The National Library of Aruba presents the ACURIL conference

Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) will be holding its 49th conference in Aruba from June 2nd until June 6th 2019. The conference will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG’s ) which serves as a framework of the United Nations 2030 agenda. Theme of the conference is: ‘Access and opportunity for all: Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’.

The National Library of Aruba has the honor to host and organize this conference that will take place at the Renaissance Aruba Convention Center. There will presentations of key-note speakers, Maaike Toonen (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), Arno Boersma (Center of Excellency) and dr. Cees Hamelink, Professor Jesus Lau, Mr. Paul Geerders and Mr. Laurent Jean Pierre. Aruba will be also well represented at the conference by 2 speaker on the opening day of the conference June 3rd 2019. The speakers are The Minister of Education Mr. Rudy Lampe, who will focus on the topic ‘A new name for the SDG’s’ and also Ms. Jemi Lacle, Project Manager and Partnership Lead, Open Data and Analytics, World Bank Group. Title of her presentation ‘Libraries : Sustainable and Resilient Community Hubs. Also from Curacao will be present Dr. Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé, Minister of Education, Science, Culture & Sports. Title of her presentation ‘Literacy is Life itself!’. There will be also workshops and exhibitions by different providers of libraries systems and information centers.  Other topics for discussion are:

  1. Information services aimed at poverty alleviation and food security
  2. Promote literacy and lifelong learning
  3. Libraries and sustainability
  4. Libraries contributing to peaceful and just societies
  5. Integrated strategies to achieve multiple SDGs

Local artist Ryan Oduber created the logo for this conference. “The conch has a nurturing reference but is also still a means of communication through local and regional music. The “sound colors” are from the Sustainable Development Goals International logo and represents that we all are part of the problem, but most importantly: the solution”, says Oduber.

The Local Organizing Committee of Aruba would like to extend an invitation to the entire community of Aruba to take part to the ACURIL Conference. To register please send an email to acuril2019.participants@gmail.com