‘Unlocking librarians’ potential’

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BELAIT

THE Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA) will host a National Library Conference in April this year focusing on the relevance of librarians in today’s world.

The conference, open to the public, is scheduled to be held from April 11 to 13 at the Civil Service Institute in Brunei-Muara, and coincides with BLA’s 30th anniversary this year.

Executive committee members of BLA Saidah Hj Mohd and Roziah Hj Ali said recently the conference, consisting of 12 sessions, has been themed ‘Librarians: Unlocking Our Potential’.

“The sessions have a scope for a wide number of issues but they all tie into exploring the development and relevance of the institution of the library itself as well as the librarian profession,” Saidah said on the sidelines of a BLA roadshow held earlier this week at Kampong Pandan Library.

Roziah said BLA hopes for the conference, the second they have hosted in their 30-year history, will raise the organisation’s profile and expand membership.

“We have over 100 members, but in terms of active members the figure is closer to 30 plus, so we have a lot of work to do to promote the organisation to the public and encourage existing members to be more active,” she said.

Roziah added that BLA membership does not require one to be an educator, or to be involved in the operating of libraries, despite the common conception from the public that the organisation is exclusively for librarians.

“We are in the midst of doing a series of roadshows nationwide exactly to promote this (membership) to anyone who has an interest for reading and libraries,” she said.

A roadshow at the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) in Berakas will be held today, as well as on Saturday at DBP’s Temburong Library.

BLA will begin marking their 30th anniversary by making a study visit to Bangkok at the invitation of the Thai Library Association next month, followed by a commemoration ceremony in March where six BLA publications will be launched.

Those interested in joining the conference can obtain and submit registration forms from BLA’s secretariat at Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien College’s library. Attending the conference will cost $250 for BLA members, and $350 for non members.

The Brunei Times