My name is Margaret Austrai Terry. I served at different levels from the most junior to a senior post at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Emalus Campus Library for over 20 years.
Originally from Papua New Guinea, I started at the USP with a secondary teaching background, then took a turn to librarianship and has been at it for the last twenty-five or so years. Short bursts away from work to pursue professional library and information management training and non-library work, added value to my overall experience.
My librarianship journey began with a library certificate program from the USP completed in 1993 and to date, a post graduate diploma from the University of Canberra, completed in 1998. I am one of only two Ni-Vanuatu with professional library training; and sadly, the only practicing library professional in my country.
I left the academic arena and moved into public/national library when I joined the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, in 2015, as Chief Librarian responsible for both the Port Vila Public Library and the National Library of Vanuatu.
I am one of the few founding members of the Vanuatu Library Association (VLA), and currently the President of VLA. I am also an elected member of IFLA’s Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania (RSC-AO).
It is my vision as Chief Librarian of the National Library of Vanuatu to see public libraries and school libraries set up in more schools and communities and to ensure information in these libraries become accessible to everyone, including the young, elderly as well as people with disabilities.