Monday, 26 December 2011

CARIB LIN's Goals for 2012


2007-2011

This month marks the 4th year since the launch of this blog. It has not been easy to keep it operational. Many blogs start and die pretty quickly, and keeping CARIBLIN alive, without any partner, was not easy.

Nevertheless, the commitment to having the voice in the LIS blogosphere to report on LIS news about the Caribbean is one of the driving ideal that keeps me going. I also dream of the day, when this initiative will be collaborative, where many other young Caribbean LIS professionals and students will take over this initiative and truly apply blogging to keep each other up-to-date with what is going on in the region's libraries.

Such sharing is important, because there are so many valuable and practical information that this blog provides:


  • a source of research ideas and inspiration. Students who are considering research ideas, could use the news articles here to help them launch into research on what is currently taking place in the region's libraries.

  • a source for locating possible sponsors, donors and organisations that would give support to Caribbean libraries. News contained here could assist in the development of a donor database for libraries, that will indicate companies in the past that have donated to Caribbean libraries or the cause of libraries. 

  • a source of case studies in the regions libraries, for LIS education that wants to provide some global context (of comparative library studies) to their LIS curriculum


These are few of the ideas for which I see this blog as being extremely valuable.

For 2011, my goals were to


  • maintain the blog entries on the English-speaking Caribbean library and information environment to at least 3 entries per month.
  • maintain grammatically and error free entries, while ensuring that this blog is accurate, trustworthy and reliable.
  • 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.


For 2012, the latter 3 goals remain. Also for 2012, I want to maintain the survival of this blog through:

  1. At least one blog posting per month on news relevant to the region
  2. Trying to enlist at least one other partner blogger to post

I however want to publicly acknowledge  Emerson Bryan, one of my Caribbean LIS person that keeps sending me LIS news from the region so that I can post it here and else where. Thanks Emerson for keeping me informed. To CARIB LIN readers, I wish you a prosperous 2012 and further great reading.


Mark-Shane Scale

Blog Editor and Chief Contributor

  

Saturday, 24 December 2011

New Jamaican initiative in family literacy aimed to get parent reading to babies


Author: Athaliah Reynolds, JIS Reporter
Title: PM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Children
Source: Jamaica Information Service
Date: MONDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2011
URL: http://www.jis.gov.jm/news/opm-news/29481-pm-encourages-parents-particularly-fathers-to-read-with-children

Abstract:
The article reports on a speech by the Prime Minister and Education Minister addressed to parents during a
handing over ceremony of Bookstart Jamaica ‘book packs’, at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Paediatric Clinic, on Monday, December 19. What the Bookstart Jamaica project is about is outlined as well as the objectives of the programme and the vision for it to give parents and families a place in raising the literacy level of future students. Essentially the programme entails Jamaican parents of babies getting books from the government as part of an encouragement for parents to read to their children.


Excerpt:
Bookstart Jamaica is part of the Ministry of Education’s new family literacy initiative, which aims to create a nation of readers and encourage an early start to family literacy activities. Each Bookstart Jamaica ‘book pack’ has a locally developed board book suitable for infants, and information about the Jamaica Library Service, its locations and family programmes, including ‘We Likkle but We Tallawah’ - parents reading with infants and toddlers Bookstart Jamaica companion programme.

Mr. Holness noted that the programme was established as part of the Ministry’s National Literacy Strategy, as it was found that many Jamaican children were entering the school system unprepared.
“This places us at a disadvantage, because teachers now have to do the work that parents should have done as a natural part of their parenting responsibility. When we examined what was happening in the households, we realised that many parents did not understand the importance of early reading with their children,” the Prime Minister said.
He informed that the objective of Bookstart  is to provide parents with books at the earliest stage, “so that when the programme is fully implemented, every Jamaican child born in a hospital in Jamaica will be presented with a package.”

