Thursday, 31 December 2009

Media Literacy promotion to begin in Jamaica

Title: Broadcasting Commission Promotes Media Literacy
Source: KINGSTON: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
Date Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009
URL: http://jis.gov.jm/officePM/html/20091230T190000-0500_22385_JIS_BROADCASTING_COMMISSION_PROMOTES_MEDIA_LITERACY.asp

Abstract:
Article reports on an interview conducted with the Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, Cordel Green. Green in the interview states that Jamaicans' participation in the new information economy, needs to move from the position of just being consumers to also being producers of information. TO achieve this, Green suggests that Jamaica needs a media literate populace. Green then highlights the role of the Broadcasting Commission and its role in the development of a media literate populace.

Excerpt:

Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green, has said that if Jamaica is to participate, fully, in the new information economy, it will need to develop a media literate population.

According to the Executive Director in an interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Jamaicans must not be satisfied just being consumers of the products, but must also aim to become creators.

"The ability to access the internet and information is just one part of media literacy, we must also be able to interpret what it is that we are receiving and, most importantly, be able to create content to be able to participate fully in this new information economy and be able to guide ourselves along the highway", he said.

CaribLIN's anniversary reflection and objectives for 2010

Seasons greetings viewers and readers,

I started the Caribbean Library and Information News (CaribLIN) blog in December 2007. This month now marks the second year of its existence. That means that despite my job, family obligations and other activities, I have still managed to keep this blog in existence.

In fact, this year's performance has more than doubled last year's performance.

In December 2007, CaribLIN posted 3 news items.
In December 2008, 4 news items were posted.
For this December, 2009, a total of 7 news items will be posted.

In addition, in December 2007, CaribLIN began with 7 posts. By December 2008, CaribLIN was able to triple that, posting 28 posts for that year. As of December 2009, CaribLIN would be posting 112 blog entries for the year. That is an average of 9.33 entries a month.

Blog entries this year have posted news items from Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. In addition, CaribLIN was able to reach new audiences, when some of its entries were featured in IASL Newsletter.

For 2010, the objectives for Carib LIN are to:

  • maintain the blog entries on the Caribbean library and information environment to at least 3 entries per month.

  • include more English-speaking Caribbean islands in its coverage other than Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Guyana

  • maintain grammatically and error free entries, while ensuring that this blog is accurate, trustworthy and reliable.


Ultimately, CaribLIN's renewed 2010's purpose or mission is to:
  • provide a voice in the blogosphere for issues in Caribbean library and information service environment

  • and to report developments that are of interest to and affect librarians and information professionals who have an interest in the region
.


Thank you and Regards,

Mark-Shane Scale
Blog Editor and Chief Contributor


Works Cited:

Scale, Mark-Shane "Regional Perspective: Caribbean School Libraries News from the Web (Jan - Apr, 2009)." IASL Newsletter 38.2 (2009): 8. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text. EBSCO. Web. 10 Dec. 2009

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Promised Jamaican Youth Information Centre Delayed

Author: CHARLES BROWN
Title: St Thomas youth still waiting (Letter to the Editor)
Date Published: Friday | December 18, 2009
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
URL: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20091218/letters/letters2.html

Abstract:
Article reveals a citizens remarks on the delay in the establishment of a youth information centre in their parish. The citizen/author publicly reminds the Editor and the authorities of some of the facts reported regarding the establishment of the youth centre.


Excerpt:
"On Saturday, March 23, 2008, this newspaper published an article titled 'Youth information centre for St Thomas by year-end'.

Dania Beckford, youth infor-mation specialist at the National Centre for Youth Development, was responding to a letter by Charlie Brown published on May 19, 2008, titled 'St Thomas youth need help'. The information specialist stated that the parish of St Thomas was next to benefit from this imperative resource (a youth information centre) for youth development.

She further stated that, to date, two locations had been identified to host the youth information centre: one at the now-closed Goodyear tyre factory, and the other on land adjoining the Social Development Commission's office, both located on the Springfield main road. Site visits had been conducted and proper protocol arrangements are already under way to formalise the agreement to set up a well-designed reconfiguration of four containers in the allocated space of approximately 467 square metres at the latter location. The project is funded by UNICEF and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009 calendar year."

Sunday, 20 December 2009

National Library of Guyana launches commemorative stamp

Author: Michelle Gonsalves

Title: National Library launches commemorative stamp

Source: Guyana Chronicle

Date: December 16, 2009

URL: http://www.guyanachronicle.com/ARCHIVES/archive%2016-12-09.html#Anchor-----------------47912

Abstract:
Article reports on the launch of a special commemorative stamp by the National Library of Guyana as part of its centennial celebrations. It is done in collaboration with the the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC). A description of the stamp is given, and the purpose for the launch of this stamp is expressed.

Essentially, the launch is a public relations or marketing exercise for National library. The hopes and aspirations for the stamp is to serve a means of stimulating people to know and want to know more about the institution.

The article also provides insight into the mission of the National Library of Guyana. Chairman of the National Library Committee Mr. Petamber Persaud, also recounts in brief, a part of the history and origin of the library.



Excerpt:
"The National Library continued its centennial celebrations with the launching of a special commemorative stamp yesterday, at its Church and Main Street, Georgetown, location.

Commemorative Stamp on display yesterday at the National Library.

Addressing attendees at the event, Post Master General Mr. Henry Dundas stated, “Documentation of such information on a stamp no doubt translates into informing persons throughout the world of our National Library and the fact that it has been in existence for a century now”.

Other attendees at the special occasion included Chairman of the National Library Committee Mr. Petamber Persaud, Chief Librarian Ms. Gillian Thompson, and Governor of the Bank of Guyana Mr. Lawrence Williams."

Guyana plans to establish a Peace Resource centre with library

Title: Olympic-sized pool, squash court on stream next year

Source: The Guyana Chronicle Online

Date: December 20, 2009

URL: http://www.guyanachronicle.com/news.html


Abstract:
The article reports on the plans of the Guyanese Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports to expand its infrastructure in 2010. Among the new facilities included in the plan are an Olympic-sized pool, two Squash Courts and a Peace Resource Centre with conferences facilities and a library.

Funding for the establishment of the resource centre and its library will come from the United Nations Development Fund. The article also mentions that library materials have already been procured.


Relevant Excerpt:
"In addition, plans are afoot to set up a Peace Resource Centre with funding from the United Nations Development Fund.

The building will house a cafeteria that will service the entire complex and two conferencing facilities along with an extensive library. Some of the materials for the library have already been procured."

Evaluation:
The article only briefly reports on the establishment of the library in two sentences. This is perhaps indicative of the low value that Caribbean media places on libraries versus sporting facilities, which gets predominant coverage in the article.

No word is mention about staffing in terms of employing a librarian. Materials have been procured, but one wonders who procured them, and what collection development policy was set up for this library. One also wonders if this library was planned any at all, with consideration of the would be users of the the facility or service.

Jamaica's Agricultural Marketing Information System

Title: JAMIS Will Only be Beneficial if Utilized - Dr. Tufton

Source: KINGSTON, Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

Date Published: Thursday, December 17, 2009

URL: http://jis.gov.jm/MinAgriFish/html/20091217T150000-0500_22285_JIS_JAMIS_WILL_ONLY_BE_BENEFICIAL_IF_UTILIZED___DR__TUFTON.asp

Abstract:

The article reports the goals that the Minister of Agriculture hopes to achieve from the launching of the website for the Jamaican Agricultural Marketing Information System (JAMIS). One of the goals is to spur a more competitive sector, by providing customers with the market intelligence to know where to shop for produce for cheaper rates, as well as for suppliers to have a guide for pricing their produce.

