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Norma Amenu-Kpodo, Appointed New UWI,

The University of the West Indies is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Norma Amenu-Kpodo, former Deputy Campus Librarian to the post of Campus Librarian at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, effective October 1, 2004. She succeeds former Campus and University Librarian Stephney Ferguson who retired at the end of September 2004.

Mrs. Amenu-Kpodo is no stranger to her new role having acted as Campus Librarian in 2002/2003. She joined the staff of the UWI Library in 1980 as Head of the Government Serials/UN/OAS Collections, and prior to that appointment, she worked at libraries in Canada and at the Balme Library, University of Ghana in Africa.

The new Campus Librarian is an active member of the Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) and has served in various positions on its Executive through the years. A former President of LIAJA, she presently co-chairs the Association’s Research and Publications Working Party. She is also the Honorary Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth Library Association (COMLA) and a member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Round Table for the Management of Library Associations..

For her contributions to LIAJA, that Association named Mrs. Amenu-Kpodo its first Librarian of the Year in 2002. Later, in 2003, The Association of College, Universities and Research Institutions Libraries (ACURIL) at its 33rd session elected her Information Professional of the Year for the English-speaking Caribbean in recognition of “excellence in administrative and academic performance and…distinguished professional work at the local level and in the Caribbean Region.”

Mrs. Amenu-Kpodo makes time to share her library skills with the broader Jamaican Society by serving with the University Council of Jamaica as an assessor of tertiary institution libraries. She also serves on the UNESCO National Commission for Jamaica Committee on Information for All and the committee promoting World Book and Copyright Day.

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