Ser advice: “Make PLJ National library”

POSTED: 10/31/12 11:51 AM

St. Maarten – The Social economic Council (Ser) has advised the government to designate the Philipsburg Jubilee Library as the National Library of St. Maarten.

“This follows the usual state of affairs in many Caribbean countries, where the main public library carries the additional national tasks, consisting of collection and preservation of all publications produced in the country or authored by its citizens, providing universal access to the national collections, and seeking cooperation with and offering support to similar institutions nationally and internationally. A National Library is a cornerstone in the cultural and educational development of each newly formed country,” the Ser stated in a press release issued last night.

“The Ser is of the opinion that the establishment of a National Library is of crucial importance for the further development of the country and its people,” the council wrote in its advice. The initiative to submit an advice to this effect to government originated with Ser-member and WICSU/PSU representative William Reed, and was unanimously carried by the council.

The SER stresses that not only should the budget and subsidy of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library reflect the newly added tasks, the building and physical infrastructure should be brought up to par with the National Library status as well. “Furthermore, the board stressed the necessity to adapt and improve the Library’s infrastructure and building to be able to successfully carry the additional responsibilities and execute the additional tasks. The board expressed a clear feeling that the present accommodation of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library is insufficient for its current tasks, and certainly a new or renovated building would be necessary to successfully carry the National Library tasks”

The Ser advice was submitted to Prime Minister Wescot-Williams last Friday. The full text is downloadable from

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