The past year was not what anyone expected, but instead of acceding to the challenges that faced the University of Texas Libraries, we embraced them as an opportunity to show our mettle. 2019 ended auspiciously enough, with major gifts from supportive donors, and notable grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation. We also bolstered work to materialize the library as platform, an ambitious plan to move beyond the traditional position of being primarily a storehouse for books and information, and into a space where we play an active role in the production of innovation and the expansion of new understanding of our world. When confronted with crises beyond our control that demanded agility in response, our staff and leaders brought the full force of their skills, knowledge, talent and fortitude to bear and produced exceptional solutions to problems we never imagined.
Here's the year in review.