GT&T donates digital line to National Library
Stabroek News
February 24, 2003

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The National Library was last week presented with the Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service compliments of Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company.

The telephone company stated in a release that the service was to be used for research purposes by students and the general public. The DSL service provides faster download and upload speed, is always connected and allows the flexibility of telephone use at the same time.

Carmen Jarvis, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Library, said at the handing over ceremony that the library's traditional role was to "promote books and reading to promote literacy", and that the new facility would take the library a step further by promoting information technology literacy.

She pointed out that the donation is significant since this is the beginning of what the United Nations has declared the Decade of Literacy.

The release quoted GM and CEO of GT&T Sonita Jagan as saying that the company's focus was on giving continued support to educational institutions and education in Guyana, and that the company intended to "move into schools throughout Guyana". She said that the service will be provided to students free of cost and that the library will soon be provided with computer and timing software to be used in the timing administration of the DSL service.

Chief Librarian Karen George expressed the hope that the service would become available to rural libraries in the future.

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