|Title||Honorary Professor Shin Sook Won Donates 100 Million Won to Library|
Honorary Professor Shin Sook Won Donates 100 Million Won to Library
▲ (from left) Library Associate Director Han Yeon Sook, Library Director Lee In Suk, President Park Jong Gou, Honorary Professor Shin Sook Won, Director of the External Exchanges Department Kim Ju Ho, Head of Office of Public Affairs Jo Yong Soo
Shin Sook Won, an emeritus professor of the Department of English Literature and Linguistics, donated 100 million won to the school as a library development fund. The fund delivery ceremony was held in the President's Office on Wednesday, January 22 at 3pm, and was attended by the emeritus professor Shin Sook Won, President Park Jong Gou, Director of the External Exchanges Department Kim Ju Ho, Library Associate Director Han Yeon Sook, Library Director Lee In Suk, and Head of Office of Public Affairs Jo Yong Soo.
Professor Shin, who worked at Sogang University for 33 years, served as the library director from 1999 to 2003 and 2005 to 2007, and contributed greatly to the growth of the Loyola Library. Expressing her special love for the school at the ceremony, Professor Shin said, “Sogang University students are now like my children and grandchildren to me. Sogang University feels like my hometown and my own home. It was my very first love and will be my last.”
Professor Shin said that Loyola Library has a monumental status as it implemented the ‘complete open-shelf system’ for the first time in Korea in 1974. In addition, she explained the meaning of her donation, which is to promote further development of the Library: “The most important elements in universities are students, professors, and libraries. I want to further promote the use of the library.” She added her wishes that in this era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that emphasizes ‘convergence, creativity, and the ability to create new knowledge based on old information’, more students should be able to use the library materials that form the basis of these capabilities in a comfortable environment.
On the same day, President Park Jong Gou expressed his appreciation through a letter of appreciation: “Professor Shin worked as a member of Sogang for a long period, contributing to the development of the school. Even after retirement, she greatly contributed to the realization and development of Sogang's educational philosophy by serving and sharing for Sogang. Thank you very much for your generous fund as a foundation to further develop the Loyola library and school today.”
Meanwhile, Professor Shin has been the leading figure of the establishment for the operation and development of the ’Sogang Sharing Center’, which donates the sales revenue of gift items to the school fund. She also served as Vice President of Konyang University, Chairman of the Committee on Library and Information Policy, and a special member of the Korea Forum for Progress. Currently, she is still actively engaged in the development of education.