The largest gift ever to the libraries will be used to fund the renovation of the future home of the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship and establish an endowment in support of digital library services and research projects related to the center. Designed to serve as an innovation hub that holistically enhances the teaching, learning, and research processes, the center will include a Digital Research Lab that provides access to research consultation and an integrated suite of digital services, including data visualization, GIS consultation, data management planning, data analysis, and metadata consulting, as well as a Digital Production Facility designed to spur new forms of scholarship and enable researchers to access the university's unique materials and special collections.
Previous gifts to the university from the Navaris include support for the Navari Family Professor of Life Sciences, cancer research, the Marilyn Jane Navari Fellowship, and the Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph F. Navari Scholarship. Rudy Navari, who earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame before obtaining master's, doctoral, and medical degrees from the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia, joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1999 as director of the Walther Cancer Research Center. In 2005, while serving as an adjunct professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame, he was appointed head of the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend and in 2011 became the clinical director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a joint initiative of Notre Dame and Indiana University. He joined the World Health Organization in 2014 and is director of its Cancer Care Program of Central and South America.
"As the digital landscape rapidly evolves, libraries have emerged as key partners throughout the full life cycle of teaching and research," said Diane Parr Walker, the Edward H. Arnold University Librarian at Notre Dame. "The Navari family's gift will bring together technology, digital library expertise, and subject area expertise to equip our next generation of scientists and scholars to create new knowledge in a digital environment and make a more profound impact in the world."