McGill24, the University’s fifth annual day of giving is almost here! On Wednesday, March 11, donations will be made around the world with the aim of impacting the current and future McGill community. If we all come together for a 24-hour period, what difference can we make?
This question is key to the McGill Library, a hub for knowledge, discovery, research and community. Gifts to the Library have an immediate impact, providing students with the tools they need to nurture their curiosity, achieve academic success and go on to fulfilling careers. And on McGill24, those gifts go further, helping to unlock thousands of dollars in challenge funds towards Library services, spaces and collections.
In considering this question “what difference will you make?”, we immediately thought of one of the Library’s most recent initiatives, the Book Arts Laboratory. Launched in January 2020, the Book Arts Lab is a small printing room located in Rare Books and Special Collections housing two functional printing presses: the Columbian, an iron press dating to 1821 (the year of McGill’s founding), making it the oldest of its kind in North America; and the Farley, a British proofing press, made in the 1960s. We used the Farley press to print each word of the tagline individually. See below for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the process!
And now we turn it over to you. On March 11, what difference will YOU make?