Celebrating 35 Years at Western

Deborah L. HolmeTo celebrate her 35th anniversary with Western Libraries, Deborah L. Holme decided to make two distinct gifts to libraries through the Digital Bookplate Program. These celebratory contributions not only marked Deborah's special occasion, but also provided her with a meaningful way to honour her two greatnephews, Noah T.R. Griffin and Tavis G. McCulloch, through the creation of permanent digital bookplates in each of their names.

Deborah's recent gifts in support of libraries' Collections Culture project were her way of ensuring the continued development of richly diverse library collections, which are accessible to every Western student.

Deborah began her career with Western Libraries in 1975 as a Library Technician. Over the years, she has seen firsthand the evolution of the library system from the manual searching of a subject index to library patrons having access to resources anytime, anywhere. "I've seen it all", she enthused, "and it's been impressive".

Bearing witness to these advancements, Deborah can attest to how these changes have resulted in more efficient and enhanced services for users and how important access to the collection is for the Western community. For Deborah, Western Libraries is much more than simply a place of employment. It is the place where she was encouraged to accomplish a major milestone in her life, completing her university degree. As both an employee and student, Deborah has seen both sides of the library experience and can appreciate how Western Libraries is always striving to do better by proactively responding to the needs of its users. It was this unwavering support of her personal endeavours and pursuit of excellence that led Deborah to give back to Western Libraries while honouring those who are closest to her heart.

Contributing to Western Libraries is in part a reflection of the lessons taught by her parents who generously gave to their community. Deborah's donation in support of the Western Libraries community will help to ensure the continued growth of outstanding resources to support world-class teaching and learning, and research and scholarship at Western. For Deborah, supporting Western Libraries is very meaningful as her gifts are put to work to benefit all students across all disciplines, both locally and globally.

"Knowing my gifts provide every single student access to our finest collections, now and in the future, is a perfect way to celebrate my 35 years here at Western Libraries," explained Deborah. "And presenting the tribute bookplates to my great-nephews and their parents was very special - I'm just not sure who enjoyed it more!"

Deborah Holme supports collections as a way of celebrating 35 years with Western Libraries The Noah T.R. Griffin and Tavis G. McCulloch bookplates have been linked to a children's book title in the library catalogue, written by Deborah Holme in 2008 - Sarah's Poppy Puppy.

The Digital Bookplate Program recognizes donations made to Western Libraries campaign priority projects. For more information, please visit Western Libraries' Be Extraordinary campaign website or the Digital Bookplate Homepage.


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