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THE NEW MILLENIUM SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTRE

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ABOUT THE NEW MILLENIUM SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTRE

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The emergence of the new millennium School Library Media Centre (SLMC) in all secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago was the result of a significant partnership between NALIS’ School Libraries Services Unit and the Ministry of Education Secondary Education Modernization Programme (SEMP) - 1999 to 2006.
As the Government of Trinidad and Tobago sought to prepare students to meet the challenges of the information/knowledge age through the reform of the curriculum, the transformation of the secondary school libraries was identified as one of the critical success factors.

TECHNOLOGY

This resulted in a major upgrade of the physical facilities, equipment and information resources in all media and formats. At the School Library Media Centre the students and staff are now exposed to modern tools and features in keeping with international standards and best practices for school libraries. The Alexandria computer software program for the integration of the core library functions was installed in 133 secondary school libraries.

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I-LEARNING

The theme of i-learning was adopted to officially promote the new SLMC functions of combining the traditional library role as the centre of information as well as the integration of ICTs to enhance the learning environment. The following three tenets of iLearning in the SLMC:

  • information - Our business - To provide information resources in all print and formats including the Internet and specific topic databases / websites
  • integration - Our role - Integrating the key library functions and services into the school’s curricular and extra-curricular activities in support of the overall aims and objectives of the school
  • independence - Our goal - To stimulate, encourage and promote independent lifelong learning