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Smart cities fueled by smart libraries: Implementation and application in an English-speaking Caribbean context

Adrian St. Patrick Duncan (Library, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Mona, Jamaica)
Jerdaine Jomer Sterling (Library, Broward County Libraries, Florida, USA)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 20 December 2022

Issue publication date: 25 January 2023




The purpose of this paper is to examine the development and growth of smart cities across the globe and explore the possibilities for their implementation, to assess the emerging trend for smart homes supported by smart cities, to identify and analyze technologies used in smart cities such as voice recognition that can be integrated into libraries as well as to identify hindrances that confront English-speaking Caribbean islands in their quest to implement Smart Cities and make recommendations how they can attain this feat.


Using the qualitative methodology, a careful assessment of literature was done to compare technological development as well as infrastructure available to develop and sustain smart cities and by extension smart societies.


In the Caribbean, numerous homes are outfitted with the requisite internet connectivity, smart technology as well as capabilities to foster intelligent environments but their infrastructure is not set up for full integration that allows all facets to be controlled and or manipulated by the touch of a central remote system.


To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this paper is the first of its kind to highlight the possibilities of having a smart city powered by smart libraries and the impact that the latter will have on the empowerment of citizens. It also highlights the technological strides of AI and their impact on assisting daily life.



Duncan, A.S.P. and Sterling, J.J. (2023), "Smart cities fueled by smart libraries: Implementation and application in an English-speaking Caribbean context", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 13-19.



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