PROMOTION OF MS. ELAINE TOOTE
The Bahamas, 10th September, 2004. The Ministry of Education
recently announced the promotion of Ms. Elaine Toote, to the
position of Director of Archives, replacing Dr. Gail Saunders
who was promoted to Director General of Heritage.
Toote assumes responsibility for the day to day operation
of the Department of Archives. This includes the custody,
preservation, arrangement, repair and rehabilitation, and
the duplication and reproduction of records maintained at
The Bahamas Archives. She is also responsible for the Records
Management Programme of the Archives and the Public Service.
Toote received an Associate of Arts Degree in History with
credit from the College of The Bahamas in 1981, a Bachelor
of Science Degree (Cum Laude) from Barry University, Florida
in 1986, and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from
the University of Miami, in Florida in 1989. She also completed
the Advanced Certificate in Public Administration Programme,
Nassau in 1996. She is a statutory member of the Board of
Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, and an ex-officio
member of the Advisory Council on Public Records and the National
Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
Ms. Toote joined the Archives staff in January 1971. She moved
through the Public Service serving as Senior Assistant Archivist
and Deputy Director of Archives. She received a United Nations
Fellowship in Archives Procedure and Records Control, and
completed an attachment between 1971-1972 at the Jamaica Archives,
Spanish Town, Jamaica. She also received a Commonwealth Fellowship
to promote Commonwealth understanding in 1991. She, along
with eleven (11) other Commonwealth fellows, spent two (2)
weeks in London and two (2) weeks in the South Pacific. Between
July and August 2001 Ms. Toote on the request of the Government
of Dominica assisted Dr. Gail Saunders in setting up the National
Archives of Dominica.
Ms. Toote presently serves as Treasurer of the Caribbean Regional
Branch of the International Council on Archives and is the
Chair of the Association of Caribbean Archivist and Records
Managers (ACARM). She has presented papers and facilitated
sessions on the training of Records Management. Ms. Toote
has also participated in workshops on Distance Education Planning
for the University of the West Indies, Archives and the Records
We wish her well!