Cultural artisans in the diaspora are being encouraged to make legal deposit of creative works with the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ).
The call comes from State Minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, who said that this is important in preserving and promoting Jamaica’s rich culture.
“It is important because it does form a part of that cultural heritage that truly belongs to the people of Jamaica. It says that we continue to make an impact not only at home but also abroad,” he said.
The Legal Deposit Act, which was passed in 2002 and came into effect in 2004, requires Jamaicans to deposit copies of their works with the NLJ. These deposits become a record of the nation’s published heritage.
For more information, persons can contact the NLJ at: (876) 967-2494 or visit nlj.gov.jm.