UCC inaugurate knowledge commons and scholarly communication unit.

By | April 1, 2021

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

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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.”,

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she said.

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.

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