-Dedicates US$100K Library
After weeks of achieving a concrete step toward transitioning from a manual registration process to a more advanced, digital platform, the University of Liberia (UL) has achieved another advancement that would help elevate academic activities.
The University has also dedicated a US$100,000 computer laboratory on its Fendall Campus, outside Monrovia. The lab is equipped with over 70 modern desktop computers with sections for faculty and students.
This is part of efforts to broaden the institution’s academic activities by making it more resourceful.
The library is an initiative of the Trustees of Donations for Education in Liberia (TDEL), which originally founded the UL.
According to the Historical Dictionary of Liberia (Dunn, Beyan and Burrowes, 2001) the American-based TDEL was the founding benefactor, along with the New York State Colonization Society, of the Liberia College (now University of Liberia) in 1863. These “were the exclusive sources of funding until 1878, when the Government of Liberia began contributing more to make up for the diminution of funds from the United States.”
TDEL is a non-governmental organization that receives money from private societies and individuals in America. The current president of TDEL, John Archibald, along with another trustee, were in the country for the dedication ceremony.
The inauguration of the modern digital library is another boost to the recently completed digital migration process (registration exercise) that will fully integrate the University’s student registration system, including planning of courses and enhanced academic management.
UL President Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks said the dedication exercise is a testament that the UL is now ready to transition to the modern era of academic viability and excellence.
“We are currently on break and our students are away. This will be a welcome surprise for them as they will be returning to a modern library that will help enhance their academic programs,” Dr. Weeks said.
“This is an initiative of TDEL that will be of great help to us. I am very grateful to partners for this support,” she added.
TDEL President Trustee Archibald said students now have the whole world at their disposal — just at the tip of their fingers they can get any information that will be of use to them.
“We are committed to supporting this facility and continue to make it bigger,” he said, adding that the initiative is a trial, and if it works out, then it will be replicated elsewhere on the campus.
UL vice president for administration, Weade Kobbah Boley, said the UL administration will soon install a software at the cost of US$100,000 from TDEL, that will provide over two hundred sites that would enable extensive research by the students.
The TDEL’s endeavor to establish a college in Liberia was led by Simon Greenleaf, a professor of law from Harvard College — a man who was already a familiar individual to both the American and Liberian governments. Greenleaf also helped in the drafting of the Liberian Constitution.