(Ms Afasene Iosefa)
The Chief Librarian and Archivist, Mr Noa Petueli Tapumanaia is very concerned about the safety and quality of government records and documents that are kept stored in the National Lbrary and Archives. This is because the building that house the National Library and Archives is in poor condition and is leaking and thus, the records and documents and he books could expose to damage and the quality of the records and documents and also the books may be spoiled.
Mr Tapumanaia said that a new building is required but in the meantime, there is a plan to renovate the existing building,
In the meantime, the library is being used extensively by the public and especially students. The library opens from 8am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 4pm from Monday to Friday and according to Mr. Tapumanaia, there is a possibility to open the library on Saturdays because of the public demands.
He said “Before, we used to open on Saturdays but because of the cost involved, it was decided to stop opening on Saturdays.
Three other staff beside Mr. Tapumanaia are managing the TNLA which include the Librarian Kana Teafiula who is presently taking her leave on Nukufetau Island, the two Assistant Librarians Fagaatia Niko and Mamao Tafao and the post of the Assistant Archivist is still vacant.
The Tuvalu National Library and Archives was established in 1976 as part of Tuvalu’s preparation towards political independence from the British Protectorate Colonies in 1978.
In other news, TNLA is now planning to send the original Birth Register this year to the National Archive of Fiji to fix it up properly and at the same time transfer into electronic storage..The original Marriage Registers from Nanumea, Nanumaga, Vaitupu and Funafuti have already been fixed and have been transferred into e-copies.
For the original Marriage Registers from the other four islands, Mr. Tapumanaia said there’s no need to, because people can still have access to them. It was reported that people can’t access to both Registers because they are very old and some of the pages are very sticky.