URI library students to benefit from estate gift
KINGSTON, R.I. -- December 4, 2000 -- Before her untimely death in 1995,
Elizabeth Futas played a major role in library studies. Not only was she
the director of the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Library
and Information Studies, she was a member of the executive board of the
American Library Association. In fact, the American Library Association
presents an annual juried award called "The Elizabeth Futas Catalyst
for Change Award" to honor a librarian who has created some positive
Shortly after her death, URI's Graduate School of Library and Information
Studies and the librarian community created a memorial scholarship in Futas'
This year, the estate of Eleanore R. Futas (Liz Futas's mother) donated
an additional $75,165 to the Elizabeth Futas Scholarship Endowment Fund.
In December 1999, the estate donated $25,000 to the fund. Together these
gifts total more than $100,000.
"Liz was a beloved figure," says W. Michael Havener, the current
director of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. "These
estate gifts to her existing endowment bring the fund's value to more than
$120,000. That enables us to offer $3,000 scholarships to two students
one entering the program and one currently enrolled."
The graduate school, which is in the College of Arts and Sciences, was
created in the 1960s, according to Havener. It is the only American Library
Association accredited program in Rhode Island and one of only three such
programs in New England. Currently, there are about 235 students enrolled
in the 42-credit hour program which delivers courses in Kingston, Providence,
Boston, Amherst, and Dunham, N.H. The school also provides courses over
For Information: Michael Havener, 874-4641, Jan Sawyer,