Sunday, 22 February 2009

Library's Black History Month Panel Discussion


Source: Barbados Government Information Service

Date: February 02, 2009



The article gives information on a panel discussion put on by National Library Service to celebrate black history month. The panel discussion was scheduled to take place at the library’s new headquarters. The the purpose of the discussion as stated in the article "is to sensitise Barbadians about the dynamics of business, and the way forward to achieve successful business enterprises."

'It will take a lot to fix old Library'

Title: 'It will take a lot to fix old Library'

Source: Nation News

Date: February 1 2009



The article reveals the hopes, aspirations and plans of the Minister of Community Development and Culture, Steve Blackett, that the old building of the Barbados Public Library will be refurbished and reopened by the end of the Government's first term. Some information is given about the old building as well as the shortage of trained librarians and other staff for the Barbados Public Library. Also mentioned is some of the Minister's plan for the Public Library and some of the challenges and opportunities that present themselves for the public library system.

Chess blossoms at Library

Author: Carl Jacobs

Title: Chess blossoms at Library

Source: Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Date: February 18th, 2009



Article on how the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago is serving as the venue and a centre for the hosting of chess competitions put on by the T&T Chess Foundation.

Bajan yankee donates house for library

Title: Bajan yankee donates house for library
Source: Nation News
Date: February 18 2009


A news report or article on the philanthropic donation by a former resident of Orange Hill for the establishment of a library facility for the community of Orange Hill, Barbados.

Library for Orange Hill, Barbados

Source: Barbados Government Information Service
Date: February 18, 2009


Excerpt from source

Residents of Orange Hill, St. James, will soon have an enrichment centre complete with library facilities at their disposal.

The amenities will be as a result of a recent donation of a half acre of land and a house to Government by former resident of the area, Gilbert Taylor.

Article on the philanthropic donation to establish a library in a community in Barbados that does not have any such facilities to benefit the community and its development.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

JLS Commended for 60 Years of Outstanding Achievements

Title: JLS Commended for 60 Years of Outstanding Achievements

Source: OCHO RIOS Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

Date: Friday, February 20, 2009


Excerpt from source
Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, has commended the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) on six decades of outstanding achievements.

The Minister, who was addressing the JLS' 60th anniversary international conference recently at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, said that the institution has done an excellent job over the years in modernising its operations and improving service delivery, in response to technological changes and the needs of the public.

A summary of the Minister's speech at the Jamaica Library Service International conference, highlighting the Minister's perception as to the contribution of the public library to Jamaica and its future role in Jamaica's development.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

National Library to publish its 30th anniversary publication

I have gotten information that the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) is to celebrate its 30th anniversary. As a part of its activities, NLJ wants to launch a 30th anniversary publication.

See the link for details:

Title: National Library of Jamaica Request for Proposal: Production of 30th Anniversary Publication
SOURCE: National Library of Jamaica

Excerpt from the source:

The National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) hereby requests proposals from suitably qualified consultants for the preparation and production of a publication to mark its 30th anniversary as a National Library (1979-2009).

This publication will document the full history of the institution – written and oral - dating back to 1894 when it was first established as the West India Reference Library (WIRL). The publication will also seek to promote the functions, purposes and services of the organization.

The NLJ was established in 1979 to collect, preserve and facilitate access to the national collection - nation’s history and heritage. The National Library of Jamaica currently offers to its users the following services:

  • consultation for research and study of the materials in its possession including film and sound resources;
  • free internet access;
  • reproduction of some resources
  • and the assigning of International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) as well as
    International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN);
  • distribution of library management software CDS/ISIS to over three hundred libraries across the country
  • and preparing Cataloguing-In-Publication (CIP) for local publishers.

National Library of Jamaica Seminar

EVENT: National Library of Jamaica Seminar
THEME: “Building the Jamaica Union Catalogue: The Information Portal for All”
DATE: Tuesday, April 21, 2009
TIME: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Knutsford Court Hotel

National Library of Jamaica



  • Concept of National Union Catalogue

  • Cataloguing Issues and Indexing

  • Technological Challenges & Opportunities

CDS/ISIS User Group Meeting

Thursday, 12 February 2009

CITO of the Jamaican Government to host regional Knowledge Management Summit

Event: CITO’s 6th Annual Regional Summit
Theme: Knowledge Management: A lifeline in these challenging times
Date: May 20-21, 2009,
Location: Jamaica Pegasus Hotel


Excerpt from Source:
How will the private and public sector navigate the road to knowledge management and be competitive and offer exemplary service? How will the public sector meet the objectives of the Vision 2030 Jamaica and the e-Powering Jamaica 2012 initiatives? These and other issues will be the focus of the next CITO Summit May 20-21, 2009.

Site containing information on the regional summit to be hosted by the Central Information Technology Office of the Government of Jamaica. Background information is given on the summit, including its objectives and the issues that will be examined.

JTI Reports Marked Success with Export Centre/Business Information Point Project

Title: JTI Reports Marked Success with Export Centre/Business Information Point Project
Source: KINGSTON (JIS)- Jamaica Information Service
Date Friday, February 06, 2009



Details are given about the Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI) Export Centre/Business Information Point (EC/BIP)project. This is a project set up to serve Small and Medium Enterprises in Jamaica. Business Facilitation Manager at the JTI, Marlene Porter, provides an evaluation of the project, its implementation, successes and the activities surrounding its implementation. Also revealed in Porter's comments, is the purpose of the project and the aspirations of the impact it will have on the target group (SMEs).

Export and Business Information Centre comes to Westmoreland

Title: Westmoreland Gets Export/Business Information Centre
Date: Monday, February 09, 2009



Report on the launch or opening of an export and business information centre for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Jamaica. The opening took place at the Savanna-La-Mar Civic Centre on Great George Street. It was conducted by Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI), in partnership with the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce. The hopes, mission, objectives and expectations about how the centre will serve the SME sector in Westmoreland are expressed by President of the JTI, Robert Gregory.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

UWI Mona Campus Opens New Postgraduate Learning Commons

The following is a record of an event that took place on Thursday February 5, 2009. While I was present at the event, and am capable of providing further information/details, seeing that I have no formal training in journalism, I prefer to report the facts that have been documented elsewhere. My personal belief is that journalism is a profession and that those who are trained to report events should do the job. However, news will not always be discovered by the journalist. As such, as a citizen journalist I provide the sources of information, whereby the real journalists and researchers can investigate the actual facts.

Event: The Opening of the New Postgraduate Learning Commons at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Main Library.

Location:The Mezzanine Floor of the Main Library of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston 7, Jamaica, W.I.

Source: University of the West Indies, Mona Campus


The Principal Prof. Gordon Shirley, opened the Library's new
Postgraduate Learning Commons (PGLC) on Thursday February 5, 2009. The ribbon was cut by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Nigel Harris and one of the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, now Honorary Distinguished Fellow, Hon. Edward Seaga.

The PGLC room will be open to postgraduates from Friday February 6, 2009.