‘Embrace roles to develop libraries’

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MEMBERS of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL) were called to take on more effective roles in the development of libraries in ASEAN through collaborative projects that are in line with the aspirations of the single economic community.

This was said by President of Brunei Library Association Nellie Dato Paduka Hj Sunny on Tuesday.

She was commenting on the result of the recent First Meeting of Executive Board of 17th CONSAL in Myanmar in July.

Nellie said the meeting told the members to make full use of the CONSAL website to develop libraries in the regional bloc.

“The meeting deliberated on future activities and plans for the upcoming conference in 2018,” she said.

It also discussed on matters pertaining to the CONSAL coordinating body.

Chaired by Myanmar, the meeting was jointly organised by the country’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture and the Myanmar Library Association.

Present during the two-day event were directors of national libraries, presidents, vice presidents and secretaries of library associations from the Southeast Asian region, executive board members of the Myanmar Library Association and observers from various ministries.

The participants also had the opportunity to visit the country’s National Museum, Branch National Library of Yangon, Universities’ Central Library and Yangon University Library.

CONSAL was founded in Singapore in 1970 in response to a growing sense of Southeast Asian identity, fostered particularly by the formation of the ASEAN.

The initiative in forming CONSAL was taken by the Library Associations of Singapore and Malaysia, due to their common origin and long history of close cooperation.

CONSAL conference promotes cooperation in the fields of librarianship, bibliography, documentation and related activities.

The Brunei Times