IFLA UAP workshop for the Pacific community

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 June 2002




(2002), "IFLA UAP workshop for the Pacific community", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 30 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/ilds.2002.12230bab.008



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IFLA UAP workshop for the Pacific community

IFLA UAP workshop for the Pacific community

Keywords: Technology, Documents, Information services, Pacific

A workshop on Universal Availability of Publications (UAP) in the Pacific Region was recently held in Nouméa, New Caledonia. Organised by the Secretariat for the Pacific Community and the IFLA UAP programme, the workshop aimed to improve the understanding and importance of universal availability of publications, and to provide practical experience of the technology available to help improve access to published documents. The workshop was supported by generous funding from the Government of France and the National Library of Australia, with assistance from Emerald publishers.

The workshop focussed on the development of efficient document delivery mechanisms to help achieve wider availability within the region, and sought ways for librarians to play a more proactive role in social, political and economic development.

After several days of discussion and presentations, the workshop was able to draw up a series of recommendations, some of which have already started to be worked on. The recommendations included:

  • work on maintaining a directory of libraries in the region;

  • updating existing union lists of serials;

  • recognising the value of a regional ICT strategy that extends beyond libraries and ensuring that the voice of libraries is heard in that strategy;

  • that governments in the region be encouraged to enact legal deposit legislation if they have not already done so;

  • that libraries make best use of resource-sharing opportunities within the region through exchange programmes and improved depository mechanisms.

A full report of the workshop, including all presented papers and the full list of recommendations, can be found at http://www.spc.int/library/UAP%20Workshop/spcuap.htm

Source: IFLA Programme for UAP

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