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Gift allows donors to underwrite journal subscriptions

An imaginative gift from Kirk McClure, professor of urban planning, and his wife, Jeannie, has sparked a new giving opportunity at KU Libraries.

The couple’s gift covers subscription costs for the award-winning “World Shakespeare Bibliography Online,” an electronic resource published by the Shakespeare Quarterly, the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and 2011.

The McClure’s gift inspired the new Adopt-a-Journal program, which gives friends and fans of KU Libraries the opportunity to support scholarship at KU by underwriting the costs of journal subscriptions.

“My wife, Jeannie, and I are both KU graduates,” said McClure. “I worked my way through college as an hourly employee with the circulation department at Watson Library. It seemed like a natural job for me; my father was a printer and bookbinder. Jeannie was an English major with the normal affection for books and libraries found in all English majors. This makes the libraries at KU near and dear to our hearts. Jeannie has a love of Shakespeare, which she passed on to our daughter. As part of a grade school independent education project, our daughter completed a study of many of Shakespeare’s plays, which we, as a family, read aloud, each taking different roles. This project led to a family visit to England to see the Royal Shakespeare Company. The study and the trip created many lasting memories. It seems only appropriate that our family help KU Libraries by adopting a Shakespeare journal.”

Lorraine Haricombe, dean of KU Libraries, lauded the gift and the giving program.

“During a time of flat budgets and double-digit annual increases in subscription costs for many journals, private funds play a critical role in our ability to make resources like this available to faculty and students at KU.”

For a list of subscription opportunities and estimated annual costs, visit lib.ku.edu/giving/journals.

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