Recruiting and Training Library Cadets (RTLC) for a sustainable Bahamas and Information Literacy Club programmes came into existence through the funding and support of United Nations Educational, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Information for All Programme (IFAP) and the Ministry of Education in 2005. From these programmes, evolved the development of an innovative and dynamic Community Radio Station, InfoLight 90.1FM. It was launched by the Minister of Education in 2008 and the first of its kind in the Caribbean region. Under the leadership of Mrs. Dorcas Bowler, Head Librarian and the seminal work of Mrs. Sarah Bethel, first radio producer, the station began airing mainly a medley of music and the works of Dr. Cleveland Eneas, renowned Bahamian story teller.
The educational programmes that are produced range from information literacy, role of libraries in an information age, diversity of the Bahamian culture, spiritual and rake ‘n scrape music to backyard gardening reaching the heart and soul of all via FM and Internet radio. These exciting and dynamic shows would not be possible without the hard work and the persistent efforts of Mrs. Alfreda Cooper, executive producer along with her team of volunteers.
LIBRARY CADET MONTHLY WORKSHOP, NATIONAL LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES
The Library Cadets and Information Literacy Club meets monthly (the last Friday in every month) from September – June at the National Library and Information Services Administration Office and INFOREF Centre, College Avenue. Throughout the year and in particular July and August Cadets volunteer at public libraries throughout The Bahamas
Public and private high schools in New Providence , Grand Bahama , and Exuma are actively participating in the cadet programmes. It is envisioned that new recruits from other islands of The Bahamas would be active participants this upcoming school year. We are pleased to announce that at the close of the past school year, Queen’s College High School was the recipient of the Library Cadet floating trophy.
If you wish to submit an application to join the programme as a Cadet, please download the form, print, fill in completely and mail it to our address or contact your our headquarters.
We welcome sponsorships from the corporate community to extend the range of our educational programming to the family islands.