Wisconsin has lived up to its ‘Leaders in International Education’ slogan by becoming the only private university in Ghana to mark National Library and Information Week. The week, from October 26-30, was celebrated through various activities, including a demonstration of how to access e-resources, a trial of the new WIUCCat database, an exhibition by publishers, a nationalities corner and on-the-spot prizes.
The theme for the week was ‘Libraries Providing Access to Information’, focusing on the important role libraries play in providing free and equitable access to information.
At the launch of Library Week, on 26th October, Head Librarian Mrs Theresa Adu, charted Wisconsin library’s rise from the Junior Common Room (JCR) with a collection of just 500 materials to its current stock of over 12,000 books (excluding journals) in the library’s three locations: the Main Library Complex (over two floors), and the Law and City Campus Libraries.
The current collection covers all subject areas taught at Wisconsin – the Humanities, Computer Science, the Social Sciences, Law and Management.
Mrs Adu added that as the ‘heart’ of a university, the library was a vital organ supporting teaching, learning, literacy, knowledge, research, scholarship and exploration.
Guest speaker Professor Stephen Offei, Acting Dean of Wisconsin’s Faculty of Law, said citizens who had access to information were enlightened, empowered and enabled to solve their communities’ problems.
Prof Offei added: “The secret of the Western World or countries becoming developed and prosperous is that, such communities/cultures realised that accessibility to information was critical to the development and prosperity of such cultures.”
Pleading with students to set themselves above the rest by spending time in the library, Prof Offei said that successful lawyers, engineers, teachers and doctors became successful, not merely through their own intellect, but rather through accessing knowledge from libraries – the only place where information obtained is the most credible.
To keep up with the appetite of access to information, Wisconsin’s library has joined the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH), gaining access to over 30,000 articles in various subject areas from reputable publishers.
The Library has also kept abreast with the changing study needs of students and has designated Seminar and Discussion Rooms for instruction and group discussion.
The Wisconsin library is keeping up with technology, providing new ways to obtain and use information. Through the use of dedicated software for showcasing faculty members’ academic research and KOHA – an integrated library management system – Wisconsin’s library has demonstrated that it is ahead of the competition.
The 3rd National Library and Information Week was marked across Ghana. It was dedicated to the marketing of library services and to creating awareness of the need to ensure access to information.
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