Excerpt:

"JAMIS will post notice boards in main municipal markets to display weekly prices for farmers, higglers, and middlemen. Prices will also be posted at Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) parish offices. Additionally, text message services detailing prices, will soon be circulated to stakeholders to allow then to make strategic decisions, and to increase transparency in the marketplace."

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Jamaica launches Web-based Agricultural Marketing Information System

Title: JAMIS Website Launched to Assist Stakeholders in Agricultural Sector

Source: KINGSTON, Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

Date Published: Monday, December 14, 2009

URL: http://jis.gov.jm/MinAgriFish/html/20091214T140000-0500_22249_JIS_JAMIS_WEBSITE_LAUNCHED_TO_ASSIST__STAKEHOLDERS_IN_AGRICULTURAL__SECTOR.asp


Abstract:

The article reports on the launch of new Website that will serve the information needs of Jamaican suppliers and buyers of farm produce. This new website is the initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, to serve the information needs of the Jamaican market place for farm produce for prices of produce, as well as where to purchase the produce. The article also mentions two of the funding agencies behind the project, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and CDS Development Solutions. The URL of the website is also provided.

Evaluation:
In terms of funding agencies, there is a discrepancy between what is reported on the article and what is available on the Website. In the article CDS Development Solutions is reported. On the website, it is CDC Development Solutions and App Venture.

Excerpt:

All stakeholders in the agricultural industry are now able to equip themselves with vital pricing information, which will enable them to make better decisions about the sale and purchase of produce.

This has been made possible through the Jamaica Agricultural Marketing Information System (JAMIS) website, which was launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, today (December 14), at its Hope Gardens headquarters, in Kingston.

The web portal is part of the Ministry's ongoing thrust to modernise the sector through the application of technology. Its primary role is to collect, compile and disseminate agricultural data, which will aid producers, purchasers, consumers and distributors.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

New school "library" to receive local Jamaica Information Service materials

Title: Three Schools in St. Catherine Benefit from JIS Donation
Source: KINGSTON, Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
Date published: Sunday, November 29, 2009
URL: http://www.jis.gov.jm/officepm/html/20091129t190000-0500_22082_jis_three_schools_in_st__catherine_benefit_from_jis_donation__.asp

Abstract:
A number of Jamaican schools received donations of local materials from Jamaica Information Service. One such school is a primary school recently upgraded from an all-age school. In this report, the principal of that school, Hazel Bradford expressed her gratitude for the materials and indicates how the materials will be used. The principal also mentions how the institution converted classrooms to a library in order to faciltate the upgrade.

Excerpt:
"At Seafield Primary and Infant, Principal, Hazel Bradford, also stated her delight with the JIS donations.

She explained that the school recently converted two classrooms into a library following a change from all-age to primary status.

"With the JIS contribution, our students will be very knowledgeable about their heritage," she stated, while informing that the materials will be added to the library's collections."

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Jamaican MP wants to construct library

Author: Ingrid Borwn
Title: Smith laments absence of bauxite levy funds
Source: Jamaica Observer
Date Published: Monday, November 02, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20091101T190000-0500_162955_OBS_SMITH_LAMENTS_ABSENCE_OF_BAUXITE_LEVY_FUNDS.asp


Abstract
After a long discussion about what he sees as the problems in his constituency. Member of Parliament, Ernest Smith, mentions his plans to construct a new library in St. Ann South West, Jamaica.

Excerpt
Other plans high on the agenda, according to the MP, are for the construction of a public library in Alexandria and a new post office in Gibraltar.

"Within the next 12 months, I am hoping St Ann South Western will be on the verge of becoming a model constituency because I know I will get the library, the post office, the housing scheme, the hospital, the market, and the high school," he said.

National Commercial Bank Foundation Upgrades Jamaican High School library

Title: Upgraded computer centre for Titchfield High School
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Date Published: Monday, November 2, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20091102/news/news3.html

Abstract
The article reports on the results of the work done by a principal, school board, school librarian and other staff, in writing a proposal for an improved library and electronic resource facility. Their efforts lead to the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation sponsoring the upgrade of their facilities. Now due to their pursuit of their dream and vision to address the dissatisfaction with their library facility, they now have a well equipped library with "air conditioning, soft, comfortable chairs and Internet-ready computers".

Excerpt
Titchfield High School recently opened the doors to its newly upgraded computer and library centre in the presence of students, teachers, past students and members of the Port Antonio, Portland, community.

The project, which was funded by the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation, began in 2007 and will benefit the school's population of 1,900 students. The new upgrades to the centre include an additional 12 computers, chairs, tables and bookshelves.

"For many years, not many persons were satisfied with the facility we had as a library," said Richard Thompson, principal of Titchfield High School. "One such dissatisfied person was Mrs Ivy McKenzie, our late principal. She spoke glowingly of a comfortable, spacious environment for her students to do research, with information available at their fingertips."

Jamaican Minister of Education calls for libraries to emphasize reading as a family activity

Author: Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness
Title:HON. MINISTER OF EDUCATION'S PARENT MONTH MESSAGE NOVEMBER 2009
Source Jamaica Information Service
Date: Monday, November 02, 2009
URL: http://www.jis.gov.jm/MinSpeeches/html/20091102T110000-0500_21728_JIS_HON__MINISTER_OF_EDUCATION_S_PARENT_MONTH_MESSAGE_NOVEMBER_2009.asp

Abstract
The Jamaican Minister of Education this month calls for libraries and schools to emphasize reading as a family activity. The Minister of Education in his Parent Month's message for November invites libraries and schools to find innovative ways of getting families to read or work on developing literacy skills in their children. The Minister of Education also outlines some of the plans for the month, including the Jamaica Library Service hosting a National Reading Fair. The emphasis or the aim for this Parent month is to encourage parents to assist schools and libraries in the literacy development of their children.



Excerpt
During this Parent Month, being staged under the theme - Parent the Right Way - Read with Your Child Every Day - we are asking all of our schools, libraries, churches and civic organizations to stress the importance of family literacy. We encourage you to stage family literacy events inviting parents to sit with their children and explore a book together.

We are asking you to encourage families to join the Library Service and make visits to the local library a regular family event. We are asking you to find creative ways to increase the amount of print material available at school and in the community - maybe do a project where inspirational words are printed on walkways. Model reading in school, ensure that parents model reading at home. Create word trees by writing vocabulary words from stories on card paper and hanging them from trees in your yard. At school create class books where each child makes up a line of a story and illustrates their words. Have students read their stories to the other classes. Dedicate a specific time each day or each week to have all members of school staff "drop everything and read." Most importantly share creative reading ideas with parents so that they too can make reading fun for their children at home.

During this month, let us seize the opportunity to bring our parents into the fold and encourage them to make reading a priority in their homes. On Saturday November 28th, 2009, the Jamaica Library Service will hold its annual Reading Fair, we are encouraging Jamaican families to help us make that the National Family Reading Day by making a concerted effort to read with their children.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Branch library workers go door to door in Barbados

Author: (YB)[Yvette Best?]
Title: Branch workers going door to door
Source: Barbados Nation News
Date published: October 24, 2009
URL: http://www.nationnews.com/news/local/COMMUNITY-library-canvas-copy-for-web


Abstract:
The article outlines the new marketing strategy for the Barbados Public branch library to increase the use of its library services. This involves canvassing the community like politicians.

The librarian outlines how this strategy will be undertaken, and the rationale behind it. One of the obstacles to the use of the new library facility is also articulated. The acting library directory also indicates a plan to overcome that obstacle.

The article also gives the age of the Barbados Public library service and reports on its current expansion and improvement in infrastructure.


