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Top: Christian Adeze
studies for a test in the
library. Bottom: Joe Mabee
takes his gold shovel tor
ceremonies. Lett: Group
Building for the future
Among those suffering casualties resulting from the reces-
sion were higher educational institutions. But ACU managed
to be the exception to the rule with at least one plan for
growth: the Margaret and Herman Brown Library. Along
with additional building space, faculty also was increased.
Early in the fall it was announced that funds were
available for a 32.5 million wing to be added to the library.
Several foundations provided funds, including the Brown
Foundation of Houston with a gift of 3500,000g the j.E. and
L.E. Mabee Foundation, 31 million, and miscellaneous gifts
totalling 31 million.
The new wing would expand to the west of the existing
building and add 25,000 square feet of library space. An
atrium was planned to connect the wing to the main
Kenneth Roach, director of libraries and instructional
media, said the space would be used to increase the
government-documents section of the library. The remaining
space would be used to expand other sections, including
special collections and university archives.
The new facility would "allow an increase in library
holdings and services to better serve the students and facul-
ty," said Roach.
The dream of the new wing became a reality at the Feb. 22
ground-breaking ceremony. Dr. joe Mabee, trustee for the
Mabee Foundation, surprised President William-I. Teague by
presenting the foundation's gift of 31 million during the
ceremony. Roach said he had not expected to receive the
check at the ceremony. He said ACU had matched the 31
million given by the Mabee Foundation, but he thought the
check would come by mail or by courier. More than 100
people attended the ground breaking.
Roach said a completion date for the wing had not been
determined because a building date had not been set. Total
construction time was approximated at 360 days. Construc-
tion began in mid-May.
As the university made plans for the expansion, new staff
members were added to the library faculty.
Michael Ayres was assigned to a cataloging position. He
had been associated with the library since 1974 as a student
worker and full-time staff member. Ayres received a master's
degree in library science from North Texas State University
Lilah Gainey joined the staff in 1982. She worked at the
reference desk and directly with faculty in acquisitions.
FRONT ROW: Kenneth Roach, Callie Fay Milliken, Lilah Gainey, R. L. Roberts. ROW 2: Bonnie Walker, Delno
Roberts, Michael Ayres, Ludene Slatton.
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Gainey came to ACU after receiving her library degr
from Sam Houston State University in 1982.
Creating library exhibits also kept library personnel bu.
Dr. Callie Faye Milliken, associate director of the libra
oversaw the various displays.
The New King james Bible was featured in an exhi
The Bible exhibit also commemorated the addition of
250,000th book and the 10,000 cassette to the librar
Children's literature was the theme of one display. T
purpose of this exhibit was to introduce a new collection
children's books given to the library by Wilma Marsh:
assistant professor of English. - Tammy Dablof