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ACURIL XXXVI Aruba 2006
Projects
Series: C 3


The CARIBBEANA Portal
Biographies and Oral History of the Information
Professional in the Caribbean
Who's who in the Information Profession in the
Caribbean
Information for All: Discovering our Information
Units, Special Projects and Best Practices in the
. Caribbean
SInformation P rossional Association in the Caribbean
The Information Industry in the Caribbean


ACURIL Chair,


By Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, Ph.D.
Research in the Information Field and Publication
and Public Relations Committee


Presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the
Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Ubrarles

Aruba Resort & Spa
Aruba
May 28- June 2, 2006











& S^ETL-TION OF CARIBBEAN UNIVERSITY, .ESEE.2.CH AND FTIT TI:.
LIBRARIES
ASOCIACION DE BIBLIOTECAS UNIVERSITARIAS, DE INVESTIGATION
E INSTITUCIONALES DEL CARIBE
ASSOCIATION DES BIBLIOTEQUES UNIVERSITAIRES, DE RECHERCHE
ET INSTITUTIONNELLES DE LA CARAIBE
ACURIL Research in the Information Field Special Interest Group/
Publications and Public Relations Committee/and
Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies,
University of Puerto Rico


The CARIBBEANA Portal
Collection of Biographies and Oral History of the Information
Professional in the Caribbean;


PROSPECTUS




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The term oral history refers to
(1) a qualitative research process
based on personal interviewing,
suited to understanding meanings, interpretations,
relationships, and subjective experience;
and (2) a product--an audio or video tape recording-
that is an original historical document,
a new primary source for further research.
Baylor University Institute for Oral History

CONTENTS

Introduction
Why This Research Project is Important
Goals and Objectives of the Research Project
Who, What and Where
Key Elements for Success
Project Guidelines and Forms
Documenting Progress
Who's Who in the Information Profession in the Caribbean,
Information for All: Discovering our Information Units,
\ Special Projects and Best Practices in the Caribbean
Information Professional Associations in the Caribbean
The Information Industry in the Caribbean
Implications for Research












Project Staff
Sponsors and Credits
Bibliography


INTRODUCTION

The idea for this project started with the desire to prepare a sort of directory
or who's who in the information field in the Caribbean, in response to the
demand of many professionals and educators in the field. But, in the
process, the project evolved with a comprehensive focus. It has ended with
the creation of a portal in which five major areas or collections are
presented:
first, a segment of Biographies and Oral History of the 'Information
Professionals in the Caribbean, outstanding members in the field;
second, a Who's Who in the Information Profession in the Caribbean,
in an effort to identify generalists and specialists in the field, to make
available the information, and propitiate collaboration and research;
third, Information for All in the Caribbean: A Directory of Information
Units in the Region, Special Projects and Best Practices, with the
historical and general description;
fourth, a Directory of Professional Associations in the Information Field
in the Caribbean; and,
fifth, the identification and description of The Information Industry in
the Caribbean.

All segments are included in the CARIBBEANA Portal, a website aiming to
provide information regarding Collections, News, Guidelines and Forms,
Project's Archives, Assessment and Evaluation, Bibliography, Credits &
Sponsors, and Contact Information.


WHY THIS RESEARCH PROJECT IS IMPORTANT

The knowledge of the origins and development of any organization, and its
contribution to the field evidenced through its historical, memorabilia and
administrative documentation is key to the discovery and preservation of its
memory, for its members and for future research and study. But the history
in documents solely cannot depict the complete story or present an
interpretation of what has really happened. The oral history has become an
important element, as primary source, to conduct research and to the
historical endeavor. To know the past and even present evolution of the
organization through the recollections and perceptions of those who
contributed to its enrichment can offer a wealth of information to the
researcher, and may open other doors to keep on investigating the past in
order to build and orient the future.


