ACURIL XXXVI Aruba 2006
Series: A 1
InierLa i.de la Presidenta
Rappdot de la Prdsidente
Presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the
Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Ubraries
Aruba Resort & Spa
May 28- June 2, 2006
Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries
Asociaci6n de Bibliotecas Universitarias, de Investigaci6n e Instucional del Caribe
Association des Biblloth6ques Universitaires, de Recherche et Instltutionnelles de la Caraibe
Astrid Britten. President 2005-2006
This report covers the period of June 2005 to May 2006.
During this year preparation, planning and executing of the conference was
Mid-Year Conference at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library in St. Martin
The Mid-year meeting was held on October 12-15, 2005 in Philipsburg, St.
Martin. The Philipsburg Jubilee Library under direction of mrs. Blanca Hodge
implemented excellent arrangement. We sure enjoy the lunch at the French
side. There was also a workshop "Finding the Caribbean on the internet"
given by Monique Alberts.
Information were given during the mid-year conference of our theme.
Coordinator of the Local Organizing Committee was also present. We
continued our work in the context of the theme "Information and Human
Rights". We explore the theme and came with the Social, Cultural and Ethical
aspects of the Information Society.
A group of professionals consisted of Lydia Emerencia (Director of the
University of Aruba), Roosleen Oduber (Director of the Department of
Education), Monique Alberts (Librarian), Lourdes Croes (Librarian), Irais
Sankatsing-Nava (Librarian) and Alice van Romondt (Past President of
ACURIL) took part in the President's brainstorming session to came out with
Local Organizing Committee
The Local Organizing Committee coordinated by Lourdes Des did a
tremendous job. The coordinator of the LOC together with her staff outlined
Theme of the Conference: "Information and Human Rights". It presents
visions on the Social, Cultural and Ethical aspects of the Information Society.
To emphasize the importance of the role of libraries in realizing these aspects.
How libraries can promote these developments. Information and Human
Rights has to be recognized of ensuring the just and fair application of these
rights at all ranges of communication, and it occurs at all levels and ages of
the information society.
When defining the program we also consider the aspects of language balance
in the program.
Pre-Conference in Aruba
During the Conference of 2005 in Trois Illets Guadeloupe, the Special Interest
Group of Information Technologies decided to organize a pre-conference
during the conference in Aruba. It was one of there resolution. The pre-
conference will focus on the selection of materials for digitization, image
captures, metadata standards and metadata creation. Mrs. Judith Rogers of
the University of the Virgin Island coordinated this pre-conference.
This workshop will take place at the "University of Aruba".
Dutch professor Cees Hamelink of the "Free University of Amsterdam", the
Netherlands is the Keynote Speaker at the Opening Session. Furthermore
ACURIL 2006 is been able to engage Bruno Ollivier of the "Universite des
Antilles et de la Guyane", Martinique, Daniel Pimienta of Funredes from the
Dominican Republic, Jose Luis Aguirre Alvis of the "Universidad Catolica
Boliviana San Pablo", Bolivia and Marian Koren, head of research and
international affairs of the Netherlands Public Library Association in the
Isidro Fernandez-Aballi of INFOLAC in Kingston Jamaica represent the United
Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization and is also on the
Call for Papers
We had a good response for our call for papers. We received some interested
papers of the theme and the presenters are included in the program.
Call for Posters
We also had a call for the presentation of a poster session and we are glad
with the reaction. This is also included in the program.
Other interesting fact is the exhibition. EBSCO sponsored our conference bag
and SWETS sponsored the reception after the cultural Evening at "Cas di
Cultura" on Wednesday, May 31t.
The Social Events included the Opening Reception at "La Palapa" Aruba
Resort Spa & Casino, The Government Reception at "La Trattoria El Faro
Blanco", Aruban night at the activity "Biblioteca Nacional Aruba salutes
ACURIL" and a Cultural Evening at "Cas di Cultura"
ACURIL 1st Festival on the Development of Information and Research
Skills, Emphasizing Critical Thinking in the Caribbean 2006
Dr. Luisa Vigo of Puerto Rico took the initiative to organize this first festival.
Evening awards will be during the closing ceremony.
Last night we were warmheartedly welcomed at the home of Mrs. Alice van
Romondt, President of ACURIL in 1987. Past presidents, Executive Council
members and guests attended this very enjoyable evening.
FUTURE ACURIL CONFERENCE
The next ACURIL conference will be held in Puerto Rico (2007).
I must thank my Executive Council members, Chairpersons of the
SIG's, the Exhibitor's, Moderators and Raporteurs, all who worked extremely
hard to make this conference a success and those who have supported me.
The entire staff of the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba. Special mention must be
made of dr. Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, Oneida Ortiz both of Puerto Rico, Mrs. Des
Croes, Mrs. Irais Sankatsing-Nava, Mrs. Monique Alberts and Mrs. Lilian
Semeleer for their valuable contribution and input. Special thanks to Mrs.
Marisol Lopez-Tromp, the Minister of Education, Social Affairs and
Astrid J.T. Britten
President of ACURIL 2005-2006