Elmelinda Lara Re-appointed to the Board of Directors of NALIS

Elmelinda Lara Re-appointed to the Board of Directors of NALIS

Elmelinda Lara has been re-appointed as LATT's representative on the Board of Directors of the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS). The re-appointment became official after she was sworn-in on June 17, 2019. The new board will serve for three (3) years.

The newly appointed members are:

  • Neil Parsanlal - Chairman
  • Charleen Phillip – Deputy Chairman
  • Elmelinda Lara
  • Cathyan Townsend
  • Jefferson Guy
  • Karel Douglas
  • Lynette Tyson-Noel
  • Pandita Dr. Indrani Rampersad
  • Catherine Romain (Executive Director and Ex-Officio Member)

Click here to read press release from NALIS.

Minister of Communications the Honourable Stuart Young (centre front row) with the Executive Director of NALIS Catherine Romain (left), Chairman of NALIS Board Neil Parsanlal (right) and other members of the newly reappointed board

Cheryl Peltier-Davis honoured as Caribbean Information Professional of the Year 2019

Cheryl Peltier-Davis honoured as Caribbean Information Professional of the Year 2019

We are pleased to inform you that one of our very own members, Ms. Cheryl Peltier-Davis, was bestowed with the honour of Caribbean Information Professional of the Year 2019 by the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL).

Please view the link to an article below which details Ms. Peltier-Davis' academic and professional achievements.



 Cheryl Peltier-Davis

LATT Appoints A New Executive Board (2019–2021)

LATT Appoints A New Executive Board (2019–2021)
On March 29th, 2019, the LATT hosted its 58th Annual General Meeting (AGM), at the National Library Building, Port of Spain.

During the AGM a new Executive Board was elected to serve for a two-year period (2019–2021). Membership in the Association  is open to all suitably qualified professionals, paraprofessionals, students, institutions and stakeholders in library and information science and related fields.

The new LATT Executive Board is as follows:

  • Ms. Beverly Williams - President
  • Ms. Ayaana Alleyne - Vice President
  • Mrs. Jenna Sandiford-Maundy - Secretary
  • Ms. Kandice Roberts - Treasurer
  • Ms. Beverly Adams-Baptiste - Programme Director
  • Mr. Lyndon Jackson - Public Relations Officer (Deceased)
  • Ms. Davi Ramkhellawan - Liaison Officer
  • Ms. Jemma George - Liaison Officer
The Executive Board looks forward to serving in excellence - the members of the Association and the wider society.

Memorial Tribute to Lyndon Jackson

Memorial Tribute to Lyndon Jackson


Lyndon Jackson offered himself for service to the Executive of the Library Association of Trinidad & Tobago (LATT) as one of its Liaison Officers for the 2015 -2017 term. Following this, he offered himself for another term, this time as the Association's Public Relation's Officer from 2017 - 2019. In March 2019, he was re-elected as Public Relations Officer, for the 2019-2021 term.

Lyndon believed in the work, the power and the potential of the Association and contributed his time and talent during his time of service. He was a hard worker, had an awesome vision as to where he would like to see Libraries - bringing information to people by any means necessary.

He made the decision to take the Association's BIBLIO publication under his wing and we the members of the Executive can attest to the nights that he sacrificed, the numerous emails that he sent requesting articles and constant editing to make the latest publication a true success, in what will now remain one of the hallmarks of his service to the Association. He ensured that all members of the Association, professionals and para-professionals alike, were included which speaks to the fact that he viewed everyone as having a voice and an opportunity to share knowledge that would positively impact our field. We are indeed fortunate that some of his professional writings are digitally preserved via his Blogs ‘D’ Male Librarian’ and ‘The Trinbagonian Librarian…much more than books.’

Because of Lyndon’s love and faith for LATT, his mother has insisted that the money collected at this service be donated to the Association. (Thank you mummy). Following this, the current Executive Board will be approaching the membership to consider the establishment of an award with the intention to give the professional or para professional exemplifying Lyndon’s creativity, innovation and passion for the profession. I am certain that the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago will not be the only organization considering a meaningful way to honour the memory of this professional.

Lyndon was a source of encouragement for many members of the past and present Executive Boards. He could always offer a different perspective, a reassuring word, and of course a laugh.

On behalf of the 2019-2021 Executive Board and the membership of the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) we say thank you Lyndon for your service and selfless labour of love. As we say good bye to your earthly presence, I know you are smiling with satisfaction knowing that your energy, love and passion for the work of the Association will continue and will always be remembered.

Thank you.

Executive Board

BIBLIO Newsletter – March 2019, Issue 1

BIBLIO Newsletter – March 2019, Issue 1

BIBLIO The newsletter of the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

In this issue:

  • Forging Library Sustainability Through Collaboration by Beverly Williams, Vice President - LATT
  • The Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Updates 2018
  • Equipping and Rehabilitating Offenders to Cope while Incarcerated and to Prepare them for Easier Re-Integration by Cheryl - Ann Quamina Baptiste, Librarian III, NALIS
  • Report from the 7th Edition of the Virtual Health Library Coordination Meeting (VHL7) by Ayaana Alleyne-Cumberbatch, Librarian, Medical Sciences Library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
  • From T&T to Barbados the 4CS Framework as a Model of Civic and Community Engagement by Maria Cherrie, User Engagement Librarian, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
  • Work-Life Management for Library Staff: Helping Staff Achieve the Balance by Jiselle Maria Alleyne, Empowerment Speaker, MLIS, MA Leadership, PH.D Student
  • Plagiarism and its Global Impact by Zia Mohammed, Librarian-In-Training, ASC. Library and Information Studies
  • In Defense of Public Libraries: Diversity Awareness by Lyndon Jackson, Librarian I, NALIS / Blogger
  • 10 Things to Do Before a Conference by Beverly Adams - Baptiste, Librarian, The University of the West Indies