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ACURIL has accumulated lots of experiences that are presented in the
documentation, emanating from annual conferences and special projects,
kept at the Executive Secretariat and in many Caribbean collections; but a
wealth of memories and feelings are found in the minds and hearts of many.

From another standpoint, the work and legacy of information professionals
and their accomplishments in the Caribbean area is not found compiled
anywhere. It, therefore, appeared to be a most propitious moment to initiate
a research project that could rescue the memories of information
professionals and of the information field in general, and bring together a
special reference space, to make available information and documentation for
the present and future generations, to assist in their particular research
within the information field in the region. Interviews will be made, tape
recorded, and efforts will be made to have video-clips to be presented in
CARIBBEANA Portal.

The project will also bring together information about different types of
information generalists and specialists; information units, projects and best
practices; information professional organizations; and the information
industry.

It is envisioned that the CARIBBEANA Portal will become a major
repository of the Information Profession in the region, as a result of a
collaborative effort of all participants.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT

The CARIBBEANA Portal aims to provide a space whereby information and
documentation may be available to identify the wealth of information of the
profession in the region. It seeks to stimulate the conduct of research
regarding information professionals, information units, information
professional organizations, and the information industry in the region.

In so doing, it pursues to stimulate the rescuing and safeguarding of
historical information and documentation related to the areas selected. The
collaborative work will help the information community provide a space
where to find out about the profession, and where to start conducting
research, particularly oral history.

In order to facilitate the successful initiation of the project, research will be
conducted with the past presidents and council members of ACURIL, and
then will continue with all information professionals, members of ACURIL.
Contact will be made with information professionals, representatives of


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different information units, information professional organizations and the
information industry in the region in order to elicit the needed historical, as
well as up-to-date descriptive information, to present in the particular
sections.


WHO, WHAT AND WHERE

Who are the Information Professionals

The project aims to include all information professionals in the Caribbean.
Seeking to launch a successful project, the first interviewees for the oral
history will be ACURIL past presidents and executive council members.

A list of past presidents follows:

Alma Theodora Jordan, ACURIL President (Trinidad), 1970

Albertina P6rez de Rosa, ACURIL President (Puerto Rico), 1971
- In Memoriam.

Michael Gill, ACURIL President (Barbados) 1972

Ceciia Gaviria de Mendoza, ACURIL President (Venezuela), 1973

Archie McNeal, ACURIL President (Florida, USA), 1974. In Memoriam.

Maria Elena Arguello de Cardona, ACURIL President (Puerto Rico), 1975

Ana Olivia Marin Gonzalez, ACURIL President (Venezuela), 1976

Kenneth Ingram, ACURIL President (Jamaica), 1977

Gustave Harrer, ACURIL President (Florida, USA), 1978. In Memoriam.

Maritza Eustatia, ACURIL President (Curacao), 1980. In Memoriam.

Mariano Morales-Lebr6n, ACURIL President (Puerto Rico), 1981

Ermila Elias L6pez Perazzo, ACURIL President (Venezuela), 1982. In
Memoriam.

Yvonne Stephenson, ACURIL President (Guyana), 1983

Pr6spero Mella-Chavier, ACURIL President (Rep6blica Dominicana), 1984











Daphne Douglas, ACURIL President (Jamaica), 1985

Marie-Francoise Bernabe, ACURIL President (Martinique), 1986

Alice Van-Romondt, ACURIL President (Aruba), 1987

Albertina Jefferson, ACURIL President (Jamaica), 1988

Neida Pagan-Jim6nez, ACURIL President (Puerto Rico), 1989

Jean Wilfrid Bertrand, ACURIL President (Haiti), 1991

Blanca Hodge, ACURIL President (St. Maarten), 1992

Esahac Mohammed, ACURIL President (Trinidad), 1993

Arturo Fernindez-Ortiz, ACURIL President (Puerto Rico) 1994

Shirley Yearwood, ACURIL President (Barbados), 1995

Willamae Johnson, ACURIL President (Bahamas), 1996

Odille Brousillon, ACURIL President (Guadeloupe), 1997

Sam Boldrick, ACURIL President (Florida, USA), 1998

Jorge Encarnaci6n-Torres, ACURIL President (Puerto Rico), 1999

Stephney Ferguson, ACURIL President (Jamaica), 2000

Lucero Arboleda de Roa, ACURIL President (Rep6blica Dominicana), 2001

Elizabeth Watson, ACURIL President (Barbados), 2002

Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, ACURIL President (Puerto Rico) 2003

