Iceland is soon to establish a new research library; The Library of Science, Engineering and Technology.
A new project titled The Iceland Book Drive 2010 has been announced by the Keilir Institute of Technology (KIT) with the initiative to launch a top research library focusing on science, engineering, technology, renewable energy and entrepreneurship at the Asbru Enterprise Park in Iceland.
Originally founded in 1951, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) deserted its Navy base – located in Keflavik, Iceland – leaving over 900 people unemployed in 2006. Thankfully, this mishap forced the Icelandic population to establish the Institute of Technology. Keilir, in order to create more local jobs. This newly formed institute focuses chiefly on supporting technology, sustainability, engineering, renewable energy and entrepreneurship in Iceland.
Since the institute’s foundation in 2007, Keilir has progressed rapidly. The first energy laboratory is due to open in 2010 to support their already thriving students.
Today, Iceland finds itself in the heart of the largest financial crisis in history – where support for new educational facilities has severely decreased. Nevertheless, rather than admit defeat, Keilir moved forward by seeking people willing to contribute to Iceland’s restoration.
The Iceland Book Drive Project is a scheme to build a new library to provide students with research materials for their relevant subjects – predominantly being technology, engineering and entrepreneurship. This new proposed library, The Library of Science and Technology, would not only just assist students and teachers at the Keilir Institute but also to all other universities spread across Iceland, as well as the general public and various companies.
Books for the library campaign will be gathered in a variety of ways, such as the kind donations from individuals. The campaigners also plan to ask for support from international publishers, universities and organisations in order to help maintain education and industry in Iceland.
The Icelandic Book Drive Project aims to collect no less than 10,000 textbooks in Iceland and abroad, as well as raise an amount of 50,000 USD throughout 2010.
To find out further developments on the project visit the website http://asbru.is/English/