The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) officially launched its Virtual Library last week during the celebration of its 28th Anniversary since the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the organization as a fully autonomous body to be based in Apia, Samoa.
The celebration was held in the form of an Open Day, which saw approximately 150 students from seven primary schools and colleges around Samoa, as well as college and university students in five of SPREP’s member countries, take part in both face-to-face and virtual activities aimed at increasing young people’s awareness of the work done by the Secretariat.
The Open Day included a virtual component for the first time, which allowed College students from American Samoa and University students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu to join the festivities virtually.
The main event of the virtual component was the official launch of the SPREP Virtual Library.
The SPREP Library was first established in 1994 at the Secretariat’s first headquarters in Vaitele in Samoa. It started with a collection of only 2,000 hard copy reports and 50 journals and was looked after by one librarian in a small space with no air-conditioning.