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What Is NLIS?

What is NLIS?

NLIS is the acronym for - National Library and Information Services.


Functions of NLIS

To operate a centrally administered network of public libraries throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to enable individuals wherever they may be:

  • to have access to information;
  • to advise the Minister on all matters pertaining to the national library and information services system;
  • to collect by legal deposit (minimum two copies), by purchase or by any other means, the nation's literary and cultural heritage wherever and in whatever form it exists;
  • to formulate standards and guidelines by which libraries in the system should operate;
  • to provide consultancy and management services to the public and private sectors, in respect of matters for and in relation to the establishment and conduct of a library;
  • to coordinate the organization of information in libraries so that it is easily accessible for the purpose of consultation through any branch of the system;
  • to act as a national depository and resource for material published by the Government;
  • to provide access to technical services for the system, as necessary, by centralized purchasing and processing, cataloguing, and distributing of materials;
  • to prepare and publish essential catalogues, print and electronic databases, web-sites, indexes, including a national bibliography and a national union catalogue;
  • to formulate standards and guidelines by which libraries in Government should operate;
  • to provide consultancy and management services to the public and private sectors, in respect of matters for and in relation to the establishment and conduct of a library;
  • to provide reference and referral services throughout the system;
  • to coordinate inter-library loan services at local and international levels;
  • to promote information literacy skills and awareness in the use of library material and information services within the community;
  • to provide a national information service for the benefit of the physically disadvantaged and persons in institutions;
  • to provide for the training of staff in all branches of the service;
  • to supervise and evaluate staff performance;
  • to preserve and promote the national heritage information of The Bahamas;

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