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Lorin Pai Thrives On the International Corporate Stage

Meet Lorin Pai. The lady from the beautiful island of Rotuma was the librarian at the Reserve Bank of Fiji for seven years before moving on to teaching library studies.
10 Feb 2021 09:19
Lorin Pai Thrives On the International Corporate Stage
Lorin Pai.

Meet Lorin Pai.

The lady from the beautiful island of Rotuma was the librarian at the Reserve Bank of Fiji for seven years before moving on to teaching library studies.

Mrs Pai is currently the Course Co-ordinator for the Certificate & Diploma in Library/Information Studies at the University of the South Pacific in Suva.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma in Library & Information Studies from the University of the South Pacific.

She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Library/Information Studies with Charles Sturt University, Australia.

“Over the past 18 years, my library work experience mainly focused on acquisitions, reference work and cataloguing.

“I started my career as a paraprofessional library assistant in academic libraries before joining corporate libraries.

“Most recently I was a librarian at the Reserve Bank of Fiji for seven years before moving on to teaching library studies.

“I have also recently been involved in community grassroots initiatives conducting reading sessions for children, providing training for single mothers and youths and promoting the importance of lifelong learning skills for all.”

Mrs Pai contributed to a chapter of the Living Libraries; The House of the Community around the World book which was launched online on Wednesday, January 27, at the Utrecht Public Library.

The Living Libraries; The House of the Community around the World, is a book summarising the state of the libraries around the world.

“My contribution to this book, places the Fijian libraries network and the state on an international platform,” she said.

“More significantly, having His Excellency President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote agreeing to be the library Patron is a rare commitment made by someone at this level – so this is momentous to the profession.”

She says she would donate a copy of this book to the Presidents library collection once received.

 

Pacific Libraries: Portrait of Fiji Libraries
Pacific Libraries: Portrait of Fiji Libraries discusses:
– how public libraries in Fiji have evolve over the past decades and how they have continued to remain viable within their respective communities.
– Also, the article emphasis how the state, non-government organisation and corporate sectors collaborated to support and develop their municipality libraries.
– Hence, the establishment of the Western Regional and municipality libraries.

 

The article also highlights the splendid work carried out by the state:
– through its Library Services Department creating and facilitating community libraries
– and providing library skill workshops to equip the appointed personnel on how to manage and advocate the significance of the library in their communities.
– Furthermore, the country’s Central Bank organised internal book drives through its Library Advisory Committee to support Early Childhood Centres, School and Community libraries across the country advocating the significance of libraries and reading.

 

Three main lessons from the article:
1. Libraries need to acquire skilled library personals to ensure the library performs well. Setting strategic plans realistic goals that are achievable for the sustainability of the library and upskilling its Human resources. For example, through the Pacific TAFE students enrolled into the Certificate and Diploma LIS programmes. Students enrolled into the DLIS programme are required to do a practicum course before they graduate with an ALIA accreditation certificate.

2. Maintaining an effective network with local, regional and international library, archives and information providers’ network is critical for information and skill sharing opportunities.

3. Close partnership with the state and corporate sectors would ensure libraries and the LIS professionals receive recognition of the significant role they play in the development of the economy.

 

She highlighted Fiji can up its game in terms of libraries through:
– Collaborative initiatives between the state (LSF) and the Fiji Library Association needs to be strengthen, for example planning National Library Week events
– Recognition of the library profession and the library information studies programmes needs to be apparent at the State level department – Ministry of Education. For example, providing library scholarships
– Invest, enhance and sustain municipality and community libraries.

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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