CARIBBEAN INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL
BESTOWED WITH THE ACURILEANA MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE
A native of Trinidad & Tobago, CHERYL 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 Liaison Librarian-Faculty Social Sciences at The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies (UWI) in St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
Her career of service in libraries was initiated in September 1995 when, having completed her MLS degree at the Department of Library and Information Studies, The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, she was immediately recruited to oversee the operations of that department’s library.
In 1997, she returned to Trinidad and Tobago and was appointed to the position of Librarian in the Technical Services Division at the Main Library, UWI, St. Augustine Campus. It was in this Division that she jumpstarted her career as a professional Cataloguer, primarily responsible for original cataloging of West Indian resources.
In 2001, she migrated to the USA where she continued her work as a specialist Cataloguer in two academic libraries: Western Libraries at Western Washington University (Washington) and the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), in Florida. At Western Libraries, her initial appointment was that of Cataloguing Services Librarian. After serving for two years in that position, on the recommendation of her supervisor, she was promoted as Head of the Cataloguing Department.
In September 2014, she returned to Trinidad and Tobago to work once again at The Alma Jordan Library (AJL), The UWI, St. Augustine Campus as Digital Initiatives, Cataloguing and Metadata Services Librarian. In 2017, she was reassigned to User Services at the AJL to work as Liaison Librarian for the Faculty of Social Sciences, a position she currently holds. While working at the AJL she has collaborated with colleagues on a number of projects, including the retrospective conversion of materials in the West Indiana and Special Collections Division, the creation of metadata for the BBC Caribbean Archives housed at the UWI, other digital collections and the promotion of UWIScholar https://uwischolar.sta.uwi.edu/the designated research information management system for the UWI Community
Throughout her career, she has shown a commitment to continuous professional and personal development by attending onsite and online workshops, seminars, and conferences. In the area of scholarly activities, she has maintained a successful track record of conducting original research and publishing and presenting these results in books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, conference presentations and blogs. These award winning publications, notably a co-edited compilation on Caribbean Libraries (Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges and Choices) and two books on social media and mobile applications in libraries (The Cybrarian’s Web volumes 1 & 2), have contributed significantly to the body of literature on library and information science. Research topics for journal publications and conference presentations include integration of social media tools and mobile apps in library services to achieve efficiencies in workflows; innovative services in libraries; dual functioning libraries in the Caribbean; digital collections; core competencies for librarians; and organization and management of electronic resources.
Peltier-Davis is a leader, a creative project manager, a prolific writer, and an 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.
Mrs. Cheryl Peltier-Davis has been a member of the Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) since 2002 and currently holds different positions within the association.
- 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.
- Co-Chairs 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.
- She has been a member of the Planning Committee for the annual conferences, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 2008, 2018, Aruba 2019.
- And represents The Alma Jordan Library, The UWI, St. Augustine Campus, from 2017-2020 in ACURIL’s Executive Council.
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 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 ACURILEANA MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE
TO CHERYL PELTIER-DAVIS
AS THE CARIBBEAN INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR 2019