Shirley Carby: outstanding book publisher
Montego Bay High School for Girls is this year celebrating 80 years of producing some of the island's most outstanding women. In saluting the achievement The Gleaner will this week continue its focus on some of them.
Shirley Carby is the founder and managing director of Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Limited, which she operates with her husband Carl.
Carlong primarily publishes textbooks and creative literature for Caribbean primary and secondary schools and distributes textbooks from the Pearson Education group in Jamaica. Carlong was incorporated in 1990 as the successor company to Longman Jamaica Limited which was acquired by Jamaican entrepreneurs Carl and Shirley Carby, from British publishers, Longman Group Limited (now Pearson Education Limited). Carby had previously managed Longman Jamaica for 14 years.
Under Carby's watch, Carlong is known for its book sets designed to provide practice for students preparing for the Common Entrance examinations (which was the predecessor to the Grade Six Achievement Test). Carlong has also produced the very popular primary school social studies text Caribbean Neighbours and general reading books from its Sand Pebbles Pleasure series.
ESSENTIAL TEACHING AIDS
Carlong's offerings have become essential teaching aids and learning support for students across the Caribbean. Its secondary school titles are well represented on the Caribbean Examination Council's official reading list for various subjects.
Carby was born in Hopewell, Hanover and was a teacher before entering the publishing world. She is founder of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica and is also founder and publisher of Faith Works Press. She is also actively involved in the Women's Business Organisation and is a board member for many organisations related to the book-publishing process. In 2005, she received an award for her then 30 years of service to the book publishing industry.