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ACURIL’s Executive Council members and guests met at the Shimberg Health Sciences Library, University of South Florida, December 5-6, 2019.

A most productive Council meeting took place at the Shimberg Health Sciences Library, of the University of South Florida, in Tampa. The excellent coordination for the meeting was made by Dr. Ardis Hanson, ACURIL Parliamentarian. ACURIL’s Executive is most grateful to Mrs. Rose Bland, the Shimberg’s Library Director, for the opportunity given to meet at the premises.

On the photo, seating, from left to right are: Carmen Margarita Santos-Corrada (ACURIL Historian – Conrado Asenjo Library, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Library); Luisa del Carmen Vigo-Cepeda (Executive Secretary – Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies, University of Puerto Rico); Anne Pajard (Vice-President, Service Commun de la Documentation, Bibliothèques de l’Université des Antilles, Martinique), Berthamae Walker (ACURIL President; Director, University of the Bahamas Libraries); Monique Alberts (Mongui Maduro Foundation Library, in Curaçao); Dorcas Bowler (ACURIL 2020 BAHAMAS LOC Coordinator- Director, Bahamas National Libraries and Information Services); Almaluces Figueroa-Ortiz (ACURIL Treasurer, Director Caribbean Regional and Latin American Studies Library, University of Puerto Rico).

Standing, from left to right: Mario Torres-Ramos (ACURIL Assistant to the Treasurer - Library System, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus); Dulce María Núñez de Taveras (Director, Library Sciences and Information Program, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, República Dominicana); Jeannette Lebrón-Ramos (President, ACURIL Puerto Rico Chapter); Erick ToussaInt (Coordinator FOKAL Libraries, Haiti); Ardis Hanson (ACURIL Parliamentarian); Rose Bland (Director, Shimberg Health Sciences Library, University of South Florida); Astrid Britten (Director, Biblioteca Nacional Aruba); Nicholas Graham (President, Library and Information Association of Jamaica, LIAJA); David Drysdale (Director, University of Technology Library); Cheryl Peltier-Davis (Alma Jordan Library, University of the West Indies); Nitzah Jacobus (Director, National Library of Curaçao, Dr. Frank Martinus Arion); Kumaree Ramtahal (Alma Jordan Library, University of the West Indies); Gretchen Carrasquillo-Ramos (ACURIL Technological Team); Elizabeth Pierre-Louis (Program Coordinator, FOKAL, Haiti); Luis Joel Crespo (Library System, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus).

The Executive Agenda

The agenda included reports from the ARUBA 2019 conference; the coordination of the forthcoming BAHAMAS 2020 and prospective JAMAICA 2021 conferences. A preliminary working session was devoted to the Constitution and ByLaws for which amendments will be presented in the future to the General Assembly, for due consideration .

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An Update of ACURIL 2020 BAHAMAS conference theme was presented by Dr. Berthamae Walker, ACURIL President

The conference theme Design Thinking in Libraries,Archives and Museums: Revolutionizing the Way we do Business, was selected by ACURIL President Dr. Berthamae Walker, Director of the University of the Bahamas Libraries.

As stated by Tim Brown, Executive Chair of IDEO, "Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements of business success."

The Conference sub-themes are:

· Design Thinking-Global and Caribbean Context

· Design Thinking-Innovation and trends

· Design Thinking-Professional Development

· Design Thinking-User Needs and Community Engagement

Keynote speakers have been selected: Betha Gutsche, Lauren Pressley and Pattie Belle Hastings

The Call for Abstracts: papers, workshops and research posters presentations has been extended until December 20, 2019: Members and interested information professionals are cordially invited to present their research endeavors or experiences applying the theme.

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Mrs. Dorcas Bowler, Local Organizing Committee Coordinator, gave an update of the forthcoming activities

Mrs. Dorcas Bowler, Director of the Bahamas National Library and Information Services, and Local Organizing Committee Coordinator, is planning activities to stimulate and provide a relaxed atmosphere for all participants.

The Atlantis Resort, Beach Towers has been changed to the beautiful Atlantis Resort, The Beach, and Its costs are as follows:

  • Single standard room is $187.93 USD per night inclusive of taxes, resort fees and other fees
  • Double standard room is 194.53 USD per night inclusive of taxes, resort fees and other fees as broken down in the attached sheet.
  • A onetime bellman fee of $6.00 USD(Single) and $12.00 USD (Double).

To promote this event, information is being circulated through Smore in Cibernotas-ACURIL-Cybernotes.

Additional information and online pre-registration for conference participants can be accessed via the link

Kindly note that exciting prizes in the form of a raffle for a 4-night cruise to Bahamas or Mexico, for two, will be open to the ACURIL membership. Other local prizes such as Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon will also be included.

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