Delegation from Botswana Visits Alden Library

(Center) Ms. Grace Muzila, permanent secretary of the Botswana Ministry of Education Skills & Development, speaks in the Faculty Commons on the third floor of the Vernon R. Alden Library Wednesday, January 22, 2014.   On January 18-20, 2014, a delegation led by Grace Muzila, permanent secretary of the Botswana Ministry of Education Skills & Development, visited OHIO’s Athens campus, bolstering the long-standing relationship between the University and Botswana.

The Libraries enjoys its own unique connection to the country: it has housed the Botswana Depository Collection in Alden Library for over 20 years. 

The Botswana Depository Collection, which was designated the official North American depository for official Botswana publications in 1990, serves to advance academic endeavors of students and researchers and includes a wide variety of materials published in or about Botswana. It currently contains publications about culture and language, agriculture, politics, economics and environment, in addition to official governmental documents.

Muzila and the delegation  — Emolemo Morake, deputy chief of mission, Embassy of Botswana; Barongwa Baipidi, training attaché, Embassy of Botswana; and Labane Earl Mokgosi, director of international marketing and business development of the Botswana Education Hub — met with faculty and staff from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for International Studies, Ohio University Libraries and the African Studies department on January 22, 2014 to discuss global studies and the sustained growth of the Libraries’ Botswana Depository Collection.

The Libraries thanks the delegation for their continued friendship and visit to Alden Library.

Questions about the Botswana Depository Collection can be directed to Araba Dawson-Andoh, OHIO Libraries Africana librarian.

Photo: (Center) Ms. Grace Muzila, permanent secretary of the Botswana Ministry of Education Skills & Development, speaks in the Faculty Commons on the third floor of the Vernon R. Alden Library Wednesday, January 22, 2014.