MONIQUE ALBERTS

CARIBBEAN INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL 2016

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MONIQUE ALBERTS, DIRECTOR OF THE PHILIPSBURG JUBILEE LIBRARY

ACURIL is honored to declare Monique Alberts CARIBBEAN INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL 2016 for her Commitment, Enthusiasm, and Excellent Leadership in developing avant-garde programs at the St. Maarten's Philipsburgh Jubilee Library, serving and satisfying the diverse needs and interests of its clientele.


A most enthusiastic, energetic, creative library director, Monique Alberts, has the Philipsburg Jubilee Library making the difference in the lives of many.


A variety of accomplishments are evidenced on her record. A selected list of projects launched under her leadership are identified.


  1. Bookmobile Outreach project and Bookbox projects

  2. Baby and Toddler fantasy room

  3. Green energy project Solar panels and LED lights

  4. Implementation of the Open source Library software KOHA-Liblime

  5. Digikidz Media Lab ( Workshops for children, teenagers and Senior citizens)

  6. Family reading program

  7. Adult literacy program includes Literacy helpdesk, Family reading program+ Tutoring

  8. Picture book “St Martin Then and Now” with historical pictures about the island.


Congratulations to Monique Alberts for her Leadership Style and Proactive Action in the Library field in the Caribbean.

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SPECIAL PROGRAM: THE BOOKMOBILE

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library started in 2009 with a Bookmobile Outreach Program funded by AMFO for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years.

Within the framework of this program our bookmobile visits community centers and afternoon schools all over the island. During the bookmobile visits children not only get the chance to make use of bookmobile books but they can also participate in different kinds of educational and entertaining activities.

Main bookmobile activities are storytelling, handicrafts, coloring and reading related games. By promoting the reading of books we hope to contribute to the language development of the children and most importantly to show them that reading is fun!
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The Sint Maarten Collection

The constitutional changes have resulted in the Philipsburg Jubilee Library becoming the National Library of country St. Maarten. This new status has been laid down in the Integrated Cultural policy framework presented by the Cultural Policy Steering Committee of Saint Martin. This means the library will preserve all publications published in St. Maarten and safeguard them for new generations. Already we have a lot of unique reports, books and newspapers that can be found nowhere else. Digitization/Scanning of these materials is very important.


In the library, current newspapers can be read, with back issues available in digital format. From our storage room you may request those newspapers now out of print, going back to the 1970's. We have a documentation collection of clippings from these newspapers with information on a wide range of subjects relating to Sint Maarten. See an overview below.