Liberia: US Library of Congress Recognizes UL Professor Anderson

Anderson speaks to journalists in Monrovia.   

.... — For published academic work, now translated in Spanish, German, Portuguese and Chinese

The Chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Liberia (UL), Professor Richmond S. Anderson, Sr., has expressed delight over the high international recognition his newly published book has received by the ‘Author House’ in Washington D.C., United States of America.

The unveiling of a certificate awarded to Anderson was a scene of excitement as he urged other professors to focus on writing books. At a press conference held on June 1 at the University of Liberia, Professor Anderson said the book titled: “Perspective On Analytical Writing,” a Focus on Feature and Editorial Writings, will be launched in Liberia upon the opening of the University of Liberia next academic year.

The book, according to Prof. Anderson, has been produced locally, adding that it is also being translated from English to four other languages including German, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese. The book is housed in the Library of Congress in the United States and, ahead of its launch in Liberia, its online version is available now. 

Prof. Anderson, a former Representative of Montserrado County District #12, said he is delighted for his book to be recognized internationally and promised to continue to make Liberia proud. 

“And to prove the worth of that book, it has been registered with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., of which I was certificated. So the book has become an international book and it calls for celebration in Liberia by everyone,” Prof. Anderson said. Out of millions of books, Prof. Anderson said his book was placed in the eleventh place in the library and it has motivated him to publish more books.

He added that in the midst of enormous challenges at the University of Liberia, “we still have hope as Professors are being recognized internationally for their academic works,” Mr. Anderson noted. He noted that UL Professors are striving to make sure that they live up to the challenges of the time by engaging themselves in academic work.

Prof. Anderson, who has a background in journalism, explained that when he was a student at UL, there was no textbook in the library for the very course he had written on. 

He said it bothered him that a major course like Feature and Editorial Writing did not have a book in the library of the University of Liberia. Therefore, following his graduation, he decided to write a book on the subject.

“And it is based on those academic works that universities can be recognized to be placed in a category. So we have done that and it’s not only a pride for the University of Liberia, but that of Liberia,” he noted.