Belize National Library gets health science collection boost


Author/Reporter: Delahnie Bain
Title: PAHO and WHO add pages to the Library
Source: Channel5Belize
Date published: December 12, 2011
URL: http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/64371

Abstract:


New health science publications donated to the Belize National Library Service & Information System (BNLSIS) by two agencies of the United Nations. The report outlines the scope of the collection/publications donated and the response of the librarian/library regarding the resources. Part of the report also mentions the audience that would benefit from the new donated collection. Finally the article ends on a note about pending negotiations for BNLSIS to access further electronic resources available.


Excerpt:

Two organizations of the United Nations this morning donated a heap of books to the national library service. The publications will spruce up the library’s health collection on a wide range of issues from bio-medical to technical literature that have been published by PAHO and the WHO. News Five’s Delahnie Bain also found out that the collection of publications will be available at libraries across the country.

There is a new collection of publications at the National Library Service, which puts an abundance of health information at the fingertips of every Belizean. Today PAHO/WHO officially handed over its full collection of health science publications at the Leo Bradley Library.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Construction delay for the National Public Library of Antigua & Barbuda

Author: Rory Butler 
Title: No Public Library by year-end

Date published: Thursday, November 24th, 2011.
Source: Antigua Observer.com
URL: http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=67741


Abstract:

The article reports on the inability of the governing administration to honour a commitment to complete the new library building site for the National Public Library of Antigua and Barbuda for 2011.The delay is reportedly caused by a lack of funding. Executive Secretary of the Board of Education (BOE) D Gisele Isaac provides further detail of the source of funding and the reasons for the delay. The article also reports that construction materials to be manufactured overseas are required. The cost of the construction project is also mentioned. In addition what the building will house and some of its amenities and facilities are also mentioned.

Excerpt:

St. John’s Antigua- Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer is not going to be able to keep his commitment to Antigua & Barbuda to have the National Public Library completed in 2011.

Executive Secretary of the Board of Education (BOE) D Gisele Isaac confirmed yesterday that a 2011 completion date is out of the question.

“Oh absolutely not. Today is the (23rd November). No, of course it can’t be completed this year. The first thing we need to get is overseas materials, so even if I were to place the order today there is no way they are going to get here for us to complete anything before year-end. So, no it’s not going to happen in 2011,” Isaac said yesterday.

In January this year Spencer categorically stated, “The public library must be completed and operationalised by 2011, whatever the situation.”

Spencer at the time said his administration was taking full responsibility for the inordinate delay in the completion of the facility, “but it must be done.”
Upon completion, the 20,000 square foot multi-level complex building will be fully air-conditioned and host between 70 and 80 computers.

It will offer several rooms, including a children’s library and reading room, adult reading rooms, a modern conference room, a research and reference library, newspaper and periodicals section, staff and lobby areas, a cafeteria and a gift shop

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

UWI libraries gets BBC Caribbean archives

Photographer: Garfield Robinson
Title: UWI gets BBC Caribbean archives
Source: Jamaican Observer
Date Published: Sunday, November 06, 2011
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/career/UWI-gets-BBC-Caribbean-archives_10097323

Abstract:
The article is actually just a caption to a photograph, that captures or documents the official handing over ceremony for the BBC Caribbean Service 1988 to 2011 archives .

Excerpt:
University of the West Indies (UWI) librarian Jennifer Josephs and UWI vice chancellor E Nigel Harris show off the BBC Caribbean 1988 to 2011...The occasion was the official handover ceremony for the archives, held Friday at the universities multifunction room.

Monday, 7 November 2011

UWI acquires and provides access to BBC Caribbean Archive 1988-2011

Title: BBC Caribbean Archive 1988-2011

Source: DSpace development team at the The Alma Jordan Library of The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
tel. 1 (868) 662 2002
URL: http://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/handle/2139/11134

Abstract:
The University of West Indies has acquired the holdings of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Caribbean Service archives of recordings for the period 1988-2011. The context behind the acquisition is provided. Information is also provided about the scope of the collection and the types of subjects and content it covers. Information is also provided about how to access the archived recordings.

