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USP Library Receives Book Donation from the USA Embassy

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Professor Pal Ahluwalia with USP Library Staff and The United States Ambassador to Fiji H.E. Mr. Joseph Cella (middle).

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Library received a boost to its print resource collection with a donation from the Embassy of the United States of America in Suva on 18 August 2020.
The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia programme provided titles donated by American publishers to institutions in cooperation with the Embassy. 
Professor Pal Ahluwalia, USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President, accepted with gratitude the books that were presented by the United States Ambassador to Fiji H.E.  Mr. Joseph Cella at Laucala Campus
A total of 50 books were donated covering academic disciplines of Accounting, Management, Business & Finance/Commerce, Ethics and Governance, Information System and Marketing inclusive of literary works.  
Professor Ahluwalia thanked The Embassy and The Asia Foundation for its generous donation and appreciated the continuous support since 1980.  
He said the new additions to the library would greatly benefit both students and staff of USP academically and professionally.
Professor Ahluwalia emphasised that these books are freely available and easily accessible to individuals across the USP regional campus libraries network.
H.E Cella was pleased to hand over the books and to meet  library staff inclusive of four fellow Americans working at the  Library.

The United States Ambassador to Fiji H.E. Mr. Joseph Cella handing over books to USP Library in the presence of USPSA Federal Vice-Chair.

He said that the Embassy was proud to partner with The Asia Foundation in this great venture to promote education and continuous learning. 
H.E Cella said that the goal is to connect students, educators, and leaders with the knowledge the students need through the institutions they use. 
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organisation committed to improving lives and expanding opportunities across the Indo-Pacific. The Foundation’s Books for Asia program is the leading provider of donated information resources in the region. The programme currently delivers a quarter million books a year to thousands of institutions in 18 countries.
At the conclusion of the hand-over University Librarian, Elizabeth Fong echoed her thanks to the US Embassy and the Asia Foundation for its assistance to the USP Library over the years which included collection development, funding for professional library studies, conference attendance, regional meetings and capacity building of regional library staff.  

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