Brunei to take part in 4-day global library groups meeting in Manila

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BRUNEI Darussalam will take part in the Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) meeting in Manila, Philippines from May 30 to June 2 to be attended by various participants worldwide.

The sultanate will be represented by president of the Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA) Nellie Dato Paduka Hj Sunny and BLA council member Amal Syukriyyah Hj Kahar.

The event will include workshops, practical activities and evaluation of the associations’ programmes.

“We expect to learn new and best practices from colleagues around the world on sustainability and advocacy, the key issues essential to BLA,” Nellie said in a statement over the weekend.

She said she will share the new knowledge gained at the Manila meeting with members of BLA and the community library as well as to attract newcomers to the profession.

“Our goal is to make BLA a recognised awarding body that maintains a high standard of professionalism among librarians,” she said.

“We will continue to train young professionals and retain good library leaders and advocate the branding of our profession so that the association remains strong in supporting the library professionals hence building a reading and knowledgeable society,” she added.

This year’s BSLA Global Meeting is hosted by the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc (PLAI) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users as well as the global voice of the library and information profession.

The meeting has the objectives to review the outcomes and impact of the projects from 2014 onwards, support networking between associations and activities to support continued collaboration after participating in BSLA, raise awareness about trends and factors that will influence the role of associations and potential for advocacy in the future, and review the programme since 2010 to develop a future strategy and linkages with other IFLA programmes, according to the IFLA official website.

During the meeting, associations will identify their own needs for further activities and development, have the opportunity to share outcomes of their activities, and make plans for the future including sustainability and advocacy.

The Brunei Times