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.
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.
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.