CHERYL PELTIER-DAVIS TO BE HONORED
CARIBBEAN INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL 2019 AT ACURIL-ARUBA
CARIBBEAN INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR 2019
CHERYL PELTIER-DAVIS, MLS, cPh.D.
The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries
is highly pleased to inform that Ms. Cheryl Peltier-Davis has been selected
Caribbean Information Professional of the Year 2019.
The Award will be bestowed at ACURIL 2019 ARUBA’s Closing Ceremony,
on Thursday evening, 6 June 2019, at the Renaissance ARUBA Center.
Conference site: http://acuril2019aruba.com/:
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. This career of service in libraries, commenced in September 1995 when, having completed her MLS degree at the Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS) at the UWI Mona campus, she was immediately recruited to oversee the operations of DLIS library. In 1997, she was appointed to the position of Librarian II in the Technical Services Division at the Main Library, of the 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 US where she continued her work as a Special 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 this position, on the recommendation of her supervisor, she was promoted to a leadership position as Head of the Cataloguing Department supervising a unit of thirteen subordinate staff.
In 2006, she relocated to Florida to accept the position of Associate Cataloguing Librarian at Nova Southeastern University. At that time, her decision to accept this position was a natural career choice, as the Alvin Sherman Library (ASL) holds the unique distinction of being one of the few joint use libraries (academic and public library) in the world. While working at ASL the performance of dual functioning or joint use libraries became one of the major topics in her research efforts. It was at NSU that she diverged from a career as Cataloguer to Digital Librarian to spearhead an initiative to develop the institutional repository NSU Works https://nsuworks.nova.edu/. This repository currently hosts over 53,000 works and has recorded over 1 million downloads since she initiated its development in 2012.
She returned to Trinidad and Tobago in September 2014 to work once again with the Alma Jordan Library, at the University of the West Indies as Digital Initiatives, Cataloguing and Metadata Services Librarian. A key area of responsibility was that of assessing and implementing initiatives in support of discovery and access to the Alma Jordan Library (AJL) print and digital collections, in particular, the unique West Indiana resources. In 2017, she was reassigned to the User Services Division at the AJL to work as Librarian III-Liaison Librarian for the Faculty of Social Sciences. A position she currently holds.
Peltier-Davis is a leader, a creative project manager, a prolific writer, and a innovator. She has been successfully involved with the following projects: UWIScholar Research Information System- UWIScholar https://uwischolar.sta.uwi.edu/, the designated research information management system for the UWI community.
As Digital Initiatives, Cataloguing and Metadata Services Librarian, she created metadata for the BBC Archives digital collections http://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/handle/2139/11134 (a collection of audio recordings of the BBC flagship programmes Caribbean Report and Caribbean Magazine) and uploaded these records to UWISpace, the UWI Institutional Repository for research and scholarship. These records are now openly discoverable and accessible to local and global communities via the campus libraries’ e-information portal UWILinC and World Wide Web search engines.
On the same position, she has provided original and enhanced copy cataloguing for materials (in all formats) currently held in the West Indiana and General Collections at the Alma Jordan Library in accordance with the new Resource Description and Access (RDA) bibliographic standard. She has uploaded all original cataloguing and authority records created to the campus libraries’ e-information portal UWILinC http://uwin-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=STA& and the OCLC WorldCat database https://www.worldcat.org/.
In addition, she was assigned responsibility as team leader in a project to retrospectively catalogue materials in the West Indiana and Special Collections Division. As team leader she completed the review of over one thousand bibliographic records for original cataloguing and identifying copy cataloguing errors.
Given her research interests in social media and mobile apps, she has maintained a lead role in developing social media platforms at the AJL - (Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UWISTA.AlmaJordanLibrary and YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/uwistaugustine channels) to promote and market the AJL services and resources and extend the library’s reach to a larger, diverse and virtual audience.
In her present position as Faculty Liaison Librarian - Social Sciences, she is actively engaged in Outreach Services with the following activities: consultations with faculty, students (post graduates and undergraduates) and staff to support their teaching, learning and research needs, assist in searching and accessing library resources (print and online), provide reference service (in person, via email or using online tools such as Skype and online chat), facilitate information Literacy sessions (face-to-face and online), and review of postgraduate theses.
Given her interest in publishing and research she was selected by retired University/Campus Librarian (The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus) Dr. Margaret Rouse Jones, to serve as Project Manager for the book Returned Exiled: A Biography of George James Christian of Dominica and the Gold Coast, 1869. Key responsibilities included editing chapters and lead role in planning book launches in Ghana and Dominica. The book was published in September 2016.
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.
- She served as Committee member in the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Dr. John C. Tyson Committee., from 2008 - 2014. In 2010, she served as coordinator and facilitator of a panel discussion on Career Growth and Promotion for Librarians at the annual ALA conference in Washington, DC.
