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Belize National Library Service and Information System highlighting our past female Chief Librarian: Alice Gibson (1923-2021)

Alice Gibson was born on September 3, 1923, in Belize City, Belize. Her subsequent life spanned a broad and varied career in the public service. With firm family roots in the Anglican Church, her early education was at St. John's Primary School. In addition to her chosen career as a librarian, Alice earlier participated in social work activities intended to help the poorer class of Belizeans, gathering information concerning poverty levels, teenage pregnancy, and unemployment in south side Belize City. Becoming involved with library development in Belize, she worked at the Jubilee Public Library, the forerunner of today's Belize National Library Service. As

Assistant Librarian in 1955, Alice Gibson became actively involved in establishing a reader's group for girls; planning training courses for library personnel countrywide; contributing to rural library development, and assisting organizations in setting up libraries.

She became a qualified librarian in 1961 and was conferred with the degree of Associate of the Library Association by the British Library Association. Acting as Chief Librarian on several occasions, she herself was officially appointed to that position in 1976, until her retirement in 1978. Alice Gibson, in subsequent years, became the librarian at Pallotti High School in Belize City, where she also taught Music Theory. As a prominent woman in Belizean society, she feels that more mothers should ensure that their children's needs are met at home, at school, and through the Church. She was the mother of one male child, who preceded her in death.

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BNLSIS highlighting our past female Chief Librarian: Joy Ysaguirre, B.A., M.B.A. (1955-)

Born in Belize City, Joy Ysaguirre attended Wesley College, and after stints as a public officer and as a teacher, traveled to Jamaica to successfully pursue a course of study in Library and Information Science at the University of the West Indies from 1979 to 1983. On her return, she was posted at the Belize National Library Service as Principal Librarian, and then seconded to the University College of Belize as Library Director from 1989 to 1992.

Returning to the Belize National Library Service, Joy Ysaguirre was appointed Chief Librarian in 1992; and went on to achieve progress in enhancing library legislation, advocating for a National Library structure, training of personnel, working towards a National Information Policy, and making information available to users all over Belize. Mrs. Ysaguirre remains committed to continuing to make every effort to implement strategies and acquire resources to channel the public and national library systems in the right direction.

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BNLSIS highlighting our present female Chief Librarian: Lusiola Castillo.

Born in Orange Walk Town in December 1967, Lusiola Castillo attended Muffles High School. After successfully completing her studies in 2000, she joined the Belize National Library Service where she was appointed Librarian responsible for the Branch and Community Libraries in the North and West of Belize. In 2006, she was fully responsible for the public libraries in Belize. She was part of the Regional Project for Central American Libraries, in the training of personnel, collection development, and the Central American Database. In 2010 she was promoted to the post of Principal Librarian, responsible for the development of both the national and public libraries in Belize. In 2015 she was appointed Acting Chief Librarian and subsequently appointed to the post in 2016.

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As part of Women's History Month, our Vice President - Janelle Chanona, was featured in the Guadalupe Media "Caring For Our Common Home" feature story, highlighting Women in Conservation making history in Belize!

Check out the informative feature story below:

https://www.facebook.com/GuadalupeMedia/videos/3025722867640490


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