Mr. Tom Kennedy,
Representative from the New Zealand Embassy in Ankara, Turkey
visits Bethlehem University Library
On the 5th of October, Mr. Tom Kennedy visited BU Library to see
the progress being made in the digitalization project which the New
Zealand Embassy in Ankara, Turkey has funded at the end of last year
2009. Special mention and gratitude for the support received from
Brother Peter Bray, FSC, the Vice Chancellor, who has endorsed this
Announced to us in the
Library by Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD, we warmly welcomed Tom and took
him along the various stages of the project.
It is worthwhile to
mention at this point that the New Zealand Embassy has now approved two
grant awards for this Library project. The first, a generous amount of
$5,000 allowed the purchase of a streaming server which the team – Wasim
Zoughbi, Mike Lama of the Computer Centre, George Maria and Francis
Sleibi of the Audio-visual Centre – has worked on laboriously through a
series of meetings. George showed Tom how the streaming server works
from a link on the Library homepage (please see photos below) which was
complimented by Sr. Rose Amacanin and Rebecca Calaor who had also their
inputs in the various stages of the project.
From the Library – and
after meeting the staff involved in the project – we moved on to the
Computer Centre where Tom met Nihad Jubran, Director, as well as Wasim
and Mike who both spoke about their work as a team and how BU in general
aims to enhance the teaching-learning process through the proper and
creative use of technology.
A second grant award
was received by BU library in the amount of $10,000 to acquire
high-powered computers that will complement the effective use of the
streaming server. Once released, the Computer Centre will facilitate and
speed up the installation of these computers in the Library premises.
The following photos – taken by Mike
Hazboun of the Digital Media Centre - document this most appreciated
visit by Tom Kennedy.
L-R: Brother Peter Bray, Vice
Chancellor with Mr. Tom Kennedy, Representative from New Zealand
Embassy in Ankara, Turkey; and George Maria, AVC Head.
George shows Tom the images accessed from the streaming server
through the Library Homepage link.
George works with Sr. Rose (center) and Rebecca as archival
materials are converted into digital form.
“We can dream…,” Mellie tells Tom – “… and we are thankful to
you…” while Sr. Rose and George listen approvingly.
Tom and George on their way to the Computer Centre…
Nihad Jubran, Computer Centre Director, welcomes Tom, as Mike
Lama, looks on.
Wasim Zoughbi, Team Leader for the work on the streaming server,
shows the server to Tom.
Wasim explains their work to Tom while Mike and George listen
and also share their contributions.