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Feleti Barstow Public Library, the designated State Library Administrative Agency for the U.S. Territory of American Samoa, will expand electronic access to the Polynesian Photo Archives (PPA) and sustain regional access to databases. Established in 2000, the PPA collection contains nearly 800,000 images related to the territory’s history, traditions, and culture. Funds will support staffing and archival processing costs to ensure that historic still and moving images from the American Samoa government are preserved and made accessible to the public. As the founding member of the Information Literacy Consortium, a regional collective of libraries in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific region, Feleti Barstow Public Library will also support continued access to EBSCOHost databases.
Guam Public Library System (GPLS), the main depository of federal and local materials on Guam, will use grant funds to convert aging microfilm collections to a more accessible electronic medium. GPLS will procure conversion services from an outside vendor for over 400 microfilms representing historic U.S. Consul dispatches and local news publications. This history is important to researchers, educators, students, and the general public. Through its planned conversion efforts, GPLS will preserve these materials for future generations. The project will have additional impact in the form of improved information retrieval for library staff as well as any needed training on the chosen format.