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  • Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen, has urged libraries to open up the public discussion on the Jamaica logistics hub initiative.
  • Libraries are ideally placed to be focal points for discussion, debates, discourse, and information on national development issues.
  • With the Education Ministry moving ahead to re-establish an education broadcasting service, librarians will be called upon to ensure that this service can be widely accessed.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen, has urged libraries to open up the public discussion on the Jamaica logistics hub initiative, as more Jamaicans seek information about this major development project.

She said because of their location in communities, libraries are ideally placed to be focal points for discussion, debates, discourse, and information on national development issues.

“I have heard lots of people talking about the logistics hub…the library is well positioned to point people in the direction of what they need to know,” she stated.

Mrs. Foster Allen was speaking at the opening of the two-day Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)/Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) conference on January 30, at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.

Meanwhile, she informed that with the Education Ministry moving ahead to re-establish an education broadcasting service, librarians will be called upon to ensure that this service can be widely accessed.

“No doubt, the services of librarians and library information workers will be called upon to ensure that the information will be available to all our users…and also, people who are involved in knowledge work will be able to help us to write scripts, and do production for the programme,” she said.

The education broadcasting service will utilise available space for public broadcasting on cable television and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).

“We want to ensure that the Jamaica Library Service, which is the largest single provider of free access to computers, the internet and all the resources that are available, continues to work in the interest of Jamaica, and to ultimately impact the lives of individuals and the development of communities and the country as a whole,” Mrs. Foster Allen told the conference.

In his remarks, President of LIAJA, Matthew Blake, said the forum will equip practitioners to better use information for organisational development, industries, and the country as a whole.

The conference is being held under the theme: ‘Harnessing information for national development’. Among the topics for discussion are: ‘Information as a tool for national development’; ‘The JamStats database’; ‘Resource description and access’; and the ‘Jamaica Logistics Hub’.