- She contributed, as Member, of the Planning Committee to the Library and Information Conference held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2001.
- She served as Public Relations Officer on the Executive Board of the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago ( LATT), from 1999 – 2001 and particularly coordinated activities to commemorate LATT’s 40th anniversary.
- Member, Editorial Committee, Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago, LATT. 1998 – 1999, assisting with the publication of LATT quarterly newsletter BIBLIO and the annual bulletin BLATT.
- Member, Education and Research Committee, Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago, LATT. 1997 - 1999. Responsible for planning professional development programmes.
- Since 2002, she is a Member of the American Library Association.
- And, since 2015, she is a Member Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA)
In ACURIL, Peltier-Davis holds different positions:
- Member, of the ACURIL Executive Council, serving as the institutional representative for the Alma Jordan Library, The UWI, St. Augustine Campus, since 2017-
- 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.
- Member, of the Planning Committee for the annual conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 2008, 2018, Aruba 2019, and Bahamas 2020). collaborating in conference planning.
- 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.
In ACURIL Projects she has
- Served as Co-Coordinator of ACURIL Social Mediathon – An ACURIL disaster relief fund raising 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 (only) programme, creating promotional materials, hosting the online auction and coordinating the day-to-day activities during the two-day event.
- Proposing to become the facilitator of a workshop on Innovative Skills and Techniques in Libraries, Archives and Museums planned for ACURIL members only. Participants will be introduced to innovative and disruptive technological innovations and taught how to use and promote these innovations in their workplaces. Attendees will also become acquainted with the myriad skillsets required to function effectively in the 21st century information environment.
As an active member of ACURIL (since 2001), she has served in different portfolios with varying responsibilities:
- Serving as the Alma Jordan Library institutional member on the ACURIL Executive Council. 2017-to date.
- Chair of the Membership Committee (English Language group). 2015-
- Co-chair of ACURIL Special Interest Group on Academic, Special Libraries and Information Technologies. Co-chair since 2002
- Member of the Planning Committee for the ACURIL annual conference (2008, 2018, 2019, 2020)
- Presenter at plenary/SIG sessions and conducted workshops on topics including Web 2.0, social media tools, mobile apps, professional and personal development for Librarians and cataloguing electronic resources.
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. To date, the main themes of these publications have centered on Caribbean libraries, Web 2.0 tools and social media. The edited compilation Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges and Choices (New Jersey: Information Today, 2007), has proven to be groundbreaking in profiling the work of Caribbean libraries to a global audience. Her continued interest in emerging technologies and the integration of these technologies into library workflows to increase efficiency and productivity and promote library services resulted in publication of two volumes of the Cybrarian’s Web series (New Jersey: Information Today, 2012 & 2015).
These award winning publications, notably the book on Caribbean Libraries, 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, national and public libraries in the Caribbean, digital collections, core competencies for librarians, information organization and management of electronic resources.
Throughout her career in librarianship, she has shown a commitment to continuous professional and personal development by completing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and regularly attending onsite and online workshops, seminars, and conferences. Continuing professional development courses include topics on intellectual property rights, leadership, grantsmanship, management, digital collections, publishing and emerging technologies.
In 1990 she received her B.A, in History and Social Sciences. She holds MLS, from the Department of Library and Information Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; Certificate on Metadata, from the University of Wisconsin, at Madison; a Certificate on Leadership, from Nova Southeastern University, in Florida, a Certificate in Archives, from Georgia Archives Institute, in Morrow, Georgia; and since 2018 is a Ph.D. Candidate at Aberystwyth University, in the United Kingdom.
Brief List of Publications and Awards
(2015). Peltier-Davis Cheryl. The Cybrarian’s Web 2 - An A-Z Guide to Free Social Media Tools, Apps and Other Resources. New Jersey: Information Today, 2015. Print and Electronic versions. Publisher’s website: http://cybrariansweb.com.
(2013). Pleasants, Julian. The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 2013. Served as editor, indexer, and chief researcher for book chapters. Publisher’s website: http://upf.com/book.asp?id=PLEAS003.
(2012). Peltier-Davis Cheryl. The Cybrarian’s Web - An A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and other Resources. New Jersey: Information Today, 2012. Print and Electronic versions. Publisher’s website: http://cybrariansweb.com.
(2007). Peltier-Davis Cheryl and Shamin Renwick. Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges and Choices. New Jersey: Information Today, 2007. Print and Electronic versions. Publisher’s website: http://books.infotoday.com/books/CaribbeanLibraries.shtml.
(b) Book Chapters
(2001). Peltier-Davis, Cheryl et al. “Essay on Caribbean Libraries.” International Dictionary of Library Histories. Editor David H. Stan. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001.
