The formal launch of the Global Library Institute has taken place in Margibi County, Liberia with a call by the chief launcher to Liberians and beneficiaries to see the launch of this initiative as a means of bringing light to the people of Margibi County.
Mr. Gabriel G. Bedell, Sr. who was a onetime contestant for the senatorial seat in Margibi County and the chief launcher of the Global Library Institute in Liberia said the idea to bring a state-of-the-art library in the country; especially in Margibi County was laudable.
He averred that as education is important in any nation, it was thoughtful by the management of GLI to have selected his county to be the first to benefit from said mammoth venture.
During the official launch of the Global Library Institute, Mr. Bedell called on students and educators who will benefit from the library to see the initiative as their own and manage it to the best of their ability. He furthered; “the management will only be the custodian of what belongs to the people of Margibi County.”
For his part, the co-chief launcher Rev. Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson, Jr. said Liberians across the country suffer the lack of libraries in most schools. He indicated that libraries in schools across Liberia will make the reading populace more knowledgeable and those who will benefit from the launch of the Global Library Institute, GLI should see it as a way of enlightening Margibi County, particularly students who find it difficult in getting assignment done as the result of the lack of the requisite books and facilities.
He thanked GLI for the endeavor and warned that those who will be using the facility not to misuse it when completed.
Global Library Institute, Inc. which was established in the United States of America by a group of Liberians has made several interventions in Liberia with respect to donating books and other instructional materials and training in basic library system.
GLI was established with the objectives of providing training, support, expertise, resources, research and publishing studies related to library in the United States of America and other countries around the world with Liberia being no exception for which it is now launched in the country.
According to the head of the Global Library Institute, Inc. Liberia branch, Madam Elizabeth N. Dempster, GLI goal is to build several twenty-firsts (21st) century libraries across the country to meet the needs of Liberians, communities, patrons and users of the institution’s facilities through advocacy, training, research and publication among others.
She noted that in support of GLI’s goals, it will offer a number of services including IT Expertise and Presentation amongst others.
The program which was launched on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Albert Daniel Peabody Elementary, Junior and Senior High School in Margibi County brought together several high profile dignitaries including representatives from of the Principal Association of Margibi County, the office of the mayor of Marshall City, women group, the PTA of the host school, youth group and several others including students who graced the occasion.