1media/Billings_oncampus.jpgmedia/Billings_consulate.jpg2018-07-12T16:40:04-07:00Advocacy & Leadership23Billings was instrumental in establishing UT Libraries reputation as a top-ranking research institution.image_header7931152018-10-16T18:24:08-07:00The analog to digital transition was a particularly challenging time for libraries everywhere. During Harold W. Billings’ term as director of the University of Texas Libraries from 1978 to 2003, libraries were under the scrutiny of critics predicting their eventual irrelevance. To this Billings responded,
Near the beginning of his tenor as director, the Perry-Castañeda Library building was completed and opened as the main library branch. By his retirement in 2002, UT Libraries vastly expanded their resources to include both access to online databases and a new 21st Century study area and computer workstation.
Through Billings' skill in building partnerships, his openness to the evolving role of librarians, and his passionate advocacy for the field, UTL not only weathered these changes but built its reputation as one of the nation’s top-ranking research libraries .
1media/HB_fund.jpg2018-10-10T22:18:34-07:00Harold Billings Fund for Collection Enhancement Established6The fund was created after Billings' retirement by a donation from his daughter, Carol Billings Blood, to support the purchase of books and other materials for UT Libraries.plain2018-10-15T22:25:17-07:002006Continuing Billings' mission of building the Libraries' collections, this fund endowed by a gift from his daughter carries on the former director's legacy. The Harold Billings Fund for Collection Enhancement is used to purchase books and other materials for the ever growing libraries.