Libraries and knowledge centres united in Dutch Caribbean Library Association


 Cooperation between libraries and knowledge centers on the BES islands, Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten and Suriname took a huge step foreward  thanks to the establishment of the Dutch Caribbean Library Association.   During the 4th Dutch Caribbean Library seminar which took place between  March 14h and March 16h in Paramaribo Suriname the library association was  formally established.  Philipsburg Jubilee Library was  represented by  Mrs. Monique Alberts and Mrs.  Lucille Kolf during the seminar.

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The association focuses on a broad spectrum of isssues. Not only the public and academic libraries of the Dutch Caribbean are involved but also  information policy departments of different government entities as well as  the law libraries of the courts of justice of the different countries.
The first board of the new association is composed of :  Mrs. Monique Alberts, Director of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, St Maarten ( President),  Mrs. Astrid Britten, Director of   the National Library of Aruba) ( Secretary),  Mrs. Jane Smith, Director of the Library of the Anton de Kom University , Suriname ( Vice president) , Mrs. Harely Martina, Information specialist at the  Central Bureau  of Statistics Curacao ( Treasurer)  and Mrs. Leonie Peterson, Library coordinator of the University of Aruba ( boardmember)
The main objectives of the Dutch Caribbean Library Association are  to facilitate development and  use of libraries, archives and other information institutes  and  to  preserve the written cultural heritage of  the Dutch Caribbean.
During the  three day seminar in Suriname  presentations were given by Peter Hessels of the Royal  Tropical Institute ( KIT) from Amsterdam,  Mrs. Marian Koren representing  the Dutch Library Platform FOBID and two representatives of  “Loket aangepast lezen “from the Hague Netherlands which provides services for persons with reading disabilities.

Following  these presentations the   group of 60  librarians and other information professionals  worked for three days on  the strategic plan and other important policy documents for the new association. In the coming year the association will fortify her position by recruiting sponsors and new members. Persons  and institutes interested in joining or  supporting the association can contact DCLA  President Monique Alberts by e-mail di******@st**************.org or phone  1721 542 2970