REPRESENTATIVES from various educational institutions met on August 27 to discuss the need for a Fiji Library Consortium aimed at promoting easier access and exchange of knowledge.
Meeting chairman and FNU librarian Dr Chaminda Jayasundara presented a report of the vision and plan for the consortium to representatives of 10 institutions including USP and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
Earlier this year Fiji became the first Pacific partner country of EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), which is an international organisation with the objective of increasing access of knowledge in developing and transitional countries.
Mr Jayasundara, who is also the co-ordinator of EIFL in Fiji, said the partnership with EIFL would allow Fiji libraries to have numerous benefits including access to "free and largely discounted electronic journals."
"Libraries play a key role through the provision of high quality information resources and services to enhance quality of research outputs and the knowledge of academicians, researchers and policy makers in a country," he said.
Mr Jayasundara said public libraries needed more support from various organisations, to help members of the public become well-informed citizens.
Judith Titoko of the USP library proposed that the service be expanded so other South Pacific countries may benefit from the endeavour.