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James Leland Dirks, Jr. Library Preservation Endowed Fund

Lee Dirks/Judy Lew

The purpose of the Endowment is to support an Information School student or students working at  the UW Libraries in support of preservation.

The James Leland Dirks, Jr. Library Preservation Endowed Fund was established in July 2012 by long-time Libraries friend and champion, Lee Dirks.  In Lee’s words, “It is my intention, with this endowment, to help preserve both the general and special collections of the University of Washington while enabling students to gain valuable experience towards their potential career in the library field and beyond.”

Lee was a 1990 graduate of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the holder of an Advanced Certificate in Preservation Administration from the Columbia University School of Library Science.  He was passionate about the preservation of library materials and simultaneously committed to supporting students in their pursuit of a UW iSchool degree.  As a Director in the Connections team at Microsoft Research, Lee worked closely with the UW Libraries on current and future issues at the heart of academic research and education.

In August 2012, Lee and his wife, Judy Lew, were tragically killed in an automobile accident while on vacation in Peru.  They are both greatly missed.