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.