Ohio University Libraries Lends a Hand to International Colleagues

(From left) Jeff Ferrier, curator of International Collections, Gwyneth George, visiting librarian from the University of Guyana, and Araba Dawson-Andoh, Africana Librarian, tour Center for International Collections in Alden Library on Wednesday, September 11, 2012. (Photo by Kate Munsch/Ohio University Libraries)

On September 10-13, Gwyneth George, University Librarian at University of Guyana, paid a visit to OHIO’s Athens campus and Ohio University Libraries.  Following a long tradition of exchange between the two institutions, George met with OHIO faculty and staff to expand the professional communication that has existed in the past.

A young nation, Guyana established its nationhood in 1966. After enduring economic, political, and cultural changes, the country developed into a multicultural, multi-religious, and multi-racial nation of South America. The University of Guyana has chosen to cultivate and maintain partnerships with Ohio University in order to further its developments as an academic institution.

On past visits, librarians from the University of Guyana observed operations which they could implement in the establishment of basic library services back in their country.  This month, George shadowed OHIO librarians with the goal of keeping up with advancements in the field, such as management of electronic resources and information literacy.

“It is always an important experience for the Libraries to not only share expertise in areas where we can offer best practices to our international colleagues, but to also broaden our understanding of their best practices and ways of serving researchers,” said Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research and education services.

Like OHIO, the University of Guyana Library strives to excel in its special collections. The development and utilization of these special collections exemplifies the spirit of cooperation that fosters the relationship between these two mutually valuable institutions.

Story by, Krithika Rajaraman