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The Library of the University of Pennsylvania has been enriched by the contributions of its remarkably talented scholar/librarians as well as by the gifts of generations of donors. Surprisingly, the library supported by contributions by Benjamin Franklin and King Louis XVII does not have one single endowed chair to offer its most valuable staff members.

An endowed chair is the single most effective means of ensuring continuity and stability over time. It is an appropriate way of recognizing and rewarding the contributions of a distinguished scholar.

The honor surrounding a chair reflects both ways -- to and from the institution it represents. A distinguished chairholder gives added luster to the University. Lengthening rows of chairs provide tangible evidence of the number of renowned scholars at Penn and attract others to our campus.

Finally, a chair bears eloquent testimony to the donor's generosity, vision, regard for intellectual achievement, and sense of social responsibility. Each endowed chair at the library will proudly bear the name of its donor--or the name of a person he or she wishes to honor--in perpetuity.

As you consider the descriptions of the positions most in need of endowment, the profiles of the outstanding academics who now hold them and the succession of chair-holders who will follow, bear in mind that an excellent library cannot be sustained without excellent people.

These links provide additional information on potential endowed library chairs: