No. 88, April 2017
At the 24th Annual Meeting of CDNL-AO, at the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) in March 2016, members discussed the provision of national library services in the island states of the South Pacific. Members noted that these states face significant development issues, aggravated in several cases by the problem of recovery from natural disasters. Members agreed in principle that CDNL-AO could promote efforts by national libraries in the wider Asia-Pacific region to support member national libraries of the developing countries in the South Pacific.
The NLNZ later became aware of a call by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO for proposals for funding projects in the year 2016-2017. The NLNZ discussed the issues with UNESCO, and subsequently was granted a modest budget to carry out a survey of needs to provide evidence for CDNL-AO members to consider.
At the end of 2016 the NLNZ called for expressions of interest from persons knowledgeable about international development issues in the South Pacific. The NLNZ has recently appointed a consultant to carry out the survey: this will be in the form of an environmental scan of the provision of national library services in the South Pacific island states, focusing on expected future needs of users and resources needed to meet these needs. A report will be produced for CDNL-AO and UNESCO NZ (and shared with CDNL, IFLA and the UNESCO Regional Office). The report will propose further practical steps, which may include further in-depth work in particular areas, training activities in partnership with other organisations, and advocacy to national and regional authorities and other stakeholders. An interim progress report will be provided to CDNL-AO members meeting in Beijing in May 2017.
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