OCEANIA/FIJI ISLANDS - A Seminar of the Pacific has on-line access to the best library resources in the world

Monday, 21 July 2014

Suva (Agenzia Fides) - Thanks to new technologies and the commitment of the Pontifical Mission Societies, isolation and poor cultural opportunities of a small Pacific island are forgotten. In Fiji, the seminarians of the Regional Seminary of the Pacific in Suva have found a pleasant surprise: in the library of the Seminary, 19 thousand texts and study materials from study centers and libraries around the world have been cataloged and made available to students. An invaluable resource.
All this is implemented, as reported to Fides, thanks to a project sponsored by the Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia: the project "Sharing of the Word", an initiative which links the libraries of Catholic centers around the world. In this way, seminarians and students of theology in Africa, Asia and Oceania can have the best possible resources. The project aims to provide every student of theology equal access to the best library services in the world.
In fact, often in the Seminaries of countries such as Africa, Asia and Oceania, library resources are scarce and isolated. This shortage is reflected on the formation of students. The Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia (known as the "Catholic Mission") is the leading agency for the project, conceived and launched in 2013. The first step is to update the libraries of Seminaries, where a system of library automation (a computerized catalog) is installed.
The work of cataloging and sharing therefore begins. "Catholic Mission" will assist every Seminar that embraces the project to acquire a server and a number of workstations for librarians and students, so that one can access more easily to available resources. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/07/2014)