The Sam Jonah Library of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has inaugurated a new
Knowledge Commons and Scholarly Communication Unit to enhance collaborative learning and
research amongst students, faculty, and the broader university community.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Chancellor of UCC, Dr. Sir Sam Esson Jonah, explained that a
library was an important organ of the university system that provided a lifeline for the academic
quality of any university. He noted that all over the world, traditional libraries were being
transformed into learning commons to make them more attractive and resourceful for the next
generation library users. He indicated that the Knowledge Commons and Scholarly
Communication Unit would contribute to the quality of research output, and increase the
visibility of the University of Cape Coast. He said, “the new Scholarly Communication Unit will
ensure that UCC journals are published and managed according to international standards”.
Dr. Sir. Jonah pointed out that there was a need for a national repository of the knowledge and
research output of Ghana to serve the intellectual and research needs of the country. He therefore
urged universities, research institutions, and industries to work together to develop innovative
ways of knowledge transfer for the country.
He also noted that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, universities all over the world were adopting
innovative ways of teaching and research. He therefore urged the Management of the University
Library to consider developing their electronic library system to support electronic learning,
research, and publishing in addition to the modernization of the physical library.
The Chancellor commended University Management for their commitment and dedication in
accomplishing the initiative saying, “the Sam Jonah Library was on course to fulfilling its
mission of being a world-class library. Therefore, you have my highest assurance of my
continuous support for the University and the Sam Jonah Library.”
The Vice-Chancellor of the UCC, Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong in his address, noted that the
University of Cape Coast envisions to become an entrepreneurial university with worldwide
acclaim. He explained that central to this, was the need to present students with limitless
opportunities to enhance and enable them to acquire 21 st Century core competencies and skills-
sets that will make them internationally and globally competitive. His expectation is that the new
Scholarly Communication Unit would develop set standards that would characterize scholarly
communications at UCC.
He pledged his support to the mandate of the Library saying, “With the University Management
under my leadership, I will continue to support the modernization and transformation agenda of
the Sam Jonah Library to position itself in becoming a world-class academic library.”
The Pro Vice-Chancellor of UCC, Prof. Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh, who chaired the
inauguration ceremony, indicated that University Management together with the Board of the
Sam Jonah Library, took the initiative to reorganize the library space into a vibrant,
collaborative, technology-driven learning environment. She explained that the establishment of
the UCC Knowledge Commons was a response to the Sam Jonah Library's commitment to
providing a technology-intensive space that will attract campus-wide collaborations instead of
departmental collaborations. “The unit would work closely with the editors of the university
journals, researchers, and publishers to ensure that research publications were of high quality.”,
The University Librarian, Dr. Mac-Anthony Cobblah, expressed gratitude to the Chancellor and
University Management for their support of the initiative. He explained that with the
establishment of the Knowledge Commons, students will have unrestricted and uninterrupted
access to electronic books, and electronic journal collections of the library including specialized
The Knowledge Commons of the Sam Jonah Library is fully furnished with a sitting capacity of
150, and has group study rooms, a research support office, and 102 computer workstations which
are all connected to super high-speed internet.
Also present at the inauguration ceremony were Provosts of Colleges, Faculty, Staff, Students,
University Union Executives, Chiefs and Community Leaders.