Prof Healey: Libraries must be transformed and redesigned

FNU senior academic Alifereti Cawanibuka (left) and staff and students of FNU at the Cambridge University Press booth at the Library Resource Exhibition at Nasinu Campus. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI National University Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey says libraries must be transformed and redesigned so that the physical space could be better used to create social learning commons.

He highlighted this during the first-ever Library Resource Exhibition that went underway at Nasinu Campus yesterday.

“We started a journey to transform our libraries and redesigned them so that we make better use of the physical space that was being freed up to create social learning commons,” Prof Healey said.

“This was to create welcome and flexible learning spaces, where students more in groups and primarily have the ability to easily access materials online.

“Having a modern library with access to online collections, the latest textbooks and safe welcoming learning spaces is hugely important as it levels the book reader global playing field. Buying book collections is expensive and we can never provide the range of physical resources as libraries like at Oxford University, which has over 12 million books.”

Prof Healey said based on the global trend of digital information with instant access to resources through the internet, it was imperative that FNU provided students with access to online collections of books, journals and databases.

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