Brunei librarians back common ASEAN skills standard
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Brunei Darussalam Library Association will be working with other ASEAN countries to come up with a common skills standard for librarians, said the president of the association Nellie Dato Paduka Hj Sunny yesterday.
“There is now a call for ASEAN integration. This means that Brunei (library) qualifications can be accepted in other ASEAN countries such as the Philippines and vice versa,” she said.
The president said this move would make it easier for local librarians to find jobs abroad in the same or even other fields.
The association is currently working with neighbouring Philippines on the matter.
She said they are also trying to groom local young professional librarians to take a more active part in running the association.”
Nellie said the association has participated in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ building association programme.
“This is part of the programme – to groom young people to be active in the association as well as strengthen the library profession to ensure the public knows the importance of libraries and librarians.”
She added that the association is currently drawing up a more aggressive training programme that will be provided for members and non-members of the organisation.
“Libraries here are developing at a steady pace but if you compare it with other countries, of course they are more advanced,” she said.
“This is why we need to train our librarians to adapt to the changing environment – the transformation of libraries, which are now known as knowledge parks and resource centres,” Nellie added.
Those with library qualifications can venture into different employment opportunities such as information specialist, knowledge management, webmaster as well as work in the publishing world, she said.
“You cover a vast area therefore you are so knowledgeable you can actually feed into any profession that comes along. You don’t necessarily have to work in a library,” she added.
The president said the association is also looking at coming up with a training curriculum to work with school libraries as well as international library bodies to see how the association can upgrade the profession and training of local librarians.
The Brunei Darussalam Library Association was established in 1986 and currently has over 100 members.
The Brunei Times