CFP: UWI, Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS), Anniversary Symposium, March 29-31, 2022, due 2/15

The Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS) was established in 1971 and is the premier regional institution for educating information academics and professionals in the English-Speaking Caribbean. The DLIS is the only academic department with this mandate and contributes to the tradition of excellence and prestige that is The University of the West Indies, which is ranked in the top 1.5% of universities in the world by the Times Higher Education ranking. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Studies, Librarianship, Archives and Records Management and Computers Science in addition to MPhil and PhD programmes in Information Studies. Participants in this symposium will get the opportunity to be part of a scholarly community and tradition that is comparable to the best in the world.

The Department continues to expand its programme offerings to meet the increasingly changing developments, innovations, and needs of the information landscape. It is cognizant that these changes not only signify the multiple ways in which Caribbean persons, organizations and nations create, use, organize and engage with information, but also dynamism required of information professionals in managing, preserving, and providing access to the variety of information formats and products. This symposium therefore invites participants to:

  • Celebrate the contributions, challenges, and triumphs Libraries and librarians have made over the last 50 years in the Caribbean,
  • Consider the multiple ways Caribbean people create, disseminate, preserve and provide access to their Information,
  • Reflect on the impact technology, ICT, social media and the rising digital culture is having on the cultural and customary ways information is being created, used, published and preserved in the Caribbean,
  • Envision the next frontier for Caribbean Information and Memory Organizations: State-Lead or Community Driven?
  • Deliberate on the significance of information legislation on the creation, use, preservation and accessing Information, especially in the digital environment.
  • Reimagine the Caribbean Information Professional: what are the unique qualities, competencies, knowledge bases required of a Caribbean Librarian, Archivist, Curator, Digital Specialist, Memory Worker?
  • Dream new visions for a truly Caribbean-oriented, research-driven, technology-inclusive Caribbean “Library/Information School”.
  • Information Entrepreneurship
  • New roles, new practices, new competencies for the Caribbean Information Professional
  • Information Research and Research Methods in the Caribbean

The abstract should be approximately 250 words and should include the following
Implications (may be theoretical, practical or social)
Keywords (5 – 8)

The papers presented at this symposium will be published in a special edition of the Caribbean Library Journal. The following guidelines should be used for the preparation of papers.

Research Paper – Outline
Literature Review
Presentation and Discussion of Findings
Conclusions and Recommendations

Professional Papers/Non-Empirical Research Papers – Outline
Literature Review
Research Technique used
The Experience/Event/Activity/Process/Concept
Practical Significance/Theoretical or Social Implications
Conclusion and Recommendations

Papers should be between 5000 and 7000 words and should be prepared following the APA guidelines.


All posters should have the following headings:
Literature review
Presentation and analysis of of findings
Conclusion and recommendations
All major headings should be in bold and flushed left (do not number headings).
All tables and figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals; each table and figure should be given a title.

Presentation should be no more than 20 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and answers.
Presenters should be logged on 30 minutes prior to the start of the event
Video must be on with appropriate lighting and a working microphone
Ensure stable internet connectivity
Branded virtual background (DLIS 50th Anniversary)

Important Dates
Deadline for submission of abstract: Extended to February 15, 2022

Send abstract to: and copy

In the subject line of the email please use the heading “DLIS 50th Anniversary Symposium Abstract”

Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2022

Organising committee:

Programme Planning Committee: Dr. Ruth Baker-Gardner

For any enquiries regarding the programme, please contact: Dr. Ruth Baker-Gardner at

For all general enquiries, please contact: Dr. Paulette Stewart at paulette,

We look forward to seeing you at DLIS 50th Anniversary Symposium