Li­brary and in­for­ma­tion pro­fes­sional award for ex­cel­lence

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

DR PAULETTE Ste­wart is an ad­vo­cate for li­braries and in­for­ma­tion units, and con­sis­tently demon­strates ex­cel­lence in her work as a li­brary and in­for­ma­tion pro­fes­sional. She is well known and highly re­garded not only for her keen knowl­edge of li­brary and in­for­ma­tion stud­ies, but also for her pleas­ant, help­ful, and calm de­meanour.

Dr Ste­wart has demon­strated her com­mit­ment to the pro­fes­sion by serv­ing in di­verse ca­pac­i­ties over the years. Her dis­tin­guished record of ser­vice to the pro­fes­sion in­cludes, but is not limited to:

Di­rec­tor of the Latin Amer­i­can and the Caribbean arm of The In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of School Li­brar­i­an­ship (IASL) – 2012.

Pres­i­dent of the Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica (LIAJA) – 2010.

Head of the Depart­ment of Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Stud­ies (DLIS), UWI, Mona – 2015present.

Chair of the School Sec­tion of LIAJA – 20052008.

Li­brar­ian, UWI Main Li­brary 2006-2007

Lec­turer in DLIS, UWI, Mona – 2009-2015.

Part-time lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, UWI, Mona – 2006-2009.

Ex­ter­nal as­ses­sor for Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Stud­ies at The Mico Univer­sity Col­lege – 2010-2015.

IIIIIIIILIFE OF LITERATURE

A pro­lific writer whose work can be found in peer-re­viewed jour­nals, con­fer­ence pro­ceed­ings, book chap­ters and poster pre­sen­ta­tions, Dr Ste­wart has writ­ten ex­ten­sively on in­for­ma­tion lit­er­acy and school li­braries – two of her many re­search in­ter­ests. She is a fre­quent pre­sen­ter at lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences. She has also ad­vanced the literature of the li­brary and in­for­ma­tion pro­fes­sion by serv­ing on re­search pa­per re­view com­mit­tees for pres­ti­gious peer­re­viewed aca­demic jour­nals such as the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Sci­ence. Ad­di­tion­ally, she has been su­per­vis­ing post­grad­u­ate re­search stu­dents since the year 2005 and has de­vel­oped cour­ses for de­liv­ery at the grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate lev­els in the DLIS, UWI, Mona.

Dr Ste­wart has been the re­cip­i­ent of:

The In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of School Li­brar­i­an­ship 2010 Takeshi Muro­fushi Re­search Award for her re­search pa­per on IASL Con­fer­ences, en­ti­tled: ‘An Eval­u­a­tion of the At­ten­dance Pat­tern of Par­tic­i­pants’ 1998-2010.

The Li­brar­ian of the Year award from the Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica (LIAJA) – 2009.

The Ken Hay­cock Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment Award for out­stand­ing work done in the School Sec­tion of the Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica – 2006

Dorothy Collins Award – Fac­ulty of Arts and Ed­u­ca­tion, UWI, for most out­stand­ing aca­demic per­for­mance in the Mas­ter of Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Stud­ies in 2001

The Ki­wa­nis Club Award (Kingston and St An­drew) for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the Moun­tain View Pri­mary School Builders’ Club – 1989

Her ded­i­ca­tion to the li­brary and in­for­ma­tion pro­fes­sion, academia and re­search makes her an ex­em­plary pro­fes­sional and role model. LIAJA is proud to present to Dr Paulette Ste­wart the 2016 Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Pro­fes­sional Award for Ex­cel­lence. Paulette Ste­wart, Li­brar­ian of the Year.

IIIIITHERE IS a di­rect cause and ef­fect re­la­tion­ship be­tween in­vest­ment in li­braries and suc­cess. The re­la­tion­ship is straight­for­ward: coun­tries, univer­si­ties, schools, cor­po­ra­tions, and de­part­ments of govern­ment which in­vest in their li­braries are more suc­cess­ful than those who don’t. They suc­ceed be­cause the per­sons who work or study in those or­gan­i­sa­tions know that the li­brary is a pow­er­ful part­ner for get­ting their jobs done ef­fec­tively. The li­brary, whether it is largely print or elec­tronic or a com­bi­na­tion of both, serves to help their con­stituents know what they need to know and how to find and ef­fec­tively use the in­for­ma­tion which best suits their needs. So my mes­sage to you dear reader is: don’t be­lieve the hype that li­braries are no longer needed. Don’t be fooled! De­vel­oped coun­tries and ma­jor cor­po­ra­tions are spend­ing more on their li­braries. Want some ex­am­ples? Google Bos­ton Pub­lic Li­brary, Google New York Pub­lic Li­brary, Google the re­cently re­leased MIT study on Fu­ture of Li­braries – all are about recog­nis­ing that li­braries do mat­ter to per­sonal, in­sti­tu­tional and na­tional devel­op­ment. So, Ja­maica, please do not buy the hype. Don’t be trapped in ig­no­rance for the lack of li­braries. Ja­maica, even more than those places, need li­braries. And guess Win­some Hud­son what, you don’t need a per­sonal credit card to ac­cess qual­ity in­for­ma­tion as many of our Ja­maican li­braries sub­scribe on your be­half to those pay-for-use data­bases. Go use a li­brary to­day: the one at your work­place, the one in your school/univer­sity, branch li­brary, the one in your min­istry or depart­ment of govern­ment. If it falls short of your needs, raise your voice: Li­braries mat­ter. Don’t do with­out. The cost of do­ing with­out well­re­sourced li­braries is ig­no­rance and costly mis­takes.

You may start by vis­it­ing the Na­tional Li­brary of Ja­maica on­line at www.nlj.gov.jm See you soon.

Win­some Hud­son, BH[M] Na­tional Li­brar­ian/CEO Na­tional Li­brary of Ja­maica

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