Excerpt:
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Caribbean Service donated its archive of recordings to The University of the West Indies (UWI) after it ceased broadcasting on March 25, 2011. This archive of audio recordings covers the period 1988-2011, when the BBC Caribbean Service operated mainly as a news and current affairs department. During this period, the flagship programmes of the department were the BBC Caribbean Report (morning and evening drivetime editions) and Caribbean Magazine, a programme that reflected the human face of the news agenda as well as reporting on the Caribbean region's music, literature, and other cultural issues. The BBC Caribbean Archive at The UWI provides a unique contemporary record of the political, social cultural and economic issues pertaining to the Caribbean, and will therefore serve an a very important facility for research regionally and extra-regionally.


Friday, 4 November 2011

A Proposal for libraries in some Jamaican police stations

Title: Libraries for Manchester police stations
Author: ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer Staff Reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com
Date published: Friday, November 04, 2011
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Libraries-for-Manchester-police-stations

Abstract:

Article reports on a proposal by Resident Magistrate of Manchester and former police officer Oswald Burcheson for libraries to be established at every police station in this Jamaican parish. the idea behind this is that such a library could assist with continuing education and professional of police officers.


Excerpt:
MANDEVILLE, Manchester- Resident Magistrate of Manchester and former police officer Oswald Burcheson is proposing to assist in setting up a small library at every police station in the parish for the continued educational development of police officers.

Burcheson made the commitment at the closing exercise of a development course for police corporals at the Ingleside Wellness and Recreation Centre in Mandeville recently.

“I would like to see at every police station a small library. When you are doing station guard duty you can take a book and read or you can tell the young policeman who come under your command…take a book and read. A lot of persons who have changed their whole course in life have been persons who have just read a book,” the Resident Magistrate said.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Students from Belize to benefit from e-library service

Title: Students to benefit from e-library service
Date published: Saturday, 29 October 2011
Source: The [Belize] Reporter
URL: http://www.reporter.bz/index.php?mod=article&cat=General&article=5330

Abstract:

Article reports on an announcement made by Belize's Minister of Education Hon. Patrick Faber and Chief Librarian for the Belize National Library Service, Joy Ysaguirre, about the national access for students at all levels of education to over 20, 000 e-resources accessible from their home. Access will be provided through the National Library of Belize, who will supply the password to those patrons interested. The proprietary e-library vendor behind the provision of these electronic resources is named, as well a brief profile on the company and its services.

Excerpt:

Students all across Belize now have free access to more than  20,000 online publications, because  the Government of Belize has added EBSCO Publishing’s extensive e-library program to the list of  educational resources available to students.

The program will grant students of all academic levels access to a database comprised of thousands of full text publications including journals, magazines, newspapers and more.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

UWI St. Augustine campus launches single virtual library space

Author: Charles Kong Soo

Title: UWI leads ‘by miles’ with virtual library
Source: Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online
Date Published: October 18, 2011
URL: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2011/10/17/uwi-leads-miles-virtual-library

Abstract: 
The article reports on a speech by Professor Clement Sankat, PVC and St Augustine campus principal at the launch of The UWI Libraries’ Information Connexion (UWIlinC): single virtual library space at the campus’ Alma Jordan Library on October 4. In this speech, Sankat reveals how the library positions the university globally, regionally and locally revealing how a university library can contribute to the enhanced status of a university. The article also reports on Sankat's perception of the mission of the single virtual library space.

Excerpt:
The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) new single virtual library space is a major milestone as the university continues to lead “by miles” in competitive higher education, says Professor Clement Sankat, PVC and St Augustine campus principal. He was speaking at the launch of The UWI Libraries’ Information Connexion (UWIlinC): single virtual library space at the campus’ Alma Jordan Library on October 4. “This is a very big day for the university. It is a major milestone as the university continues to evolve and make itself known to the world,” Sankat said. “To bring all the UWI subscribed resources and the intellectual output from our various library collections and to make these available to users locally, regionally and internationally is truly phenomenal. 

