Access to Information in the English-Speaking Caribbean

Show full item record

Title: Access to Information in the English-Speaking Caribbean
Author: Renwick, Shamin
Abstract: The paper proposes to describe the status of information access illustrated by examples drawn from the English-speaking Caribbean and to suggest strategies for Librarians to enhance their management of future developments in the electronic information explosion. Though the information superhighway is becoming a reality in more developed countries, it has not yet materialized in the Caribbean. This can be demonstrated by the limited access to Internet in most territories. At the regional level, librarians experience varying degrees of difficulty in accessing information. Problems revolve mainly around a lack of telecommunication links and funding. There have been a number of networking efforts and the establishment of specialized information systems but the full potential of these have not been realized as a result. However, at the national level in most states access is much better and, though, there has been improved bibliographic control, information retrieval and document delivery systems users, especially researchers, claim to have little or no access to information. The information superhighway promises to be a panacea but it bring its own complications. So librarians and library associations will have to recognize the need for reassessment of their role and responsibilities in electronic age.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/7259
Date: 2010-05-19


Files in this item

Files Size Format View
Icon SR-001a.pdf 2.610Mb PDF Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Search UWISpace


Advanced Search

Browse

My Account