Volume 3 (2015)


Bright ideas and strong will... these are elements that we as Academic Libraries need more than ever in the Caribbean in the context of challenging economic times and reduced budgets for library operations. Bright ideas and strong will foster innovation and creativity, bright ideas need to be shared. It is about envisioning a new and different way of doing things (with less) and having the courage to follow it. The essence of this ideal is clearly epitomized in the cover of this Journal. Confronted with growing financial constraints, the Alma Jordan Library found a unique alternative to one of its challenges. Faced with the need to fumigate its compact storage collection prior to relocation, the library came up with the idea to design and build its own book fumigation chamber. Utilizing the will and skills of the men at the Alma Jordan Library, not only was this idea realized but it set the foundation for future such initiative at the Library.

The essence of this ideal can be useful to many aspects of Academic Library development. Such is the case reflected in the articles of this Journal as this ideal is applied to continuing professional development, responding to trends in academic librarianship, retaining the knowledge about a country's history, and promoting awareness of preservation. Through the pages of the Caribbean Library Journal, librarians and information professionals across the region are conversing and sharing their experiences, as we all attempt to not just survive, but thrive in a scenario where we have to do more with less and do things differently. The articles in this issue reflect this sharing of bright ideas and experience.

The first article by Karen Tyrell looks at the unique perceptions of Librarians as they continually work to remain relevant in the dynamic information technology environment. The article by Simone Bernard examines the distinctive adaptations of Academic Libraries in Guyana to the challenges faced in the higher education environment. Karen E. Eccles, focuses on the Sugar Heritage Village and Museum Project which is an idea developed to salvage the remnants of a century of Trinidad's sugar estates. And finally, Dunstan Newman and Tereza A. Richards presents the avant-garde attempts by The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica to stimulate awareness of the need to safeguard their collections.

So let us all continue to persevere by adapting to our changing circumstances with bright ideas and strong will...