August 18, 2009

Feds Fund Library Renos

On Monday August 18; University Librarian Ted Goshulak joined TWU President Jonathan Raymond along with Information Technology Director Alma Barranco-Mendoza and Dean of Sciences Ka Yin Leung to receive a cheque totaling $2.6 million from Langley MP Mark Warawa for three campus projects. Alloway Library’s share for funding from the federal government through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) totals $298,000.

The Big Cheque: from left to right: Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ted Goshulak, Jonathan Raymond, Ka Yin Leung, Mark Warawa, Township of Langley Mayor Rick Green, Langley City Deputy Mayor Dave Hall.

The money which will support research through improvements to the library's infrastructure and include adding more book shelves, replacing the 20 year-old carpeting, repainting the interior, and installing an emergency power supply transfer switch so that study and research can continue during power failures. Library users can look forward to better access to resources as staff plan some major reorganization of space within the building.

Library renovations were one of three major project proposals submitted by TWU in March to the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus measure supporting infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Upgrades to TWU’s Information and Communications Technology infrastructure and the construction of research laboratories for Biology, Chemistry, and Nursing also met the KIP criteria, and received funding. The matching funds for these projects will be raised externally through proposals to receptive foundations.

We rejoice in this good news!

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