Monday, 17 October 2011

UWI Cave Hill students protest reduced library hours

Title: Students protest library hours

Author: ES/MM
Source: Barbados Nation News
Date: Sat, October 15, 2011

URL: http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/students-protest-library-hours/

Summary:

The article reports on a protest staged by students at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). It indicates the protest comes as a result of a decision to close the main library at 6 p.m. on Fridays instead of 11 p.m as a 'cost cutting measure' for the university administration. The article mentions the president of the Students Guild, Odwin Trenton, as the organiser of the protest. Trenton reports that the university’s administrators did not involve the student body in talks regarding the reduced hours, but assumed low library usage on weekends.


Excerpt:

DOZENS OF STUDENTS staged a protest at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) yesterday because of a decision to close the main library at 6 p.m. on Fridays instead of 11 p.m.
The early closure is a cost cutting measure because of the institution’s “dire financial situation,” a press release from the university’s office of Public Information said yesterday.

Friday, 20 May 2011

UG libraries moving to full automation by year end - Stabroek News - Guyana

Title: UG libraries moving to full automation by year end
Source: Stabroek News
Date published: Thursday, May 19, 2011
URL: http://www.stabroeknews.com/2011/news/stories/05/19/ug-libraries-moving-to-full-automation-by-year-end/

ABSTRACT:
The article reports on plans for the University of Guyana to automate its library facilities.

EXCERPT:
The Department of Software Services of the University of Guyana is working to have the library facilities at the university’s two campuses fully automated by the end of this year.
Works have already been undertaken in this regard with the recent unveiling of the library automation system KOHA at the Tain Campus in Berbice. The move would see students accessing the library facilities via the internet which means they would not have to physically check the library for books they require.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Dominica Library and Information Service Observes 2011 Library Week

Title: Dominica Library and Information Service Observes 2011 Library Week
Source: The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica's Official Website (dominica.gov.dm)
Date published: May 03, 2011
URL: http://www.dominica.gov.dm/cms/?q=node%2F1385


Abstract:
Article announces the Dominica Library and Information Service 2011 Library Week. Planned and scheduled activities for the week are announced included the venue of where these activities will be taking place. Among the activities planned are sessions of interest to promote library services, centres and collections, including information skills training.


EXCERPT:

Library week will be celebrated from May 9 – 14, 2011 with the theme, "Discover the Possibilities @ Your Library."
Libraries are places of opportunity and the Library and Information Service will engage in a number of activities during the week to promote the services and holdings and reach out to the community.

Friday, 29 April 2011

National Library Service of Barbados seeking to 'book' the unborn


Author: BY CARLOS ATWELL
Title: Booking unborn
Date Published: TUE, APRIL 12, 2011 - 12:02 AM
Source: Barbados Nation News
URL: http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/booking-unborn

Abstract:
Article reports on the National Library Service of Barbados's strategic direction, their strengths and gaps. The article notes that the library was, despite the growth of e-readers, still popular with children, adults and senior citizens. Nevertheless, the article also reports that library personnel are embarking on a strategy of promoting reading from the “baby stage” in order to get children accustomed to hearing a voice reading from as early as pregnancy. Disclosure is made of a team at the Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic speaking to pregnant mothers, introducing the library service's Leap Into Reading Programme for children from one to five years old.

Mention is also made of the acquisitions of  e-books by the libray, where the Director Annette Smith indicates that the Library Service had began the development of a collection of e-books to keep relevant with new technology. The view is however expressed that new sources like the Kindle and e-books are still incapable of competing with reading in the library or even reading the printed book.

Appeal is also made for donations in acquiring new books as well as volunteers to read to children.The Director also expresses the view that the library needs a bus to provide extended services to various communities during school summer holidays.

Mention is also made of the US Embassy ChargĂ© d’Affaires Brent Hardt presenting a list of books to the library as part of the National Library Week celebration in the United States.


Excerpt:

The National Library Service is not daunted by technology like the Kindle, but it is taking the fight for literacy to another level.

The service is seeking to reach Barbadians even before birth by promoting reading to unborn children through interacting with expectant mums at the polyclinics.
Yesterday, after a donation of 22 Notable Books by the United States Embassy, acting senior librarian at the Bridgetown branch, Grace Haynes, explained that although the library was still a popular place for children, adults and even senior citizens, library personnel felt the need to promote reading from the “baby stage”. 


