This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Library Advisory Board, a group of donors who support the Duke University Libraries financially as well as by sharing the expertise they have gained in an array of professions. In preparing for the Board’s anniversary meeting this spring, one of my colleagues reviewed all of the issues of Duke University Libraries that have been published during the past twenty years.
I enjoyed reminiscing with him, seeing the Libraries’ milestones and accomplishments recorded in the pages of the magazine: the introduction of technology and its transformative impact; the construction of new buildings and the renovation of existing library spaces; announcements of acquisitions, projects, and grants; and descriptions of the diverse programs and exhibits we have offered to the Duke and Durham communities.
Reporting to you about the many ways in which the Libraries connect people and ideas has given me great pleasure for the seventeen years I have served as the magazine’s editor. So, it is with regret that I relinquish my editorship—even for the pleasures of retirement! However, the magazine will continue, and I will join you as one of its readers and as a friend of the Duke University Libraries.
B. Ilene Nelson