May 18, 2004 – The Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists donated 100 books to the University of the Virgin Islands on May 4 in the St. Croix campus library. The books will be housed in the St. Croix and St. Thomas libraries.
Lucia DiMeo, association president, said in a press release, "The donation represented the association's commitment to education in the Virgin Islands. The interdisciplinary nature of many of the books makes them applicable to studies in psychology as well as in other disciplines," said DiMeo.
Chester Copemann, the association's book initiative coordinator, indicated this donation was possible through the sponsorship of the American Psychological Association. He explained that APA supports a number of critical initiatives, including efforts in rural areas and initiatives to expand opportunities for ethnic minority students and faculty.
St. Croix campus Chancellor Jennifer Jackson, who received the donation, said the materials were a significant contribution to the libraries. Although students gravitate towards electronic systems as sources of information, Jackson said, they must first understand how information in publications is organized in order to effectively utilize resources on the Internet. Print materials still provide the best opportunity for teaching and demonstrating information literacy skills to new researchers, she said.
DiMeo stated that the University was chosen as the recipient of the book donation because of its pivotal role in the community, as well as for its easy access to students, faculty, professionals, and the community-at-large. A list of donated titles is available at the UVI St. Croix campus library.
For more information about the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists call 719-3870.
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