Students watch the video at the Library Conference Room.
A major highlight of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Library Focus Week, which was held from 14 – 18 May 2018, was the viewing of the VHS tape, which was part of the Time Capsule that was opened during the launch of the University’s 50th Anniversary in February this year.
Buried twenty one (21) years ago in a custom-made concrete chamber at the commencement of construction of the Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre complex, the contents of paper documents and a VHS tape have succumbed to time and the elements of a tropical environment.
With the aid of modern technology, the contents of the VHS tape were salvaged to a large extent and staff and students of the University’s Laucala Campus were invited to view this rare footage in the Library Conference Room during the Focus Week.
The video footage captures the essence of USP more than twenty (20) years ago and includes interviews of students and staff from a range of subject disciplines, where the viewer is briefly taken through Suva City, Laucala Campus as well as Alafua and Emalus Campuses.
Ms Ela Qica, Senior University Librarian – Customer Services, explained that the video was taken with the aim of including it in the 1997 Time Capsule.
Ms Qica said that the video was an excellent idea that packaged invaluable information about USP and provided a rare and historical snapshot of USP twenty one (21) years ago.
“There are many, if not most of the buildings seen in the video still standing today. It was a pleasure to watch and I enjoyed hearing the joyous exclamations from viewers, both students and staff, who saw familiar faces and places when the video was shown in the Library Conference Room,” Ms Qica said.
Other activities as part of the Focus Week included, display of contents of the Time Capsule; photo display of library buildings in the past and present; sale of library merchandise; giveaways for library users at Information Desks, Pacific Collection and Reserve Collection; online library quiz; and Bula Dinner for current and former staff of the library.
The University Library with around 284, 815 volumes on its shelves and 159, 650 electronic items, is the most important source of information in the University.
Students are encouraged to take full advantage of its services which include information and research services, computer searches, photocopying services, volumes held in reserve for in-library research or study, overnight and general loans.
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