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UNESCO Act of 2009 to be updated said Governor McCleary

New Library legislation to be introduced to the VI
Governor Boyd McCleary disclosed several changes and new initiatives while delivering a speech from the throne. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While delivering the speech from the throne, Governor of the Virgin Islands Mr. Boyd McCleary stated, that as a part of initiatives to be implemented or amended in the Virgin Islands, the existing United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Act of 2009 will be updated along with the introduction of a new legislation in relation to the erection of a National Library.

Governor McCleary disclosed this information at the first sitting of the second session of the second house of assembly, yesterday September 3, 2012, while reciting the second speech from the throne. 

In the speech, he stated that in efforts to mirror the mission of the organization, the UNESCO Act of 2009 will be updated. 

“The BVI National Commission for UNESCO, the local arm of the international UNESCO body, has a vision of sustainable development, encompassing the observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty; all of which are the heart of UNESCO’s aim…My government intends to update the UNESCO Act 2009, to reflect the true mandate of this organization.” 

The Governor went on to say, that in efforts of keeping up with the world and its constant changes, the Library Services Department of the Virgin Islands “has embraced technology and begun modernizing its services and program accordingly. But more needs to be done. 

His Excellency added “Libraries all over the world have undergone tremendous changes during the past years due to the advent of the world wide web, and other sweeping changes in technology… New library legislation will therefore be introduced to implement a national library for this territory to address different aspects of the department’s operations which were affected by the introduction of technology, such as the internet service and the automated system.” 

He concluded by saying, that other changes to the library system are: an amendment to the payment of fines structure; the multimedia collection, legal deposits, cost to replace a lost book, readers’ deposit, new library cards, unattended children and an increase in the fine or penalty of not returning items, both digital or printed.

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