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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Valerie Francis, 67 years old, born on August 23, 1953, and passed away on February 19, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Beverley Lashley on February 25, 2021
In Tribute to Ms. Valerie Francis- Librarian/Information Professional par Excellence

Valerie Francis was a daughter of the parish of Clarendon and a proud graduate of The Mico College (Now The Mico University College). She joined the National Library of Jamaica as a Senior Research Officer in 1990 and was placed in the Automated Systems Department. Having been granted one year’s study leave, she pursued a master’s degree in Library Studies in September 1992 and, before completion, was appointed Senior Librarian. She was assigned to the User Services Division in 1993.

Throughout her tenure, Ms. Francis acted as Deputy Director for User Services Division on several occasions. Her dedication and passion for the profession of Librarianship led her to exploring other aspects of leadership through the Technical Services Division where she was appointed head of the Acquisitions Department where she implemented the legal deposit legislation (when the law was passed) with energy and enthusiasm.

In 2005 Ms. Francis was selected to participate in a two-week professional development course in Stockholm, Sweden on “Copyright and Related Rights in the Global Economy”, a fully funded endeavor by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Ms. Francis was awarded this scholarship having been considered the employee “best positioned to disseminate the knowledge”. The following year, she attended the World Intellectual Property Office -Sweden Training Course on Copyright and Related Rights in the Global Economy held in Manila, Philippines. Completing these courses of study further equipped Ms. Francis with the tools of pursuing her deepest convictions concerning bettering Jamaica’s Intellectual Property frameworks, recommending the need for the country to “consider enacting legislation for a system for voluntary registration of copyright and related rights”.

In 2008, Ms. Francis received the Executive Director’s Award for her achievements in building the national collection and earned the title of “NLJ Ambassador at Large”. The record shows that her “exuberance for building the national collection by way of getting internal and external support for voluntary and Legal Deposits [was] inspiring.”

As head of Acquisitions Ms. Francis had to interact with publishers, book sellers, producers of audio-visual materials, media and public relations practitioners, where she demonstrated a high level of professionalism and efficiency. Notably, Ms. Corina Meeks, the Managing Director of Creative Projects Ltd. was pleased with her work and remarked that Ms. Francis displayed “a level of efficiency which, unfortunately is hard to find these days”. Her rapport with colleagues was also excellent as she was referenced as “…dependable; of a pleasant demeanor; cooperative and helpful; [having a] positive and unflinching work attitude”.

Ms. Valerie Francis retired in the year 2015 but was later granted an extension of service beyond the retirement. By 2017 she was engaged on a part-time basis assisting with the manuscript collection, and only parted with the organization in compliance with newly instituted Government workforce regulations.

During her retirement ceremony, Ms. Francis was commended for a “quarter century of excellent service.” The Board of Management and Staff of the National Library of Jamaica extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Valerie Francis.

Jamaica has lost a truly committed servant of national development.
Rest well, Ms. Francis.


Posted by John Aarons on February 25, 2021
Tribute by John A Aarons on behalf of the Retired Members Group, Library & Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA)
The late Valerie Francis was an active and enthusiastic member of the Group being a regular attendant at our meetings and gatherings. She assisted with our outings and other social activities until she could not manage for health reasons. 
She won our admiration by the courageous way in which she dealt with her illness and in conversation spoke frankly about her diagnosis and how she felt. She was a person of strong Christian faith and this enabled her to remain positive and cheerful even in the face of a terminal illness.  By her actions and behaviour she demonstrated how one should manage life’s challenges and this is a lesson she has left to us.
Her friend and colleague Maureen Webster-Prince expressed it well when she said, “she never focused on her sickness but on what else she could do to improve someone else’s life”.
In the LIAJA members Google group there are some heartfelt tributes from some of her former colleagues at the National Library of Jamaica. I can relate to them all, having known and worked with her for decades. A true professional, she was lively and enthusiastic and was committed to her work. She made an invaluable contribution to the work of NLJ, especially as head of the Acquisitions Department. As Winsome Hudson, former National Librarian, said, she was NLJ’s “first Legal Deposit ‘Ambassador’”
We give thanks for her life and work and offer our sincere sympathies to her sisters and to other members of her family.


Posted by Eppie Edwards on February 25, 2021
In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.   (From Hymn of Promise)

The imagery of this Hymn speaks eloquently of Hope. God delights in keeping His promises; death is not the end, but a part of the victory.
Walk good my dear friend.
Posted by Christopher Cobley on February 24, 2021
You were more than Auntie, you felt like a second mom.

Your love and support was felt heavily throughout the years and I will be eternally grateful for the love you have shown me.

There will never be another as wonderful as you.
Thank you for being such a bright light in my life.
Posted by Pauline Francis-Cobley on February 23, 2021
Missing you. Our family is lost without you!