Cabinet OKs Copyright Act amendments in Jamaica


Title: Cabinet OKs Copyright Act amendments
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Date Published:
Saturday | April 23, 2011

URL: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110423/lead/lead2.html

Abstract:
The article reports on information provided by the Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz, regarding the amendments to the Copyright Act. Mentioned is the idea of allowing for 'a voluntary deposit system for copyright works to be hosted by the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office'. Vaz also discusses an amendment that permit protection of 'first importers of sound recordings in Jamaica' with the first 'right of distribution'. Other amendments are also mentioned, including provision for orphan works and rights for libraries and archives to archive materials in digital formats.



Excerpt:

Cabinet has given approval for amendments to the Copyright Act to allow for exemptions to access to copyright works by persons with visual or hearing disabilities.


In addition, the act will be amended to change the duration of copyright for works created by the Crown and corporate bodies, and the making of provisions for access to 'orphan works'.

The amended act will also clarify the rights in adapted works and extend the rights of libraries and archivists to archive materials that are in digital format.

Jamaican 1993 Copyright Act amendments approved by Cabinet

Author: CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter
Title: Copyright Act to be amended
Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS) news
Date published: Saturday, 23 April 2011
URL: http://www.jis.gov.jm/news/opm-news/27532-copyright-act-to-be-amended


Abstract:
The article reports on announcements made at a post-Cabinet press conference by the Minister for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz regarding amendments to the 1993 Copyright act of Jamaica with mention of several new provisions.

Excerpts:
Cabinet has given approval for amendments to be made to the Copyright Act, 1993.
Amendments include: exemptions for access to copyright works by the print and hearing disabled; the duration of copyright for works created by the Crown and corporate bodies;making provision for access to ‘orphan works’; and clarifying rights in adapted works.
Others will involve extending the rights of Libraries and Archivists to archive material that is in digital format; and protecting first importers of sound recordings in Jamaica, by ensuring them the first right of distribution of same.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

National Library of Jamaica Gone Digital

TITLE: National Library of Jamaica Gone Digital
DATE: Tuesday, 06 July 2010
SOURCE: Jamaica Information News (JIS NEWS)
URL: http://www.jis.gov.jm/news/110/24585?mode=redirect


EXCERPT:
With the click of a mouse in the comfort of their homes, Jamaicans can now access historical materials, including maps, photographs and plans, which are stored on the website of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ).
In an era when more and more information is being sought on the Internet, the NLJ has moved to facilitate the process, by digitising its collections as well as downloading and storing Jamaican publications on its website.
"We use robot software to scan the universe of web publication and collect and load and bring into the national library's collection, things having to do with Jamaica," Executive Director of the NLJ, Winsome Hudson tells JIS News.
This process, known as web-archiving, is one of the latest initiatives of the NLJ. Mrs. Hudson says the Library is also collecting selective publications from websites belonging to some ministries and government agencies.
"Of course, this is a pilot project, so we really are not collecting everything on the Internet about Jamaica, but we are collecting select publications at this point while we test the process," she adds.


ABSTRACT:
Executive Director of the NLJ, Winsome Hudson discusses the NLJ's activities and plans in digitizing aspects of its collection, as well as the activities involve in collecting digital collections that are already online. Patron and history lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Dr. Kathleen Monteit also discusses how important the collection at the National Library of Jamaica is to historians and to the study of Jamaican and Caribbean history. She also indicates some unique sources that are available at the national library in a variety of formats


Sunday, 20 February 2011

NCB Foundation donates to Mountain View Primary School library

Title: NCB shares passion for reading
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Date Published: Sunday | February 20, 2011
URL: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110220/arts/arts6.html

Abstract:
Article reports on a local bank's initiative towards promoting reading in a Jamaican primary school. At the end of the article, NCB Foundation's contribution to the school in terms of reading and library material and equipment is mentioned.


