The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
International Associate, March-June 2010
Lorraine Nero, West Indiana and Special Collections Librarian at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, is the 12th librarian to come to Yale under the auspices of the International Associates Program, a Library-funded initiative launched in 2005 to nurture professional development and leadership at home and abroad through exchanges with research and educational institutions around the globe.
A native of Tobago (the smaller of the two islands that form the republic of Trinidad and Tobago), Lorraine holds a B.A. and an M.L.S. from the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, and advanced degrees in Information Technology from the City and Guilds of London Institute. She is currently pursuing a Master in Philosophy at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
Prior to her current position, Lorraine worked as a cataloger, first at Trinidad and Tobago's National Library and Information Systems Authority (NALIS), and then at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine.
An active member of various professional organizations, including the Trinidad and Tobago Memory of the World National Committee, the American Library Association (ALA), and the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT), Lorraine has presented and published extensively on cataloging and classification issues, particularly in regard to materials from or about the Caribbean.
Working with several members of the Yale University Library -- Cesar Rodriguez, Curator of the Latin American Collection, Susanne Roberts, Librarian for European History, Todd Gilman, Librarian for English Literature, and Gregory Eow, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History -- Lorraine will help to determine what library resources are needed to develop a Caribbean Studies program, and work with library staff to begin the process of acquiring these materials. She will also design and deliver research education sessions for Caribbean Studies courses, work with interested senior essay writers across many disciplines, and develop an online resource to describe and promote the Library's relevant collections and services.
Plans to invite a "Caribbean Studies Librarian" started taking shape in the late spring of 2009, after Hazel Carby, Professor of African American Studies and American Studies, met with several members of the Yale University Library to discuss the research and collection needs of the Caribbean Studies program. At present, Yale University has the resources to develop such a program. Not only are there engaged and committed Yale professors (such as Hazel Carby, Stuart Schwartz, Professor of History, Lillian Guerra, Assistant Professor of History, and Kamari Clarke, Professor of Anthropology and Research Scientist at the Yale Law School), but the Yale Library has strong collections on which to build. The Latin American Collection has a lengthy tradition of collecting materials published in the Caribbean, and the general collections are particularly strong in materials relating to the British Empire, slavery and Atlantic studies.