School of Information Receives $1.2 Million Estate Gift to Expand Offerings

Dec. 20, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — The School of Information (iSchool) at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $1.2 million gift from the estate of longtime librarian Mary Boyvey. The gift represents half of the estate of Boyvey, who passed away May 12 at the age of 91.

The generous gift is the largest single donation in the school’s 65-year history and will allow the iSchool to enhance its research and education programs to leverage the power and benefits of information to affect individuals and society across all professional domains.

Known to her friends as “Micki,” Boyvey received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in library science, and she received her doctorate from the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Boyvey worked as a school librarian in several districts before joining the Texas Education Agency as program director in 1966. Active in many professional organizations, she was president of the Texas Library Association and a board member of the American Library Association.

“During the ’60s and ’70s, technology and automation were changing the field of library studies,” said long-time friend and fellow librarian Virginia Phillips. “We moved from using index cards to having to automate every library, to now having everything, including periodicals, accessible online.”

The funds were given as an unrestricted gift to the school, allowing Andrew Dillon, dean of the School of Information, flexibility to invest the funds in areas that are critical to the school’s future.

“The information field has evolved rapidly over the last decade to impact every area of human activity, and the need for professionals who can manage, mine and design information products and services has never been greater,” said Dillon. “Micki’s unrestricted gift ensures our continued ability to provide the nation’s best research and education environment for information studies.”

For more information, contact: Cassie Alvarado, School of Information, 512-232-0738

4 Comments to "School of Information Receives $1.2 Million Estate Gift to Expand Offerings"

1.  Bill said on Dec. 23, 2012

Let's see now: how many faculty members can be paid from this fund? How much can the Dean pay himself? I'm going to watch this fund and see how it will really be used. With increasing costs of library materials and continued reduction in library staff, I know where it should be used, but will it? Gee, I shouldn't be so pessimistic!! But, we'll see...

2.  Dan Updegrove said on Dec. 27, 2012

With all respect to Bill's perspective, it's important here to distinguish the teaching and research missions of the excellent UT School of Information (formerly the Graduate School of Library and Information Science) from the role of UT's formidable Libraries. See and .

3.  Chris said on Dec. 28, 2012

Bill (above comment),

The School of Information and UT Libraries are totally separate entities so none of this money will go toward UT Library staff or library materials (probably).

4.  Gloria said on Jan. 7, 2013

Bill is not pessimistic, but realistic. All one has to do is read the State Comptroller's report. Public Education funds inordinately go towards bloated administrative salaries and not the students (and most importantly faculty) they serve. I receive calls monthly asking for donations to the university...no amount too small the caller usually indicates. When the $600,000+ salary of the university president is reduced to a reasonable amount, I will donate.