Jamaica: With the click of a mouse and in the comfort of their homes, Jamaicans can now access historical materials, including maps, photographs and plans, from the National Library of Jamaica’s (NLJ) website.
In an era when more and more information is being sought on the internet, the NLJ has moved to facilitate the process, by digitising its collections as well as downloading and storing Jamaican publications on its website.
This process, known as web-archiving, is one of the latest initiatives of the NLJ. Some of the materials that have been converted date back to the 17th century. Among the oldest publications is the first published map of Jamaica, printed after Columbus had discovered the country.
To showcase some of its digitised materials, the Library held an online exhibition on the Sam Sharpe Rebellion of 1831 during Workers’ Week. Those visiting the site were able to view a map which highlighted various estates in three parishes – St. James, Trelawny and St. Elizabeth, that were burnt during the uprising. The map, which was drawn in 1832 shortly after the slave rebellion, was also digitised and could be accessed on net.
Source: Jamaica Information service