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The Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS) at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, is the premier English-speaking institution for training Library and Information Professionals to meet the manpower and leadership needs in library and information services of the English-speaking Caribbean region and wider global society.

In order to achieve this, DLIS critically examines its curriculum to ensure that it keeps abreast of the region's needs for library and information professionals. It is committed to providing the highest standards of education and training for the region's library and information professionals thus enabling its graduates to confidently face the challenges of the new information environment.

Despite focus on the region it has always been open to British, American, and Caribbean influences which is  seen in the “evolution and strengthening of the teaching programs in the regional library school” (Mohamedali, 2004).

DLIS has been responsive to “international trends in library education and manpower requirements of the countries in the English speaking Caribbean, upgrading and restructuring its programmes to meet demands. ” - Mohamedali, Ownali. “Adapting to Changes: DLIS Experiences in the Caribbean.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 45.2 (2004): 98-110. Print.

In all its course offerings, the Department pays special attention to the social and developmental needs and interests of the countries and peoples of the Caribbean, and to the effects of these on national programmes and development. At the same time, every effort is made to assist students to understand trends and developments within an international context.

Mission: to provide the highest standard of teaching and research to produce information professionals, well equipped to face the challenges of the dynamic information environment, and to provide leadership in managing the information needs of the Caribbean for the twenty-first century and beyond.


Postal Address: Box 181, Department of Library and Information Studies, The Univesity of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica

Office hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Telephone: (1876) 927-2944/935-8322 

Fax: (1876) 970-4903



N.B. Please view the Department's Handbook for more information.

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