Excerpt:
STAFF OF the Barbados Library Service are preparing to hit the road.

Acting Director of the Barbados Library Service, Avonda Callender, said she and her staff would be canvassing the districts in St Joseph to get people to use the new facilities at Tamarind Hall in the Eric Holder Jr. Complex.

"We're going out there, foot to foot. This is the first time the library will do it. It's a new marketing strategy we're introducing and we are going to do it in St Joseph.

Trinidad and Tobago's Carnegie Library — a proud legacy

Author: Aruna Harbaran
Title: Carnegie Library — a proud legacy
Date Published: 23 October 2009
URL: http://guardian.co.tt/commentary/letters/2009/10/23/carnegie-library-proud-legacy

Abstract:

A letter sent to the paper by a librarian discussing the age of the Carnegie library, its mission, and how it has been serving the society.

Excerpt:
Carnegie Free Library is 90 years old (1919-2009) and still going strong. What an incredible achievement! During this time it has served to fill more than the information needs of the southern community.

Not enough staff for Barbados library system

Author: Yvette Best
Title: Not enough staff for library needs
Source:
Date Published: 10/24/2009.
URL: http://www.nationnews.com/news/local/COMMUNITY-library-staff-shortage-copy-for-web

Abstract:
Article reports on how staff shortage is curtailing the library's service to the community and society.

Information is also given about how the use of the library has changed especially with the advent of computers.

The article also outlines some of the programmes and services that the Barbados public library system offers, thereby revealing one area of the library system's strength. However the article also outlines that diversification of the services and programmes is also curtailed by the shortage of staff.


Excerpt:
A SHORTAGE OF STAFF is preventing the Barbados Library Service from fully completing its mandate.

Acting director of the Barbados Library Service, Avonda Callender, said the current complement of 37 was insufficient for the eight branch libraries.

"There is a problem . . . Government has to provide the staffing. So we are trying to introduce new services with the limited staff. We cannot provide half the services that we really would like to do," she said.

US Embassy gives to a Jamaican School Library

Title: US Embassy gives Mona High Library a boost
Source: Jamaica Observer's Teenage
Date Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/TeenAge/html/20091012T200000-0500_161659_OBS_US_EMBASSY_GIVES_MONA_HIGH_LIBRARY_A_BOOST.asp

Abstract:
This article reports on donations that the United States Embassy in Kingston made to a Jamaican high school. Included in the reported are some examples of the resources that were donated.

The article also reports on the embassy's Information Resource Centre (IRC) and the type of serivces and information it provides.


Excerpt:
The US Embassy in Kingston gave the Mona High School a boost last Wednesday, when the embassy presented the school with a brand new desktop computer and laser printer, as well as over 120 books.

The gifts earmarked for the school's library, includes titles from the Scholastic Secondary Ambassador collection among other books.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Barbados library service needs more personnel

Author: Khalil Goodman
Title: Island’s library service needs more personnel
Source: The Barbados Advocate
Date Published: October 22, 2009
URL: http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=6863

Abstract:
This article outlines the plight and plans for personnel to staff the Barbados National Library Service. The Acting Director of the Barbados National Library Service outlines that the need for more personnel is required to aid the Library service in its expansion of services to nation.

Information is also divulged about the Tamarind Hall Branch Library, and the services that it expected to deliver to the community.

The Minister of Community Development and Culture is also cited as outlining his vision for the National Library service in its upgrading of its services. The Minister also agrees with the need for emphasis on meeting the manpower and human resource need to the library's success in offering new services. He highlights several human resource development plans for the Barbados National Library Service towards achieving this.




Excerpt:

The Barbados Library Service has continued to expand its range of services to meet the Barbadian public’s needs in the 21st century. Unfortunately, the service needs more staff so that these services can be provided consistently.

“Presently we have 38 posts and we need additional staff to help provide services more efficiently,” said Evonda Callendar, Acting Director of the Barbados National Library Service.
She spoke to the Barbados Advocate after the opening of the Tamarind Hall Branch Library in St. Joseph, at the Eric Holder Municipal Complex. This branch brings the number of libraries of the service to eight.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Youth Information Centre for Manchester, Jamaica

Title: Youth Information Centre for Manchester
Source: MANDEVILLE, Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
Date Published: Thursday, October 01, 2009
URL: http://jis.gov.jm/MYSC/html/20091001T010000-0500_21337_JIS_YOUTH_INFORMATION_CENTRE_FOR_MANCHESTER.asp

Abstract:
Article outlines the construction of a building for the Youth Information Centre for Manchester on lands owned by the Parish Council.

Articulated is the vision for the centre and how it is expected to impact the youth in the community.

Details about the completion date and what it is expected to accommodate is provided. The funding agency behind the construction is also named.


Excerpt:

Ground was broken Wednesday (September 30) for a prototype Youth Information Centre (YIC) for Manchester, on lands donated by the Parish Council.

"This project is a significant milestone in our efforts to have one full capacity YIC in each parish, and is part of our ongoing effort to create youth empowerment, through the use of information. We intend to build, at least, one satellite youth information centre in each constituency that falls within the parish, over a five-year period," Senator Newby stated.

He told the gathering that the Centre is "a social asset" which must be protected, in order to make a shift in the lives of future generations.

Construction is slated to be completed in 12 months. The completed Centre will accommodate over 1,500 each month, and will be staffed with two youth empowerment officers and other personnel.

Funding for the project is provided by the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA)."

Jamaica's CHASE fund funds a school library project

Title: CHASE Fund to Contribute $1 Million to Glenmuir High
Source: MANDEVILLE, Jamaican Information Service (JIS)
Date Published: Friday, October 02, 2009
URL: http://jis.gov.jm/finance_planning/html/20091002T140000-0500_21357_JIS_CHASE_FUND_TO_CONTRIBUTE__1_MILLION_TO_GLENMUIR_HIGH.asp


Abstract:


The article reports on the speech by the Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE fund, Billy Heaven, about plans to fund the Glenmuir High School Library and Resource Centre, in Clarendon with one million dollars. Heaven declares also the number of school libraries that have benefited from the fund.

Background information is also given about the CHASE fund and the typical projects that it supports, in addition to its sources of income.

The article also briefly mentions how the funding from CHASE fund will be used for the Glenmuir High School Library and Resource Centre.


Excerpt:

The Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, will be contributing $1 million to the Glenmuir High School Library and Resource Centre, in Clarendon.

This was stated by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Billy Heaven, at the school, on September 30.

"We have already committed the funds; it is a question of the drawdown as soon as the library is up and running. They are constructing a new building and therefore we will be equipping that building," he told JIS News.


The library and resource centre will be equipped with a multi media projector and screen, printer and a speaker system which, according to Principal of Glenmuir High, Mr. Clement Radcliff, will be especially beneficial to students studying Spanish.

More Jamaicans urged to access government information

Author: Mark Beckford, Staff Reporter

Title: Access to information needs to be more public

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

Date Published: Friday, October 2, 2009

URL: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20091002/news/news3.html


Abstract:

Article highlights the situation following the implementation of the Access to Information Act in Jamaica, in 2002. The views of Damian Cox, director of the Access to Information Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister are revealed. He suggests that there is need for more publicity on the Act among the ordinary Jamaicans, and highlights that currently, mostly professionals and academics are making use of the provisions and the rights afforded by the act.

The article also discusses the high school essay competition to promote the knowledge and importance of the Act among students.


Excerpt:

Damian Cox, director of the Access to Information Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, says more people need to take advantage of the Access to Information Act.

