This past week, a second delegation from Mzuzu University visited Virginia Tech to discuss the next phase of the library design project. After selecting a final conceptual design in February, this delegation focused on the next phase of the project – the development of detailed architectural designs for the new library.
During their time on campus, the delegation visited Virginia’s Tech’s Advance Research Computing facility to discuss the type of systems that could be installed in the new library’s planned data center. The video below provides a first person view of their visit. It’s great to see faculty and architecture students from the School of Architecture + Design and SPIA, continue to be fully engaged and working with the delegation from Malawi.
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.
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.
If you already shop on Amazon and would like to support the Mzuni Library Initiative, we invite you to shop at smile.amazon.com and choose the Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation as your charity of choice.
How it Works
1. Visit smile.amazon.com.
2. Sign in and Choose Your Charity. We have registered the “Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation” with Amazon so please search for us. We recommend you enter “Malawi” in the search box and scroll down until you see the name of the foundation. Once you have selected the foundation, you should receive an email confirmation from Amazon.
4. Begin shopping. After selecting the foundation, everything else functions the same. For each product you purchase via Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation.
5. Share with your friends. After you’ve successfully completed a purchase on Amazon Smile you can share the news with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or via email.
For more information about Amazon Smile click here
We would like to thank Radford University’s School of Communication for making a significant donation of several hundred books to the new Mzuni library. We would also like to thank Dr. Benjamin Corl (VT Dairy Sciences) and Matt Bender and Hunter McClelland (VT PhD Engineering Students) for also making book donations. The image below documents the start of Mzuni’s new library.
Phil, Luke, and Ashley (VT graduate volunteers)
In the video below, Ashley Taylor (a graduate student at Virginia Tech) talks about the Mzuni Library Initiative and how you can help.