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The Department of Library & Information Studies welcomes the publication of Archiving Caribbean Identity: Records, Community, and Memory Edited by John A. Aarons, Jeannette A. Bastian, and Stanley H. Griffin, which was published by Routledge in June 2022.

The publication has its origin in a Symposium entitled “Unlocking Caribbean Memory, Uncovering New Records: Discovering New Archives,” organized by the Department in November 1919 to celebrate the graduation of the first cohort of students in the post graduate archives and records management programme.

From the approximately thirty (30) papers presented at the Symposium which was the first of its kind, fifteen (15) papers were selected for inclusion in the publication.  The Department is proud of the fact that four (4) of the chapters are by graduates of the Archives Programme. They are, along with the titles of their chapters.

  • Stephen Butters Landscape as record: Archiving the Antigua Recreation Ground”
  • Desaray Pivot-Nolan, Post-Colonial philately as memory and history: Stamping a new identity for Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Antonia Charlemagne-Marshall St. Lucian memory and identity through the eyes of John Robert Lee.
  • Janelle Duke Ecclesiastical Records as Sources of Social History; the Anglican Church of Trinidad and Tobago.

Interpreting records in the broadest sense, the 15 essays explore a wide variety of records that represent new archival interpretations.  Archiving Caribbean Identity demonstrates how non-textual cultural traces function as archival records and how folk-centered perspectives disrupt conventional understandings of records.

Reflecting on the unique challenges faced by developing countries as they approach their archives, the volume considers how to identify and archive records in the forms and formats that reflect the post-colonial and decolonized Caribbean; how to build an archive of the people that documents contemporary societyand reflects Caribbean memory; and how to repurpose the colonial archives so that they assist the Caribbean in reclaiming its history.

Copies of the book are available in both hard copy and e-copy from Amazon, as well as from the publisher. For more information see:

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Global Media and Information Literacy Week, commemorated annually, is a major occasion for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress achieved towards “Media and Information Literacy for All”.

UNESCO and members of the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Alliance are calling partners all over the world to promote Global Media and Information Literacy Week by organizing and registering events/activities online or offline. Together with its Feature Events (International Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Conference and Youth Agenda Forum), Global Media and Information Literacy Week links up local events around the world to promote Media and Information Literacy connections across disciplines, professions and borders.

The Department of Library and Information Studies will be participating in the Global MIL Week this year, under the theme "Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good" Our presentation will cover the joint UNESCO-UWI Jamaica Youth MIL Capacity Building Workshop, which was held from July 24-26, 2018. The inaugural 3-day workshop was hosted by the Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS), The University of the West Indies, Mona.

A total of eight (8) instructional sessions covering numerous areas of MIL were delivered over the first 1.5 days. These instructional were delivered by two (2) specialists in the field of MIL. The last 1.5 days saw the delivery of three (3) participant led working group sessions.

A total of fourteen youth-led organizations from all three (3) counties in Jamaica were in attendance, covering both rural and urban areas of the country. A total of 10 out of 14 organizational representatives were from outside the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and were hosted for three days and two nights in accommodation at the University of the West Indies, Mona. This is representative of the largely rural geo-spatial spread of the national population as the KMA accounts for a relatively small proportion of the geo-spatial distribution of the population.