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Library and Information Science Education in the English-Speaking Caribbean

Title: Library and Information Science Education in the English-Speaking Caribbean.
Name(s): Clunie, Simone, author
Burnett, Kathleen M, professor directing thesis
Hinnant, Lynne, committee member
Rodriguez-Mori, Howard, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Communication and Information, degree granting college
School of Information, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (73 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Regional cooperation has been a focused thread from the beginning for the development of libraries, the training of staff and the general sharing of resources in the English-speaking Caribbean. Historically, from the eighteenth century onwards, libraries have consisted of private libraries, cleric libraries, community collections for reading groups and one or two academic libraries in educational institutions in the English-speaking Caribbean. With time more public libraries in the form of subscription libraries were established, which eventually led to libraries being fully funded as governmental entities. Staffing for these early libraries took many forms and early on, expatriates were the main librarians, all coming from abroad. Prior to national independence, regional training was executed through “on the job’’ apprentice-like situations or through correspondence and examination via the Library Association in Britain. There were a limited few ‘West Indian’ trained librarians who went to the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States of America to study at significant cost. Early training of library staff was also supported by organizations like UNESCO and the British Council which added to the continued attention of the need for professionally trained staff for the libraries of the English speaking Caribbean. Looking at the growth of public library services in the English speaking Caribbean and the need for trained staff to manage these institutions, the central query for this thesis investigates the early training and education of library professionals in the English-speaking Caribbean through to the establishment of the Department of Library Studies at the University of the West Indies.
Identifier: 2018_Sp_Clunie_fsu_0071N_14536 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the School of Information in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2018.
Date of Defense: April 5, 2018.
Keywords: British West Indies, Caribbean librarianship, English-speaking Caribbean, Library and information education, Library education, Public libraries
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Kathleen Burnett, Professor Directing Thesis; Lynne Hinnant, Committee Member; Howard Mori-Rodriguez, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Library science
Caribbean Area
Study and teaching
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Host Institution: FSU

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