Dr Kwasi Darko-Ampem joined Regent in September 2014, after his association with the University from October 2011. Dr. Darko-Ampem has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of London’s Institute of Education, awarded in 2010. He completed his PhD in Publishing at the University of Stirling, in Scotland in 2003. He obtained a Master of Information Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1992. His first degree was a BSc. (Mathematics with Education), awarded by the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in 1977. Prior to joining Regent as the University Librarian, he was Head of Library and Learning Resources at South Thames College, London and Lecturer/Learning Support Advisor at Birkbeck University of London. He has previously worked in various positions at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford; the Open University; and the University of Roehampton. He has a number of refereed journal articles published to his credit. Furthermore, he has been involved in editorial and review of several articles and books for publication. In addition to his responsibility as University Librarian, he teaches Academic Writing in the Regent Centre for Languages and General Studies.
The vision of RGL is to be an indispensable partner at the heart of Regent’s teaching, learning and research programmes. Our mission is to create a well-resourced library that inspires Regent’s business agenda of becoming a world class university.
Since relocating to the permanent site at McCarthy Hill, we have created a conducive learning space, digitised our past examination papers and made them accessible through the library webpages, and initiated a library automation project using the KOHA library management system. The public interface of KOHA (OPAC) will introduce users to additional services like book loans, course reserves by lecturers, and the searching of electronic resources. Training of the OPAC starts in September 2015 for all staff. This training will be rolled out to all students in due course.
We are excited about the opportunities we have and the challenges that would push us to deliver efficient and effective services that are user-focused and responsive to the needs of the academic community at Regent.