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Gdf rededicates renovated, refurbished military reference library

THE Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rededicated its Military Reference Library, at base Camp Ayanganna, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, on Monday.

It was part of the programme to celebrate the Army’s 45th Anniversary under the theme ‘Transforming for Continued Service’.
In her remarks on the occasion, Captain Christine Bradford recalled that the library was opened in 1970 within the Education Unit of the GDF and has since been a source of military and academic material for officers and other ranks.
She said it recently underwent a much needed renovation and is now fully air- conditioned and staffed by recently trained personnel, in a more user friendly atmosphere.
Bradford said the facility is, presently, better equipped to offer support to the hundreds of soldiers who are set to pursue studies through the recently begun Academic Education Programme.
“The Military Reference Library will always play a critical role in encouraging greater and enhanced academic achievements to officers and ranks now and in the future,” she assured.

Colonel GS Julian Lovell examines one of the many titles available at the library.
Alluding to plans for additional upgrades, Bradford said the delivery will be improved to include photocopying and Internet services and access to electronic referencing.
Encouraging users of the library to view it and the services offered as invaluable, she said: “It is expected that all will benefit from the resources which must be used wisely.”
Colonel, General Staff (GS) Julian Lovell pointed out the significant event must be seen within the context of the transformation process that the GDF is currently undergoing.
He said it wide ranging and includes improvements in the educational field, now facilitated by the upgrading of the library.
“This transformation is necessary because, after 45 years of service, we need to maintain our relevance as an institution. We need to be able to meet the changing realities that confront us on a daily basis,” Lovell acknowledged.
He said the Library serves a two-fold purpose, affording an opportunity for all to conduct research and studies, as well as serving as a repository for records.
“As the Academic Education Programme has recently been launched, it is a good thing that the opening coincides with this,” Lovell remarked.
After the formal ceremony, visitors, too, were taken on a tour of the recently refurbished research facility and perused the varied collection of available titles.
The rededication function was one of four activities, including a flag-raising atop Mount Ayanganna, a church service and a press conference on Monday, for the anniversary celebration.