TWUSA campaigns to upgrade the library.
This Friday, TWUSA is kick starting a campaign to fundraise for the library. They’ve gotten the ball rolling by promising to donate $10,000, and are determined to raise even more.
Their plan is to use social media to gather awareness on campus, and run a group (dorm, collegiums, D-group) pledge drive in order to get the rest of the student body involved in the process of raising money. The campaign will wrap up in late March with a gala aimed at university donors where they plan to showcase the library as well as the student’s support and passion for it.
“It’s not exam season at TWU until your Facebook feed is inundated with statuses describing student’s relationship with Norma,” quips one student, “Seriously, I don’t know of any other school where the students so stubbornly insist on personifying their library. Its abundantly clear that despite the flaws and blemishes, the Norma Marion Alloway library is dear to the hearts of students here.”
From the locust storm humming in the basement to the limited selection of books published later than 1980, Norma certainly has her “idiosyncrasies.” The facts of the matter are as follows: for a university that is saddled both with debt and quickly aging buildings, it is difficult to justify spending the tens of thousands of dollars on an annual basis that would be required to keep the journal articles and books up to date.
With significant work scheduled for RNT and Enarson in the near future, the 25-year-old library is out of luck for the time being. While Norma’s plight is not the fault of the library staff, nor can the administration be held entirely to blame, any short comings that the library may have quickly become the student’s problem. Treks out to UBC to borrow books from one of their 21 (!) branches are not uncommon. This perhaps acts as further evidence that TWU’s library is falling short of the standard of excellence that is routinely set by the rest of this university.
With all that being said, what can students actually do about it? Well, quite a lot actually. Keep your eyes open late this week for more information on the campaign and don’t forget to pick up a pledge sheet and like the Facebook page.
Remember to support your library; become #FriendsOfNorma.