Vacancy – Head, Medical Sciences Library, UWI

Vacancy – Head, Medical Sciences Library, UWI

Head, Medical Sciences Library (Ref: 187/16 IV)
Faculty: Medical Sciences
Medical Sciences Library

The University of the West Indies, St Augustine

Deadline Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
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Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate must possess a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a senior leadership role in a library or related institution. Experience obtained in a health sciences environment is preferred, but academic or special library experience will also be considered.

Overview of Position

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus Libraries seeks an energetic, service-oriented and progressive professional to serve as the Head, Medical Sciences Library (MSL). The incumbent serves as a member of the Senior Management Team of the St. Augustine Campus Libraries, and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Medical Sciences (FMS). Working with the Campus Librarian and the Dean, FMS, the incumbent establishes strategic goals and objectives, determines enterprise wide activities and collaborations, interprets and initiates policy, and is responsible for the overall development of the MSL. This leadership position provides unique opportunities for a creative individual to help bring innovation from concept to practice.

Primary Responsibilities

Participating in the development and execution of strategic plans and roadmaps

Working closely with the Campus Librarian and Dean, FMS in library- and university-wide initiatives

Representing the Library on campus committees

Managing recruitment, hiring, orientation, supervision, training, and evaluation of professional and support staff of the MSL

Ensuring the provision of quality services to the FMS, coordinating the assessment and impact of services and developing/recommending new service models or services

Overseeing the development of a core collection of print and online resources

Directing the development of user education programmes and tools to support the evolving curriculum and research of the Faculty

Personal Attributes

The Campus Libraries places high priority on individuals who can work well in a team and student-friendly environment. Candidates should also possess good communication and interpersonal skills. A good command of both oral and written English is essential. Candidates must also possess:

Advanced leadership and management capabilities as well as specialised technical/professional skills.
The ability to define high-level objectives and ensure their translation into practical implementation strategies, and provide a clear sense of direction in a sometimes uncertain environment.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with proven ability to work and to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in national, regional, or international professional or scholarly associations.
Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in medical and academic librarianship, and higher education

Detailed application and full curriculum vitae should be sent to the University Registrar, Office of Administration, The University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters, Mona, Jamaica, W.I., Fax No. 1-876-977-1422; e-mail: Three (3) referees (one of whom should be from your present organization) must be indicated. Application forms can be obtained at, Job Opportunities section. Further particulars including remuneration package can be obtained at the above address. In order to expedite the appointment procedures, applicants are advised to ask their referees to send their references under CONFIDENTIAL cover DIRECTLY to the University Registrar at the above address without waiting to be contacted by the University

LATT Executive Board attends celebratory launch of the Trinidad & Tobago Prison Services’ 180th Anniversary

LATT Executive Board attends celebratory launch of the Trinidad & Tobago Prison Services’ 180th Anniversary

The Library Association of Trinidad & Tobago (LATT) demonstrated its continued commitment to advocating for libraries, library workers and library services, by attending the celebratory launch of the Trinidad & Tobago Prison Services' 180th Anniversary. Secretary, Jenna Sandiford-Maundy and Assistant Secretary, Allison Providence-Lange, were on hand to lend support to staff members of the National Library and Information Systems Authority (NALIS) who work in correctional institution libraries in Trinidad.

Currently, NALIS provides library services at the Youth Training Centre (YTC), Women's Prison and Maximum Security Prison (MSP), under the leadership of Mrs. Cheryl Ann Quamina-Baptiste, Librarian III, and Ms. Beverly Ann Williams, Director, Public Libraries Division. At the celebrations, NALIS launched a new collaborative initiative with the Prison Service where inmates from the MSP can have 30 minute Skype video calls to communicate with their children, using facilities provided by the library. This will allow the inmates to fulfill their roles as parents by being able to read with their children and assist with homework as needed.

Both Secretary and Assistant Secretary engaged Commissioner of Prisons, Mr. Gerard Wilson and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Vel Lewis, to discuss and stress the importance of access library services to all members of society and the impact that libraries continue to make.

LATT Executive, Jenna Sandiford-Maundy (Secretary) and Allison Providence-Lange (Assistant Secretary)

LATT Hosts Global Vision Workshop

LATT Hosts Global Vision Workshop

On Friday 13th July, 2018, the Library Association of Trinidad & Tobago (LATT) hosted a Global Vision workshop for its members at the Audiovisual Room, National Library Building, Hart & Abercromby Streets, Port-of-Spain. Creating a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies is focus of the Global Vision discussion which is an initiative of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Global Vision workshops are more than a discussion - they celebrate collaboration, and encourage creativity among library professionals and para-professionals. LATT firmly believes that only a strong and united library field will be able to fulfill one of the true potentials of libraries: to build literate, informed and participative societies.




The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) is excited to announce that its 48th Conference, to be held from June 3 – 7, 2018 in beautiful Dominican Republic, will focus on the theme Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions.

Globally, Libraries, Archives and Museums are challenged to manage their operational budgets, engage their user communities, develop innovative services and function as a gateway to open access resources. Caribbean Libraries are not immune to these challenges. In this information society, open access technologies provide opportunities for Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums to rise above these challenges and still achieve these respective goals.

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[Invitation] LATT’s 57th Annual General Meeting – 16th March 2018

[Invitation] LATT’s 57th Annual General Meeting – 16th March 2018

The Executive Board of the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) is pleased to provide further details on the upcoming 57th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The theme of this year's AGM is “Access to information in a changing society”. Advances in Information and Communication Technologies have made access to information via various media literally limitless. The internet appears to have replaced the brick and mortar libraries and have become the go to resource for gathering of information. How do libraries and library professionals maintain their relevancy in the face of these emerging technologies?

Date: Friday 16th March, 2018.
Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Registration to begin at 8:30 am.
Location: Audio Visual Room, Basement Level, National Library Building, Cor. Hart and Abercromby Sts., Port-of-Spain.


  • Required. In order to better manage our attendance list and refreshment orders, we are kindly asking that you confirm your interest in attending and your preference in terms of refreshments online (no later than Friday 09th March, 2018).
  • Please go to:
  • Click Register and provide the requested information.
  • You will know that you have successfully submitted your information when you see a confirmation page / receive a confirmation e-mail.

Should you have any questions regarding the registration process or would like to convey apologies, please contact LATT at

  • Refreshments: Chicken, fish or vegetarian - will be provided at a cost of TT$50.00 (LATT Financial Members) / TT$75.00 (Non- Financial Members), payable on the day of the AGM. Please refer to the payment methods listed below.
  • Membership fees: Payment can be made at any First Citizens Bank directly into LATT's bank account or via online banking as well as by cash or cheque on the day of the AGM. See below for LATT's account information:

Bank: First Citizens Bank
Account Name: Library Association of T & T
Account Number: 15025603270

Should you be in need of an invoice, please contact LATT, at The fees for 2018-2019 are as follows:

~ Personal - TT$ 200.0
~ Institutional - TT$ 400.00
~ Associate - TT$ 100.00
~ Student - TT$ 50.00
~ Retired Personal - TT $ 100.00
~ Retired Associate - TT $ 50.00
~ Corresponding - US$ 50.00

Please Note: After registration, should you for some reason be unable to attend, please contact/inform LATT at - no later than noon on Tuesday 13th March, 2018. This deadline is to facilitate order arrangements with the caterer for the event. Registrants cancelling after this date are expected to pay the FULL COST of their lunch order.

We look forward to seeing you there.