Caribbean comes alive for library staff through Culture and the Arts

The Idakeda team recently used Culture and the Arts to bring our vast Caribbean literary heritage to life for staff of libraries from all over our country

The Idakeda team recently used Culture and the Arts to bring our vast Caribbean literary heritage to life for staff of libraries from all over our country.

All of our techniques for reaching out to selected target groups are culturally based, so library staff participated in story-telling, poetry and even a bit of theatre. Over three days, we introduced the staff to the wealth of literature coming from our Caribbean region; they were exposed to literary works from the Anglophone, Francophone and Spanish-speaking traditions. Additionally, we provided them with the tools to access this information and then impart this to the different members of the public that they serve.

In meeting the learning objectives of the training, it was important to help participants appreciate the historical and philosophical context of the writings of the prolific authors of our region. This understanding would play an essential part in how they are then able to assess and effectively deal with the many requests for assistance that come their way on a daily basis.

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