The Library Directory

The Library Team
Mission and Vision Statements
Objectives of the Library
Loans (Borrowing materials)
Rules and Regulations
Resources and Services offered
Online Resources
The Catalogue
Information Literacy Skills Sessions
Tips for Effective Research
Opening Hours

The Library Team

The Library Team
Ms. Navlette Bishop
Librarian / Records Manager
Telephone numbers: 924-8150/8175-6: Ext. 4239

· Mrs. Phillipa Butler
Library Assistant
Ext. 4243

Mission and Vision Statements

The mission is to plan for, make available and facilitate access to information resources and services and to support the teaching, learning and research activities of the Institute and the maritime and allied industries.

Vision Statement
To be recognized internationally as a leading maritime information centre and to be a gateway to information resources and less of a guardian and repository of information.


To modernize the main administrative and support systems of the library; improve operational effectiveness and achieve greater levels of customer and stakeholders satisfaction by:
• Expanding and strengthening the library’s collection
• Accessing additional electronic resources
• Changing the aesthetic of the library
• Increasing number of staff
• Expanding the physical structure


As far back as 1989 the Jamaica Maritime Institute (JMI) recognized the need for a regional Maritime Information Centre to serve Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region. The JMI being the only maritime training institution in the Caribbean recognized that it would be its responsibility to make this information centre a reality. The information centre would serve to coordinate and disseminate information on the maritime industry, alert the relevant personnel of the new developments in technology and provide academic and technical support to the shipping and allied industries in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region. The expansion in the curricula and the growth in the student population saw the JMI taking the initial step in moving towards the achievement of this objective with the expansion of the library’s physical facility in July 1998; shortly after, the library was renamed in honour of the then Chairman of the Board, Mr. Lucien Rattary.

Professional Association

The Librarian is a member of the Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) and the library is a member of the College Information Network (COLINET) and Scientific and Technological Information Network (STIN).


All students enrolled at the Institute can register to be members of the library. Students who do not wish to register with the library are allowed to use materials from the Reference and Open Collection in the library for reference purposes. Persons working in the maritime and allied industries and the general public are allowed to use the library for reference purposes.

Loan (Borrowing of books and other materials)

Persons eligible
All students who register with the library are allowed to use its facilities. Students can borrow books from the following collections:
• Open Access Collection for three (3) weeks
• Overnight Collection for one night and if borrowed on Fridays for the weekend
• Non-Circulation Collection- these books are consulted in the library Overnight Loan
Books borrowed on overnight loan are issued from 2:00 p.m. onwards from Monday to Friday. For full time students, these books must be returned by 10:00 a.m. the following day and if borrowed on Fridays by 10:00 a.m. the following Monday morning. Books borrowed on overnight loan by part itme students must be returned before 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Three Weeks Loan
Books can be borrowed for three (3) weeks from the Open Access Collection. Library users can borrow up to three (3) titles from this collection. Materials Overdue

Books returned after due date attracts a fine, those from the Open Access Collection attracts a fine of $20.00 per day and Overnight Loan $100.00 per day. Students are asked to return books and other items borrowed promptly and are reminded to return books and other materials overdue to the library. Materials Lost
Please report books and other materials lost to the staff in the library immediately. Users will be required to pay for their replacement if they cannot be located within a reasonable time.

Rules and Regulations

The Library provides services with a minimum of regulations and restrictions adopting only those which are absolutely essential to maintain a quiet, safe and otherwise appropriate environment conducive to studying. Library users are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in accordance with these regulations and rules. Users who violate any library rules may lose their privilege to use the library, be subject to criminal persecution or other legal action.
· It is an offence for anyone to behave in a manner likely to affect other users adversely
such as, disorderly behavior, making unnecessary noise, writing in books or persistently failing to return books on time.
· Eating, drinking, smoking and the use of personal radios or cassette players are not permitted.
· Cellular phones should be on vibration or switched off.
· Inappropriate activities include but not limited to the following: running, loud or abusive talking, moving furniture, putting feet on furniture, vandalism, inappropriate public displays of affection, excessive socializing, soliciting use of drugs and tobacco are not allowed.
· Disruptive behaviour is defined as noisy, boisterous or behaviour that is in-appropriate in a setting where business is being conducted. This behaviour may represent a physical danger to people or may interfere with the legitimate library busines of other users or staff. Users who are behaving inappropriately or disruptively will be warned that the behaviour must be stopped. If the behaviour is not immediately corrected, the person will be told to leave the library. For serious violations, patrons may be asked to leave even if they correct the problem, anyone who does not leave after being told will be considered a trepasser and will be treated accordingly including involving the police. Habitual abusers of library rules may be banned from the premises; each member of staff is responsible to enforce the rules.
· If any member of staff believes that a user has committed such an offence (as mentioned above). Immediate action may be taken by excluding the offender for mthe library building and by withdrawing the right to borrow. The offender may be suspended from borrowing materials for a period or, in the case of persistent offenders, for a fixed period.
· In the case of a serious offence (e.g. the unauthorised removal of , or damage to library books or property; or gross disorderly behaviou, the library and /or library staff my, in addition to impossing the penalties listed above:
Require payment for any damage or loss
Impose a fine
· If computers or audio visual equipment are being used they should not disturb others. Group study or up to four (4) persons at one table and quiet tutoring of one or two students are permitted.
· The act of registereing as a member of the library carries with it a legal obligation to observe the provisions of the general library regulations.

