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Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates

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The mission of Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates is to recognize the role that Briggs Library plays in the success of the University of Minnesota, Morris and the life of west central Minnesota; provide programming and exhibits to enrich the cultural, intellectual, and artistic life of these communities; and raise funds for providing materials, furnishings, and projects not possible with the existing library budget.

Libraries are timeless: as ancient as the oldest recorded knowledge and as modern as the newest innovative technology. By joining the Library Associates, you can shape the future of the University of Minnesota, Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library by supporting the ageless art of sharing wisdom and beauty, recording facts and ideas, and providing resources for research and learning.

Library Associates organized to bring together Morris friends who love books, who enjoy cultural pursuits, and who believe in supporting an important campus and regional intellectual resource.

Library Associates know that the Rodney A. Briggs Library is vital to Morris’s future and an important regional and community asset. The library's purpose illustrates serving the campus community as well as the citizens of west central Minnesota. Briggs Library provides access to books, journals, and numerous electronic resources for scholarly activities, for research, and for pure pleasure of learning and reading.

Library Associates speak out for the needs of the facility and advocate growth and improvements. They are ambassadors on campus and in the community, promoting the library’s resources and encouraging its use.

Library Associates provide programming and exhibits that enrich the cultural, intellectual, and artistic life of the community and region.

As a Library Associate, you will play an important role in the future of the Rodney A. Briggs Library. Your contributions, financial gifts, leadership skills, suggestions, and ideas are appreciated and welcomed.

Annual levels of support:

UMM Student$10
Contributor$30
Donor$60
Friend$125
Sponsor$250
Patron$500
Benefactor$1,000
Group business and corporation$125
Group nonprofit organizations$60
Business and Corporations$125

Gifts of all amounts are appreciated. Please contact LeAnn Dean for a membership form.

If you have unused or unwanted books, think of the Associates. The Library Associates are always accepting donated items for its annual book sale in the fall.

To become an associate or arrange delivery of a book sale donation, please contact LeAnn Dean.

2014–15 Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates Board of Directors

  • President Alisande Allaben
  • Vice President Brad Gerdes
  • Secretary Jim Togeas
  • Members-At-Large Michael O’Reilly, Joan Boleman, Julia Dabbs
  • MCSA Representative Zach Johnson
  • Fund Development Representative Carla Riley, ex-officio
  • Library Representative LeAnn Dean, ex-officio

“The library is the heart of a liberal arts learning community.”

—Former Chancellor Sam Schuman




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