Beginning in the 1970s the number of students attending Tufts University from around the world steadily increased, helping to transform the university into one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning. By the mid-1980s, the student body swelled to almost 4,400 undergraduates—more than double the student body in the mid-1960s. Coupled with increased computer functionality and the arrival of the internet, it soon became apparent that there was a real need for a first-class library. Under the guidance of the late Tufts President Jean Mayer, the Tisch family put forth a challenge grant to help realize the goal, and a new chapter began in the history of the university.
On October 10th, 2006 Tisch Library officially celebrated 10 years of service to the Tufts community. Tisch Library’s central role in the undergraduate experience draws from the original vision that students, alumni, administrators, faculty and staff put forth in the early 1990s. These disparate groups wanted a new library which would provide the technological resources and skills to reach-out beyond the Hill. That is, they wanted a library which not only reflected the evolution of the university, but could also effectively deal with the future of information management. Additionally, they agreed that the changes should be done as seamlessly as possible, with little disruption to the overall university experience. That they succeeded is a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of everyone involved in the project.
Based on Tufts archival resources such as the Tufts Daily and recollections of library staff who were members of the construction team, this 30 minute documentary tells the story of the library’s construction, and how it continues to ensure its relevance for the next generation students, faculty and staff. Narrated by Alex May, Cataloging Assistant, the film also features original score by Thom Cox, Senior Web Programmer.
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