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The National Library and Information
System Authority (NALIS) invites
applications for the following position:
The Executive Director is responsible for managing the a airs of NALIS subject to the directions and in accordance with the
policies determined by the Board of Directors. The incumbent leads the development and execution of the Organization's
long term strategy with a view to achieving goals and objectives. The Executive Director acts as a direct liaison between the
Board and management of the organization and communicates to the Board on behalf of management.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Required Knowledge and Skills
Mininum Quali cations and Experience
to lead, in conjunction with the Board, the development of the Organization's Vision, Mission, Governance and Corporate
to provide information and advice to the line Minister and the Board on matters pertaining to a national library and
information service on policy and other related matters;
to lead and oversee the development and implementation of the Organization's long and short term action plans in
accordance with its strategy;
to ensure the organization's Human Resource is managed according to approved policies and procedures and fully
conform to current laws and regulations;
to ensure that the nancial resources of the organization are utilized based on the budgetary allocations and that the
required nancial regulations are followed;
to assess the principal risks of the organization and to ensure that these risks are being monitored and managed;
to ensure e ective internal controls and management information systems are in place;
to ensure that the Organization has appropriate systems to enable it to conduct its activities both lawfully and ethically in
relation to the management of contracts and legal matters;
to ensure that the Organization adheres to and maintains high standards (international and local) and its corporate social
to act as a liaison between management and the Board;
to communicate e ectively with employees, Government authorities, other stakeholders and the public;
to manage local, regional and international partnerships as necessary;
to foster a customer-centred culture.
Proven leadership abilities and team building skills.
Strategic visioning capacity.
Knowledge of current trends in the application of new technology to library services, while recognizing the continued
role of print media.
Experience in working with a policy-making Board would be highly desirable.
Substantial knowledge of scal and strategic planning and management, human resource management, principles and
practices of marketing and public relations, facilities management, corporate governance and legal issues.
Exceptional communication skills.
Knowledge of 'Caribbeana' with speci c reference to our national heritage information, its preservation and conservation.
Financial management capability.
Knowledge of Contract Management.
Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or any other recognized quali cation in Library and
A minimum of ve (5) years managerial experience in Library and Information services, including three (3) years in
a senior management position;
A Post Graduate Quali cation in Management or in a related eld will be an asset.
For consideration, a letter of
application, curriculum vitae,
together with names and addresses
of two (2) references should be
submitted by May 29, 2015 to:
Chairman, NALIS Board
National Library and Information System Authority
National Library Building, Hart and Abercromby
Streets, Port of Spain (POS)
ONLY SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS
WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED!
Any quali cation from a non
regional institution must be
accompanied by certi cation from
the Accreditation Council of
Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT)
In any manifesto for change
towards a comprehensive mental
healthcare system some changes
are easier than others.
There are blueprints for changing
laws, ratifying conventions, acces-
sibility for wheelchair users, access
to public spaces for animals accom-
panying the visually impaired, and
so much more.
When it comes to changing peo-
ple s hurtful attitude towards dis-
ability of the body or mind that
would take the straddling of dis-
ciplines. It s almost a separate sci-
ence requiring long-term invest-
ment for increasing knowledge,
understanding, and empathy. It d
include reforming our language sys-
tem for political correctness at all
Attitude is considered as a dom-
inant, universal hindrance to social
inclusion of those living with dis-
abilities. One eminent sphere of
influence that begs for improvement
in the language of mental health
matters is our mainstream/tradi-
tional media. Local media personnel
in some quarters---more than we
like---are lacking in linguistic com-
petency even on familiar subjects
that are easier to understand. But
for mental health issues there seems
to not even be much consideration
We who advocate against the
contribution language makes to our
social exclusion do not intend to
make an entire population awkward
with the use of certain words in
everyday discourses. Instead, we
hope to teach the meanings of these
words and what they convey in
promoting discrimination against
and marginalisation of an entire
community, unintentional or oth-
I ve written about this before but
since last December it s been on
prompt with the viral video of police
officers slapping and shoving a
wheelchair-enabled Robbie Ram-
charitar in San Fernando. There
was at least one newspaper striving
for correctness throughout the issue
referring to Ramcharitar as a "man
in a wheelchair". Not even the inter-
'St Ann's' is a psychiatric hospital, not an insult
MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
vention of Dr Beverly Beckles, CEO of
National Centre for Persons with Dis-
abilities (NCPD), stymied the offending
language that remains unabated to date.
