact generations to come.
When the R.B. House Undergraduate Library opened in 1968, it was the first time that Carolina undergraduates were allowed into library stacks anywhere on campus.
"Libraries and museums work really hard to preserve that material and we want to give that a boost."