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Botswana dignitaries present books to Ohio University Libraries for Botswana depository

ATHENS, Ohio (April 19, 2007) -- On Wednesday, University of Botswana Vice Chancellor Bojosi Otlhogile and Deputy Vice Chancellor Frank Youngman presented Ohio University Dean of Libraries Julia Zimmerman with several books for inclusion in the Botswana depository in Alden Library.

Photo by Rick FaticaThe presentation signified a renewal of the University of Botswana's commitment to significantly increase the number of publications available in the depository.

Ohio University has served as the official U.S. depository for Republic of Botswana books since June 1990, when a formal agreement was signed under the leadership of then-Ohio University President Charles Ping.

The relationship between the two institutions dates back to 1980 when Ohio University was awarded a five-year contract to conduct the Primary Education Improvement Project in Botswana. The PEIP eventually resulted in bachelor's and master's degrees of education being offered at the University of Botswana.

During their stay, Otlhogile and Youngman are scheduled to have lunch with Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, visit the Voinovich and Innovation centers, and meet with members of the African Educational Research Network, the Primary Education Improvement Project team, the African Studies Program, and students participating in the HIV/AIDS Joint Project.

For more information about the Botswana Depository at Alden Library, visit www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/botswana/bots.htm

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