From: Gretchen Whitney <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: UT [Texas] iSchool Receives $1.2 Million Estate Gift

UT [Texas] iSchool Receives $1.2 Million Estate Gift

AUSTIN, Texas ? The School of Information (iSchool) at The University of
Texas at Austin has received a $1.2 million gift from the estate of
longtime librarian Mary Boyvey. The gift represents half of the estate
of Boyvey, who passed away May 12 at the age of 91.

The generous gift is the largest single donation in the school?s 65-year
history and will allow the iSchool to enhance its research and education
programs to leverage the power and benefits of information to affect
individuals and society across all professional domains.

Known to her friends as ?Micki,? Boyvey received a master?s degree from
the University of Chicago in library science, and she received her
doctorate from the College of Education at The University of Texas at

Boyvey worked as a school librarian in several districts before joining
the Texas Education Agency as program director in 1966. Active in many
professional organizations, she was president of the Texas Library
Association and a board member of the American Library Association.

?During the ?60s and ?70s, technology and automation were changing the
field of library studies,? said long-time friend and fellow librarian
Virginia Phillips. ?We moved from using index cards to having to
automate every library, to now having everything, including periodicals,
accessible online.?

The funds were given as an unrestricted gift to the school, allowing
Andrew Dillon, dean of the School of Information, flexibility to invest
the funds in areas that are critical to the school?s future.

The information field has evolved rapidly over the last decade to
impact every area of human activity, and the need for professionals who
can manage, mine and design information products and services has never
been greater,? said Dillon. ?Micki?s unrestricted gift ensures our
continued ability to provide the nation?s best research and education
environment for information studies.?

For more information, contact: Cassie Alvarado, School of Information,

Gretchen Whitney, PhD, Retired
School of Information Sciences
University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN 37996 USA           [log in to unmask]