Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2021. 9:43 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Each month, the United States Embassy in Belize highlights outstanding women in Belize.
For the month of January, Lusiola Castillo has been selected as the wonder woman.
Lusiola began library-related work with the following NGOs: the Belize Center for Environmental Studies and the Society for the Promotion of Education and Research (SPEAR). It was from these experiences she decided to enroll in the University of West Indies Open Campus Library and Information Program.
Upon her return to Belize in 2000, Lusiola was employed at the Belize National Library Service and Information System (BNLSIS) and was steadily promoted to her current position as Chief Librarian in 2016.
As Chief Librarian, Lusiola is charged with the management, development, and coordination of all 46 service points and resources throughout Belize.
These responsibilities include oversight of user services in order to ensure that patrons are able to interact with physical and electronic programs and services, collection development, technological development, training, maintenance of libraries, promotion of Belizean culture and history as well as promoting partnership and cooperation both nationally and internationally.
Lusiola is also a part of the Education USA Center team in Belize City, launched in February 2015, which she joined in its initial planning stage. She helps ensure the continued development of the center and its advisors in order to provide information to students who would like to pursue universities and programs in the USA.
Other programs that Lusiola has been a part of that have aided her ability to develop and enhance her library-related skills and knowledge include the International Visitors Library Program in 2015, the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA), and COMFENALCO Antioquia in Medellin Columbia Internship Program in 2007 and the Regional Project for Central American Libraries years 2001-2008.
Lusiola notes that it is a pleasure to be able to assist in the development of Belize through the provision of informational, educational, and recreational services.
Luciola says that seeing both youth and adults benefit from library services gives her the willpower to try harder to reach those who too can benefit from provided services.
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