Special from the Editor:
A message from Daniel Cook
How many of us own books that we only read once and then let sit on the shelf to collect dust? How many of us have old books occupying valuable space in our closets, bedrooms, or offices? Instead of letting those sources of information lay dormant, donate them to a cause that will put books in the hands of children and adults in Africa. The Uganda Book Drive Initiative or UBDI is an effort to collect books and donate them to libraries in Uganda. The idea came to mind after I returned from a stay in Uganda as Fulbright Scholar working in their libraries and archives. The goal of UBDI is to collect a substantial number of books by the end of the Spring Semester of 1999 and ship them to Africa. Your donated books will be placed in the Makerere University Main Library, Public Libraries throughout the country, and the East African School of Library and Information Science Library. UBDI will accept all books. What some might consider useless like old books others might consider valuable.
We have collected 1,500 books so far and more are arriving daily. Our next concern is locating funding or organizations that are willing to underwrite or help with the costs of shipping the books from the United States to Uganda. If anyone has experience in this area or knows of individuals or organizations that may be willing to assist, please have them contact the UBDI.
If you have any questions about the Uganda Book Drive Initiative or Uganda, please do not hesitate to contact us. Good luck and send in those books!