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The Jamica Li service began operations i 1948
asthojnationalffi ulic library systpt ubliliiira
were alr y c..in.the panshlefM0n.
(1938),,St. EIizat )(.J amj lea )
and St. Ann (1947).,
These libraries formed the nucleus of the new';' :
organizatiorn:in 'lti parish libraries were '
opened in St. at nd St. Thomas. Initial
funding was proid British Council and
the Government 6ftJamai- .-
In 1959 the British Council's grant ceased and as initalaly
arranged, the Govemme'nt of Jamaica became
solely rpspgnijblifor the financial malntenanc9e t-ffl .
Service in 1 [iaiing of the er~biEec
the jpint ire~~spo qifj h story of EducStiiofnA X
the Jaiaeica Libra ryBoiie Ministryqfbl l "IB
GovemnMent through Qt'Parish Councilse'.4,. -.
SSince 1986'thMinstry ofEducation has assum l
responsibility frfi'i the entire Service.
Vision StatemenPri the Public and School "
Library Networks with th Aibrary services possible,
globally oriented, technolo n, anticipating,
meeting and'exceeding the nds and wants of the .
communitn I population servedd' '.
.8 Mon tate!^tThetfansmission of knoA l
Sthroh the lprion'id'RZmo,"Ol o.Sf a:-q,
recorded I"formation.bywy ofa coordlna blc -
and school library service. "
The JamaicatLibal, Bward is the central statutory
responsible forth 4 oicy and-the management.%
and control of a coordina library service. The service .
is organized with the adminttive headquarters in ;
Kingston and a network of" gce points throughout
thirteen (13) parishes, which are arranged in six
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PUBLIC LB NETWORK
ries 13 Special Sb icer'
rench Libraries Hospital Strvie. 5
qfull-Time S59 Inabttutionand Cectonal 4 11
Part-Time 567 Chil*drn's Home & Place of Safety
SCHOOLS L1BRA ORK
nfan 29 -Prfmary 357
'Technical High 9 VocationaUSpecal 4
Secondary High 9 :, rim.ry & Junior High 87
PUBL 1 RYiETWORK
Each parish service kim A red by a Parish
Library Committee whi f ut the policies
f the Jamalca Library rp the
rests to that cental boif i mmunites.
OTHER ACTIVITIES '
All Parish Libraries promote a variety of activities in
, encourage the eadingghabit.andUlimulate
These j4inud:- The National Reading Competition
for adult aid children, Lecturespook Discussion.
a: nd Debates, Book Displays, Exhibition's Children's
frggBarrmes e.g. Story Hour, Art and Craft, jby Groups,
Sparnil s, Drama Groups and Summer .pwn es.
In addition library staff is fully involved ii conmm ity
basdccultu d educational activities, e.Ig;thq Litqf4y
Programme, .jClubs, Citizen Associations and
other civic groups.
-'6H-dOLS LIBRARY NETWORK." "
-.a .gios i4.ibrary Network bperatesaros ehidJamaica
Li iba i headquarters in Kingstaon ad.six,:Rgiqgal
offio.obwl varies eachcarrying a book stock f
approximately 2000, visit priniry schools twice each term
:fr an exchange of books.
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School cessible to the mobile service ar by
delivery igh Schools are visited for i~ of
supplies, th ishment and monitoring f libranee
JM S THE SERVICE ADMINISEREQ.
-Th i Vhas been adminis uirid' 952 by the
Service onbehalf i t ,
EducaBnYo ..Culture whi'chprovidSit anniuail^.'
subvention for financing its operations.
ALLOCATION OF BOOKS TO SCHOOLS
ihe'ij~! er of books supplied to each shoH sed on
therHoI ti, the accommodation and th
Teacher /Librains, librarians and other staff are
responsible for the library. Teachers and students
9ae books from the mobile service wth.h -
Sistan nd advice of thbeSchIs LU rt .Nwork
S scary, teachers may vit. ,'ll.g .
offiGes's m i r -ilte-rial.
REGION 1 REGION 4
Kingston &,Sti Andrew a St. Ann ....,
St. Catherine.; -,, St. Mary
REGION 2 REGION 5
St. James Portland *
Hanover St. Thomas
REGION 3 St. Elizabeth *
* Regional offices
Seminar and Workshop
(Kingston & St. Andrew Parish Library)
SERVICES OF, ERE
1. Reference, Research and Information and Lending
Services s ::-
2. Bibliographies, .Boo ists, brochures and
' ..;j, e r P.blicatiops. .
t Seminars and Workshops ""
S4. Displays and Exhibitions of Children's Books
5. Special Requests
6. Book Reservation -
7. Book Request Service A-
.Professional and Technical Advicesnd Assistance to
S 11. ICT Mobile Ubriaries,.
12. Current Awareness Progrmmes
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.- O tomputer- raining for Children
(St lMiifyPRadsh LIbrary)
JAMAICA LIBRARY SERVICE
S 2 Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston 5
e-riill: jamlib malca.com