ERIC Number: ED459729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Local Needs--Global Help: Soliciting Funds for a Library in an Isolated Community in Papua New Guinea.
Rural communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been having problems accessing much needed information, while traditional bodies of knowledge are slowly disappearing as the old generation passes on. This paper argues that the school library is a possible agent to spread information. In addition to providing information to school children and teachers, schools can also be a medium to spread information to rural communities. However, schools without a library are a problem in PNG and will continue to be so unless initiatives are taken to allow for expansion of this service to community and high schools in the country. Learning occurs not only in classrooms, but also as students are encouraged to read and expand their knowledge. Within the Wantoat district in PNG there are 13 community schools, and the plan is to have a network of library service to all community schools in the district in the future. The Leron-Wantoat case study discussed in this paper outlines plans for a school library network in the district. The paper discusses what has been done at the planning stages. A further review will be needed after the project has been implemented and results of actions observed during the operations of the library network. It is also meant as an advisory paper for those who may be interested in doing similar projects for their own areas. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Library Networks, Library Planning, Library Role, Library Services, School Libraries
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea