In 2016, on the suggestion of then-librarian and archivist Susan Laura Lugo, I answered a call for ideas to editors Librarian Vera Gubnitskaia and Writer Carol Smallwood. At the time I was the manager for one of the first Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) Public Computer Centers (PCCs) in the United States Virgin Islands under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
One of 33 USVI PCCs, this one was based at the brand-new Charles Wesley Turnbull Regional Library. My experience pointed to the need for digital coaches in libraries. The idea, “The Need for Digital Coaches in USVI Public Libraries” became an outline and was eventually accepted as part of the chapter “Part III. Redefining Information and Digital Needs” for McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers.
The book, The Relevant Library Essays on Adapting to Changing Needs was released in September 2018.
The essay recalls the history of libraries and their seminal contribution to what eventually became modern search engines; the U.S. Virgin Islands’ journey from digital desert to being the home of the nation’s only fully-interconnected, 100% fiber optic internet backbone; and the need to supply the territory’s residents with opportunities to learn the skills needed to capitalize on this next generation network (viNGN) as a means to personal, social, education and entrepreneurial upliftment.
- The Relevant Library Essays on Adapting to Changing Needs is available through McFarlandbooks.com