Winsome Hudson – dedicated to service
Winsome Hudson's life is all about service. For her, getting people excited about finding answers to their questions whether big or small is deeply satisfying.
National Librarian and CEO of the National Library of Jamaica since 2003, she has spearheaded projects to help the visually impaired and advocated for changes in the copyright act to make provisions for the visually impaired to access printed material.
"I am pleased to say that that advocacy has borne fruit as the copyright amendments of this year have made provisions for access to printed material by the visually impaired," she said.
Another of Hudson's initiatives is the creation of National Library of Jamaica Digital - a programme where print materials are converted to electronic resources so that persons in all corners of Jamaica can have online access to some of the library's treasures.
Hudson can also claim bragging rights to Reading in the Park, and Exhibition Jamaican Literature - an initiative to mark Jamaica's 50th Independence anniversary.
Hudson said her main motivation comes from her desire to "connect people in finding the information that they need."
Also important for her is connecting people to a good story. For her, work is 90 per cent of her life, but she doesn't mind.