This article explores the ways in which the National Library Authority and Information System (NALIS) in Trinidad and Tobago works to promote cultural awareness and identity within the society. As detailed in a manifesto jointly put forth by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), public libraries have an important role in promoting culture and oral traditions. In a country with diverse cultural identities and a history of political complexity, the library has a role in both preserving culture and shaping the national identity. This article reviews oral traditions in Trinidad and Tobago and identifies ways in which the library preserves and promotes culture.
"The Curators of Cultural Tradition: Storytelling Activities of the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 12:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol12/iss1/6