The University of Alabama Libraries – Annual Reporting
As we reflect on the events of 2020, which have been challenging in so many ways, my heartfelt thanks go out to University Libraries faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication in supporting student and faculty success at The University of Alabama under difficult circumstances. When the University went to an all distance learning model in response to Covid-19 in March of 2020, University Libraries supported student and faculty scholarship for the duration of that time. When the University piloted face-to-face classes during the summer, University Libraries also participated as one of the campus units offering in-person services. And when 38,000 students arrived in Tuscaloosa in August, our buildings were open for business. As we enter 2021, we want to extend our sincere thanks to the University Libraries Leadership Board and to our donors and our colleagues across the State of Alabama and throughout the United States. In addition to your financial support, we greatly appreciated your notes of encouragement and messages of gratitude that helped us maintain a positive attitude during stressful times while providing high levels of research support for the University community. We are accomplishing great things at The University of Alabama Libraries, despite everything 2020 has thrown at us, and we are able to achieve these things through your continued support!
Dr. Donald L. Gilstrap, Dean and Professor of University Libraries