Thursday, October 26, 2017

ACURIL 2018 : Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions


The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) is excited to announce that its 48th Conference, to be held from June 3 – 7, 2018 in beautiful Dominican Republic, will focus on the theme Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions.
Globally, Libraries, Archives and Museums are challenged to manage their operational budgets, engage their user communities, develop innovative services and function as a gateway to open access resources. Caribbean Libraries are not immune to these challenges. In this information society, open access technologies provide opportunities for Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums to rise above these challenges and still achieve these respective goals.
Through dynamic presentations, poster sessions, workshops and the exhibitors fair, the 2018 ACURIL Conference seeks to:
  • Open a discourse amongst Caribbean information professionals about the relevance of the open access movement and its future directions.
  • Allow delegates to exchange information, experiences and best practices.
  • Provide an opportunity for delegates to learn how to develop skills and competencies to use open access tools and technologies.
  • Foster collaboration with  ACURIL's Exhibitors and other stakeholders to develop new platforms to enhance service delivery.
  • Establish a registry of open access projects in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums. 
The ACURIL XLVII 2018 Conference Programme Committee invites proposals for paper, workshop and poster presentations which explore the following Sub-themes:
  •         Open Access (OA): Global/Caribbean Context
Presentations which explore the debates in the open access field and provide interpretations and different perspectives on issues surrounding OA are especially welcomed. Participants are encouraged to share their Caribbean case studies on managing open access issues.
       Key topics: Experiences of publishers, informational professionals and other stakeholder in managing open access issues; Types of open access resources/initiatives that have been developed and are being used and managed to achieve institutional goals.
  •         Policy, Strategy and Advocacy
Key topics:  How is OA impacting on copyright, public rights, and intellectual rights?; Disaster management and preservation of digital content as a result of natural disasters; New media/social media and its relation to OA; Managing open access portfolios; Creating policies and workflows; Budgeting for open access; Academic ranking and open access;
  •         Professional Development and User Education
Key topics:  Quality control of open access resources and implications for user education; Open education: experiences in learning and opportunities for librarians; Grantsmanship: funding the enterprise.
  •         Innovation and Trends
Key topics:  Digital humanities; Data management; Open Journal Systems; Institutional repositories; Open source software usage/initiatives and management in libraries, archives and museums

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ACURIL - Call for Papers


Conference Information


Multidisciplinary Research in the Caribbean:  A Collaborative Approach

Conference website: 

The goal of this conference is to bring together the community of researchers and practitioners who are interested in studying the diverse issues of the region. The intention is both to assemble the existing community as well as to invite those with emerging interests in this area. A secondary goal is to focus the attention of the Caribbean community on the tremendous collaborative opportunities for research in the region.

Research in the Caribbean region disciplines depends on the availability of representative samples. These samples serve as fundamental references for generating new knowledge on the region, contribute to its growth and bring to forth a deeper understanding of the processes that created and shaped it, and to assess the availability of resources.

The program, therefore, aims to bring together multidisciplinary research being conducted in the region, offering opportunities to present a wide range of topics from diverse research areas, particularly to:

  • strengthen the scientific knowledge base on and about the Caribbean;

  • encourage collaboration and partnerships between Caribbean colleagues, research institutions and Caribbean partner organizations;

  • foster sustainable development and innovation in the Caribbean region;

  • contribute to the regional capacity development by engaging regional colleagues (e.g., students, professionals) and organizations in joint research projects.

Request is made for the participation from all disciplinary areas to make this conference a complete success.

Sub- Theme I:  Multidisciplinary Research in the Caribbean.

Sub- Theme II: Innovative Research in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums

Sub- Theme III: Research in the Caribbean Sociology, Economics and Politics

Sub – Theme IV: Radical Change in Research with Digital Information Technologies and Knowledge Management.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Vacancy - Campus Librarian - University of Bahamas


Nassau, Bahamas

Admin - Libraries

Application Due: 

Full Time

The University Libraries is seeking a full-time Librarian to lead the strategic development of library services at its Northern Bahamas Campus.
 The incumbent will be a dynamic, innovative individual with strong communication, analytical and interpersonal skills that engender excellence in librarianship, customer service, collegiality and professionalism.

The successful candidate will demonstrate sound understanding of emerging technologies and trends in library and information science and their application in an academic library environment, along with a strong commitment to developing excellent and innovative integrated library services within the institution. The duties of the Librarian will include but not be limited to leadership in planning, budgeting, monitoring and assessing library services delivery; policy development and facilities management; supervision and training of library staff; engagement in library related research; liaising with all academic units, and performing evening and weekend reference desk assignments (on rotation); and performing other related duties as assigned to support the ongoing development of the University Libraries. Successful candidates must have an earned Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science from an accredited university; and a minimum of five (5) years' experience in an academic library which includes management and leadership of a library branch/unit. 
Submission of Materials: 
Materials should be submitted electronically, attention Office of Academic Affairs, University of The Bahamas via e-mail at by March 6, 2017. Send all documents together, including: 1) cover letter describing academic philosophy and vision, research and publications; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) sample course syllabus; 4) official copy of all academic records; 5) representative sample of research, publication or creative work; 6) at least one letter of recommendation; and 7) a UB application form. Note the position in the subject field of the email. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted. Incomplete files will not be considered.
Application Information
Contact: Provost, Office of the Provost, University of The Bahamas

Online application form:

Email Address: