The College Library donates books to members of staff
According to the Polytechnic Librarian Clement Fulano, the whole program aims at clearing the old books which have been in the library for so many years. He further explained that due to the advancement of technology, the college library has embarked on transforming the system from the print format to electronic.
“Most of the journals are now electronic, therefore we want to encourage the students and the staff members to access these things electronically at the same time creating a good working environment because it creates a lot of space,” he elaborated.
Fulano added that, as a center for studying, they receive a lot of books as donations which sometimes come in multiple copies of the same edition. This leads to over-crowding of books on the shelves which leaves little or no space for the remaining stock.
One of the lecturers who has benefited from this program, Francis Masi, highlighted that this is a good gesture by the library because the books will help him in preparing and lecturing his modules to the students at the University.
Masi also pointed out that despite helping him in lecturing; other books are just for general knowledge which, as an academician believes that knowledge is power.
The Executive Officer for the student’s welfare, Patrick Kamoto, who is also studying a Master degree in Administration at the institution, commended this program citing that the books will assist him in his studies.
“Owning these books will not only help us in our studies but also our family members in the future to come,” Kamoto added.
This program intertwines with the incumbent process in which the library is building its database by digitizing some resources with the use of greenstone software.
The Polytechnic Library has also extended this initiative to other institutions like Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ), Blantyre Synod and Colombia Universities.