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Need for more librarians

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

FIJI needs more professionally-qualified librarians to cater for the emerging needs and development of the country.

According to Fiji National University librarian Dr Chaminda Jayasundara, the university had five professional librarians who completed studies overseas, but not all schools have such qualified personnel.

"Approximately, 170 secondary schools are available in Fiji but only some have librarians. Almost all are not qualified to be school librarians," he said.

Dr Jayasundara said the problem in Fiji was that even though there were substantially a large number of vacancies, trained people were usually hard to find and this was one of the reasons for the low number of libraries.

"The information management field has not been developed in Fiji-based organisations unlike in the other countries," he said.

"Public libraries should also be developed by these bodies to foster a love of reading and prepare people for higher education and life-long learning.

"FNU advertises library and information studies positions several times a year, but it is hard to find qualified people, so we have already started a bachelor's level program for producing qualified librarians."

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