EBSCO'S AWARDS IN ACURIL 2019 ARUBA

BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL ARUBA AND UWI LIBRARY AT MONA, JAMAICA

EBSCO Information Services Award 2019 on Leadership in the Use of New Information Technologies to Expand and Facilitate Access to Serials Content

goes to the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba and the University of the West Indies Library, at Mona, Kingston, Jamaica.

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The Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (BNA)

The Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (BNA) is committed to providing an outstanding collection of information and documentation materials and activities that reflect the needs and interests of their community members of all ages and backgrounds. Its collection has been increased with the implementation and development of new technology with EBSCO databases and electronic books. to support the study, research, creativity and innovation endeavors of the Arubian community. In particular, the BNA is strongly supporting the Brenchies Lab makerspace project.

The University of the West Indies Library, at Mona, Jamaica

The University of the West Indies Library, at Mona, Jamaica is recognized by EBSCO for their utilization of a Solar Photovoltaic System on the roofs of the Science & Engineering Branch Library (SEBL) to support the sustainable energy and development goals of the University. as well as integrating the use of that system in the curriculum of the University along with providing outreach tutorial and learning programs to the surrounding school community. The SEBL’s utilization of this mission critical Solar Photovoltaic System to support Physics and Engineering Courses (Essentials of Renewable Energy Technology, Advanced Renewable Energy Technology & Solutions as well as Renewable Energy Systems) is a noteworthy and innovative example the Use of Technologies to Facilitate Access to content.

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The solar panels have been installed on the roofs of the Science & Engineering Branch Library and the Physics Lab. According to Stanley Smellie. of the Energy Management Unit, Mona School of Engineering, “The system will not use batteries. It will feed directly into the power distribution system of the libraries. What that means is that in very short order the energy consumption of the library will be reduced and the university should start seeing savings.”


The system has been designed for easy access by students and staff. As indicated by Smelly, “It is not just about maximising the savings and getting power out. We are trying to create a live learning environment for students to view the system, to see the wirings, to see all the components, know how they work, and how the different parts impact the performance of the system,” he said.


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