Chancellor's Recent Speeches

Remarks by Charles B. Reed
Chancellor, California State University
Dedication and Grand Opening of the Broome Library
California State University, Channel Islands
Friday, April 4, 2008

Thank you, Dick (Rush).

As you just said, a library is the intellectual heart of a campus.

It also is where another organ, the brain, is at work. At various times of the day or night, students, faculty and staff will be here exercising their brains for the betterment of themselves, their university and their communities.

As Benjamin Franklin said, "The doors of wisdom are never shut."

Libraries have changed so much from the old days of quiet places with card catalogs, books and journals and people working alone.

They are now vibrant, bustling centers of technology, where students, faculty, staff and community members can access information from around the world.

And this library is certain to be a world-class facility where all CSU Channel Islands students, faculty, staff and the community can turn the information they gain into the knowledge they need to navigate this world.

A quality library like this raises the bar for other university libraries.

Dick – you’ve probably now made the other CSU campuses envious of what you have here!

We are proud that it is at Channel Islands, the newest of the 23 California State University campuses.

This campus has come a long way in a very short time, and this new library is a symbol of what can be done when we keep the needs of students first.

The students who pass through these doors will graduate into the workforce prepared to contribute to the economic vitality of this region and this state.

And this library will play a big part in what these students take with them.

They will be forever enlightened by the flame of learning, and we hope they will pass it on to others.

This library means a lot to the CSU system, to this community and the state.

All of you here helped to make this a reality, and I appreciate that.

I also want to thank Larry Gould and Martha (Fallgatter) Walda for supporting Richard West and me in moving this project along to be what it is today.

Thank you for contributing to a facility that is more than a physical structure – it is a cultural, social and intellectual gathering place for generations to come.

And a special thank you to John Broome for your vision and your generosity in making this library a reality.

Thank you.