"I think we need more Jamaicans to use the law, I don't think even in this time when we are going into a review of the act everybody feels like we need to get more persons, ordinary Jamaicans using the law because the system
is in place," he told The Gleaner at the launch of the Access to Information National High School Essay
Competition, yesterday.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

US classic film series at a Jamaican public library

Title: US classic film series begins

Date Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

URL:http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090916/ent/ent1.html


Abstract:

Article reveals the plan to show a series of American films in the Kingston and St. Andrew Public Library between September and October. The series will include films such as Lilies of the Field, The Wizard of Oz , Gone with the Wind and A Patch of Blue. Brief information about some of the films in the series are given.


Excerpt:

The United States Embassy in Jamaica and the Jamaica Library Service began its classic film series yesterday with a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird.

The films, which are free to the public, will be shown every Tuesday from September 15 to October 13, at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library starting at 6 p.m.

‘Let’s play chess’ at the National Library

Title: ‘Let’s play chess’ at the National Library

Source: Trinidad and Tobago's NewsDay

Date Published: Thursday, September 10 2009

URL: http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,107071.html


Abstract:
National Library of Trinidad and Tobago accommodates the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation chess training programme. The President of the Foundation outlines the potential benefits of the programme.

Excerpt:

THE Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation has launched their training programme, “Let’s Play Chess”, in Port-of-Spain. The eight-week training programme is staged on on Sundays from 10 am to noon starting at the National Library.

The programme offers adults and young people from the age of seven years, the opportunity to benefit from training in the sport. Commenting on the programme, Edison Raphael, President of the Chess Foundation, said, “Chess is a game which focusses [sic] on the development of critical thinking skills and cognitive ability.”

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Barbados Minister defends Barbados Literacy record

Author: (YB)

Title: "Our literacy rating in Top 5"

Source: Barbados Nation News

Date Published: September 9, 2009.

URL:
http://www.nationnews.com/story/jones-on-literacy-copy-for-web

Abstract:
Barbados Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, Ronald Jones, boasts that Barbados have the fourth highest literacy rate in the world at a Literacy fair. His comments come despite criticism from various sectors that the literacy rate is falling. In this article, the Minister is quoted speaking of the investment that the Government has been taking in education.

However,the minister makes mention of several areas that he believes could improve literacy in the nation, including transformation of the way reading and writing is taught in schools, as well as the involvement of parents in building the early foundation for literacy.


Excerpt:

BARBADOS has the fourth highest literacy rate in the world.

Mere days after deputy principal of the Erdiston Teachers' Training College, Dr Patricia Saul, suggested the touted 98 per cent literacy rate was a myth, Minister of Education and Human Resources Development Ronald Jones said the country was ranked among the highest in the world.

"In a world where there are still some 776 million adults who are illiterate, and some 75 million children who are out of school, we are proud to say that we have free education from the nursery to tertiary level and our literacy rate is still among the highest in the world - fourth in the world, and that is exceptionally high," Jones said.

Speaking at yesterday's Literacy Fair in Queen's Park, Jones said teachers, principals, parents, students and all those involved in the process needed to be applauded for "keeping us on that edge"
.

Barbados National Library's 2009 Literacy Fun Day and Summer Programme

Author: (DB)

Title: Creative writers in the making

Source: Barbados Nation News

Date Published: September 6, 2009

http://www.nationnews.com/news/local/National-Library-Service-Literacy-Fun-Day-copy-for-web

Abstract:

Article highlights the Barbados first National Library's Literacy Fun Day event as well as the library's summer programmes held across the island. These events featured activities for children that encourage the development of children writers and their literacy development and skills. The events allowed for children to produce 31 books and share their original creative writings through the reading of their work to the public. The Literacy Fun day also saw a puppet show to entertain those who attended.

The article also contains comments by the children service librarian, Jennifer Yarde, regarding the rationale behind the library's events and activities.



Excerpt:

"YOUNG WRITERS came out to show off their creativity and skill at the National Library Service's first ever Literacy Fun Day at Queen's Park, St Michael, yesterday.

Under the theme Literacy Beyond The Vision, librarians from all the departments came out to lend their support to the future writers of Barbados, some of whom were as young as seven years old.

"At the Library we encourage children to read and write, so that they can improve their literacy skills," children's librarian Jennifer Yarde said.

The youthful scribes came out to share their stories and books which they had written at the recently concluded summer programme held at the various libraries across the island."

Sunday, 6 September 2009

A Jamaican Home for Children gets "upgraded library"

Title: Hanbury Home Gets Upgraded Library
Source: Jamaica Informaiton Service(JIS): MANDEVILLE
Date Published: Tuesday, September 01, 2009
URL: http://jis.gov.jm/officePM/html/20090901T000000-0500_20973_JIS_HANBURY_HOME_GETS_UPGRADED_LIBRARY.asp


Abstract:

Two Howard university students acquired funding for a project to equip the Hanbury Home for Children in Manchester with upgraded library resources including computers and educational software. The funds were acquired from the Davis Projects for Peace, a United States-based foundation.

The upgraded library resources was made possible through a recommendation made by Jamaican born academic at Howard University, Dr. Grace Virtue, who encouraged two of her students to seek funding from the foundation to do a project at the Home, as part of their studies. It also involved partnership with the Rotary Club of Mandeville.

The article also outlines the visions for how the resources will be utilised and benefit the Home. Plans for the long-term sustainability of the project are outlined.

Also provided in the article is some background information about the funding body, Davis Projects for Peace.


Excerpt:

"The Hanbury Home for Children in Manchester has received an upgraded library, with computers and other educational items, from the Davis Projects for Peace, a United States-based foundation.

The updated $900,000 (US$10,000) facility was made possible through a recommendation made by Jamaican born academic at Howard University..."

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Amendments coming to Jamaica's Copyright Act

Title: Copyright Act to Incorporate Internet Treaties
Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS): KINGSTON
Date Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
URL: http://jis.gov.jm/commerce_science/html/20090826T190000-0500_20916_JIS_COPYRIGHT_ACT_TO_INCORPORATE_INTERNET_TREATIES.asp
Abstract:

The article outlines proposed amendments to Jamaica's Copyright Act. The proposed amendments will include newer regulations for Internet treaties. The concerns of several stakeholders are also highligthed, in particular, those from the library sector and those in the music industry. The findings of a World Intellectual Property Organisation study of the contribution of intellectual property to Jamaica's economy is also mentioned.

Brief background information on the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) is offered in the latter paragraphs of the article.

Excerpt:
The Copyright Act is to be amended, to incorporate provisions of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) 'Internet Treaties'.

This was disclosed by Manager, Copyrights and Related Rights Directorate at the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Miss Philippa Davies, during a seminar on Copyrights... at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), on Half Way Tree Road.

"For example, the libraries have put forward a proposal that there be exemptions for the visually impaired to make copies of work without having to get permission from the author or without having to pay high royalties. That means converting a printed work into braille," Miss Davies said.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Jamaica to establish Parent Information Centres

Title: Education Ministry Partnering with JLS in Parenting Initiative
Source: Jamaica Information Service (KINGSTON)
Date Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009
URL: http://jis.gov.jm/education/html/20090825T180000-0500_20900_JIS_EDUCATION_MINISTRY_PARTNERING_WITH_JLS_IN_PARENTING_INITIATIVE.asp

Abstract:
The article reports on the plans of the Ministry of Education to work with the Jamaica Library Service (JLS), in establishing parent information centres in the parish libraries all over the island.

According to the spokesperson, Senior Adviser/Consultant to the Minister of Education, Dr. Rebecca Tortello, these parenting information network/satellite information centres will collate parenting material locally, and international in the parish libraries. These materials will be linked and accessible via Internet accessible electronic databases as well as a hard copy database. The librarians will be trained in locating these materials in order to assist parents in finding the materials they need.

