JIS News

Construction for the expansion of the Calvin McKain Library at the University of Technology (UTech) is to begin by the second week in June.
This was revealed to JIS News today (May 26) by the university’s Librarian, Hermen Salmon.
The expansion forms part of the university’s five-year Master Plan to improve the facilities at the campus and provide more comfortable study amenities for the students attending the institution.
Details of the expansion were given by former Minister of Information, Senator Burchell Whiteman, at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on March 13.
He told journalists that Cabinet had given its approval for a $25 million contract to be awarded to Jatlin Construction and Associates Limited to carry out the upgrading work. The company was originally slated to begin the expansion in March.
“The university has been in the process of modernizing and expanding its facilities and it wishes now to accommodate more reading rooms for graduate and undergraduate students, expand the archive, provide public restrooms and other facilities, and this is in keeping with its Master Plan,” the former Minister had informed.
According to Miss Salmon, “construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year or by the second semester of the new academic year”.
In keeping with the University’s Master Plan, the university has already put in place a library management system. This is an online catalogue system that allows students to access information from the library anywhere in the world.

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