Dr Paulette Kerr assumed the position of Campus Librarian at The University of the West Indies Mona Library on March 1, 2015. She brings to the table over 30 years of experience in the field of library and information, having served at the National Library of Jamaica, the UWI Mona Library and the Department of Library and Information Studies. Under her leadership the Department staged its 40th anniversary research conference under the theme “From Search to Discovery: Reimagining the Library and Information Landscape” and successfully negotiated a New Initiative grant for conducting research in media and information literacy in Jamaican high schools.
Dr Kerr holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. She is also a graduate of the UWI with an MA History, a Post Graduate Diploma in Library Studies, with distinction, and a B.A. honours, History and Sociology. She has pursued leadership training at Harvard University, holds a Certificate in Leadership in Groups and Organizations from the Rutgers Center for Organizational Development and Leadership as well as a Certificate in College Teaching from Rutgers University.
She currently represents the UWI on the UNESCO UNITWIN MILID (Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue) Group and has coordinated MILID initiatives both locally and internationally. She has also conducted UNESCO MIL workshops for information professionals in the Caribbean. An active member of the library and information profession, Dr Kerr served as President of the Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) in 1995 and is currently a board member of the National Library of Jamaica.
Dr Kerr has published in the areas of information literacy and Jamaican social history. Her publications include book chapters, articles in peer reviewed journals, refereed conference proceedings, and scholarly reports