Libraries Welcome Visitors from The University of The Gambia

Libraries Welcome Visitors from The University of The Gambia
Jenny James Lee
May 1, 2013

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between The University of The Gambia [UTG] and Drexel University on April 5th with Professor Muhammadou M.O Kah signing on behalf of UTG while President John A. Fry signed on behalf of Drexel. A delegation of visitors from Gambia visited Drexel University for this event and held a series of meetings with faculty, staff and the Provost, including a visit to the Libraries on Friday, April 5, 2013.

Dean of libraries Danuta A. Nitecki and associate director of health sciences partnerships Linda M. G. Katz, welcomed guests to W. W. Hagerty Library where they discussed opportunities for providing access to resources, specifically in the area of the health sciences, when students or researchers will study at each university location. Gambian Librarian Isatou N.S. N'jie was among the visitors who toured the Libraries and learned about library systems and services. She hopes to return to Philadelphia to learn more about Drexel Libraries’ procedures and services and is interested in developing further collaboration and a possible exchange between library staff from here and Africa.

The collaboration between the two universities stemmed from a visit to Gambia by Professor Shannon P. Marquez, Director of Global Public Health Initiatives at Drexel University. Dr. Marquez visited the Gambia last summer and expressed hope that the collaboration between Drexel and UTG would result in collaboration through a faculty and student exchange as well as the Power Up Gambia Project.