Welcome to the 2020 Yearly Impact Report for the Georgia Tech Library. Although I officially became Dean of Libraries on July 1, 2020, I can say unequivocally it has been one of the most challenging years we have ever experienced during my fourteen-year tenure at Georgia Tech. And yet, the Georgia Tech Library continues to move forward, expand our services, and fulfill the vision of LibraryNext. Through the hard work, ingenuity, and an unending belief in one another and our partners on campus, our library team supports our student and faculty academic and research pursuits while our services, spaces, and collections provide knowledge, solace, and inspiration for the Georgia Tech community, especially within the challenging COVID-19 landscape.
One of our crowning achievements this year was the re-opening of the Judge S. Price Gilbert Memorial Library this summer. In fact, this document, and all the work that went into it, is in honor of Dr. Rafael L. Bras – former provost and arguably one of the biggest proponents of the Library’s renewal. Without his belief, guidance, and advocacy, we would not be where we are today. I cannot understate the importance of his influence on this project, the vision of LibraryNext, and me. These beautiful buildings are truly a testament to his legacy.