Library wants sustainability
THE JAMAICA Library Service (JLS) Director General Karen Barton recently met with members of the newly established National Advocacy Committee (NAC) to brief them on the JLS's thrust in advocating for the sustainability of public libraries.
This initiative is in keeping with the mandate of the recently launched Global Libraries ICT project titled 'JLS: Using Technology to Empower Individuals and Communities for Development'.
The members will act as library advocates in support of the JLS advocacy campaign, in order to garner additional support from key stakeholders in various sectors.
In addressing the audience, the director general gave a comprehensive overview of the key milestones and deliverables of the project. She also extended sincere gratitude to the attendees from the various organisations who have kindly consented to becoming a part of the advocacy initiative. Barton further reiterated that their contribution to the advocacy campaign is critical in building additional support in the form of cash/kind from key stakeholders in both private- and public-sector organisations.
She also emphasised the importance of public libraries to communities, based on a recently commissioned baseline impact study which indicated that 96 per cent of library users highly value free access to computers and the Internet.
Maureen Thompson, senior director of the JLS, said the ultimate goal of the advocacy committee is "to create greater awareness of the value of public libraries in communities in order to build local and national support". She further said public libraries continue to impact lives in a positive way and urged committee members to become effective library advocates.