Developing a welcoming library environment for Pasifika students
Pasifika students are more likely to be attracted to a library environment that provides an appealing social space where they can meet and relax in a welcoming atmosphere.
It is important to represent Pasifika cultures prominently in the school library’s social, physical and online environment.
Suggestions to create an attractive library environment for Pasifika students
- Use Pacific Island motifs, artworks and displays when designing and decorating the library space
- Face-out display of resources in Pasifika languages and about Pasifika themes with the language labelled, to increase visibility
- Links to Pasifika websites and library events promoted through the library’s online presence on the school’s learning management system.
- Signage in the relevant language(s), either permanently or (for smaller numbers) for special events during the school year.
- Music, as recommended by Pacific language-speaking advisers. Recordings of Cook Island drums have been used to draw students to the library before school (and then turned off once students have arrived).
- Involvement with the wider Pasifika community - teachers, parents, community leaders, public librarians, and community events, pre-school access. Pasifika authors, positive role-models and guest speakers can make a great contribution.
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