Disabled person aims to better library

National, Normal

The National, Monday October 28th, 2013


DISTANCE and her disability did not stop Marilyn Elia from attending a two-week basic library and information skills training course in Port Moresby. 

Elia, from Kiunga, Western, is a librarian and coordinator of the disabled self-help group in Kiunga. 

Elia said the Kiunga library was run and operated by disabled persons, including her. 

Her trip and her training fees were paid for by the Callan Services for persons with disabilities. 

She attended the course because she wanted to learn more about information dissemination and how to be efficient in the library. 

From the training, she learnt how to do database, catalogue library books, create web pages and disseminate information. 

“With the skills and knowledge I have acquired, I will be able to improve the Kiunga library standards, give information to students and the public, and teach students how to use the library,” Elia said. 

Schools in Kiunga had their own libraries but depended on the Kiunga library, she said.

Elia said that was because the school libraries did not have the books and the information students needed.