Friends of NIU Libraries still taking suggestions from patrons to enhance libraries’ collections

Photo of library booksSince 1983, the Friends of the NIU Libraries group has been purchasing materials for the library that have otherwise been too expensive for the library’s budget, based on the recommendations of library faculty.

Now Friends of the NIU Libraries is expanding its program to enhance the library by opening up its suggestion box to the NIU community.

Instead of purchasing expensive items on a case-by-case basis as was the practice in the past, Friends of NIU Libraries has created an Awards Program, whereby members of the NIU community can submit applications to have specific materials purchased for the library.

Details, and application instructions, can be found online.

All members of the Friends and other NIU faculty and staff members, including the faculty and staff of the University Libraries, are eligible to submit proposals.

Individuals may submit as many as three proposals, provided that each is for a different purpose and fulfills all other proposal requirements. The proposal should contain an abstract (250 words or less), description of the proposed expenditure, rationale for purchase and a cost proposal.

Submitted proposals, no more than five pages long, should be sent to Lynne Thomas, faculty liaison for the Friends of the NIU Libraries, Founders Memorial Library 402. They can also be e-mailed to lmthomas@niu.edu.

The deadline for proposals for this fall is Monday, Nov. 1. Another round of proposals will be accepted for spring 2011 purchases.

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