Etext Center Endowment
To U.Va. Library Completes NEH Challenge Grant Two Years Early
6, 2001-- University
of Virginia alumni Matthew and Nancy Walker of McLean, Va., have
pledged $200,000 to the Universitys Electronic Text Center
endowment, a gift that completes a National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH) challenge nearly two years ahead of schedule.
visiting the Etext Center last year, Nancy and I were pleased to
have this opportunity to support work at the forefront of library
information technology," said Matthew Walker. "We are particularly
interested in the resources the Etext Center's online holdings provide
to students and teachers around the world."
from the Matthew and Nancy Walker Library Fund for Technology will
provide rapid text digitizing for faculty and library projects,
train and support graduate students, and maintain computer hardware
1999, the NEH awarded the U.Va. library a $200,000 challenge grant
to create a $1 million endowment to expand one of the world's most
respected online cultural and research sites. With the Walkers'
gift, along with support from many friends and alumni throughout
the nation, the library now has the resources it needs to release
the federal challenge grant well ahead of its 2003 deadline.
is gratifying to have the Walkers' support in building our humanities
collections online," University Librarian Karin Wittenborg said.
"We have discovered the general public is hungry for e-books, and
the Walkers' gift will allow us continue to provide enhanced digital
resources in diverse fields, from Japanese literature to American
history, from Apache folktales to Greek philosophy."
Walker, who graduated in 1983 with a B.S. in engineering and economics,
is CEO of Iconnix, a leading Internet development and consulting
firm. Nancy Walker, a 1983 graduate of the U.Va. Nursing School,
volunteers at Trinity Presbyterian Church, manages the household
and their two children (Phillip, 13, and Nicholas, 8), and is involved
in the local arts community.
University Library Electronic Text Center, founded in 1992, provides
Internet access to humanities-related texts and e-books. For more
information, visit its Web site at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu
or contact director David Seaman at (434) 924-3230.
Melissa Cox Norris, (434) 924-4254