Access to library resources allows alumnus to continue life’s work

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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Membership in the KU Alumni Association includes a number of perks and benefits, such as discounts on merchandise, access to special events and the ever-popular Kansas Alumni magazine. A relatively new and perhaps not-as-famous benefit is access to scholarly resources.

Thanks to a partnership with KU Libraries, members can access more than 50,000 magazines, journals and index records—invaluable library resources for alumni and friends who want to continue their professional and personal development.

One alumnus let us know just how valuable this benefit is to him:

My wife and I recently renewed our membership in the KU Alumni Association. As she read the reminder letter, Joanna called my attention to a new membership benefit: access to KU Libraries databases of academic and business journals and periodicals. I am writing to express my profound thanks for this access, since it is absolutely crucial to work I am doing. Let me explain.

I began my career in academe, and taught at the Wharton School and elsewhere. Some years later I joined the business world, where I helped senior executives understand and apply quantitative methods to improve their business decisions. A persistent goal of my work was bridging the gap between what is known in principle (e.g., somewhere in academe) and what is applied in practice (e.g., in business firms). In pursuing that goal I published some twenty-five technical articles (six of which won awards for excellence) addressed to academics and quantitative professionals (e.g., actuaries, investment quants). I also published some fifty more in which I attempted to explain technical issues and their implications to a predominantly nontechnical audience of senior executives.

Throughout my career an indispensable resource has been access to relevant business and scholarly journals, typically at the New York Public Library. Now that I’m retired and no longer work in New York, that resource is no longer available to me. I continue to write and publish work intended to bridge the gap between what is known and what is applied. But without access to essential library resources that has become considerably more difficult.

So imagine my absolute delight in learning of this new KU Alumni Association benefit, and subsequently discovering that KU’s libraries have resources that match or exceed those of the New York Public Library! I am incredibly grateful for this new benefit, and wanted to both thank you and explain that it has made a huge difference in my ability to continue pursuing the overarching goal of my life’s work.

Sincerely,

William H. Panning, c’65

Association members can access three databases within KU Libraries. These resources include the latest scholarly information in many areas of academic study, full-text business magazines and journals, and comprehensive, yet concise summaries of the best business books available.

Click here to learn more about the resources available for members and to register or log in to access them. We welcome your feedback on this new benefit, or any other membership benefits!

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