Couple Makes Major Gift for Library Preservation

Marketing and Communications | February 04, 2013

The Texas A&M University Libraries is poised to launch a preservation program with a gift of $150,000 thanks to the generosity of Susan M. ’74 and William R. Ouren ’74. Funds from the gift made by the Kingwood couple will be used to create a pre-eminent program. Plans call for a preservation librarian to guide, define and establish a program of national reputation and stature.

Recognized as a key player in the rare books world, the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives houses many rare and fragile items including books, manuscripts, photos, art, and artifacts. Such materials require vigilance and expertise in preservation, storage, and access.

 “Upon my arrival at Texas A&M, I envisioned a preservation program using the latest technology and adhering to national standards for preservation at the highest level. We are grateful to the Ourens for sharing our vision and making it a reality with their gift,” explained David Carlson, dean of the University Libraries. “We have high expectations for our preservation librarian. In recognition of the gift, the Libraries will establish a named faculty position, the “William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian,” he added.

 Under the leadership of the preservation librarian, the program will undertake physical restoration, repair, stabilization, and digitization of rare materials.