Sunday, 14 December 2014

Jamaican public libraries to benefit from grant for ICT services

Author: Balford Henry, Observer Senior Staff Reporter
Title: Bill and Melinda Gates give J$226m to Jamaica’s ICT development
Date published: November 26, 2014


The article reports on the Minister of Education, Ronald Thwaites, announcing to the House of Representatives in Parliament the details of a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. According to the article, the donation is earmarked at providing US$2 million (approximately J$226 million) to finance increased access to ICT services for Jamaicans via the islandwide public library service. The reporter details the amount of the grant and the projected cost of the project as well as the expected beneficiaries. It is also mentioned that part of the grant will be spent on marketing public library services and promoting advocacy for the importance and value of the public library to Jamaica's national development.


The project costs US$3.1 million (approximately J$350 million). The Jamaican government will donate the other US$1.1 million (approximately $123 million)
Thwaites said that beneficiaries will include users of public libraries islandwide, including marginalized groups, senior citizens, persons from rural and inner-city communities, the unemployed and persons with disabilities, including the visually impaired, and ordinary citizens seeking information about self-improvement.
“The marketing plan, which envisages a major campaign to make Jamaicans aware of the project and its deliverables, and will increase the number of library users, is being finalized for implementation commencing in November,” he said.

Jamaica Library Service gets new Director General

Title: Karen Barton appointed new director general of Jamaica Library Service
Date published: November 10, 2014

This brief article announces the appointment of Karen Barton as the new Director General of Jamaica Library Service. It further outlines some of her qualifications and experience that she brings to the position as well as provides some background information on the Jamaica Library Service.

The University of the West Indies graduate has more than 30 years experience in the Jamaica Library Service.  
She has written several papers on librarianship in Jamaica. 
The Jamaica Library Service has responsibility for 124 public libraries and 926 school libraries throughout the island.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

ACURIL 2015 Conference

Event:  The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) 45th conference (The region's annual flagship conference)

Location: Torarica Hotel & Casino, Suriname

Date: June 7-11, 2015


"Professional and Personal Development Opportunities for Lifelong Learning in Libraries, Archives and Museums in the Caribbean"

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