Excerpt:

Through the NCB Foundation's 'Love for Reading' programme, the students from grades one to six sat in groups and listened keenly as NCB employees engaged and encouraged them to read.

The 'Love for Reading' programme was developed to ignite a passion and love for reading among students at the primary-school level. The programme includes NCB employees becoming personally involved by conducting reading sessions with students at primary schools islandwide with an aim to encourage them on the importance of reading. Having previously invested and partnered with Mountain View Primary School it was a natural fit for NCB to return to the school to put to work the investment.

The NCB Foundation donated $80,000 worth of books, a computer and a multimedia projector to upgrade and improve the library facilities at the school. This was done in an effort to provide an environment for the students to learn and improve their reading skills.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Barbados school library gets books from US embassy and BYAP

Author: CT
Title: US, BYAP boost St George’s library
Source: Barbados Nation News
Date published: Tue, January 25, 2011 - 12:00 AM
URL: http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/us-byap-boost-st-georges-library/

Abstract:
This article reports on the US embassy and the Barbados Youth Action Programme (BYAP)'s gift of books to a school library in Barbados. The quantity of the donation and the general subject matter of the books are mentioned.

Excerpt:
THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the Barbados Youth Action Programme (BYAP) yesterday teamed up to give a book boost to the St George Secondary School.

The school received 56 books, a donation that was coordinated by the BYAP and much appreciated by librarian of the school, Sonia Callender.

Miss Lou's archive goes to Canadian university

Title: Miss Lou's archive goes to Canadian university
Author: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
Date published: Sunday | February 6, 2011
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
URL: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110206/ent/ent2.html


Abstract:
The article reports on the decision to donate Miss Lou's papers and writings to a Canadian university for digitization. This action will take place at a presentation during an event dubbed, 'Walk Good: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Miss Lou', to be held at the McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business, Ron Joyce Centre. The rationale for why the papers are being donated to the university is given by one of the persons responsible for Miss Lou's estate, Judge Pamela Appelt.



Excerpt:
"Judge Pamela Appelt, who served as co-executor of Miss Lou's estate, said the gift to the university will consist of all of Miss Lou's papers, photos and works in her possession when she died in July 2006, in Canada, where she resided for many years.

"We are talking about some 80 boxes of materials," said Appelt during a recent interview with JIS News.

"The university will digitise all the material that they will receive and it will be available for anybody around the world to see and learn more about Miss Lou," she added."

NALIS opens library at St Jude’s School for Girls

Author: By NEWSDAY REPORTER
Title: NALIS opens library at St Jude’s School for Girls
Source: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
Date Published: Thursday, July 29 2010
URL: http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,124849.html


Abstract:


The article reports on the official opening of the National Library and Information Systems Authority (NALIS) Library at the St Jude’s School for Girls in Belmont. It reports excerpts from the speech of the Director of NALIS, Annette Wallace, and Nela Khan, the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism.

In this article, the Director of NALIS blames illiteracy for crime, while Nela Khan, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, advocates the importance of youth accessing information in making them well-adjusted to society and economy, and to nation building.

Finally Wallace provides some comments about future expansion of NALIS services to the Women’s Prison at the Maximum Security Prison in Golden Grove Arouca and the St Michael’s School for Boys in Diego Martin.


Excerpt:

“Wallace revealed that in the next fiscal year NALIS plans to open two more libraries, the first at the Women’s Prison at the Maximum Security Prison in Golden Grove Arouca, and the next at the St Michael’s School for Boys in Diego Martin."

Sunday, 23 January 2011

NCB donates books to Alpha Academy school library

Title: A time for reading
Source: Jamaica Observer
Date published: Sunday, January 23, 2011
URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/career/A-time-for-reading_8291356

Abstract:
Photograph with a brief caption showing the assistant branch manager for NCB Duke Street reading a copy of Souldance by Jean Lowrie Chin with Alpha Academy students, as NCB donated copies of the book and copies of Usain Bolt's biography, titled Usain Bolt 9.58 to the school's library.


