A PLACE FOR THE DISPLACED: A CONSIDERATION OF THE TYPES OF SERVICES CARIBBEAN LIBRARIES SHOULD PROVIDE TO REFUGEES

Brathwaite, Tamara A PLACE FOR THE DISPLACED: A CONSIDERATION OF THE TYPES OF SERVICES CARIBBEAN LIBRARIES SHOULD PROVIDE TO REFUGEES., 2006 . In Association of Caribbean University Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) XXXVI Conference : “Information and Human Rights", Wyndham Resort, Aruba, May 28th- June 2nd 2006. [Conference paper]

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Many libraries in the Caribbean may have considered amenities for short stay users… tourists, visitors and the odd researcher, but many may not have considered the plight of the stateless as a user group in Caribbean libraries. With the prevalence of disasters in the region – Hurricane Ivan as the most recent and devastating example – the impact of migratory workers that the CSME will bring and the impending issuance of national refugee laws in the region; it is but a matter of time before regional libraries become a refuge for the refugee. This paper will outline (1) current trends globally and regionally and suggest why it is important not to deny the human rights of this so far undocumented user group in the Caribbean and (2) ways in which refugees cab be accommodated by libraries. Now, more than ever, libraries in the region should consider the types of services that should be provided to refugees since current trends indicate that this user group will most likely expand and have an impact on library services in the not to distant future.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Caribbean Area ; Library Services ; Refugees; Information Services ; Library Collection Development; Library Planning; Outreach Programs; User Needs
Subjects: F. Management. > FZ. None of these, but in this section.
B. Information use and sociology of information. > BC. Information in society.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: Tamara Brathwaite
Date deposited: 13 Feb 2007
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:06
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/8962

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