Online Library Cadet Booklet - Overview

An Overview of Recruiting and Training Library Cadets (RTLC) Programme

The concept was discussed as early as 1994 as plans for a Teachers Cadet Programme was being implemented. In response to a call for projects by Information For All Programme (IFAP), UNESCO, the project entitled Recruiting and Training Library Cadets for a Sustainable Bahamas was submitted in February 2005, and was approved in April of the same year.


Its main purpose is to motivate young men and women to make librarianship a profession of choice. Realizing that the profession is graying, some tangible and proactive steps need to be taken to recruit and train vibrant young people in the field of information that is growing by leaps and bounds.

The time has never been so ripe for students with information, communication and technological skills to play a vital role in society. Libraries and information centres are ideal places to not only demonstrate such skills but also to acquire information literacy skills that are crucial to succeed in the 21st century.

The main objectives of the programme are:

  1. To increase the cadre of qualified library staff in The Bahamas;
  2. To identify promising intellectually capable young men and women who wish to choose professions in library science and information technology;
  3. To sensitize the Bahamian society to the important and critical role of library and information professions in the nation.