|What is ACURIL?|
The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) originated as part of a movement for Caribbean cooperation at the university level, initiated in the late l960’s by the Association of Caribbean Universities (UNICA). At that moment Sir Philip Sherlock, of the University of the West Indies, at Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, was its Secretary General.
At present, two Standing Committees are constituted: Constitution and Bylaws and Publications. There are also Special Interest Groups for each of the following: Academic Libraries, Public and National Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Information Technologies, and Research in the Information Field. The activities of these Committees and Special Interest Groups, set up to attain some ACURIL objectives are planned and developed during the year and reviewed during the annual conference.
The main feature of the Annual Conference is the development of a theme of interest to library and information services in the Caribbean. Papers are presented, workshops are held and provision is made for discussion of the various subtopics. This feature meets the aims to which ACURIL is committed, by promoting studies of topical issues in the profession and facilitating improved communication, exchange of information and cooperative projects.
ACURIL provides the following services:
a. a forum for professional discussion and meetings,
a. continuing education programmes in the form of pre, during and post conference workshops, seminars, symposia, etc.,
b. promotion of cooperative activities including the sharing of resources in the region,
c. promotion of the dissemination and exchange of information in the region,
d. providing an environment for scholarly interaction and stimulating research and publication activities,
e. information on the Association’s activities, as well as of its members by a regular publication programme.
ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
ACURIL’s activities and achievements include the organization of regional projects aimed at improving access to information produced or published in the region.
Examples are the provision of opportunities for special interest groups to meet, review and plan for the progress of library development and growth in the region. Common problems are identified, solutions are discussed, and ideas are shared on general trends, and the publication of most the Proceedings of its annual conferences.
ACURIL has retained its affiliation with the Association of Caribbean Universities (UNICA). It is also affiliated with IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), having representation on the Standing Committee for the regional Latin America and the Caribbean Division (IFLA-LAC), and the International Center for Institutional Research Exchange and Cooperation in the Caribbean and Latin America (CIRECCA), with which it agrees to collaborate toward the objective of realizing common aims, and to assist in all areas of research and cultural exchange in the Caribbean.
The only source of funding received by the Association is its membership dues. A special income is derived from the charge of the conference fee, but the total income received is clearly inadequate to meet the cost of organizing annual conferences. In this respect, the local organizing committee must secure external funding and support to hold the conference selected.
From its inception, the Association has depended heavily on the governments and other agencies in the host countries to help defray the Conference expenses. International funding agencies have also given generously for this purpose and for the publication of the proceedings.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:21|
Cindy Jiménez- Vera
ACURIL's President, 2012-2013