(c) Articles Published - Refereed Journals
(2002). Peltier-Davis, Cheryl, “The National Library and Information System (NALIS) of Trinidad and Tobago – a Public Library System Performing National Library Functions - a Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century.” Alexandria 14/3 (2002): 151-159. Abstract: http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=14673318.
(2002). Peltier-Davis, Cheryl and Kazuko Rankine, "Cataloging with CORC: The Main Library, UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago Participates in the Founders’ Phase of OCLC's CORC Project.” Journal of Internet Cataloging 5/2 (2002): 43-56. Abstract: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a909291462.
(1997). Peltier-Davis, Cheryl, " Public Libraries as National Libraries: The Caribbean Experience.” Alexandria 9/3 (1997): 213-238. Abstract: http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=2119734.
(d) Articles Published in Other Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
(2017). Peltier-Davis Cheryl. “Humanities in Action: A Lifelong Career in Library Science.” The Gleaner. October 15, 2017. Web. http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/art-leisure/20171015/humanities-action-lifelong-career-library-science.
(2016). Peltier-Davis Cheryl. “Showcasing Libraries' Value During National Library Week and Beyond.” NewsBreaks. Information Today, 12 April, 2016. Web.
(2015). Peltier-Davis Cheryl, “Facebook Launches TechPrep Website to Kick-Start Programming Careers for Minorities.” NewsBreaks. Information Today, 17 November, 2015. Web. (http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Facebook-Launches-TechPrep-Website-to-KickStart-Programming-Careers-for-Minorities-107587.asp).
(2009). Peltier-Davis, Cheryl, “Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Library User 2.0, Librarian 2.0: Innovative Services for Sustainable Libraries.” Computers in Libraries 29/10 (2009): 16-21. Abstract: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/detail?accno=EJ861519.
(2004). Peltier-Davis, Cheryl, “Calypso 101 – a Review of Calypso Music in Trinidad and Tobago.” Habits of Waste: a Quarterly Review of Pop Culture 7 (2004). (Journal Impact Factor and Citations not available)
(2000). Peltier-Davis, Cheryl, “Interview with Lois Barrow - Recipient of the Trinidad and Tobago National Award for Public Service.” BIBLIO January (2000): 4 pages.
(1999). Peltier-Davis, Cheryl, “The Role and Functions of National Libraries.” BIBLIO January (1999): 2 pages.
(e) Latest Papers Presented (Conferences/Seminars/Workshops)
(June 5, 2018). Cheryl Peltier-Davis (panelist). Rethinking Open Access: A Case Study of ACURIL’s Disaster Social Mediathon. Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries, (ACURIL), Dominican Republic.
(June 7, 2018). Cheryl Peltier-Davis (Co-presenter). Information Hacks: The Use of Online Tools to Make Life Easier for an Information Specialist. Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries, (ACURIL), Dominican Republic.
(October 12, 2017). Cheryl Peltier-Davis. From FHE to AJL: My Career in Librarianship. Seminar (via Zoom) for CAPE Students, The UWI Campus, Mona, Jamaica.
(October 27, 2016). Cheryl Peltier-Davis. Social Media in Libraries: Toolkit for Promotion, Productivity & Reference. Workshop for staff at the Philipsburg Jubilee Public Library, St. Maarten. https://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/social-media-in-libraries-toolkit-for-promotion-productivity-reference-a-workshop-for-the-philipsburg-jubilee-public-library-st-maarten-69914933 (95 views on SlideShare, accessed May 8, 2017)
(October 25, 2016). Cheryl Peltier-Davis. Teaching with Technology: Social Media Tools and Mobile Apps for Primary School Teachers. Workshop at the Caribbean Technology and Education Conference, October 23- 25, 2016, St. Maarten. https://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/teaching-with-technology-social-media-tools-and-mobile-apps-for-primary-school-teachers (290 views on SlideShare, accessed May 8, 2017)
(October 24 & 25, 2016). Cheryl Peltier-Davis. Integrating Technology in Education: Social Media Tools and Mobile Apps for Administrators and Policy Makers. Workshop at the Caribbean Technology and Education Conference, October 23- 25, 2016, St. Maarten. https://www.foreseefoundation.com/clients
(October 24, 2016). Cheryl Peltier-Davis. Teaching with Technology: Social Media Tools and Mobile Apps for Secondary School Teachers. Keynote address at the Caribbean Technology and Education Conference, October 23- 25, 2016, St. Maarten. https://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/teaching-with-technology-social-media-tools-and-mobile-apps-for-secondary-school-teachers
(October 23, 2016). Cheryl Peltier-Davis. Connecting Caribbean Classrooms and Communities with Social Media Tools & Mobile Apps – Trends, Tools and Tips. Public Lecture at the Caribbean Technology and Education Conference, October 23- 25, 2016, St. Maarten. https://www.foreseefoundation.com/clients
(October 19, 2016). Cheryl Peltier-Davis. Hack the Research Process! Social Media Tools and Mobile Apps to Support Research and Publishing. Conference presentation at Internet Librarian International, October 18-19, 2016, London, England. https://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/hack-the-research-process-social-media-tools-and-mobile-apps-for-research-and-publishing
