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.
BIBLIO The newsletter of the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
In this issue:
Forging Library Sustainability Through Collaborationby 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-Integrationby 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 Engagementby Maria Cherrie, User Engagement Librarian, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
Work-Life Management for Library Staff: Helping Staff Achieve the Balanceby Jiselle Maria Alleyne, Empowerment Speaker, MLIS, MA Leadership, PH.D Student
Plagiarism and its Global Impactby Zia Mohammed, Librarian-In-Training, ASC. Library and Information Studies
In Defense of Public Libraries: Diversity Awarenessby Lyndon Jackson, Librarian I, NALIS / Blogger
10 Things to Do Before a Conferenceby Beverly Adams - Baptiste, Librarian, The University of the West Indies
Friday 29th March, 2019 Audio Visual Room, Basement Level National Library Building Hart and Abercromby Streets Port of Spain
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Registration
Call to Order and Welcome (9.30a.m.)
Apologies for Absence
Reading and Confirmation of the Minutes of the 57th Annual General Meeting
Matters Arising from the Minutes
Presentation of Reports
Address by Mr. Neil Parsanlal, Chairman, Board of NALIS (February 29, 2016 - February 29, 2019)
Dr. Keith Nurse – WTO Chair and Senior Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, The University of the West Indies Title: Leaving No One Behind and the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development: Libraries, Knowledge and the New Digital Economy
9.Presentation of Award to Carlene Philip, Graduate of COSTAATT Bachelor of Library and Information Degree Programme by Cristine Irving Turner – Business Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean for Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
10. Any Other Business
11. Door Prize Announcement
Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12. Election of Officers to the 2019-2021 Executive Board
13. Installation of New Executive Board
14. Vote of Thanks
Membership dues can be paid on the day by Cash or Cheque.
The Library Association of Trinidad & Tobago (LATT) recently participated in two (2) Open Days hosted by EBSCOHOST at the National Library Building (NLB) on Monday 18th March, 2019 and at the Hyatt Regency on Tuesday 19th March, 2019.
At the Open Day held at the NLB, the LATT Executive distributed registration forms and promotional material, to encourage participants who were not members, to join the Association. At Tuesday’s Open Day, a short presentation was made on the current work of the Association as well as to demonstrate the Association’s support of EBSCO.
At the Open Day held at the University of Technology in Jamaica on Thursday 21st March, 2019, Assistant Secretary, Allison Providence-Lange, who currently holds the position of Account Executive, Caribbean with EBSCO, was able to engage in conversation with Mr. Nicholas Graham, President, Library Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) about future partnerships between both Associations. She was also able to speak with Mr. David Drysdale, Library Director at the University of Technology, Jamaica, about the work of the Association and future collaborations.
One of the fundamental reasons the LATT has given its support to EBSCO’s services and products, results from EBSCO’s ability to provide the necessary resources to help information professionals serve the needs of its clientele. In T&T’s current financial climate where library funding has been considerably reduced, EBSCO’s support is even more evident. The relationship with the Association, its membership and EBSCO has always been a robust one; with EBSCO participating in and partially sponsoring some of LATT’s Annual and Ordinary General Meetings.
The Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) was invited to take part in the 2019 Career Day at Bishops High School - Tobago on Tuesday 12th March, 2019. LATT was represented by the Secretary, Mrs. Jenna Sandiford-Maundy and Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Allison Providence-Lange. The Career Day was organised for Form 3 students as they would soon be selecting subjects to pursue in Form 4, in preparation for CSEC Examinations.
During the day's events, a booth was set up where students could visit to learn more about becoming an Information Professional and Librarianship as a viable career option. They were given brochures detailing different career paths within the information field as well as local, regional and international universities and colleges where qualifications could be obtained.
Students, teachers and other attendees were also given some promotional items.
The booth was visited by approximately 75 students and 11 teachers.