New national bibliography launched


Miss Rose addressing the gathering at yesterday’s ceremony

It was launched by the principal secretary for culture Benjamine Rose in the presence of Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange at the National Cultural Centre.

Other guests included French ambassador in Seychelles Philippe Delacroix, special adviser for culture Raymonde Onezime, director of Alliance Française Christian Adam de Villiers, director of the Creole Institute Penda Choppy, principal librarian Ann- Mary Robert and authors.

The aim of the bibliography is to list every work issued locally about Seychelles and by Seychellois deposited at the National Archives.

It covers monographs, monographic series and periodicals and also lists government publications, conference proceedings, extracts and theses or dissertations presented at universities abroad by Seychellois students whose subject content is or includes Seychelles, and other publications issued outside the country by Seychellois.

The first edition of the national bibliography was launched in 2004, listing materials from 1700-1984 and the second version was launched in 2006, listing records from 1985-1995.
The third edition is compiled from the National Archives repository listing records from 1996 - 2006. Copies of the bibliography were then presented to stakeholders such as the National Archives.

Addressing those at the launch, Miss Rose said Seychellois writers and poets have an important role to play in the social and cultural development of the country, because they have the noble task of informing and educating people about Seychellois culture and society.
“We should encourage more writers to write, in order to raise awareness and uplift the consciousness of our people,” she said.

“It is important to understand the value of writing about our social problems, and exposing social ills, that create the kind of problems we are currently experiencing during this period of our social renaissance.”

She called on all Seychellois with the talent and ability, to write works of fiction, as well as non fiction, in order to ensure that Seychellois literature evolves along with the cultures and literatures of the rest of the world.

The focus this year of the World Book and Copyright Day is on the theme of books, and the translation of books into other languages.

Miss Rose said it is time that Seychellois writers begin to express their own culture and identity; interpret their own society and history.

She reiterated the importance of respecting all forms of Intellectual Property, especially in the field of artistic creations and in business. 

“We must understand the need and the responsibility to respect the rights of others, and their creative works, in compliance with all the laws and legislations that are in place to protect Intellectual Property and Copyright in Seychelles,” she said.

Miss Rose also called on organisations and individuals to generously respond to the call to donate more books and other multi-media resources to the National Library, the Children’s Library, as well as community libraries and reading centres.          
During the ceremony, Marie-Anne Ernesta from Seychelles Breweries Limited handed over a donation of Guinness books of records to Miss Rose.

A variety of books and related materials, in all three national languages, will also be on sale during this week in a special book fair organised.

The book fair is to enable the general public to have access to a variety of reading resources

This is to enable the general public to have access to a variety of reading resources.
Miss Rose described the book fair as the gateway that will establish new partnerships in the local book trade.

To commemorate World Book and Copyright Day this year, the Seychelles National Library and the World Book and Copyright Committee, in collaboration with its partners, have organised a series of activities during the course of this week.

As part of the activities, the residents of the English River and the La Retraite homes for the elderly will benefit from storytelling sessions. 

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