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  1. Developing your Library Association 8 August 2012 Léonie Boerkamp and Astrid Britten, Board members of the Dutch Caribbean Library Association
  2. History of Aruba I
  3. History of Aruba II  Located in the southern Caribbean  100.000 inhabitants, 96 different nationalities  Various ancestries: Caquetio Indian, African and European roots  Tourism is the main pillar of the economy  Spoken languages: Dutch, Papiamento, English and Spanish  Since 1986 an autonomous country within the Dutch kingdom (Status Aparte)
  4. Status Aparte and the Aruba National Library  August 20, 1949: Opening of Aruba’s first public library  Opening occurred later than in the rest of the Antilles  March 3, 1986: “Biblioteca Publico Aruba” renamed as “Biblioteca Nacional Aruba”
  5. Library University of Aruba  Opened in 1988  Books, journals and publications from different fields:  Law  Economics and Finance  Hospitality and Tourism Management  Arts and Sciences
  6. Dutch Caribbean Library Association (DCLA)  Dutch Caribbean Libraries is a growing network of libraries and information professionals on the six islands of the Dutch Caribbean and Surinam  “Resolution of the Cola Creek”  Fourth seminar of DCLA was held in Paramaribo, Surinam
  7. Caribbean flavor
  8. Marketing
  9. First Face-to-face Boardmeeting
  10. Our goals  To promote the use of the libraries and information centers by building on the strategic capacity of the libraries in the Dutch Caribbean;  To develop professional skills. To transform the profile and standing of the profession;  To protect, preserve and document written and printed cultural heritage.  The association goals are carried by national, public, special collection and university libraries from private and the government
  11. Our challenges  Achievement to reach commitment for cooperation is an important milestone in for libraries and information services sector;  Enhances the accessibility to information between libraries in the Dutch Caribbean. Also in between the local and international community;
  12. Our opportunities  Continuing developing our library association;  Partnership  External communications;  Advocacy for libraries
  13. Our joint projects  Shared library automation program “ABCD”;  Digitalization of our cultural heritage;  Professional development;  Promotion of the libraries in the Dutch Caribbean;  The library and the information institutions of the Dutch Caribbean can play a key role as institution for investigations about our colonial past;
  14. Organizations involved  DCLA has reached partnership with Dutch institutions such as Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (Royal Tropical Institute) and the Koninklijk Instituut voor Talen- Land en Volkenkunde (KITLV);  NVB;  FOBID-Netherlands Library Forum;  Future partners:  IFLA  ACURIL
  15. Key benefits  Information literacy and working cooperatively on awareness and professional development  Joint marketing of our libraries  Continuing in developing of our association  Improving our infrastructure for cooperation  Share knowledge in the area of digitalization, ICT and negotiations with publishers
  16. Questions?
  17. Food for thought  Statement: Information literacy and digitalization: key elements for a sustainable society.  Question: How can stakeholders (education, policy makers, ICT) explore new perspectives for cooperation?
  18. The end  Masha danki  Thank you  Bedankt