Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions


The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) is excited to announce that its 48th Conference, to be held from June 3 – 7, 2018 in beautiful Dominican Republic, will focus on the theme Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions.

Globally, Libraries, Archives and Museums are challenged to manage their operational budgets, engage their user communities, develop innovative services and function as a gateway to open access resources. Caribbean Libraries are not immune to these challenges. In this information society, open access technologies provide opportunities for Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums to rise above these challenges and still achieve these respective goals.

Through dynamic presentations, poster sessions, workshops and the exhibitors fair, the 2018 ACURIL Conference seeks to:

  • Open a discourse amongst Caribbean information professionals about the relevance of the open access movement and its future directions.
  • Allow delegates to exchange information, experiences and best practices.
  • Provide an opportunity for delegates to learn how to develop skills and competencies to use open access tools and technologies.
  • Foster collaboration with  ACURIL’s Exhibitors and other stakeholders to develop new platforms to enhance service delivery.
  • Establish a registry of open access projects in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums.

The ACURIL XLVII 2018 Conference Programme Committee invites proposals for paper, workshop and poster presentations which explore the following Sub-themes:

  •         Open Access (OA): Global/Caribbean Context

Presentations which explore the debates in the open access field and provide interpretations and different perspectives on issues surrounding OA are especially welcomed. Participants are encouraged to share their Caribbean case studies on managing open access issues.

       Key topics: Experiences of publishers, informational professionals and other stakeholder in managing open access issues; Types of open access resources/initiatives that have been developed and are being used and managed to achieve institutional goals.

  •         Policy, Strategy and Advocacy

Key topics:  How is OA impacting on copyright, public rights, and intellectual rights?; Disaster management and preservation of digital content as a result of natural disasters; New media/social media and its relation to OA; Managing open access portfolios; Creating policies and workflows; Budgeting for open access; Academic ranking and open access;

  •         Professional Development and User Education

Key topics:  Quality control of open access resources and implications for user education; Open education: experiences in learning and opportunities for librarians; Grantsmanship: funding the enterprise.

  •         Innovation and Trends

       Key topics:  Digital humanities; Data management; Open Journal Systems; Institutional repositories; Open source software usage/initiatives and management in libraries, archives and museums.



  • Each presenter will be given 20 minutes maximum to present her/his paper. It is recommended that presenters highlight key points and not read their paper.
  • 10 minutes will be allowed for questions and answers.
  • All presenters must prepare a full paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings. See guidelines below on how to submit a paper presentation proposal.
  •  Proposal abstract must be presented in the English language.  Translation will be made to Spanish and French.
  • Papers can be presented in any of the three official languages of ACURIL: English, Spanish or French.


Paper Proposals must include:

·        Title of paper

·        Abstract (200-500 words)

·        Name of the presenter (s)

·        Bio-data of presenter (s) (150 words)

·        Position/title of presenter (s)

·        Employer/Institutional affiliation (s)

·        E-mail address(es)

·        Telephone numbers

·        Necessary IT-Equipment

We are accepting proposals from the French and Dutch Caribbean. 

Ms. Kumaree Ramtahal, MLIS

ACURIL President 2017-2018 and

Chair, Conference Programme Committee

Email address:


With copy to:

 Ms. Lorraine Nero, MLIS

Co-ordinator, Conference Programme