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AIT library receives its biggest post-flood book donation

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) received its biggest post-flood library donation with the arrival of 800 boxes of periodicals from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

AIT library receives its biggest post-flood book donation

The AAPG collection at the AIT Library.

The shipment arrived from the AAPG at AIT last month, and the 128 titles cover 1200 linear feet of shelving. Coordinating the acceptance was the Coordinator, AIT Library, Ms. Pranee Kiriyanant and Dr. Pham Huy Giao, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Geoexploration and Petroleum Geoengineering (GEPG) program, Geotechnical and Earth Resources Engineering (GTE) Field of Study, at AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET).

Appreciating the donation, AIT’s President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai has thanked the AAPG for their gesture. The AIT Library is the heart and soul of the Institute, and we are grateful to the AAPG, Prof. Worsak remarked.

“We are extremely thankful to the Publication Pipeline of AAPG which agreed to our request for a donation,” says Dr. Giao. The process of soliciting books for the library began in 2012, since AIT was trying to replenish its collections which was lost during the flood. An alumna of our program, Dr. Peangta Satarugsa, who is an Associate Professor of Khon Kaen University, put us in touch with AAPG, Dr. Giao narrated. She also donated her personal books, and we are grateful to her.

Getting the donation was not an easy task, since they were shipped from the US. Gary Weir from AAPG helped implement this donation. Interim Dean of School of Engineering and Technology (SET), Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul said that the School would bear the expenses of storage and local transport.The late Mr. Surapol, who worked at the Government Relations Unit (GRU) of AIT’s External Relations and Communication Office (ERCO), coordinated from the Klong Toey port and customs clearance, Dr Giao says. Above all, the support of Chairman of Publication Pipeline Committee of AAPG, Dr. Jon Blickwede and the Vice-Chairman, Dr. Martin Cassidy made it possible, Dr. Giao adds.

The AIT Library was inundated during the 2011 flood and the entire ground floor was under water for nearly six weeks causing major damage to the Library collection. The campaign for rebuilding the AIT Library has received attention from donors and alumni. In January 2014, the AIT Alumni Association (Myanmar chapter) donated USD 3900 towards rebuilding the library. Prior to that the Nepal Education Foundation-Consortium of Colleges (NEF-CCN) donated 300,000 Baht for the Library rebuilding.

The AIT Library has been receiving book donations from various sources. In March 2011, the academic collection of late Prof. W.J.Yang, former Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, was handed over to AIT by his widow, Mrs. Wen-Jei Yang. The Prof. Yang collection now has 736 books and 12 journal titles in the AIT library.