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The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaounde on behalf of the United Nations System in Cameroon organized a book donation event titled "UN Books on the Wheels" at the Central Library of the University of Douala on Tuesday 17th June. This event consisted in the donation of United Nations documents and publications on the substantive work of the UN family worldwide and in Cameroon.
The event which was co-chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator; Ms Najat Rochdi and the Vice Rector for Teaching, Professionalisation and Development of ICTs; Professor Dontsi, representing the Rector of the University of Douala.
In his word of welcome, Professor Dontsi thanked the UN System for the multifunction assistance to the University of Douala, citing UNFPA, UNESCO as valuable partners. He further stated that the library was the « lungs » of the University, and would soon follow the current trend of information Technology. The arrival of the UN Corner was timely, as it helped enrich the library collection.
Launch of UN Corner
Presenting the concept of "UN Books on the Wheels", UNIC's Acting Knowledge Management Assistant; Jean Njita stated that this was born out of the growing number of students that visit the UNIC Library for information on the substantive work of the United Nations System, and documents. The decision to put "UN Books on the wheels" is thus to meet this increased need for UN information in the campus. The UN Corner comprises; Reference materials of the UN, its funds, programmes and agencies.
Mr Njita further highlighted that this event was not a Book Donation per se, but a decentralised wing of the UNIC Library at the University, and the Corner would be regularly updated with new UN publications, usage closely monitored, and a monthly statistics of visits would be recorded and reported to the Centre. The UN Bibliographic Information System (UNBIS) thesaurus will be used for the bibliographic and content management of the documents.