Excerpt:
The NCB Foundation donated copies of Usain Bolt's biography, titled Usain Bolt 9.58, as well as Jean Lowrie-Chin's Souldance to the school's library.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/career/A-time-for-reading_8291356#ixzz1BuXpZnCM

University of West Indies Mona library installs new library security system

Author: LUKE DOUGLAS Career & Education writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com
Title: US$90,000 UWI library security system could save millions
Source: Jamaica Observer
Date published: Sunday, January 23, 2011


URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/career/US-90-000-UWI-library-security-system-could-save-millions_8307297


Abstract:
Article reports on the security system recently installed at the University of the West Indies' (UWI's) main library. The purpose of the system and a brief overview of how it works is also reported. The article also gives a report on the company behind the library security system, 3M.

Excerpt:
A state-of-the-art security system recently installed at the University of the West Indies' (UWI's) main library is expected to prevent millions of dollars in losses while preserving the institution's rare and important scholarly works.

A feature of the new system is that the library's doors are automatically locked if an attempt is made to take a book out of the facility without it being properly checked out.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Jamaica to host international conference for school librarians

Title: Jamaica to host international librarian conference this year
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Date Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011

URL: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110116/arts/arts4.html

Abstract:
Article announces the International Association of School Librarianship conference to be held in Jamaica.


Excerpt:
Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) will host the 40th Anniversary Conference of the International Association of School Librarians (IASL), at the University of the West Indies, Mona, from the 7th to 11th August 2011, under the theme: 'School Libraries: Empowering the 21st Century Learner.'

IASL, which was founded in Kingston, Jamaica, in August 1971, approved the contract in Padua, Italy in 2009 for Jamaica to host the 2011 Conference.

UWI, Mona Main Library Implements New Security System

Title: UWI, Mona Main Library To Implement New Security System
Source: The University of the West Indies, Mona, Public Relations Office Press Release
Date Posted: January 18, 2011
URL: http://myspot.mona.uwi.edu/proffice/newsroom/entry/4067

Abstract:
The press release announces the ceremonial launch of the new 3M Library Security System implemented by University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Proposed benefits of the system is also discussed. plus a brief announcement the scholarship to be made available for a student to pursue studies at the Department of Library and Information Studies in the campus.


Excerpt:
The 3M Library Security System will offer an improved experience to the UWI, Mona student population and other users. The System will secure the Main Library’s valuable and significant collections and paves the way for the introduction of self check machines which will allow users to check items out themselves at their own pace thereby transforming the Library’s operations.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Jamaica offers records management outsourcing services

Title: Ja could become regional hub for document storage, retrieval

Author: By Alicia Roache roachea@jamaicaobserver.com

Date published: Friday, January 07, 2011

URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business/Jamaica-could-become-regional-hub-for-document-storage--retrieval_8262476#ixzz1ANF8Dq3F

Abstract:

Article reports on a Jamaican company established to outsource the storage and management of company records. The strengths of the nation as it relates to the industry of outsource record management is also discussed.

Excerpt:

Archway Caribbean, located in Reading, St James is a full-service document storage and retrieval company launched three years ago with the goal of offering a complete outsourced records and document management solution to the Jamaican and overseas business marketplace. In addition to information management, storage, retrieval and shredding, Archway also offers email management consultations, scanning, server backup and storage and disaster recovery solutions, David Holland, managing director, told the Caribbean Business Report (CBR).


"Today more than ever a company has to properly manage its information as it reduces operational and real estate costs, it improves efficiency and increases security, promotes business continuity and legal compliance," reasoned Holland. He said Archway could reduce operational costs for companies that are paper-intensive such as those in the financial and insurance sectors, retail, legal and the public sector."

