Need li­brary info? There’s an app for that

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

PER­SONS WILL now be able to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion about the Ja­maica Li­brary Ser­vice on their mo­bile phones cour­tesy of an ap­pli­ca­tion (app) that was cre­ated by Chni Gold­ing, who won a Li­brary Mo­bile App Com­pe­ti­tion, put on by Mi­crosoft.

Gold­ing was on Thurs­day an­nounced the win­ner at a Ja­maica Li­brary Ser­vice Tech Fest open­ing cer­e­mony, held at the li­brary of­fices in St An­drew.

Jer­maine McDon­ald, tech­ni­cal ac­count man­ager at Mi­crosoft and a judge of the com­pe­ti­tion, ex­plained that the ob­jec­tives were mainly to de­sign an app to pro­vide users with in­for­ma­tion on the var­i­ous pro­grammes and fea­tures that the or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fers and to cre­ate maps which show where li­braries are lo­cated across the is­land.

Gold­ing noted that she be­lieved that the Ja­maica Li­brary Ser­vice App, also called Jalsa, will rev­o­lu­tionise the way in­for­ma­tion is dis­sem­i­nated in ad­di­tion to at­tract­ing more young peo­ple to seek knowl­edge.

GEN­ER­AT­ING IN­TER­EST

“I am not so much an ad­vanced person when it comes to tech­nol­ogy, but I like tech­nol­ogy. A lot of peo­ple are not us­ing the li­brary be­cause they find it very bor­ing, so cre­at­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion for the Ja­maica Li­brary Ser­vice would be of ut­most im­por­tance, es­pe­cially for school-age chil­dren be­cause it’s kind of im­pos­si­ble for us to have over 900 li­braries in our schools and yet the il­lit­er­acy rate is very high,” she said.

The 24-year-old, who is a reg­is­tered nurse, also told The Gleaner that the app of­fers in­for­ma­tion which should keep every cit­i­zen in the know.

“Within the ap­pli­ca­tion, I have two Face­book pages, and those were cre­ated for the ap­pli­ca­tion it­self. One should take you di­rectly to the Ja­maica Li­brary Ser­vice Face­book page, so you can see ev­ery­thing that they of­fer, [in­clud­ing] when there is a com­pe­ti­tion and when there is some­thing go­ing on in the li­brary,” said the past stu­dent of the West­wood High School for Girls in Trelawny.

“I also cre­ated a web­site and you can go di­rectly from the ap­pli­ca­tion to the web­site, and it pretty much in­forms and it pro­vides you with a lot more in­for­ma­tion on what the li­brary ser­vice is about and the ap­pli­ca­tion it­self. You are able to ei­ther call, email or find the li­braries. There is a map within the ap­pli­ca­tion where you can go to iden­tify or find each li­brary, in ad­di­tion to a gallery and a YouTube video demon­stra­tion,” she said.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Chni Gold­ing (right), win­ner of the Li­brary Mo­bile App Com­pe­ti­tion, chats with Floyd Green, min­is­ter of state in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion, at the Ja­maica Li­brary Ser­vice Tech Fest open­ing cer­e­mony on Thurs­day.

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