Donor profile: Josie Parker

When asked to volunteer her time to UMSI, Josie Parker rarely says no. A participant in numerous student related activities at UMSI such as MSI Visiting Days and career panels, Josie takes advantage of the fact that she is only two blocks away, knowing others farther away would love to be able to volunteer their time if they were able.  

Director of the Ann Arbor District Library for nine years now, Josie always knew she wanted to be a librarian. It was just a matter of finding the right time and opportunity to be able to attend graduate school.  At UMSI, Josie was one of the original  thirty five students to participate in the Internet Public Library project (IPL), a project that helped her to understand and embrace technology and the impact it had on people and on the future.

Josie was raised to give to those who need it and are unable to help themselves through tithing to religious institutions. Her gifts to UMSI are always focused on education and preparing people for a future in information careers, and are given with as few strings as possible. One of her favorite areas to give to is Alternative Spring Break, knowing how transformative an experience this program can be for UMSI student participants.

On the future of public libraries Josie says, “Opportunities for the future for public libraries are vast and unlimited. I do not believe we are dinosaurs watching our own death. I will do my best to make sure that this is not the case.”

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