Distance Education students of the University of Ghana can heave a sigh of relief as authorities at the Balme Library have taken steps to establish e-libraries across all ten regional distance learning centres.
Four have so far been completed with two others nearing completion.
This was disclosed by the Head of Cataloguing at the Balme Library, Dr. Monica Mensah.
The four e-libraries that have been completed are the learning centers in Koforidua, Takoradi, Sunyani, and Kumasi – the centres with the most number of students of the University.
She says plans are far advanced for the start of the remaining six e-libraries.
Dr. Mensah says that the project, which started in 2017, is aimed at ensuring that students have access to electronic materials of the Balme Library and have their information needs met.
“We have not left the distance education students out at all. As the subject librarian for distance education, in collaboration with the school of Continuing and Distance Education, and the Provost of the College of Education, we took an initiative to set up libraries, specifically, e-libraries, in all the ten regional centres. This started in 2017 and as of last month, we have been able to fully set up four of the centres and two of them are also 80% setup,” Dr. Mensah said on the Let’s Go To The Library programme.
The University Librarian, Prof. Perpetua Dadzie, commended the university’s senior management for its support towards the development of libraries.
She particularly narrated how the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu did not hesitate in giving approval for the face-lifting of the library.
“We have been very lucky, especially with the senior management of this administration, and we have been able to get many things that we require being provided for us. We know that the library has to be very appealing to our customers. If the library is dirty and not looking too good, nobody will come in. So the first thing which the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oduro Owusu approved of, was the painting of the library and it just gave a good and different image about the library,” she said.
She said that more computers have been procured to be used in the library.
Prof. Dadzie disclosed that a new laboratory will be opened soon
We have been able to procure more computers and very soon, we would do the launch of our new lab and change all the computers in the commons. By the commons, we mean, the faculty with research and the knowledge commons. We have approval for 200 computers and they have arrived. They are in the storeroom. As soon as we commission our new computer lab for training, we would also change all the computers in the commons,” she disclosed.
About Let’s Go To The Library
Let’s Go To The Library airs on Radio Univers 105.7FM every Friday from 4PM – 5PM.
The programme is to promote libraries and other information centres with the social, economic and cultural development of the people in the society.
Intended to address pertinent issues affecting stakeholders in the book and publishing industry as well as libraries, archives, museum, and other information centres.