Shamin Renwick, ACURIL President (Trinidad & Tobago), 2004

Anique Sylvestre, ACURIL President (Martinique), 2005

Astrid Britten, ACURIL President (Aruba), 2006

A plan has been designed in order to be able to reach Executive Council
members and other key information professionals to join the project for
interviews, with tape recordings and video clips.














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INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS; INFORMATION UNITS,
SPECIAL PROJECTS AND BEST PRACTICES; PROFESSIONAL
ASSOCIATIONS; AND INFORMATION INDUSTRY COLLECTIONS
WITHIN CARIBBEANA

Apart from the Biographies and Oral History of the Information Profession the
Caribbean Collection, the CARIBBEANA Portal also includes a Who's Who in
the Information Field in the Caribbean: A Directory of Information
Professionals in the Region, which constitutes the second collection, in an
effort to identify generalists and specialists in the field and to propitiate
collaboration and research.

Information for All: Discovering our Information Units, Special
Projects and Best Practices in the Caribbean, with historical as well as
general description. This third collection is devoted to all information units as
well as the diverse projects being conducted or completed in the region:
libraries, archives, documentation centers, museums, with local addresses,
brief historical and general description of its nature, e-mails and web
addresses.

A fourth collection presents a Directory of Professional Associations in
the Information Field in the Caribbean. It seeks to incorporate all
information professional associations in the Caribbean: national and
regional, with brief historical and general description of its nature,
board of members, local addresses, e-mails and web addresses

The fifth collection is geared to the identification and description of
The Information Industry in the Caribbean: Publishers,
Bookstores, Information Companies and Telecommunications. In this
space, all entities in the information industry in the Caribbean will be
included, for which brief historical and general description will be
presented regarding its nature, principal members, local addresses, e-
mails and web addresses.


KEY ELEMENTS FOR SUCCESS

Commitment and Support, Economic Resources and Technological
Infrastructure are key elements for the project's success.













The project seeks the commitment and support of all participants. It will
ensure in-kind as well as economic assistance from participating institutions.

To ensure its success, the project has secured the technological
infrastructure of the University of Puerto Rico's Office of Information
Systems. The OIS hosts the CARIBBEANA Portal: <
http://caribbeana.uprrp.edu >. It has also assigned the official e-mail:


The University of Puerto Rico Library System at the Rio Piedras Campus
provides support with the assistance of its webmaster.

And the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies (GSIST)
of the University of Puerto Rico Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, assists with the
Project Director, video, cameras, and other technological equipment.

The Project Director and some of the Project Researchers are members of the
GSIST and the Library System.

PROJECT GUIDELINES AND FORMS

The project has prepared guidelines to orient in the conduct of research,
drawn from exemplary oral history projects. It has elaborated various forms
to insure participation, and secure uniformity and quality in the processes.
The documentation will appear in the portal.


DOCUMENTING PROGRESS

Progress of research conducted will be viewed at the CARIBBEANA,
permanent poster, to be presented at ACURIL XXXV-Martinique, Kalenda
Resort, 5-11 June, and information will also
be disseminated through CyberNotes-ACURIL-CiberNotas.


PROJECT'S ARCHIVES

All original documentation emanating from the research will be deposited at
the ACURIL Executive Secretariat where they will receive professional care
and will be made accessible to researchers.


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IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH

In joining the project, individual colleagues as well as particular entities will
be stimulated to conduct historical research and will be able to contribute to
honor and preserve its past in order to enrich and strengthen future
developments.


ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION

Continued assessment will be conducted to insure that the stated goals and
objectives are met. Mid-year as well as annual reports will be submitted the
Executive Council as well as to the Membership.


PROJECT STAFF

At the beginning, the Project Staff includes a Project Director, an Assistant
Director, Researchers/Interviewers, Photographers, Webmaster, and Editors.
All project members are in-kind staff, ACURIL members, willing to participate
in the project to make it a veritable success.



Researchers/Interviewers

At present, the major number of researchers/interviewers are from Puerto
Rico. Various researches will be identified in the Caribbean to insure wide
participation and that all key information professionals are included,
particularly in the Collection of Biographies and Oral History of Information
Professionals in the Caribbean.

In Puerto Rico

Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, Ph.D., Caribbeana Project Director; Professor, Graduate
School of Information Sciences and Technologies, University of Puerto Rico;
President, ACURIL Publications and Public Relations Committee
Ileana Rosa-Sotomayor, MLS, UPR, Library System; President, ACURIL-
Puerto Rico Chapter
Marcela Cardona-Herrera, Master Student, GSIST/UPR
Pura Centeno-Alay6n, Master Student, GSIST/UPR
Jorge Ortiz-Malav6, MLS, UPR, Library System,
Carmen Santos-Corrada, MLS, Conrado Asenjo Library, University of Puerto
Rico, Medical Sciences Campus















Edgar Jimenez-Ferrer, Graphic Artist, University of Puerto Rico, Library
System/ACURIL Publications and Public Relations Committee

In Aruba

Astrid Britten, Biblioteca Nacional de Aruba

In Dominican Republic

Dulce Maria Nuiez de Taveras, Pontificia Universidad Cat6lica Madre y
Maestra

In Florida, USA

Barry Baker, University of Central Florida Libraries, USA
Sam Boldrick, Miami Dade Public Library, Florida, USA

In Jamaica

Stephney Ferguson, Campus Librarian, The University of the West Indies,
Mona, Kingston, Jamaica
Adele Merritt-Bernard. Jamaica Library Association


PHOTOGRAPHERS

In Puerto Rico

Edgar Jimenez-Ferrer, Graphic Artist, Library System, University of Puerto
Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Marcela Cardona-Herrera, Graduate Student, Graduate School of Information
Sciences and Technologies, University of Puerto Rico
Maria de los Angeles Zavala, University of Puerto Rico, at Bayam6n

SPONSORS AND CREDITS

Sponsors will secured from the different countries in the region, particularly
member institutions and the information industry.

In Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Office of Information Systems
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Graduate School of
Information Sciences and Technologies


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University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Library System

Credits
Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, Project Director and Editor
Edgar Jimenez-Ferrer, Webmaster/Photographer; Graphic Artist, University of
Puerto Rico, Library System
Marcela Cardona-Herrera, Photographer, Master Student, Graduate School of
Information Sciences and Technologies, University of Puerto Rico
Maria de los Angeles Zavala, University of Puerto Rico, at Bayam6n


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Introduction to oral history : Oral history on the web


How to conduct oral history research


Oral history online
http://history matters.gmu.edu/mse/orai/online.html

The British Library
htto://www.bluk!/::l:: i-':':is/sound-archive/c'-.;' : htmi#academic-
resources

Shopes, Linda. Making sense of oral history
http://historymatters.cmu.edu/rmse/oral/

Step-by-step guide to oral history
http://www.dohistorv.oro/on your own/toolk':-': '.-,:::' '' "

Oral history


Ten tips for interviewers
http://www.sohp.orq/howto/~ uide/howto 111L htm


CONTACT INFORMATION

For information, please contact:
Dr. Luisa Vigo-Cepeda
Project Director/
Professor


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Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies
University of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 21906
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931
iviao@prw net



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ACURIL/Caribbeana/Research in the Information Field Special Interest
Group/Publications and Public Relations Committee




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