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School libraries in the Caribbean: A Jamaican case study
Peltier-Davis, Cheryl; Renwick, Shamin
Caribbean libraries in the 21st century: Changes, challenges, and choices
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Medford, New Jersey
Information Today, Inc.
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This chapter presents an overview of the historical development of school libraries in the English-speaking Caribbean. It shows that these libraries were based on on the British model, which established this kind of library as extensions of the public library system. Although there are definitely some advantages to this approach, it can also be seen as a contributory factor to regional governments' persistent unwillingness to develop specific policies for the establishment and operation of these libraries as well as to provide more direct financial support. A survey was made of the most current literature available on the topic, identifying major challenges and constraints facing these libraries by the presentation and disscussion of the results from a national survey of school libraries in Jamaica, which provides a case study for broadly commenting on the current state of school libraries in the Caribbean region since many of the countries share a common historical background. Based on findings, recommendations and then made for the future development of school libraries in Jamaica and the wider Commonwealth Caribbean.....