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Professor Daphne Rowena Douglas






Prof Daphne DouglasProfessor Daphne Douglas was born on September 26, 1924 in the parish of Kingston to Rev. Thomas Edson Douglas and Rowena nee Davis. Her early education was at St. Hilda’s High School, Brown’s Town and Suthermere Commercial School, St. Andrew.


Her library education began in 1954 with a Jamaican Government scholarship to the Eastern Caribbean Regional Library School, Trinidad, where she completed requirements for elections as an Associate of the Library Association (ALA) of the United Kingdom. In 1957/1958, a Jamaica Library Service scholarship took her to Leeds College of Commerce School of Librarianship, England, which led to her election as a Fellow of the Library Association (FLA). Later, she was awarded a three-month UNESCO fellowship to the Danish School of Librarianship (August to November 1968) to pursue studies in Library Education. In 1974 she attained the Master of Library Science Degree (MLS) from the University of Pittsburgh where her outstanding work culminated in her election to membership of the International Library Service Honour Society, Bet Phi Mu.

Professor Douglas’ first post as a librarian was with the Jamaica Civil Service (1944-1956) where she also served as Stenotypist and Secretary. She joined the Jamaica Library Service in 1956 and served until 1971. Professor Douglas’ first librarian position was as cataloguer and this was followed by the position of Regional Librarian of the St. James Parish Library. She then held the position of Principal Librarian and Training Officer. Professor Douglas also held the positions of Chief Librarian at the Library of the Institute of Jamaica (1961-1963) and Librarian at the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations (1963-1964).

On the establishment of the Department of the Library Studies, University of the West Indies, she was appointed a lecturer in 1971, then head of the Department from 1976 to 1980 and from 1982-1993.

Professional Affiliations include Jamaica Library Association, renamed Library and Information Association of Jamaica and Association of University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL).

She was Professor of Library Studies from 1984-1994 and made Professor Emeritus in 1994 and has been Chairman of the Board of Management of the National Library of Jamaica since 1997.

Honours and Awards received by Professor Douglas:

Silver Musgrave Medal for contribution to Library Development – 2005
Junior Chamber of Commerce, Liguanea Chapter special award for outstanding service to community – 1993
Member of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander conferred, by appointment His Excellency, the Governor General of Jamaica in recognition of services in the field of Librarianship – 1992
Award for Outstanding Service in the field of Librarianship, by the Association of Librarians in the Jamaica Library Service – 1991
Special Tuition Grant awarded by the University of Western Ontario
Woman of Distinction: National Award for distinguished service in Librarianship and unbroken service in the field of Library Education – 1976-1985
Institute of Jamaica Centenary Medal for Meritorious Service in the Field of Librarianship and Library - 1979
Bet Phi Mu (International Library Science Honour society) - 1974
OAS Fellowship to the University of Pittsburgh – 1973/1974
UNESCO Fellowship to the Danish School of Librarianship – 1968
Jamaica Library Service’s scholarship to Leeds School of Librarianship –1957/1958

Organizations: Board of Management, National Library of Jamaica; Scientific Research Council Sub-Committee on Information; Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, General Information Programme; Kingston College Board of Management; British Library Association, Member of many other Committees.

Born: St. Andrew, Jamaica; daughter of Thomas Edson Douglas, Clerk in Holy Orders, and Rowena Theresa Douglas nee Davis, Housewife (both dec’d).
Educated: St. Hilda’s Diocesan School; Leeds School of Librarianship, Yorkshire, England; Danish School of Librarianship, Copenhagen, Denmark; Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Pittsburgh; University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Career: 1944-51 Civil Service; 1951-71 Jamaica Library Service (Final position, Principal Librarian); 1961-63 Chief Librarian, Institute of Jamaica; 1963-64 Registrar/Librarian, Jamaica Mission to the United Nations (on secondment); University of the West Indies (1971-94): 1971-79 Lecturer, 1979-84 Senior Lecturer, 1984-94 Professor, 1976-93 Head of Department of Library Studies.

Awards: Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honour Society, elected to full membership 1974; Institute of Jamaica Centenary Medal for Meritorious Service in the field of Librarianship and Library Education 1979; Woman of Distinction, National Award for Distinguished Service in Librarianship and unbroken Service in the field of Library Education particularly at the UWI (United Nations Decade for Women 1976-85) 1985; Award for Outstanding Service in the field of Librarianship, by the Association of Librarians in the Jamaica Library Service 1991; Member of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (C.D.) conferred by the Governor General of Jamaica in recognition of services in the field of Librarian 1992; Junior Chamber of Commerce, Liguanea Chapter Special Award for Outstanding Service to the Community 1993.

Publications: Major articles and reports on Caribbean libraries and information systems: West Indies, University of the Department of Library Studies Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science New York, Dekker 1968-. Vol.33,1981, pp.92-101; Contemporary Development in Librarianship: British Caribbean 118p. International Handbook of Contemporary Developments in Librarianship New York, Greenwood Press, 1981, pp. 567-594, A Study on public documents in the English-Speaking Caribbean Paris, UNESCO, 1984, 104 p. (PGI-84/ws/18), School Library Policies – Evaluation and Research; Libraries and Information: towards a policy for schools: Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference Kingston, 1985, UNESCO Regional Users Training Package, Kingston, D.L.S., U.W.I., 1984. (UNESCO Contract No. 671267.3); Strategies for Resource Sharing, Caribbean Collections, Recession Management Strategies, Meeting of the 32nd Annual Meeting of SALALM, Miami, Florida; Standards of Caribbean Law Libraries, The Modern Information Professional in the Caribbean Setting and many others.

Denomination: Anglican. Club: Beta Phi Mu. Address: (business) c/o Dept. of Library Studies, P.O. Box 181, U.W.I., Mona, Kingston 7. Tel.927-2944; 927-1661-9; (residence) 25 Caranation Way, Kingston 6







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