Information and Computer Technologies (ICT’s) in libraries in Trinidad and Tobago.
In the Library world there are still a lot of Issues with regards to the use of Facebook in Libraries, for example at the Secondary School Library where I am employed, and also in School libraries across Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Education has blocked access to Facebook.
In light of the many technological advancement or web 2.0, there are still many issues regarding the ”Traditional libraries’ and Library 2.0. The question of how far libraries are willing to go in this transition needs to be addressed.
Seeing that Facebook can be used both positively and negatively; for libraries to allow the use of Facebook in the School Library is cause for discussion, because children can use this as a tool to build and strengthen behavior that is not sanction in a school environment.
So what are the implications of this for libraries? I honestly think that Facebook can be used as an information tool to market the Library; therefore the use of Facebook should be used in public and academic libraries. I am not sure if this can be recommended for Secondary Schools as yet, if this is to be implemented there needs to be a system of supervision for schools.
Generally speaking, Facebook should be used as a tool to communicated and disseminate information because there are lot of competition from Google. In order for the library to have meaning and relevance it must be able to reach the people where they can be reached.