12 December 2011

ALP Small Project Report: In-country training for small library associations in the South Pacific, Samoa

Project Summary

During 2011 the Library Association of Samoa undertook two projects funded by the IFLA ALP programme. These were a workshop and training session for the librarians of Samoa and a National Library Week.

These projects helped the Library Association of Samoa to pass on Information Literacy skills and offer the “Building Strong Library Associations” materials provided by IFLA covering libraries in organisations and libraries in society. The workshop and training sessions were attended by 56 participants representing the school, university, public and special librarians of Samoa.

During National Library Week in Samoa several activities were held around the islands of Upolu and Savaii, taking the message that “Reading is your Pathway to Success” out to the districts and villages. Library Week was attended by librarians, children, parents, teachers and the general public and saw over 600 people attend a parade through the Apia township in celebration of the theme. The aim of Library Week, to raise awareness of libraries and the Library Association of Samoa in the wider community and to develop team-building, networking and relationships, was achieved by the incredible daily coverage of the event through the national media.

The Library Association of Samoa wishes to thank IFLA for the funding provided which enabled the profile of libraries and librarians in Samoa to be raised.

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The Library Association of Samoa Committee

Workshop and Training activities

Impression of the workshop participants

Impression of the workshop participants

Topics included Information Literacy and “Building Strong Library Associations” linking Library Association of Samoa needs for improved skills in managing libraries, roles and promotion. The sessions covered:

  • Basic library skills
  • Libraries in organisations: meeting user needs and marketing the library
  • Libraries in society: the role of libraries and library associations (using the Building Strong Library Associations Module 1 IFLA resources)

The training met the objectives by:

  • Developing the technical and professional capacity of the Library Association of Samoa members, helping them to achieve appropriate skills and current awareness of new ideas in libraries and information management
  • Increased awareness and appreciation of the important functions of the libraries and librarians in modern civil society
  • Providing an opportunity for Samoan librarians to network

Library Week activities

The objective of Library Week 2011 was to raise awareness of libraries and the Library Association of Samoa in the wider community and to develop team-building, networking and relationships amongst the library community. In addition the theme “Reading is your Pathway to Success” helped to promote information literacy and the importance of lifelong learning in Samoa.

The week was launched with a parade of approximately 600 adults and children through the centre of Apia township. Children were invited to come dressed as their favourite book character and design banners featuring the theme “Reading is your Pathway to Success”. 

Evaluation and Impact

Library Week Samoa 2011 was a resounding success, boasting increased numbers in attendance at all events on previous years. There can be no doubt awareness was raised of the importance of Libraries, reading and the Library Association itself due to the incredible daily coverage this event attracted in the media.

LDP (Library Development Programme), Associations, Samoa

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