Last week, the visiting delegation from Mzuzu University (Mzuni) had a whirlwind tour of Virginia Tech’s capabilities in the area of architecture, data analytics and visualization, library services, and health and medical device research. The purpose of their visit was twofold. First, they carefully reviewed three of the conceptual library designs that students and faculty in the School of Architecture + Design had developed over the past several months. Second, they interacted with faculty and students to explore the scope of a future data analytics and visualization center that we hope will be incorporated into a future Mzuni library.
The delegation’s visit was covered by our local news media – WDBJ7 and the Roanoke Times.
Virginia Tech also prepared the following story on the Mzuni delegation’s visit.
The Theology faculty at Mzuni have requested theology books for continued support of undergraduate and graduate theology programs at Mzuni. The Theology Book Drive has been established under the Mzuni Library Initiative in an effort to address these needs.
While open to anyone wanting to give to this initiative, this initiative specifically intends to draw on existing and build new volunteer networks among Church congregations and interested individuals. You are invited to pray for this initiative and asked to consider giving of your time, energies, and resources:
- Get more information: Project brochure | Receive project updates
- Which books are we looking for? Nearly 1,000 books
- What criteria are applied to books donated beyond this list?
- Can I order books and have them shipped directly? Yes
- How will you avoid duplicates? Books purchased thru Amazon will be removed from the list when purchased. Information about ordered and received status is available here.
- Timeline? We plan to accept donations and books through December 2017.
SIX WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
- All donations are 100% tax deductible. You will receive a receipt. Donations will be used for book acquisition and shipping. No part of your donation will be used to cover overhead expenses.
- Donate by check: Write “Theology books” on your check’s memo line and send to: Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation, 507 Delburg Street, Davidson, NC 28036. (Please do not ship books to this address.)
- Donate online (PayPal’s 2% service fee applies. Note “Theology books” on your donation.)
Questions? Please contact: Anita Walz, email@example.com
A detailed list of needed theology books has been added to the Other Book Needs page. Please take a look.
All donations can be sent to the following address:
The Mzuni Library Initiative, 201 Architecture Annex, 140 Otey Street, NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Last night, Virginia Tech students braved the weather to help organize another basement full of books that we received from a large number of individuals and organizations. We greatly appreciate these donations and all the help we have received in transporting many boxes of books from donors to our storage location.
I created a short video (below) of the book organizing activity to provide some behind the scenes footage of the students who are supporting this effort. We are now working to develop a plan for shipping multiple palettes of books to Malawi this summer.
In May 2016, Mzuzu University opened an interim library. The former students’ dining hall has been remodeled into a small, but functional, university library. Some book donations have already been received from individuals and organizations in Malawi, the UK, and other countries, and more will soon be sent from the US. However, many of the specific titles needed for student’ course work are missing. Click HERE for more information about how you can help.
I’d like to thank all of the students and faculty who volunteered their time this evening to sort through and pack the first wave of books that we hope to ship to Mzuzu University in the near future. The pictures below capture our evening’s activities.
We would like to thank Darien Book Aid for their kind donation of several boxes of books to the Mzuni Library Initiative. We would particularly like to thank the volunteer who took the time to select books that align well with the needs of Mzuzu University.
In one of the images below, Hayden Boyd (President of the Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation) is standing behind a number of the books we have received from Darien Book Aid.
David Wilson, Associate Director of Virginia Tech’s University Bookstore, delivers three boxes of books for the Mzuni Library Initiative. We are very grateful to David and his team for supporting our initiative.
We would like to thank Paul Hover (the Assistant Director for International Outreach, Virginia Tech, University Libraries) for writing the article below which outlines how his colleagues are working to support the Mzuni Library Initiative.