This is a site for students of the COSTAAT Computer applications in libraries course. It is one of the courses required for the completion of the Associate Degree in library and information science, a Degree designed to produce paraprofessionals for libraries and information science in Trinidad and Tobago and indeed throughout the world.
So what is a paraprofessional? According to the Oxford English dictionary, a paraprofessional is a person to whom a particular aspect of a professional task is delegated but who is not licensed to practice as a fully qualified professional.
Paraprofessionals are essential to libraries and information services, providing vital support for the delivery of services.
Working in libraries and information centres in Trinidad and Tobago or anywhere else provides opportunities for satisfying and interesting experiences. There are also challenges, one of them being the dynamic environment of information and communication technologies (ICT’s) and the expectation by users that our information services will utilize these new technologies and therefore remain relevant to their needs.