I watched for weeks, as Robby Ram-
charitar apart from being the victim of
alleged police abuse became a "victim"
of a wheelchair. Report after report
insisted that he was "wheelchair bound".
What s increasingly upsetting too, is
that politicians have heightened their
presence in our headspace and with the
currency for far-reaching attention in
an election year, they are among the
most abrasive to our community in the
terms used to insult each other. There
is absolutely no compunction in calling
every opposing infraction "madness"
and relegating any behaviour that could
be described with dozens of suitable
adjectives to "St Ann s".
Then in a continued underestimation
of the injury inflicted on those who live
with mental illnesses from mild to severe,
the media report and highlight the
offending, vicious, and insulting language
of the politicians. Then, the new friend-
turned-fiend medium called social media
is emblazoned with the folly. The cruelty
is perpetuated on popular timelines with
conversations sustaining repetitive
assault as each commentor tries to outdo
others or show prowess in crassness.
I suffer. I ve stopped reading or com-
menting on these. That s my protest.
My other protest would be against any
political party whose platform/member
trivialises mental health to insult another.
You, sirs/madams, will not have my
vote. I know some people would always
feel entitled to their use of language.
Some with whom I have tried to reason
because of perceived intellectual ability
have defended the disparaging language
as "Trini talk". Still others believe that
trivialisation of other people s mental
health struggle is good humour. And
some are without ill motives, just drown-
ing in ignorance.
They are mostly all considered
upstanding citizens who would never
break a stoplight. They re fully aware of
the consequences of such actions and
have been groomed to the common
interest of obeying the signs even when
no one is looking. So entrenched igno-
rance about the hurt they cause is bliss,
obviously. Mainstream media, social
media, and citizens in general are all
guilty of the negative stereotyping, par-
ticipating in the continued prejudice
and discrimination that those of us living
with disability, especially psychosocial
Last week I saw a picture of a politi-
cian captioned: "PSYCHOTIC...Psy-
chotic disorders are severe mental dis-
orders that cause abnormal thinking
and perceptions. People with psychoses
lose touch with reality. Two of the main
symptoms are delusions and hallucina-
tions. Delusions are false beliefs, such
as thinking that someone is plotting
against you or that the TV is sending
you secret messages. Hallucinations are
false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing,
or feeling something that is not there."
My response was: "IDIOTIC: 1. char-
acterised by idiocy; 2: showing complete
lack of thought or common sense : fool-
ish." I opined, "Unlike psychoses, still
no plausible or possible treatment avail-
able." I don t regularly react to trivial-
isation of genuine pathology, but I m
grieved, because I know "language both
reflects and shapes social reality so our
choice of words can reinforce stereotypes
and contribute to various forms of dis-
• Caroline C Ravello is a strategic com-
munications professional and media prac-
titioner with over 30 years of proficiency.
She has been living/thriving with mental
health issues for over 35 years.
Bahá'ís commemorate Declaration of the Báb
The Baha I Era began in 1844 with
the Declaration of the Bab, who was
the forerunner of Baha u llah, the
founder of the Baha I Faith. The
Anniversary of the Declaration of
the Bab is commemorated every year
by Baha is throughout the world.
This year, due to the adoption of a
new calendar, it will be celebrated
on May 24.
At the beginning of the 19th century
in Persia (now called Iran), two devoted
and learned Muslim scholars, Shaykh
Ahmad and Siyyid Kazim, prepared
and instructed their followers to search
for the One promised by all the reli-
gions of the past, whose advent, their
calculations showed, was imminent.
When Siyyid Kazim died, his fol-
lowers scattered in different directions
to find this Promised One.
One devoted young man called
Mulla Husayn spent 40 days in prayer
and fasting before setting off on his
journey accompanied by his brother
and nephew. He felt drawn to travel
towards Shiraz, a city in northern Per-
sia.Near the city gates, the three sep-
arated to organise lodging for the night.
While alone, Mulla Husayn was greet-
ed by a radiant young man, Who invit-
ed Him to his home and there, two
hours after sunset on May 22, 1844,
He declared that He was the Promised
One of all ages.
The young man s name was Siyyid
Alí Muhammad and he became
known by the title "The Bab", which
means "The Gate" in Arabic.
Baha is believed that the Bab was
a Manifestation or Messenger from
God. He had a twofold mission.
Firstly He founded a distinct and
independent religion of His own calling
for spiritual and moral reformation.
His teachings represented the "Gate"
from the old world order into the new.
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