Monday, 15 September 2014

Jamaican elected president of Adventist librarians association

Title: J'can to lead Adventist librarians association
Date published: Monday, September 08, 2014 
Source: Jamaica Observer

Article announces the election of a Jamaican librarian, Grace Carr-Benjamin, to the position of president of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians (ASDAL). Brief background information is provided about the ASDAL. Also reported is Kerr-Benjamin's reaction to her election. Background information is also provided on her current position and the years for which she will serve as president of the association. In addition, the reaction of the NCU president, Dr. Trevor Gardner is also reported.

Excerpt:Career librarian and director of Library Services at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Grace Carr-Benjamin, MLIS, was recently elected president of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians (ASDAL).

Carr-Benjamin was elected during a meeting of ASDAL in the United States.
The association was established in 1981 to enhance communication between Seventh-day Adventist librarians and to promote librarianship and library services to church institutions.

Antigua's National Public Library reopens

Author: Kadeem Joseph
Title: Library opens again
Date published: September 1, 2014  
Source: The Daily Observer Ltd.

The article announces the reopening of the National Public Library of Antigua. The Director of the Public Library, Ryllis Mannix, is further reported as indicating that while the library is opened for access to books for research purposes, the library operations are being hampered by inoperable computers systems to support the circulation process. The article also reports Mannix as outlining some of the other challenges that the library faced in getting ready for reopening. The article further provides information pertaining to the new facility and the services that the library offers, as well as it opening hours.

After waiting decades, the public can now access the National Public Library, which will be officially opened today, albeit limitedly.

Director of the Public Library Ryllis Mannix told OBSERVER media while the library will not be “100 percent operational,” the public would be able to, at least, access books for research purposes.
Since the automated borrow-and-return system is not yet working, Mannix said her team is working towards creating a manual record keeping process, in order to enable loaning of books to the public.
Library officials are hoping to establish a manual record keeping process, in lieu of the computer system, which they hope will be functional as early as today.

The 70 to 80 computer systems for public use are still not operational, however, the library chief said technicians are working to address these issues soonest.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) defends new Chaguanas Public Library

Title: LATT: Give library to people of Central
Source: Trinidad and Tobago Guardian
Date published: Sunday, July 20 2014

The article reports on a statement by the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) against the Government of Trinidad and Tobago using the new Chaguanas Public Library completed facility for a Judicial Complex. The article reports that the reconfiguration of the Chaguanas Library  into a Judicial Complex was first hinted at by Chaguanas Mayor Gopual Boodan at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce on June 24. At that event, Boodan revealed that a Cabinet appointed team was convened on the suggestion by the Chaguanas Lawyers’ Association, the Chamber and other organisations for the transformation of the still under construction Chaguanas library into that of a Judicial Complex. Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie further confirmed the plan, further revealing that the new Chaguanas Public Library is to be re-purposed into the Judicial Complex to deal with a backlog of 7,000 cases before the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court. It is within this context that the article reports LATT's arguments against such plans as well as excerpts of its statements in favour of the new library facility remaining as a facility for public library service.

The Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) is calling on Government, and other stakeholders, to have the new Chaguanas Public Library completed and delivered to the people of central Trinidad and not use it for a Judicial Complex.
LATT, in a full page advertisement in Friday’s newspaper said the library building at Railway Road, Chaguanas has been in the works over 17 years and while it understood the need for accommodation for the judiciary, the public library service ought not to bear the backlash of any such inadequacy.