Technology and Libraries in Trinidad and Tobago

Are Libraries and Information Centres in Trinidad and Tobago keeping up with developments in technology?

Pew International has published a report on the typology of public library engagement in America.

I suspect that the findings might be typical of Trinidad; for example ” 28%of adults now read e-books, and just 4% use e-books exclusively”, and some 13% of those 16 and over have accessed library services using a mobile device.

There is a very interesting section called “What people want from their libraries“ that could also easily be applied to Trinidad. It was interesting to note that users ranked provision of technology just as high as helpful librarians and books.

Libraries in this country have been consistently using technology as it has developed to provide access to on-line information, from bibliographic networks such as throughout the ’80′s and 90′s to digital libraries and social networking tools of the 21st century.

Many of the student blogs linked from this website provide examples of how their libraries are using technology to enhance their services.


11 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I believe most libraries are using technology to enhance library services. However, I think if a Librarian decided to automate library services and functions this should be a gradual process. First just like any business the nature and culture of the library must be understood before making or implementing any kind of technological changes. Librarians need to also understand we are all creatures of habit and change is difficult. So instead of making everything completely techy all at once this must be a gradual process so that staff and patrons would gradually adapt to the technological changes. This would work especially for people who are not “tech savy”

    • Absolutely right! You have to think not just about the users, but also about staff, since implementing technology sometimes seems threatening, especially if it results in the need for fewer staff, which often happens. Anyone who ever worked with a card cataloguing system for example, would know that when the cataloging is computerized, there would no longer be the need for typists who used to type the cards!

  2. I think that Libraries in Trinidad and Tobago are at a point of technological change,many libraries are moving to a more digitized and automated system,this can be reflected in the use of libraries automotive system, that eradicates the use of the card catalog ,also the use of online databases as a means of researched are being encouraged ,users can not have assess via the library to E-books , in some school libraries the Newspapers subject file are being scan and entered into the library automotive system getting rid of the manual information file ,so yes I think that Libraries and Information Centers in Trinidad and Tobago are getting on board with the developments in technology their is however room for improvement.

  3. Today in our country, I believe librarians and libraries are working very hard to incorporate the use of technology into the services they offer. One such example is the OPAC, (Online Public Access Catalogue) placing all cataloging information online, and getting rid of the tedious card catalog, which in itself occupies alot of room in the library. – space constraints! Likewise, automated systems which can now take care of user loans (circulation), cataloguing, Aquisitions and reference services are all steps in using technology consistently in our libraries today. Patrons can now find a variety of e-books, journals and scholorary articles online. In some cases, online search databases such as EbscoHost and OCLC have been linked to library catalogs to provide greater dissemination of information, from any where at anytime. Just recently, librarians in Trinidad were introduced to RDA (Resource Description and Access) cataloging over a 2 day workshop. RDA which has already been implemented by some libraries, attempts to provide information to the user in a more informed and user friendly way and in so doing, it’s main goal to mold the user services of the future. The process gradual, but will soon come on stream fully. This I would say is a very good example of how libraries in Trinidad and Tobago are keeping abreast with technology.

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