‘Brunei needs more professional librarians’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
YOUTH are encouraged to take up library profession as the country is still lacking professional librarians.
“Every year we don’t have graduates in library qualification and we also lack encouragement and support from others,” said Hj Abu Bakar Hj Zainal, Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA)’s Co-Founding member.
He said this is due to lack of professional librarians in the country and sometimes the association had to seek the assistance from librarians overseas.
There is a need for more people to take up the profession as it is a noble job, he said, adding that support and encouragement are also important.
“There are many benefits to be a librarian. You are always upto date with current news, knowledgeable in so many different fields, organised and are able to help others instantly when it comes to information.”
He encouraged the younger generation to look into the profession and select the course at the university level.
Hj Abu Bakar said youths who are knowledgeable in so many different fields are needed to develop and help improve the nation.
He said networking opportunities are also important for librarians.
It is important for BLA members to participate in regional and international seminars and programmes to gain knowledge, experience as well as improve their skills, said Hj Abu Bakar.
“The profession of librarians has now attained many different stances and consequently the role of librarians has changed over the years.”
He said librarians are no longer the custodian of books but have more tasks — apart from arranging books — such as providing resources including internet resources, advice as well as guiding users. “Librarians can now be called information managers, information scientists, facilitators, counselors, lecturers, advisors and so on.”
Therefore, he said, librarians must constantly broaden their knowledge and keep up with current news of the country and around the world.
The Brunei Times