Monday, 15 September 2014

Jamaican elected president of Adventist librarians association

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

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

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

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

Antigua's National Public Library reopens

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

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

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

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

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