(June 8, 2016). Cheryl Peltier-Davis, Kumaree Ramtahal. Leading with Technology: Social Media Tools and Mobile Apps for Library Leaders and Managers. Conference presentation, Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries, (ACURIL), June 5 - 9, 2016, Haiti. https://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/leading-with-technology-social-media-tools-and-mobile-apps-for-21st-century-library-leaders-and-managers
(September 25, 2015). Cheryl Peltier-Davis. Apps for Libraries: Social Media Tools and Mobile Apps for Research and Publishing. Workshop presentation, UWI-NGC Research Expo, September 22 - 25, 2015, The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Presentation online: http://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/social-media-tools-and-mobile-apps-for-research-and-publishing
(June 8, 2015). Cheryl Peltier-Davis, Kumaree Ramtahal, Niala Dwarika-Bhagat. New Pathways to Learning: A Toolkit for Enhancing Professional and Personal Development. Conference presentation, Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), June 7 - 11, 2015, Suriname. Presentation online: https://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/acuril-2015-suriname-davis-ramtahal-dwarikabhagat
(April 29, 2015). Social Media & Mobile Apps: Tips & Tools for Innovative Services. Conference presentation, Computers in Libraries, April 27 - 29, 2015, Washington DC, USA. Presentation online: http://computersinlibraries.infotoday.com/Speakers/Cheryl-Peltier-Davis.aspx
(October 28, 2014). Awesome Mobile Apps! Conference presentation (virtual via Skype), Internet Librarian, October 28-29, 2014, Monterey, California. Presentation online: http://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/il-2014-awesome-mobile-apps-final-cheryl-peltierdavis.
(April 9, 2014). Cheryl Peltier-Davis and Ron Chenail. Hacking the Research Process: Tools and Apps for Lecturers and Librarians. Conference presentation, Computers in Libraries, April 7-9, 2014, Hilton, Washington DC. Presentation online: http://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/hacking-the-research-process-final-version-cil-2014.
(March 22, 2013). Web 2.0 Tools for You - A Caribbean Cybrarian’s Guide to Free Resources on the Web and the Practical Application of these Resources in Libraries and other Working Environments. Keynote speaker at the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) Annual General Meeting, March 22, 2013, Port-of-Spain. Presentation online: http://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/web-20-tools-for-you
(October 22-24, 2012). Free & Easy to Use Web 2.0 Resources for Your Library. Conference presentation, Internet Librarian Conference, October 22 - 24, 2012, Monterey California.
(March 24, 2012). Web 2.0 Tools & Applications in Libraries. Workshop, Computers in Libraries Conference, March 21 - 24, 2012, Hilton, Washington DC. Presentation online: http://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/facebook-twitter-rev
(November 3, 2011). Web 2.0 Tools For You - A Cybrarian's Guide to Free Resources on the Web and their Practical Application in Libraries and other Work Environments. Virtual conference presentation, Library 2.011 online conference, November 2-4, 2011. Presentation online: http://www.slideshare.net/cdtrini/library-2011-web-tools-peltierdavis. Audio recording: http://www.library20.com/page/general-session-room-links
(f) Posters Presentations
(June 9, 2005). Poster presentation titled Citizenlibrary.com – a model for the 21st century, Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) annual Conference, Martinique.
(June 25, 2005). Poster presentation titled 21stcenturycataloging.com: Changes, Challenges and Choices, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago.
(g) Multimedia Productions (Blogs)
(2012). The Cybrarian’s Web http://cybrariansweb.com. Blog created to support The Cybrarian’s Web (books) series, Volumes 1 & 2.
(2007). Caribbean Connector http://caribbean-connector.blogspot.com/. Blog created to 'connect' Caribbean Librarians; serve as a Clearinghouse which delivers the information librarians need directly to their desktops; a creative commons to record their thoughts.
HONOURS & AWARDS
June 2015. The Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) Research and Publications Award for the book The Cybrarian’s Web - An A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and other Resources. This award is given “to recognize and honor the research work conducted by information professionals in the field of libraries, archives, information/documentation centers, and museums in the Caribbean.”
June 2007. Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) Research and Publication Award for the book Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges and Choices.
June 2005. Library of Congress Cataloguing Programme. Selected as one of fifty-three trainers in the US to participate in the Cataloging for the 21st Century Training Program co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. Designated the responsibility of training Cataloguers in the Caribbean to catalogue electronic and internet resources.