Rev. Oliver L.T. Harding
Senior & Acting College Librarian
IVL (USA), M.A. Bib.Stds. (WATS),
M.A. Lib. Stds., PG. Dip. Lib. Stds.,
B.A.Hons. History, (USL),中国证书 (HSK1, HSK2, HSK3 & HSKK)
The building was named after the late Mr. Michael Jollife, an expatriate who served as librarian between 1961 and 1970. The main College Library consists of five floors which house the Sierra Leone Collection, Textbook Collection, Periodicals Department, Issue/Circulation Desk, American Shelf, Cataloguing Department, Reference Collection, General Lending Collection, Photocopying Room, Bindery and the Librarian’s Office. There are satellite libraries such as the Postgraduate Library at the Division of Educational Studies, Institute of Education and Extra Mural Studies (INSEEMS) and the Law Library in the Department of Law.
Electronic materials could be accessed through Research4Life. Login details are as follows: http://login.research4life.org/tacgw/AppPortal/. The user name is ag-sle003 and the password is 6VE4Jd3v. This gives access to the following programmes and disciplines: AGORA (Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Climate and Food Security), ARDI (Innovation and Technology), GAOLI (Law), HINARI (Health) and OARE (Environment). Each programme gives access to thousands of scholarly books and journals. Another useful academic site is www.pdfdrive.com which currently gives free access to over one hundred million and three million ebooks.
FOURAH BAY COLLEGE LIBRARY: the academic nerve centre of the FBC
The main library building consists of five floors which house the following sections:
Ground Floor : Librarian’s Office, Issue Desk, Cataloguing Department, Acquisitions Department, General Reference Collection and Photocopying Room and Reception Desk.
First Floor : American Shelf and Periodicals/Serials Collection
Second Floor: Sierra Leone Collection, Lending Collection
Third Floor: Textbook Collection, Computer Lab and Data Management Unit
Lower Ground Floor: Bindery, Library Café
There are two branch libraries, the Law Library and the Division of Educational Studies Library (both at Lower Faculty).
As a member of the African Library Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Fourah Bay College Library has access to scholarly resources. Access is also provided through Research for Life (https://login.research4life.org) to make use of AGORA, ARDI, GAOLI, OARE and Hinari. The Library could be contacted for login details and for other links to electronic resources.
ORIGIN OF THE NAME OF THE FOURAH BAY COLLEGE LIBRARY BUILDING – MICHAEL JOLLIFE
The Michael Jollife building (Fourah Bay College Library), was named after one of the most dynamic librarians to have served the college. Some of his achievements are already catalogued under the brief historical survey of the library. It was during his reign in 1965 that the library moved to its present location. Mr. Jollife was an exceptionally gifted man with great sensitivity, an epitome of the motto of the college “Non sibi sed aliis”, not for self but for others. He often re-dedicated himself to the ethics of hardwork. Generally, “his life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand and say to all the world, this was a man”.
SOME LIBRARIANS OF FOURAH BAY COLLEGE LIBRARY
Until 1955, “there was no professional librarian in charge of the collection.”
The underlisted have served as College Librarian (some in an acting capacity):
Mr. H.R. Rydings 1955-1956 – I year
Mr. R.S. Burkett 1956-1961 – 5 years
Mr. M. Jollife 1961-1970 – 9 years
Mr. A.C. Butler 1971-1972 – I year
Mrs. G.M. Jusu-Sheriff 1972-1985 – 13 years
Mrs. D. Thomas 1985-1997 – 12 years
Mr. O. Harding June 1997-May 1998 – I year (Acting)
Mrs. L.N. M’Jamtu-Sie June 1998-Jan. 2005 – 6 years 7 months (Acting)
Mr. D. Davies Feb. 2005-Aug. 2005 – 7 months (Acting)
Rev. Oliver Harding Sept. 2005 to date – 15 years (Acting)
DIRECTORY OF SENIOR AND SENIOR SUPPORTING STAFF
The following information (where applicable) are inserted for each staff: Surname, forename(s), forname(s), qualifications, positions held, mobile number(s), email address(es), date of first employment (DOFE), date of retirement (DOR) and current position deployed.
CLAYE, Malphina Victoria, Ms. Principal Book Binder (2018) ; Senior Book (2013), Binder (2002); Mobile: 076- 624- 766; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; DOFE: 4th December 1986; DOR: 30th September 2022. Currently Ag. HoD of the Bindery.
COKER, Veronica Iris, Mrs. Dip. Lib. Stds., 2002 (USL); B.A. Hons. Lib. & Info. Stds., 2005 (USL); M.Phil. Lib., Archive & Info. Studies, 2017 (USL). Librarian II (2018); Senior Library Assistant I (2009); Library Attendant (1995). Mobile: 076- 625-120. Email: email@example.com ; DOFE: 6th March 1995 ; DOR: 30th September 2041. Current HoD: Textbook Collection.
