Alberts first president of Dutch Caribbean Library AssociationPOSTED: 03/28/12 11:27 AM
St. Maarten – Director of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library Monique Alberts has been elected the first president of the newly formed Dutch Caribbean Library Association. The other board members are Director of the Library of the Anton de Kom University Jane Smith (Vice president), Director of the National Library of Aruba Astrid Britten (Secretary), Information specialist at the Central Bureau of Statistics Curacao Harely Martina, (Treasurer) and Library coordinator of the University of Aruba Leonie Peterson (Board member).
The new association, which was formed at the fourth Dutch Caribbean Library seminar that took place between March 14 and March 16 in Suriname, brings together libraries and knowledge centers stationed in Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten and Suriname. The body will focus on many different issues that relate to public and academic libraries, information policy departments of different government entities and law libraries of the courts of justice of the different countries. The association’s main objectives are facilitating development and use of libraries, archives and other information institutes and preserving the written cultural heritage of the Dutch Caribbean.
Lucille Kolf joined Alberts at the meeting in Paramaribo that also included presentations by Peter Hessels of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Marian Koren of the Dutch Library Platform (FOBID) and two representatives of “Loket aangepast lezen”, which provides services for people with reading disabilities. There was also three days of discussion between the 60 librarians and other information professionals present on the new association’s strategic plan and other important policy documents. Parties expect the association will fortify its position by recruiting sponsors and new members in the coming year.