Dr. Tortello was speaking in an interview with JIS News and explained the initiative would also seek to find out what materials are available in Jamaica that are effective in training parents at different socio-economic levels, so as to effectively disseminate the message of effective parenting. The vision is that the initiative will include parenting materials not only in print, but in videos and DVDs, spreading the effective parenting messages in more than one ways including film, television, the sides of buses, and on cell phones.

Excerpt:

The Ministry of Education is working in conjunction with the Jamaica Library Service (JLS), to establish a number of satellite centres on parenting in the parish libraries islandwide.

This was announced by Senior Adviser/Consultant to the Minister of Education, Dr. Rebecca Tortello, in an interview with JIS News on August 24.

"The Library Service is going to work with us to create information network/satellite information centres on parenting, so that we will gather parenting material locally, and international best practices. The parish libraries are linked and they have internet access, so we can have an electronic database as well as a hardcopy database and the librarians will be trained to know where the material is, so parents can come in and find material if they need it," she informed.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

National Library of Jamaica wins award to save historical documents

Title: National Library wins award to save historical documents

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

Date Published: Sunday, August 23, 2009

URL: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090823/arts/arts4.html

Abstract:

The article reports on the success of the National Library of Jamaica, a division of the Institute of Jamaica, in acquiring international funding for a conservation project. The amount awarded is also mentioned, which according to the report is
just under $3 million. The funding body is the 2009 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).

The purpose for which the money was requested is also mentioned. According to the report, the National Library put forward the project proposal to acquire the funding necessary for the conservation of the Enos Nuttall Manuscripts - "documents dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century, and records significant milestones in Jamaica's history".

Brief information about the fund and the funding agency , AFCP, is also given, including its purpose of assisting "less-developed countries in preserving museum collections, ancient and historic sites, and traditional forms of expression,...[demonstrating] the United States' respect for other cultures.

Background information on the Enos Nuttall manuscripts is also reported, including the scope of it contents in the coverage of Jamaican historical events.

Brief background information about the National Library of Jamaica is also provided.


Excerpt:

The National Library of Jamaica has been awarded just under $3 million through the 2009 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The money will be used for the conservation of the Enos Nuttall Manuscripts - documents dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century, and records significant milestones in Jamaica's history.

The AFCP, created by US Congress in 2001, aims to assist less-developed countries in preserving museum collections, ancient and historic sites, and traditional forms of expression, and was developed to demonstrate the United States' respect for other cultures. The fund is administered by the US Embassy through the US State Department.

Guyana's President tours National Library of Guyana

Title: President tours National Library during centenary anniversary

Source: Government of the Republic of Guyana: Office of the Prime Minister

Date Published: Thursday, 20 August 2009


URL: http://opnew.op.gov.gy/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=677:president-tours-national-library-during-centenary-anniversary&catid=34:bulletins&Itemid=70

Abstract:

The article reports on the President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo's visit to the National Library of Guyana. This visit was a part of the celebration of the library’s centenary anniversary. The article reports some of the activities of the President during the visit, including his giving his own ideas for improving the work of the library and promoting interest in Caribbean literature.

The article also reports on a brief history of the National Library of Guyana as well as the activities that are currently a part of the centenary anniversary celebrations.


Excerpt:

The Guyana National Library is celebrating 100 years of existence this year with a calendar of organised activities that included a visit by President Bharrat Jagdeo...

The President’s visit was not part of the calendar of activities but was welcomed anyway and brought smiles to the faces of the Library’s staff who were elated to provide him with a tour of the facility.

Accompanied by Chairman of the National Library Committee Pitamber Persaud, Personnel Officer Annis Craig and Jillian Thompson, the Head of State inspected and met staff of the building’s various departments.

National Library of Guyana's readers competition finals

Author: Vanessa Narine

Title: 62 in National Library’s readers competition finals

Source: Guyana Chronicle Online

Date Published: Monday, 10 August 2009

URL: http://guyanachronicleonline.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4568:62-in-national-librarys-readers-competition-finals&catid=2:news&Itemid=3#Scene_1

Abstract:

The article reports on the National Library of Guyana's reading competition. According to the article, a total of 62 individuals, teenagers and young adults, competed in the finals of the National Library’s Champion Readers Competition. Some of these participants speak about their experiences in the competition and the personal gains that resulted from competing in the programme. Among the gains of participation in the competition is the new exposure that it gave participants to books and the world of literature.

The perspective of the judges is also represented, giving another perspective as to expected or intended outcomes of the competition. Also captured is background information about the event, including the theme of the competition, the dates of the competition, its prizes and the age range of competitors.

The library's perspective is also covered, as more than one library personnel suggest goals of the programme. One of the primary goals that Ms. Jillian Thompson (the Chief librarian) pointed out is that the competition aims to promote literacy in Guyana. Other goals are also stated.


Excerpt:

A total of 62 individuals, teenagers and young adults, competed in the finals of the National Library’s Champion Readers Competition, Friday, an experience they lauded as one that helped them to look with new eyes at books and the world of literature.


The competition is one of the many events of the National Library’s centenary celebrations, held under the theme ‘Empowering the Nation through literacy’.

Chief Librarian Ms. Jillian Thompson pointed out that the promotion of literacy in Guyana was primary in the list of objectives that the competition sought to achieve.


Among the other objectives of the Champion Readers’ Competition was the need to:


* Encourage reading as a stimulating past-time among children and young adults;


* Stimulate a thirst for information through the printed medium;


* Nurture a lifelong love for reading; and


* Develop reading and comprehension skills of participants.

Fire scare in University of Guyana's library

Title: Fire scare in UG library

Source: Stabroek News

Date: August 5, 2009

URL: http://www.stabroeknews.com/2009/news/local/08/05/fire-scare-in-ug-library/


Abstract:
The article reports on an unusual incident in the library of University of Guyana, where a bag of books burst into flames. Details about the incident are sparse, and no one is yet certain about the ownership of the bags of books.


Excerpt:
University of Guyana (UG) students were sent dashing from the institution’s 24-hour library last night after two bags of books mysteriously burst into flames on the second floor.

When Stabroek News visited the UG Library shortly after 9 pm, besides a small group of students gathered at the library entrance, things appeared normal. A few minutes later two fire hydrants appeared on the scene.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Barbadian Special Collection Destroyed by Fire: Millions of Rare materials vanish in smoke




Author: (MR)

Title: Wealth of information up in smoke

Source: Nation News

Date Published on: August 11, 2009.

URL: http://www.nationnews.com/news/local/MILLIONS-of---in-books-up-in-smoke-FRONT-PAGE-OTHER

Abstract:
Tragedy hits Barbados, when a special collection of books and research material donated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)to the Israel Lovell Foundation vanished in a fire. The materials produced by the BBC featured some research and publications on the nation and the Caribbean. The collection was intended to be organised into a public library for academic research to benefit the nation. The materials were not insured and the loss marks a major setback to the project.

Excerpt:
ABOUT $2.5 MILLION in books and research material donated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)to the Israel Lovell Foundation went up in smoke just after midnight yesterday.

A pensive Trevor Prescod, director of the foundation, told the DAILY NATION there was no way of replacing the collection of books which were stored in a block near the St Giles Nursery School compound, My Lord's Hill, St Michael. The books were not insured.