"Our facility has been designed to international safety and security standards," Holland said. "We employ private security, CCTV and fire-suppressant systems to ensure the information is safe. Our buildings are also hurricane resistant, earthquake resistant and are above a flood zone,"


Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business/Jamaica-could-become-regional-hub-for-document-storage--retrieval_8262476#ixzz1ANEEGPAd

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Former Jamaican Librarian and champion of national literacy dies

Title: Dr Leila Thomas, lady of the literacy lamp, has died

Author: BY DESMOND ALLEN Executive Editor — Operations allend [at]jamaicaobserver.com

Date Published: Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Source: Jamaica Observer

URL: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dr-Leila-Thomas--lady-of-the-literacy-lamp--has-died_8270525

Abstract:
Article reports on the passing of an icon in the development of Jamaica's public library services and also a national advocate for the development and advancement of literacy in Jamaica. The article feature mentions of other important Jamaican librarians, the career of Dr. Robinson, the circumstances of her death and some of her legacy in the development of the nation both as a librarian and as the head of the national organisation that promoted literacy in Jamaica.

Excerpt:
Thomas, one of the women most responsible for the growth in the literacy movement in Jamaica, was a former head of the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) and the Jamaica Movement for the Advancement of Literacy (JAMAL) Foundation.

Her impressive career in adult and literacy education in Jamaica spanned almost 70 years -- 25 of which were devoted primarily to librarianship, including seven years heading the Jamaica Library Service from 1975 to 1982.

She was part of a formidable quartet of women, led by Dr Joyce Robinson, who in the late 1950s established the foundation for the modern Jamaica Library Service which she joined as an untrained librarian and rose to become its head. The others were Dr Hazel Bennett and Gloria Salmon.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dr-Leila-Thomas--lady-of-the-literacy-lamp--has-died_8270525#ixzz1AB39e3Z5

Saturday, 1 January 2011

IASL 2011 Conference to be held in Kingston, Jamaica

This year the Caribbean will be hosting the major international librarianship forum and conference for school librarians (provided that weather/climate permits and there are no incidents or accidents; in other words, pray that there will be no hurricanes or extraditions that will result in national unrest).


Event: 40th Annual Conference incorporating the 15th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship

Theme: School Libraries: Empowering the 21st Century Learner

Venue: The University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica

IASL/IFLA Pre-Conference Satellite Meeting- August 5, 2011

Pre-Conference Workshops - August 7, 2011

URL: http://www.iasl-online.org/events/conf/2011/

ACURIL 2011 conference

The region's flagship conference is back, but this time it will be held outside of the Caribbean sea, in the United States.

Event: ACURIL 41st Conference

Location: Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.

Date: May 30th- June 3rd, 2011,

Theme: The role of libraries and archives in disaster preparedness, response and research.

URL: http://guides.lib.usf.edu/ACURIL_2011

OR

http://guides.lib.usf.edu/content.php?pid=165192&sid=1393320

"This year, the conference is hosted in the United States for the first time in 14 years."

Anniversary reflections and goals for 2011

Each year the editor and primary contributor of Carib LIN takes the time to reflect on its existence. This year, I am a bit late for this blog's anniversary, but since the new year 2011 is a time for resolutions and to make up for what was not done in the previous year, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on CaribLIN in 2010 and propose the direction for 2011.

For 2010, it was a challenging year for blogging for Carib LIN. In 2007 when I began, I started as an expectant dad. In 2010, I became a father of a young family. In addition work responsibilities have increased that has made it difficult for me to monitor the Caribbean news of the region and to summarise it for the blog.


I realise from this blogging experience why some blogs and even periodicals fold. Without a group of committed volunteers, one man's volunteer effort to publish information with no reward whatsoever will be challenged by job and family obligations. Leisure time also has become increasingly scarce and to spend it blogging or attempting to keep this blog in existence is one of those difficult decisions and commitment to be made.

For 2011, the objectives for Carib LIN are to:


  • maintain the blog entries on the English-speaking Caribbean library and information environment to at least 3 entries per month.
  • maintain grammatically and error free entries, while ensuring that this blog is accurate, trustworthy and reliable.



Ultimately, CaribLIN's 2011's purpose or mission is the same as 2010. The aim 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.
For this month, starting a fresh, at least two additional entries will be made. Let us see how the year will go.



Mark-Shane Scale
Blog Editor and Chief Contributor