IU Kelley School of Business donates nearly 2,000 books to university in Myanmar
Jonathan Crum, program manager for Kelley’s Institute for International Business
It is the first bilateral agreement between the United States and Myanmar since 1957
Clearing out an office before renovations is an opportunity to clean and reorganize.
At the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, it was also an opportunity to help another university on the other side of the world.
“We have been looking for imaginative ways to help our partners,” said Jonathan Crum, program manager for Kelley’s Institute for International Business.
The school is donating 1,912 books to Yangon University of Economics in Myanmar. The books are boxed up and Kelley staff are just waiting on a free import license – which Crum expects in the next few weeks – before sending the books.
As renovations began at Hodge Hall, Kelley’s undergraduate building, many faculty members had to move out of their offices, Crum said. He said faculty members had extensive personal libraries, many built over decades of working at the business school.
So the Institute for International Business asked faculty to donate unwanted books. After books were collected this spring and summer, Crum and others sorted through them.
“We looked for books that were business and economics related and teaching manuals,” Crum said. “We didn’t want books that were U.S. law or older than 10 years.”