The entire block was ravaged by the fire.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Drop in the Usage of Libraries by theTrinidad and Tobago Public




Author: Akile Simon

Title: $144m spent on libraries in past year...Nalis laments drop in usage by public


Source:
Trinidad and Tobago

Date Published: 16 July 2009

URL: http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2009/07/16/nalis-laments-drop-usage-public

Abstract:

The article reports on a speech given by the executive director of the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) of Trinidad and Tobago, Annette Wallace. In her speech, Wallace discloses the the amount spent on libraries by the body (NALIS). Wallace also discloses the results of a survey that despite the expenditure on libraries, public usage of the services have dropped. The article also reveal a particular finding about the perception of nonusers of the library and the future plans for the development of libraries in Trinidad and Tobago. The Information Minister, Neil Parsanlal, also spoke, affirming the Government's support of NALIS in further advancing the nation's mission of developing its human capital through public access to information.

The article also discloses that the speeches by Wallace and Parsanlal were given at the opening ceremony of the Arima Public Library on Pro Queen Street in Arima.

Excerpt:

The National Library and Information Systems Authority (Nalis) has dished out a service to the public at a value of more than $144 million for the last fiscal year.

But a survey conducted revealed there was a decline in the usage at public libraries. This disclosure was made by Nalis’ executive director Annette Wallace on Tuesday, while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Arima Public Library on Pro Queen Street in Arima.

Session on Journalism a hit at NALIS Reading Camp




Author: Christopher Boyack

Title: Guardian’s Keithos, Loubon make a hit at Nalis camp

Source: Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Date Published: 23 Jul 2009


URL:
http://guardian.co.tt/news/life/2009/07/23/guardian-s-keithos-loubon-make-hit-nalis-camp

Abstract:
The article reports on a particular interactive session at the Nalis Vacation Reading Programme Camp. The particular part of the programme in the report is that of two Trinidad and Tobago Guardian Newspaper staff members conducting a session on journalism for the children at the camp. The article gives a synopsis of what the session was like, indicating that the children participated in activities such as giving ideas for cartoons on current political leaders, defining who is a journalist and answering questions on current affairs. The article also reports on one of the presenters giving a promotion on the importance of reading.

Information in the report also sparsely talks about the entire camp programme. Mentioned is the fact that the camp is a four-week camp. This year it opened on July 13 and will end on August 7. The report also mentions about the demographic composition of camp participants as well as the theme of the camp.

Excerpt:

Guardian senior reporter Michelle Loubon and cartoonist Keith Anderson conducted an interactive session on journalism for children attending the Vacation Reading Programme Camp at Nalis Library, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain...

The theme of the camp is I’ve Got the Power. The children aged from seven to 12. In his avuncular manner, Anderson communicated well with the 47 children drawn from primary schools in Port-of-Spain. Armed with his crayons and pencils, he tapped into the children’s knowledge on political protagonists like Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner and Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday for the cartoon.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Nuevo Battle Site Museum Opens in Jamaica

Title: Nuevo Battle Site Museum Opens with TEF Support
Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ocho Rios
Date Published: Sunday, July 19, 2009
URL: http://jis.gov.jm/indus_tourism/html/20090719T200000-0500_20473_JIS_NUEVO_BATTLE_SITE_MUSEUM_OPENS_WITH_TEF_SUPPORT.asp

Abstract:
The article records the commitment of the Executive Director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Ian Neita, to supporting the operation of the Rio Nuevo Battle Site Museum. The article also speaks about the other organisations involved in the establishment of the museum, namely, the Rio Nuevo Battle Site Association, the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), and the Culture Health Arts Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.

The plans for the future of the museum are also articulated. Mention is made about the potential local target market, students and teachers within the parish. However, mention is also made of the vision for the museum to also support heritage tourism.

Excerpt from Source:
"It was far from difficult for the TEF to respond to the request made by the Rio Nuevo Battle Site Association and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) to add a museum to the site. While the battle site has always been suitable to host events or simply for people to view the grounds, the idea of a museum instantly elevated the site to a position of a world class attraction," Mr. Neita said. He noted that the establishment of the facility was ideal as it would give students and teachers the opportunity to enhance their educational experience through experiential learning.

"We are happy that in the Rio Nuevo Museum, visitors to Jamaica will have one new attraction to visit and leave with a rich history. We chose to invest in attractions such as this museum in order to protect Jamaica from competition. Islands like Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Barbados have a rich cultural heritage and so do we. They have capitalised on that heritage to build their tourism and so must we," he said.

Another Export and Business Information Centre Opened in Jamaica

Title: JAMBIC/Export and Business Information Centre Opened in Ocho Rios
Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ocho Rios
Date Published: Sunday, July 19, 2009
URL: http://jis.gov.jm/commerce_science/html/20090719T200000-0500_20472_JIS_JAMBIC_EXPORT_AND_BUSINESS_INFORMATION_CENTRE_OPENED_IN_OCHO_RIOS.asp

Excerpt from Source:
The new Ocho Rios JAMBIC/Export Centre and Business Information Point (ECBIP) seeks to provide e-business services, Internet access to web-enabled Government services, market information and distance learning opportunities, among other services. It is a collaborative effort of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), the St. Ann Chamber of Commerce and the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation’s, The Source.

The launch of the Centre has now increased the number of JAMBIC/ECBIP Centres established across the island to 11.

Abstract:
Article discloses information about the location of a newly opened business information centre established to support Jamaican entrepreneurs and businesses in the parish of St. Ann. Information is provided about the services being offered by the centre as well as the organisations behind the establishment of the centre.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Sixth youth information centre established in Jamaica



Title: Marcus Garvey Youth Information Centre to open in St Ann
Source: Jamaica Observer
Date Published: Friday, July 10, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20090710T010000-0500_155098_OBS_MARCUS_GARVEY_YOUTH_INFORMATION_CENTRE_TO_OPEN_IN_ST_ANN.asp

Excerpt:

The centre is expected to have, among other things, a cyber centre with over 14 computers, rap room where young people can share ideas, an area for physically-challenged youths and a Garvey memorial area, which will provide information on Garvey's life and work.


Abstract:

The article details the agreements made by Jamaica's National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), UNICEF and the St Ann Parish Council to set up a Marcus Garvey Information Centre at "the site that once housed a skills training centre named after the national hero". This information centre is aimed at providing youth in the parish with facilities for information sharing and access. Plans are also outlined about more such centres to be established in the parish as well as throughout the entire island. The site will also provide information about the life of Marcus Garvey, one of Jamaica's national hero, who originated from the parish.

Scotiabank develops school library in Trinidad and Tobago



Title: Scotiabank develops library at Lady Hochoy Home
Source: Trinidad and Tobago Guardian
Date Published: 13 July 2009
URL: http://guardian.co.tt/features/life/2009/07/13/scotiabank-develops-library-lady-hochoy-home

Excerpt:
Scotiabank has embarked on a library development project at the Lady Hochoy School in Penal. Staff members of the bank’s Penal Branch have been volunteering their time and efforts to regularly visit the school, walking with their paint brushes, to ensure that the library is in top condition.

According to Reena Panchorie, Assistant Manager, Public and Corporate Affairs, at Scotiabank T&T Ltd, “This effort by the Penal Branch is part of the Bank’s Bright Future Program, a corporate giving and community programme that helps support opportunities for the children and communities in which we live and work.


Abstract:

A branch of the Scotiabank in Trinidad and Tobago has taken on a project of corporate social responsibility focusing on the development of children in the community. This project involves staff volunteering to work in and on developing the Lady Hochoy School library.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Jamaican Festival Queens to work with school library and promote reading



Title: Festival Queens foster development
Source: Jamaica Observer
Date Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/Entertainment/html/20090714T220000-0500_155400_OBS_FESTIVAL_QUEENS_FOSTER_DEVELOPMENT.asp

Excerpt:


The Festival Queen 2009 contestants are focusing their grace, talent, intellect and beauty on boosting Jamaica's development. The parish queens are engaged in numerous community projects that foster nation-building across Jamaica. They are tackling issues as diverse as sexuality, marginalised males, and literacy.


