The Belize National Library Service and Information System (BNLSIS) yesterday received a donation from the U.S. State Department for the establishment of the Education USA Reference Center, to be housed at the Service’s headquarters at the Leo Bradley Library on Princess Margaret Drive.
The books include reference guides on education, U.S. culture and law and is intended to help students going to the U.S. to develop their knowledge of our giant northern neighbour. With more here is the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Amelia Adams.
“This library is going to be visited by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean from the U. S. Department of State. This is part of a series of meetings that he will have during his two days visit to Belize. This is an opportunity for him to understand the educational system here, and also to make donation to the library for a future Reference Center that will be part of a library that will open. The Reference Center will focus on repertoire material for study abroad in the U.S.”.
The donation was delivered to Chief Librarian Joy Ysaguirre by visiting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America and the Caribbean in the Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco Palmieri. Secretary Palmieri said that the future resource center is a fulfillment of America’s commitment to Belize and also shared his hopes for how the center will be best used.
The center will also have internet access for students to research American colleges and universities and the latest information on studying in the U.S.