Sunday, July 20, 2008

ALA Reaccredits the GSIST/UPR Master's Program until 2015

On June 29, 2008, the American Library Association (ALA) reaccredited the Master’s Program of the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies (GSIST), of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), for 7 more years. As stated by ALA, the accreditation of a master’s program in library and information sciences is “a voluntary, non-governmental system of evaluation used to protect the public interest and to verify the quality of service provided by member institutions." The next comprehensive review of the School is scheduled to occur in 2015.

ALA assigns a standing Committee on Accreditation (COA), the responsibility "for the implementation of the accreditation of library and information studies programs. The COA develops and formulates standards of education for library and information studies and policies and procedures for ALA accreditation."

The ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA), chaired by Dr. Richard B. Rubin, based its decision to reaccredit the GSIST/UPR's master's program on the Program Presentation submitted by the School on February 2008, the site visit and report made by the COA External Review Panel, the Response to the Report of the External Review Panel, all of the reports the program submitted to the Committee since the last comprehensive review, and the June 28th meeting with Prof. Edward Erazo, Chair of the External Review Panel, and the School’s Director, Dr. Nitza Hernández. The School’s Program Presentation Committee Chaiperson was Dr. Susan Jane Freiband.

The continued accreditation action was taken by COA at the 2008 ALA annual conference in Anaheim, California. A complete list of programs and degrees accredited by ALA can be found at You may also view the distribution of Library and Information Science Schools accredited by ALA in a Google map.

COA/ALA based its decision on the School’s "totality of the accomplishments and the environment for learning...". The GSIST/UPR evaluation was made with the ALA 1992 Standards. The ALA 2008 Standards for accreditation of master’s programs in library and information studies can be found at

With the reaccreditation action, ALA has validated once again the quality of the Master of Information Sciences (MIS) degree program at the University of Puerto Rico. In the decision letter, COA stimulates the School to culminate with the revision of its goals and objectives, the curricular revision, and to increase its research productivity. Information about the GSIST/UPR can be found in its webpage:

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Margot Thomas honoured in St. Lucia

In a report by Kayra Williams, of The Star Online, we learned that Local "heroes" were honoured at the launch of the Students of Heroes gallery guiz championship and
imaginative expression project for Eastern Caribbean Schools. The activity was held at the Bay Gardens Hotel on Wednesday, July 2.

The project is a new initiative by Eastern Caribbean Bible Society which aims to help students learn more about icons that would
hopefully inspire them to strive for greatness.

Awardees included Acurilean Margot Thomas from St. Lucia National Archives; business executive Michael Chastaner; George James from the Ministry of Physical Development; Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy; musician Ronald Boo Hinkson; first blind student of SALCC and UWI Scholar, Jesica Jabobie; past principal for SMC, and Leon Hess, Rupert Ellis; gospel singer Shirley Ann Cyril Mayers; cultural enthusiast Theresa Hall; and businessman Rayneau Gajadhar. There was also an award for The Star Online Hero, publisher Rick Wayne, for his contribution to journalism and sports.

All recipients of "Eagle" awards were, according to facilitators, great examples of living icons that students could look up to. The competition also features a Bible segment that will focus on heroes within the scriptures.

From The Star Online

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Le devenir des bibliotheques...

Le devenir des bibliotheques dans le cadre du developpement durable will be ACURIL's theme in 2009.

Guadeloupean librarian Bea Bazile, of the Bibliotheque Departamentale de Pret de la Guadeloupe, was installed as new President on Friday, June 29, 2008, at the XXXVIII ACURIL Conference, Rose Hall Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

JOB Position Available: Deputy Director/Supervisor of Branch Libraries in Cayman Islands. Deadline: July 30, 2008

Training . Employment
Youth . Sports & Culture

Building Brighter Futures



SALARY: CI$53,412 - CI$71,832 PER ANNUM

Application forms available from the Cayman Islands Government :


The postholder will be responsible for:

• Supervising 5 library branches including consulting with branch Library Assistants about community activities.
• Coordinating activities and procedures between the Main Library and the branch libraries.
• Collection development, cataloguing and classification of circulating and reference materials in the adult section of all libraries.
• Compiling bibliographies, reference guides statistics and reports.
• Monitor branch Library Assistants' performance.
• Assist the Director and Accounts Officer with the library's budget.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills:

• Applicants should possess a Masters degree in library science from an accredited library school.
• Must have three to five years supervisory experience in a Public Library setting.
• Ability to communicate; work effectively and tactfully with employees and the public.
• Proficient with the Microsoft Suite of products.
• Working knowledge of cataloguing database systems including Spectrum – Winnebago.

Benefits will be determined in accordance with the Public Services Management Law and Regulations (2005), the Public Service Pensions Law (2004 revision) and CINICO health plan.


Human Resources Operational Manager
Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture
3rd Floor, Government Administration Building – Royal Plaza
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Fax: (345) 949-9343

Application forms are available for download from the Cayman Islands Government website,




Editorial Team
Luisa Vigo-Cepeda
Executive Secretary

Ronny Alders,
Barry Baker
Bea Bazile
Eleuterio Ferreira-Calderón,
Adele Merritt Bernard
Dulce Maria Núñez de Taveras
Pedro Padilla-Rosa
Danielle Renier Deglas
Shamin Renwick

c/o Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies,
University of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 21906 UPR Station
San Juan, PR 00931-1906
Tel. 787.763.6199 ; Fax 787.764-2311