Literacy has the attention of Shanna-Kay Williams, Miss Portland and Kelonie Noble, Miss Hanover. Ms. Williams will be working at the Windsor Castle All-Age School library with 'Recovery of the Youth', a book drive and book club to promote reading. Ms. Noble will carry out the "Read to Succeed" project at Escher Primary.


Commentary:
On Monday, 25 May 2009, on this blog, it was posted that a Jamaican Librarian, Kelonie Noble, was crowned parish queen. This post is a follow up to that post, as it covers the national finals for the Jamaican Festival queen competition. Ms Noble, now unto the finals is engaged in a project to promote reading.

For more information on the competition visit http://www.jcdc.org.jm/ms_ja_bg.htm.

For more information about the organising body behind the Jamaica Festival Queen Competition visit http://www.jcdc.org.jm/index.php.

If you are still interested in knowing more about the competition and its rules, visit http://www.jcdc.org.jm/entryforms/2k9_forms/Fest_Queen_Entry_Form.pdf for guidelines.



Abstract:
Jamaican Festival Queens undertake several projects. Among them are literacy and reading promotion projects. One festival queen, Shanna-Kay Williams, Miss Portland, will be working with the school library at the Windsor Castle All-Age in a programme entitled 'Recovery of the Youth'. This project will establish both a book drive and a book club to promote reading.

Kelonie Noble, another festival queen [and Librarian], is involved in the project "Read to Succeed", which targets the Escher Primary school.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Call for a Jamaican museum or library to honour Norman Manley



Author: Garfield Myers
Title: Another appeal for Roxborough: Birthplace of National Hero Norman Manley still in disrepair
Source: Jamaica Observer
Date published: Wednesday, July 08, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20090707T210000-0500_154917_OBS_ANOTHER_APPEAL_FOR_ROXBOROUGH_.asp

Excerpt:


A brief note on Roxborough on the website of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, which has responsibility for official heritage sites, says in part: "It was proposed that the house be restored since it had fallen into disrepair, but in 1968 it was destroyed by fire. Currently only the foundation remains. The Jamaica National Heritage Trust proposes to restore the building."

Pressed by the Observer following Saturday's function, which incorporated tributes to Manley's life in speech and song, Ramsay argued that a library and/or museum suitably furnished with literature and memorabilia on Manley should be part of any upgrading.


Abstract:

The article reports on the annual July 4 celebration honouring one of Jamaica's National Hero, Norman Manley, at which calls were made for the upgrading of his home. At this function Mayor of Mandeville and chairman of the Manchester Parish Council, Brenda Ramsay, suggests that the nation should adequately honour Manley "the 'father' and chief architect of post-independent Jamaica" by upgrading his old house. Already designated as a heritage site, the suggestion was made to turn Manley's house into a museum or library. This suggested museum or library would serve as an historical attraction informing visitors about Manley and his contribution to Jamaica.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Institute of Jamaica issues open invitation





Title:
Come on over! Institute of Jamaica issues open invitation
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Date Published: Sunday | July 12, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090712/arts/arts1.html

Abstract:

The various summer attractions that the Institute of Jamaica has to offer visitors to see and experience are outlined. Some of the museums operated by the Institute are also mentioned in this article.

The article also contains comments by Vivian Crawford, Executive Director of the Institute of Jamaica, about the major clientele visiting the Institute, which comprised of school groups. However, the Director states his desire for the Institute to reach out to families.

Bankers help develop a school library in Trinidad and Tobago



Title: Bankers help build a library
Source: Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday
Date: Tuesday, July 7 2009
URL: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,103377.html


Excerpt:

"SCOTIABANK has embarked on a library development project at the Lady Hochoy School in Penal. Staff members of the Penal Branch have been volunteering their time and effort to regularly visit the school, walking with their paint brushes to ensure that the library’s walls were in top condition."


Abstract:

The article reports on the corporate social responsibility acts by the ScotiaBank to give back to the community through efforts at developing a school library. The efforts are aimed at the Lady Hochoy School in Penal, where the Bank members have been involved in painting the library's walls and volunteering their labour and service to the library. Services rendered other than the painting of the library, include "the procurement of bookshelves, desks and chairs, as well as sourcing reading material for the children to enjoy”.

Jamaican High school opens new library




Title: Glenmuir High opens new library, resource centre
Source: Jamaica Observer
Date Published: Sunday, June 28, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/Career/html/20090627T220000-0500_154339_OBS_GLENMUIR_HIGH_OPENS_NEW_LIBRARY__RESOURCE_CENTRE_.asp

Excerpt:
"The facility, which began in June 2007, is to benefit the school's population of 2,100, as well as residents of neighbouring communities in the May Pen area. It boasts new rooms for reading, data processing, e-learning, audiovisual lessons and a computer lab. It will also accommodate the school's book rental programme.

"For far too long Glenmuir High School, with its distinguished record of achievement, existed on archaic facilities in some areas and that the staff had not been properly catered for within the context of this school despite their work and effort," said school principal, Clement Radcliffe. "It was during 2002 and 2003 that the school engaged itself in the task of formulating areas of development to be initiated as part of the 45th anniversary of the school. From this initiation, the dream of having a facility of this nature became a reality."


Abstract:

The article reports on the official opening ceremony launching the new school library and resource centre at the Glenmuir High School in Clarendon, Jamaica. In the report, the school principal, Clement Radcliffe provides some background information about the facility and about the rationale behind its construction. Radcliffe also expressed his vision or hope for the library and the impact that it will have on the school and the wider community.

The latter information in the report mentions some of the donors and sponsors behind the funding of the construction of the new facility.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Caribbean Law librarians praised, urged to speak out



Author: SC [Shawn Cumberbatch]
Title: Law librarians praised, urged to speak out
Source: The Barbados Advocate
Date: 23 June, 2009

URL: http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=4430

Abstract:

The article reports on the Attorney-General of Barbados, Freundel Stuart's commendation of the profession of law librarians at the opening of 24th annual general meeting and seminar of the Caribbean Association of Law Libraries. The meeting was held at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

Stuart on this occasion contrasts the poor image that law librarians have with the important role and work that they play in the legal field. The Attorney-General also called on law librarians to be more vocal and active in improving their image.

In this article, a definition of "law librarian" is also articulated. In addition, it provides a brief description of some of the activities that law librarians do on a daily basis to provide information for their clients.

Excerpt:

GOVERNMENT’S chief legal spokesman wants law librarians to speak out on matters affecting their profession.

Attorney-General (AG) Freundel Stuart said with law librarians often taken for granted by their clients, they need to let their voices by heard more.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Barbados Court library compromised


Author: Shawn Cumberbatch
Title: Court library compromised
Source: The Barbados Advocate
Date: 23 June, 2009

URL: http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=4433

Abstract:

This article reports on the need for the training of librarians in book preservation. This issue came up out during the official opening of the 24th Annual General Meeting and seminar of the Caribbean Association of Law Librarians. The meeting took place at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

The issues were higlighted by both Chief Justice Sir David Simmons and Attorney-General Freundel Stuart of Barbados. The two raised the issue that the premier law library of the island is suffering the destruction of library materials due to hostile environmental conditions. The article stresses the conclusion drawn that there is need for funding and training in preservation and conservation issues. In addition, Cumberbatch reports that the solution that the authorities will be pursuing to address the problem is to to secure funding from the Inter-American Development Bank for the project of library and library material restoration.



Excerpt:

ENVIRONMENTAL problems, including mould and fungus, have cost Barbados’ highest domestic court a “substantial” amount of its library material.

