ACURILEAN EVENING OF AWARDS 2019
AT THE RENAISSANCE ARUBA CONFERENCE CENTER
FOR THE EXCELLENT DEVELOPMENT IN FAVOR OF THE COMMUNITY, THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD was bestowed to
THE BRENCHIES LAB & MOBILE MAKERSPACES
at BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL ARUBA (BNA)
The photo presents Dr. Armando Rudy Lampe, Aruba's Minister of Education, Science and Sustainable Development; Mrs. Christie Mettes and Mr. Manuel Rojas (leaders of the Makerspaces at the BNA); Mrs. Astrid Britten, Director of the Biblioteca Naciona Aruba, and Mrs. Monique Alberts, ACURIL President 2018-2019.
Brenchie’s Lab is a publicly accessible makerspace in Biblioteca Nacional Aruba aimed to bring open technologies for people to use freely to create what they see as important.
The project was initiated by Metabolic Foundation and has been boosted tremendously by Ateliers ’89, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Aruba, UNOCA, Stimulerings fonds, Biblioteca Nacional Aruba, Futura Lab. Brenchie’s Lab continues to grow with support from the lovely people of Aruba and beyond. Its mission is to support the democratization of technology by fostering a shared space to experiment and work together towards a more inclusive and circular future of urban design.The Lab envisions an evolving set of community-managed spaces where everyone is part of the open source technology community, and where spaces function as incubators for community-based innovation that can be tested, co-developed, and implemented in cities around the world. http://brenchies.com/
The Mobile Makerspace is an innovative and sustainable project built in a bus, equipped with the latest technology, among them 3D printers, computers for coding, Internet-of-Things and robotics. The bus visits different schools to provide additional and different activities with opportunities to experiment. In so doing, youngsters are motivated to work in the future in technical opportunities. http://www.bibliotecanacional.aw/pages/mobile-makerspace/
EBSCO INFORMATION SERVICES AWARD 2019
On Leadership in the Use of New Information Technologies
to Expand and Facilitate Access to Serials Content
was bestowed to:
BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL ARUBA
The Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (BNA) is committed to providing an outstanding collection of information and documentation materials and activities that reflect the needs and interests of their community members of all ages and backgrounds. Its collection has been increased with the implementation and development of new technology with EBSCO databases and electronic books. to support the study, research, creativity and innovation endeavors of the Arubian community. In particular, the BNA is strongly supporting the Brenchies Lab makerspace project.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES LIBRARY, MONA, KINGSTON, JAMAICA
Recognized by EBSCO for their utilization of a Solar Photovoltaic System on the roofs of the Science & Engineering Branch Library (SEBL) to support the sustainable energy and development goals of the University. as well as integrating the use of that system in the curriculum of the University along with providing outreach tutorial and learning programs to the surrounding school community. The SEBL’s utilization of this mission critical Solar Photovoltaic System to support Physics and Engineering Courses (Essentials of Renewable Energy Technology, Advanced Renewable Energy Technology & Solutions as well as Renewable Energy Systems) is a noteworthy and innovative example the Use of Technologies to Facilitate Access to content. The UWI is the first university outside the US to get the EBSCO Solar Grant.
The photos below present Mr. Rafael Lagares, EBSCO Representative, with Mrs. Astrid Britten, Director of the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba, who received the plaque. The second one presents Mr. Damian Salterthwaite, EBSCO Representative, with Mrs. Adele Merrit-Bernard representing Dr. Paulette Kerr, Director of the Library, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica.
THE ALBERTINA PÉREZ DE ROSA AWARD 2019
Bestowed by the ACURIL, PUERTO RICO CHAPTER to
THE GRADUATE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER (GRIC)
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO GENERAL LIBRARY,
AT THE MAYAGÜEZ CAMPUS
The Graduate Research and Innovation Center (GRIC) was conceived as an effort to improve services for graduate students and faculty and incorporate library services into the campus research ecosystem. Its realization was possible due to funding granted by the U.S. Department of Education via the Transformational Initiative for Graduate Education and Research (TIGER). The project is now in its fifth and final year (2014-2019) and undergoing the institutionalization phase (https://libguides.uprm.edu/tiger/uprm). The overall investment exceeds $1,370,400.
The GRIC opened its doors in September 2016 (http://gric.uprm.edu) and was designed to create a unique environment that provides tailored services to graduate students and faculty based on their always evolving needs. These services are built around the research lifecycle and include: finding and using information, peer-to-peer tutoring on English communication, scholarly communication, and data management consultation.
Besides the space renovation, expansion of the technological capabilities, and comfortable and inviting furnishing, the project funded the acquisition of several online resources such as the JSTOR archives, e-books from SpringerNature and Morgan & Claypool, and the SpringShare Suite and also contributed to the subscription of two plagiarism prevention platforms, Turnitin and iThenticate.
These tools allowed the expansion of novel approaches to deliver services, instruction, and content online. Furthermore, in a conscientious effort to maintain constant communication with their clientele, a robust social media presence was established, and several formative assessment strategies were deployed. This holistic approach resulted in a model with a far-reaching impact beyond campus.
GRIC Virtual Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM2ULViU4g0
On the photo below, Prof. Jeannette Lebrón-Ramos, President of the ACURIL, Puerto Rico Chapter, hands the plaque of Excellence to Prof. Jaquelina Álvarez, Director of the GRIC.
THE CARIBBEAN INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: CHERYL PELTIER-DAVIS, MLS, cPh.D.
A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Ms. Peltier-Davis has spent the majority of her professional career (spanning a period of twenty-four years), working in libraries in the Caribbean and in the United States. She is Faculty Liaison Librarian - Social Sciences at the Alma Jordan Library, at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. She has been successfully involved with the UWIScholar Research Information System- UWIScholar https://uwischolar.sta.uwi.edu/, the designated research information management system for the UWI community.
Peltier-Davis is a leader, a creative project manager, a prolific writer, and a innovator. She has ably demonstrated a commitment to the development of the library profession by serving on and maintaining active memberships on local, regional, and international library associations.
In ACURIL, Peltier-Davis holds different positions:
- She is the Representative of the Standing Membership Committee, for the English Language sector, since 2015- She is responsible to orient new members and delegates at annual conferences and to develop projects to increase membership.
- Chair/Co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Academic, Special Libraries and Information Technologies, since 2002, collaborating with the coordination of the event and facilitating presentations and panel discussions on annual conferences.
- Member, of the Planning Committee for the annual conferences, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 2008, 2018, Aruba 2019, and Bahamas 2020.
- Member of the ACURIL Executive Council, serving as the institutional representative for the Alma Jordan Library, The UWI, St. Augustine Campus, from 2017-2020.
A major project in which she was successfully involved as Co-Coordinator was the ACURIL Social Mediathon – An ACURIL disaster relief fundraising campaign hosted online to support recovery, relief and rebuilding efforts for Caribbean libraries, archives and museums affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
This two-day online event was hosted at the Florida International University (dLOC headquarters) during ACURIL’s Mid-year Executive Council meeting on November 30 & December 1, 2017. As Co-Coordinator she was instrumental in developing the only online program, creating the promotional materials, hosting the online auction and coordinating the day-to-day activities during the two-day event.
ACURIL is highly honored to bestow the CARIBBEAN INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR 2019 TO MS. CHERYL PELTIER-DAVIS.