MaplesFS Community Service Committee has donated $1,000 to the International College of the Cayman Islands for its library in an ongoing effort to re-build its book collection to pre-Hurricane Ivan levels as a resource for students, faculty and the wider community.
Committee Chair Ebony Myles-Berry said the committee was delighted to donate to a cause focused at assisting students and researchers with their studies. She said committee members, in addition to monetary donations to many local projects, also dedicate personal time to ICCI including as adjunct professors.
The library donation will enable ICCI to buy books, which students and instructors have been missing in many subject areas, including business, law, history, English literature and mathematics, said ICCI President John Cummings.
“While we recognise that many library resources are available on the Internet today, there is still a quantity of research and study that can only be achieved from physical books and reference materials and this donation is a tremendous boost to those efforts,” he said. “I want to thank MaplesFS for their generous support of our library as it plays a critical role in higher education.”
Prior to Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the ICCI library had some 18,000 books, attracting doctoral students from across the Caribbean to conduct their research. That changed when the hurricane destroyed 95 percent of the library’s books and resource materials.
Today ICCI has fewer than 3,000 volumes as it continues to seek donations and funding to restock the library as a resource for students, instructors, researchers and professionals.
“Our dream at the college is to build the facility back up to the point that it not just used by our students and faculty, but that it can also be used by the general public as the community library in the Savannah-Newlands area,” said ICCI Dean Scott Cummings.
“We have been fortunate to have had a number of staff from MaplesFS teach some of our business and law courses at the International College so it makes this contribution to the library particularly meaningful. Since this is a nonprofit institution, support from organizations like MaplesFS allows the school to continue to provide a high quality education at an affordable cost,” he said.
ICCI Librarian Michelle Gray-Williams said the donation will be used to purchase needed books in business, social work, sociology, counselling, broadcasting and world religion.