Chief Justice (CJ) Sir David Simmons disclosed yesterday that authorities were now looking to secure funding from the Inter-American Development Bank, as part of its Justice Improvement Programme with the island, to significantly restore the large volume of legal books and other important reading material housed in the 278-year-old Supreme Court library.

Monday, 8 June 2009

2010 International Conference on Information Resources Management (Conf-IRM)

Event: 2010 International Conference on Information Resources Management (Conf-IRM)
Location/Venue: Rose Hall Resort & Spa, A Hilton Resort, Jamaica, W.I.,
Sponsor/Institution: Mona School of Business at the University of the West Indies.
Date: May 18, 2010 – May 20, 2010
URL: http://ocs.mona.uwi.edu/ocs/index.php/Conf-IRM/2010

Excerpt:
The 2010 International Conference on Information Resources Management (Conf-IRM) will be held at the Rose Hall resort & Spa located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on May 18 - 20, 2010. The conference will be convened by the Mona School of Business at the University of the West Indies.

PM responds to 5 year-old's plea for a library



Author: Dunkley, Alicia
Title: "PM responds to 5 year-old's plea for a library"
Source: Jamaica Observer (jamaicaobserver.com)
Date Published: Monday, June 08, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20090608T020000-0500_153049_OBS_PM_RESPONDS_TO___YEAR_OLD_S_PLEA_FOR_A_LIBRARY_.asp


Abstract:


A five-year-old lad who wrote a letter when he was four, requesting that the Prime Minister (PM) sponsored his school a school library gets his desire. The PM responds donating 400 books to the school for a school library. The PM also pledged to give further assistance for the establishment of a "proper library".

Excerpt:

Jaiden's latest exploit was a letter authored by him when he was four years old with a plea powerful enough to bring Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding to his school in Freetown, Clarendon with 400 books in tow last Friday.

Up to then, everyone but Jaiden had forgotten about the letter, which his parents had posted just to humour him.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

National Library looking to expand current services


Author: Narine, Vanessa
Title: National Library looking to expand current services
Source: Guyana Chronicle Online
Date Published: Thursday, 14 May 2009 13:58
URL:
http://guyanachronicleonline.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1547:national-library-looking-to-expand-current-services&catid=2:news&Itemid=3

Abstract:
The article reports on the current services offered by the National Library of Guyana which include photocopying, reference, music, bookmobile, prison outreach, inter-library loans, conference accommodation, Internet and telephone inquiries.
The article also reports on the library's plans for further expansion in service offerings, and in particularly, the expansion of the computer facilities.

Information is also given about the Library's celebration of its centenary with events including book exhibitions and school tours, a photographic display, and the Champion Reader Competition.

Additional information about the Children library services offered in the National Library is also given. In this report, the views of some of the children users are given, and the information provided reveals satisfaction with and the successful implementation of the library's children services and outreach.



Excerpt:
CHIEF Librarian Jillian Thompson has reminded that the National Library caters for all needs and ages and is looking to expand its services.

It presently provides photocopying, reference, music, bookmobile, prison outreach, inter-library loans, conference accommodation, Internet and telephone inquiries, apart from books lending.

Poor Showing at Charity Show for Jamaican Libraries



Author: O'Hara, Fabian
Title: "Disappointing turnout for Help Jamaica charity show - But organiser not giving up"
Source: The Jamaica Gleaner
Date Published: June 3, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090603/ent/ent5.html


Abstract:
The article report on the charity event put on by the German founded non-profit group, Help Jamaica. Covered in the article is information about the group's mandate to improve inner-city communities by building reading centres or libraries. Also mentioned in the article is the outcome of the charitable event, which was not well supported by patrons, though artistes and performers gave support.

Excerpt:

Disappointment was evident in the voice of Birte Timm as she reflected on the poorly-attended show.

Last Saturday, Help Jamaica foundation staged what was to be the first of a series of charity events aimed at raising funds to construct a library in the Cassava Piece community of St Andrew.

The all-day event was held at Weekenz on Constant Spring Road. In the afternoon, the children were treated to a fun day, which included performances from dancers Tippa and Hiyah Style.

A stage show in the night had a strong line-up of past, present and upcoming dancehall and reggae acts billed to perform, but hardly anyone turned up for what could have been a remarkable show. The line-up included Mavado, Cocoa Tea, Leroy Sibbles, Bugle, Sizzla and Ken Boothe.

NLJ seminar presentations published online

Earlier this year, the National Library of Jamaica held a seminar under the theme: “Building the National Union Catalogue: Challenges & Issues”. The Seminar presented by the National Library of Jamaica was held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on April 21, 2009

These papers or presentations are now available online at: http://www.nlj.org.jm/Seminar_papers_2009/Seminar_Papers_2009.htm


For those, who may not have been familiar with the event, below are the details for the event.

EVENT: National Library of Jamaica Seminar
THEME: “Building the Jamaica Union Catalogue: The Information Portal for All”
DATE: Tuesday, April 21, 2009
VENUE: Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston Jamaica
SPONSOR: National Library of Jamaica

Monday, 1 June 2009

Jamaican Youths satisfied with New Youth Information Centre

Author: Gardner, Claudia
Title: New youth centre turns heads
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Date Published: Saturday, May 16, 2009
URL: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090516/lead/lead3.html



Abstract:

The article covers the reaction of several students to the opening of the National Centre for Youth Development's (NCYD) Youth Information Centre (YIC)at Humber Avenue in Montego Bay, St. James. The services and the facilities of the YIC are higlighted, which include "a cyber-café with free Internet access; a resource area and a conference room for meetings; counselling and referral services; empowerment sessions; career development and training opportunities". The purpose for the centres are also discussed. Chief among the mission of the YIC is to "allow youth to be comfortable, discussing and accessing information on issues concerning them - from safe sex to HIV/AIDS to employment and personal advancement." Further mention is also made about the Government's plan to ensure that YICs are operational in all parishes within the next three years. The Government's vision for these YICs is to "facilitate the empowerment of young people through the provision of information in a non-judgmental and friendly environment".

Excerpt:
Shabelle Johnson, a 14-year-old student of St James High School, told The Gleaner she spent her after-school hours at the centre following the shift-system school's dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

"My friends told me about it and I have been visiting for several weeks now. I like the quietness here. I also get to print assignments free of cost," she said.

"I prefer to visit here than going to the school or the parish library because students tend to fuss and sometimes I don't get through with the assignment because we only get a short amount of time on the computers."

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Grenada's PM restates commitment to Information Act

Title: Restating commitment to Information act
Source: Grenada Today / SpiceGrenada.com
Date Published: May 23rd, 2009
URL: http://www.spicegrenada.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1053:restating-commitment-to-information-act-&catid=230:week-ending-may-23rd-2009&Itemid=53

Abstract:
Article reports on excerpts from the Prime Minister of Grenada's speech to a Caribbean Media and Communication Conference held in the community. Much of the speech is directed at the media, with the Prime Minister expressing his personal perception of the role of the media and the abuse of that role in Grenada's society. In this article also is expressed the Prime Minister's commitment to Grenada's Information Act or freedom of information legislation.

Excerpt:
The 10-month old government of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas campaign promise to implement a Freedom of Information Act is well underway. During the opening of a two-day Caribbean Media and Communication Conference held at the Flamboyant Hotel last week Thursday and Friday, the Prime Minister disclosed that his government has already circulated a draft Freedom of Information Act for inputs and feedback.

He told the gathering of over 30 regional journalists/broadcasters together with local media practitioners that the choice of Grenada to hold this Conference is timely as his administration is currently engaging stakeholders on a proposed freedom of information act and is about to commence engagement on a new media policy.