....a Myriad of Materials
Here is a sample of the materials that are available in the collection. To search for a specific resources or sources of a particular topic or author, use the library's online catalog available through this link. If you need further assistance, come by the library and speak with a library staff in person or you can send your inquiries through our Contact Us page.
Micronesia-Pacific Collection has possession of over 8,000 books. The books cover a wide range of topics from Micronesian cultures to Pacific art, and Palauan economy to traditional legends. There are fiction novels as well as non-fiction books. Micro-P has its own reference materials including eight different Micronesian language dictionaries and grammar books, 20 volumes of the History of Micronesia, The Pacific Islands: an encyclopedia, and travel guides for Micronesian and Pacific Islands. In addition, Micro-P also has a small collection of rare books, the oldest of those books was published in 1788.
Audio, Visual, and Digital
There are 145 videos, 57 CDs, and 41 DVDs in the Micronesia-Pacific Collection. Video tapes include a large volume of the Micronesian Seminar videos and movies such as Hell in the Pacific starring Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune. Other videos include Guam's History in songs, Journeys in the New Zealand Heartland, The Living Eden by PBS, Storytellers of the Pacific, and Pacific Passages among others.
There are over 100 maps of various sizes, from different periods, of Palau, other Micronesian islands as well as Micronesia as a whole. These maps also include topographic and aerial maps.
Government Reports & Documents
National constitutions, state constitutions, Compacts of Free Associations, Trust Territory reports, South Pacific Commission Annual Reports, the Legislative Reviews, Pacific Courts & Legal Systems, and environmental assessments are among the many that fall under "government reports and documents. State of the Republic Addresses by Palau's current and the former Presidents are shelved among them, including an an inaugural address by Palau's first president, Haruo Remeliik.
The small collection of dissertations /theses, donated by researchers began in 1999. And in 2011 (after 12 years and a great many doctorate and masters degrees) the Micro-P collection contains a total of 370 dissertations/theses on a wide range of topics. Some of the topics include
education, medicines , culture , religion, and politics among many more.
"Projective psychological findings in Palau personality" by Francis B. Mahoney, published in 1950, is the oldest dissertation in the collection. The most recent thesis is " Palauans colonial experiences under the Japanese administration: an approach by historical anthropology" by Shingo Iitaka, published in 2009.
The Micro-P collection houses past issues of local and regional newspapers in archival boxes and vertical files. Newspapers such as Island Times (2005-2010), Kaselehlie Press(2001-2006), Marianas Variety (2000-2006), Marshall Island Journal (2000-2010), Palau Horizon (2000-2010), Roureor Belau (1999-2002), Micronesian Counselor Tribune , TiaBelau (1999-2010) and others. Newspaper issues are collected throughout the year and are then organized into an archival box, labled, and placed on the shelf.
Journals & Magazines
The Micro-P Collection has a large volume of magazines and journals, all of which focus on Micronesia or the Pacific. Islands Business, AsianDiver, Japan+plus, INFOfish International and Scuba Diving are some of the magazines included in the collection. Scholarly or academic journals available in the Micro-P collection include such titles as:
Micronesian Educator, Asian Pacific Economic Literature, Atoll Research Bulletin, Micronesica, Pacific Science, Asia pacific viewpoint, and Contemporary Pacific just to name a few.