Thank you for all your love and the wonderful memories!

No more night, no more pain, no more tears, ..........

Rest in eternal peace Sis!
Posted by Pauline Francis-Cobley on February 23, 2021
Forever in my heart - my sister, my friend!
Your light will forever shine because of your good works

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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Posted by Beverley Lashley on February 25, 2021
In Tribute to Ms. Valerie Francis- Librarian/Information Professional par Excellence

Valerie Francis was a daughter of the parish of Clarendon and a proud graduate of The Mico College (Now The Mico University College). She joined the National Library of Jamaica as a Senior Research Officer in 1990 and was placed in the Automated Systems Department. Having been granted one year’s study leave, she pursued a master’s degree in Library Studies in September 1992 and, before completion, was appointed Senior Librarian. She was assigned to the User Services Division in 1993.

Throughout her tenure, Ms. Francis acted as Deputy Director for User Services Division on several occasions. Her dedication and passion for the profession of Librarianship led her to exploring other aspects of leadership through the Technical Services Division where she was appointed head of the Acquisitions Department where she implemented the legal deposit legislation (when the law was passed) with energy and enthusiasm.

In 2005 Ms. Francis was selected to participate in a two-week professional development course in Stockholm, Sweden on “Copyright and Related Rights in the Global Economy”, a fully funded endeavor by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Ms. Francis was awarded this scholarship having been considered the employee “best positioned to disseminate the knowledge”. The following year, she attended the World Intellectual Property Office -Sweden Training Course on Copyright and Related Rights in the Global Economy held in Manila, Philippines. Completing these courses of study further equipped Ms. Francis with the tools of pursuing her deepest convictions concerning bettering Jamaica’s Intellectual Property frameworks, recommending the need for the country to “consider enacting legislation for a system for voluntary registration of copyright and related rights”.

In 2008, Ms. Francis received the Executive Director’s Award for her achievements in building the national collection and earned the title of “NLJ Ambassador at Large”. The record shows that her “exuberance for building the national collection by way of getting internal and external support for voluntary and Legal Deposits [was] inspiring.”

As head of Acquisitions Ms. Francis had to interact with publishers, book sellers, producers of audio-visual materials, media and public relations practitioners, where she demonstrated a high level of professionalism and efficiency. Notably, Ms. Corina Meeks, the Managing Director of Creative Projects Ltd. was pleased with her work and remarked that Ms. Francis displayed “a level of efficiency which, unfortunately is hard to find these days”. Her rapport with colleagues was also excellent as she was referenced as “…dependable; of a pleasant demeanor; cooperative and helpful; [having a] positive and unflinching work attitude”.

Ms. Valerie Francis retired in the year 2015 but was later granted an extension of service beyond the retirement. By 2017 she was engaged on a part-time basis assisting with the manuscript collection, and only parted with the organization in compliance with newly instituted Government workforce regulations.

During her retirement ceremony, Ms. Francis was commended for a “quarter century of excellent service.” The Board of Management and Staff of the National Library of Jamaica extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Valerie Francis.

Jamaica has lost a truly committed servant of national development.
Rest well, Ms. Francis.


Posted by John Aarons on February 25, 2021
Tribute by John A Aarons on behalf of the Retired Members Group, Library & Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA)
The late Valerie Francis was an active and enthusiastic member of the Group being a regular attendant at our meetings and gatherings. She assisted with our outings and other social activities until she could not manage for health reasons. 
She won our admiration by the courageous way in which she dealt with her illness and in conversation spoke frankly about her diagnosis and how she felt. She was a person of strong Christian faith and this enabled her to remain positive and cheerful even in the face of a terminal illness.  By her actions and behaviour she demonstrated how one should manage life’s challenges and this is a lesson she has left to us.
Her friend and colleague Maureen Webster-Prince expressed it well when she said, “she never focused on her sickness but on what else she could do to improve someone else’s life”.
In the LIAJA members Google group there are some heartfelt tributes from some of her former colleagues at the National Library of Jamaica. I can relate to them all, having known and worked with her for decades. A true professional, she was lively and enthusiastic and was committed to her work. She made an invaluable contribution to the work of NLJ, especially as head of the Acquisitions Department. As Winsome Hudson, former National Librarian, said, she was NLJ’s “first Legal Deposit ‘Ambassador’”
We give thanks for her life and work and offer our sincere sympathies to her sisters and to other members of her family.


Posted by Eppie Edwards on February 25, 2021
In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.   (From Hymn of Promise)

The imagery of this Hymn speaks eloquently of Hope. God delights in keeping His promises; death is not the end, but a part of the victory.
Walk good my dear friend.
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