Library collection

Book Collection
There are approximately 5000 titles (books), 8,000 copies available spanning disciplines such as management, environmental management, marketing, geography, organization behavior, tourism, shipping, logistics and supply chain management, psychology, sociology, maritime law, business communication, computer studies, research methods, mathematics,sciences, engineering, navigation and marine engineering.
There is a growing collection of magazines mostly in the area of maritime education. There are approximately (28) titles; these are received as gifts from a number of publishers worldwide.
Media Collection
The library maintains a collection of non-print formats which is available to staff and students to support the curriculum. The collection includes CD’s, DVD’s, multimedia projectors, digital camera, televisions, VCR, overhead projector, printers, slide projector, P.A. system and computers.

Computer Room

The library has a computer room that is heavily used by users.

Electronic Resources

The library provides access to the following electronic resources:
· Internet
· Online Databases
· Gleaner Archives Online
· Electronic Books
· Newsletters
Looking for information on the web can often seem the easiest way to find information, as well as being a lot fun, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that all the information you need is available on the web. It is much easier to find information in reference books than in electronic form. While you are using web resources, don’t forget that the information you find needs to be evaluated just as carefully as printed material. In evaluating information from the web ensure that the article has an author or authors or it emanated from a creditable institution and it has a publication date. Just because something has been published on the web, it isn’t necessarily true. There is a large amount of out dated, biased or inaccurate information there.
Newspaper Archives of the Jamaican Gleaner
This online database contains more than 970,000 historical newspaper pages from The Gleaner. The full-page newspapers, dating back to 1834, are searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content. Use the archive to gain a local perspective on historical news, to research your family history to simply read about a person or event that interests you. We invite you to visit the archive often, as additional pages will be added as they become available. You can search papers by name or keyword; between years, browse available papers and browse by date.
Laws of Jamaica on DVD
This DVD cannot be borrowed from the library and is accessible on the computer in the librarian’s office. It contains laws of Jamaica and regulations, gazette notices and proclamations; information on Jamaica’s legal system and directory of lawyers and law firms in Jamaica. Information can be printed at a cost. It is updated quarterly.
Past Examination Papers
These are accessible on the computer at the Circulation Desk. Past Examination papers can be downloaded on users’ storage devices or printed at a cost.
Research Papers
There is a growing collection of reseach papers spanning the levels of programmes offered at the Institute (Diploma, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral). Research papers cannot be removed from the library and cannot be photocopied.
The Catalogue
Purpose, Scope and Arrangement of the Computerized Catalogue
The catalogue serves as a key to resources in the library; entries in it describe items in our collection. The description includes at least the minimum information necessary to clearly identify a particular item, (i.e. author, title, series, publisher, place of publication and date of publication) also indicated are the subject descriptors covered in the publication.

Classification Number (Class No.

Books, pamphlets and some documents are assigned classification numbers. These numbers bring together items on the same subject on the shelf. The Classification Scheme used is the Library of Congress Classification Scheme. It is arranged as follows:
· A General Works
· BL-BQ Religion (General)
· G Geography. Maps
· H Social Sciences
· J Political Science
· K Law
· KDZ, KG-KH Law of the Americas, Latin
America and the West Indies
· KZ Law of Nations
· P-PZ Language and Literature
· Q Science
· QA Mathematics
· QC Physics
· QD Chemistry
· T Technology
· V Naval Science
· VK Seamanship; Navigation; Stowage,
Handling and loading Cargo; Nautical Instruments · VM Naval Architecture; Ship Stability;
Tank Vessel, Oil Tankers; Marine Engineering

Services Offered

Users are allowed to print information from flash drive or other media at a cost. This is done on one of the computers at the Circulation Desk. Colour printing is also available.
A Photocopying Machine is housed in the library. This machine is operated by the use of a card. Cards are purchased from the Cashier. The Library staff keeps a small number of cards for part time students. Students are advised to keep their cards as these cards can be re-programmed with additional cash.
Referral to other academic libraries
Users are informed to use the resources in other academic and special libraries, if additional information is needed for research purposes.
Information Literacy Skills Session
The Librarian conducts Information Literacy Skills Session in the first semester of the new academic year with all new students and whenever a new programme begins. This session lasts for approximately one hour and attendance is recorded. After completion of session students should be able to:
· Recognize information needed
· Select, locate and access appropriate materials from a variety of choices and formats
· Evaluate manage and apply information
· Incorporate selected information into knowledge base
· Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
· Write bibliography and cite sources used in research using the APA Manual

Tips for Effective Research

· Ensure that you attend the Information Literacy Skills Sessions conducted by the Librarian
· Use the catalogue, indexes available
· If you are unable to locate books and other resources do not hesitate to ask the staff at the Circulation Desk
· Discuss your research needs with the library staff
· Explore the resources in other libraries

Opening Hours

The hours are:
· Monday – Thursday 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
· Friday 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
· Saturday - Sunday 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.