2 librarians honoured for meaningful service

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THE Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA) honoured two of its members during the opening of the association’s conference yesterday.

The Promising Young Librarian award went to Nooralizah Hj Mohamad, BLA’s Honorary Secretary, who is currently a librarian at Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien College (SOASC).

The Meritorious Award went to BLA Vice President Abdul Talip Hj Tassim, who has retired from public library services after 30 years of service at the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) Library.

Dr Hj Abu Bakar Hj Zainal, a senior BLA member and Executive Committee, said the recipient of the Promising Young Librarian award must be an active member of the association, who is motivated to promote and improve the association from time to time.

“The recipient of the award is persistent and works hard to help with administration work with dedication. She is also experienced in administration work correspondence rules specific for non-governmental organisations.”

Dr Hj Abu Bakar said Nooralizah has been BLA’s Honorary Secretary for a few years and has shown high credibility.

Abdul Talip, the recipient of the Meritorious Award, is an active contributor in the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL) Regional Publication Project spearheaded by BLA.

Dr Hj Abu Bakar said the criteria of being a recipient of the Meritorious Award are endless engagement, meaningful contributions in related areas as well as being a member since the inception of the association until now.

He said the criteria involved participation and ongoing contributions to the progress seen in libraries in general and particularly library associations in Brunei.

“Abdul Talip has worked in this field since the 1980s and has contributed his energy, experience and knowledge by teaching at a local institution for three years.”

Dr Hj Abu Bakar said the recipient has also attended multiple courses, seminars, and conferences in and outside the country as well as presented working papers in the field.

The awards were presented by the guest of honour, Minister of Education (MoE) Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.

Six books — the BLA handbook, Secretary’s Report, online articles on BLA, Register of Brunei Professional Librarians, Index Wadah Perpustakaan and Buku kenang-kenangan Mesyuarat Agung ke 13 — were also launched at the conference.

Prior to the awards ceremony and book launching, BLA President Nellie Dato Paduka Hj Sunny said the association has managed to sustain and build a stronger library association because of the strong teamwork and dedication of the members.

She said that it was also the result of the commitment of the association’s members to see the library profession remain a top and deserving profession and to see the continued nurturing and development of a learning and knowledgeable society in Brunei.

“The association is in regular consultation with relevant agencies to upgrade the professionalism of our librarians in order to rise to the challenges of information seekers, which is of paramount importance to us.”

The BLA president said: “We are librarians and teachers. We continue to teach our users, big and small, young and old, ways to access information.”

Information is the core business of librarians, said Nellie, adding that librarians are trained and skilled workforce to connect users and non users to libraries, as the nation’s leading repository of knowledge, culture and scholarship.

She said the theme of the conference — Libraries Transform: Unlocking Your Potential As Librarians — was to highlight the challenging issues and responsibilities of the new librarian in the fast changing environment in which libraries find themselves today.

Nellie said libraries exist to provide information. Libraries are creative places and are the learning hubs as well as a way to embrace the digital world.

Collaborate, connect and partnerships will be the keywords for librarians as our libraries transform, she said.

The conference is being held at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB)’s library and will continue to run until September 22.

It is held in conjunction with the association’s 30th anniversary, in collaboration with UTB.

Over 100 librarians from schools, universities, public libraries, government departments, one foreign speaker and 28 local speakers are participating in the conference.

The Brunei Times