COLE, Euphemia Oredola Alicia, Ms., Dip. Lib. Stds., 1995 (USL); Senior Library Assistant I (2018); Senior Library Assistant II (2008); Library Assistant I (2001). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Mobile: 078-397-659; DOFE: 9th April (at COMAHS), Redeployed to FBC library on 13th January 2014; DOR: 30th September 2032. Transferred to the Division of Educational Library at Lower Faculty in January 2021.
DAVIES, Donald, Barrister. B.A. Hons. Geography, 1992 (USL); PG. Dip. Lib. Stds, 1996 (USL); M.Sc. Rural Dev., 2004 (USL), LLB Hons. () (USL), BL (S.L. Law School). Librarian I (2006), Librarian II (2001), Senior Library Assistant I (2000), Trainee Librarian (1992). Mobile: 078-663- 599/077-818-031. Email: email@example.com. DOFE: 2nd November 1992; DOR: 30th September 2025. Transferred to the Law Library in January 2021.
HARDING, Oliver Louis Theophilus (Rev.), B.A. Hons., History, 1992 (USL); PG.Dip. Lib. Stds., 1994 (USL); M.A. Lib. Stds., 2000 (USL), M.A. Bib. Stds., 2005 (WATS, Lagos), Four Chinese Certificates in Chinese Language Proficiency [HSK 1, 2015; HSK 2, 2016; HSK 3, 2016 and HSKK (Oral), 2016]. Senior Librarian (2005); Librarian 1 (2001); Librarian II (1998); Trainee Librarian (1992). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Mobile: 076- 221-845. WhatsApp: 078-361838. DOFE: 9th March 1992; DOR: 30th September 2033. Current Senior and Acting College Librarian. Part time Lecturer at the Institute of Library, Information and Communication Studies, INSLICS (USL), 200-2002 & 2005-2020, and The Evangelical College of Theology (TECT), 2005- 2020.
KAMARA, Agnes Gbashay, Mrs. Dip. Lib. Stds., B.A.Hons. Trainee Librarian (2015), Statistical Clerk (2001). 076-695- 396. Email: DOFE: email@example.com DOR: 30th September 2038. Currently deployed at the Institute for Population Studies.
KAMARA, John Sulaiman, Mr. Senior Library Assistant I (2019), PG. Dip.Lib.Stds. (2017), B.A.Hons. Lib.Stds. (2013). Dip. Lib. Stds. (2005). Senior Library Assistant I (2019); Trainee Librarian (2012); Library Attendant (2009); Messenger/Cleaner (1996); Mobile: 078-244-357. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. DOR: 30th September 2032. Currently deployed at the Institute of History and African Studies.
LAHAI, Prince Sao, Mr. B.Sc. Economics, 2012 (USL); PG. Dip. Lib. Stds. (USL), 2015 (USL); M.Phil. Lib., Archive & Information Stds. (2019); Librarian II (2021); Trainee Librarian (2012), Messenger (2000), Gardener (2000). Mobile: 076-660-995. Email: email@example.com. DOFE: 20th June 2000 (Grounds & Gardens Section, Estate Dept.); Redeployed to FBC Library on 13thJanuary 2010. DOFE: 20th June 2000; DOR: 30th September 2042. Current HoD: Periodicals Department.
LAVAI, Frederick Hindogbe, Rev. City & Guilds, 1979 (London); CPS, 1987 (Sierra Leone Theological Hall); Dip. Lib. Stds., 1989 (USL); B.A.Hons. Library & Info. Studies, 2004 (USL); M.Phil. Lib., Archive & Information Stds. (2018). Librarian I (2018); Librarian II (2006); Senior Library Assistant II (1997); Library Assistant 1 (1992); Library Assistant II (1978). Mobile: 076-871-144, 077-410- 122, 088-805-797, DOFE: 28th March 1978; DOR: 30th September 2023. Current HoD: Sierra Leone Collection.
MANGAY, Suzannette Glena, Ms., Cert. Lib. Stds., 1999; Dip. Lib. Stds., 2001; B.A. Hons. Lib. & Info. Studies, 2004; M.Phil. Lib., Archive & Information Stds. (2015) (USL). Librarian I (2018); Librarian II (2009); Senior Library Assistant I (2006); Library Attendant (1992); Library Attendant II (1985). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Mobile: 076-; DOFE: 1ST March 1985, IPAM (Redeployed to FBC Library on 1st February 1986. DOR: 30th September 2030; Part time lecturer, Institute of Library, Information and Communication Studies, INSLICS, FBC, USL (2007-2014); Current HoD: American Shelf.
ROGERS, Fatmata, Mrs. Cert. Finance & Accounting; Single Subject Diploma in Book- Keeping; Sales Management & Business Management & Administration, B.A. Hons., Lib. & Information Stds (2017). Senior Library Assistant II (2019), Library Assistant II (2003); DOFE: 8th December 2003; DOR: 31st December 2031. Currently deployed at the Sierra Leone Collection.
Jusu-Sheriff, Gladys M. 1979. Sierra Leone, Libraries in. Encyclopaedia of Library and Information Science, Vol. 29, 351