Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Under-21 netball team donated an 18th-century map of Jamaica to the National Library of the island (NLJ) at its East Street location yesterday. The historical map is to be part of the nation's collected history and heritage.
"We are happy to donate this gift to the Jamaican people through the National Library," Marva Bernard, president of Jamaica Netball Association, told the small gathering at the handover ceremony.
"And, we hope that Jamaicans can benefit from the map's rich contribution to our history for centuries to come," Bernard noted.
A valuable addition to the NLJ's map collection, the map was a gift given to the national team by Professor Emeritus Geoff Palmer of Heriott Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, who was present at the third-place play-off match during the World Under-21 Netball Championship last month.
"I am very proud of the achievement of the girls at the championship, proud to be in the company of such an eminent Jamaican," Bernard also added.
Nicole Bryan, NLJ director of technical services, says the donation will assist the library to achieve its mission, which is to collect and preserve documents and facilitate access.
"We are asking invited persons to donate materials to the National Library," Bryan said.