MOU with SEAMEO VOCTECH

Written by Rohani Hj Abd Hamid, Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin Wednesday, 08 July 2009

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Hj Awg Yussof, Acting Director of Seameo Voctech.

Seameo Voctech yesterday formalised another essential collaborative effort that will contribute to the library development programmes in the Sultanate with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the centre and Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA). This observation was made by Hj Awg Yussof bin Hj Awg Mohamad, the Acting Director of Seameo Voctech, during a signing ceremony in Gadong yesterday.

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Guest of honour, Hjh Norjum binti Hj Mohd Yusop (centre), witnessing the signing of a MoU between Seameo Voctech and Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA).

 According to him, the two organisations have agreed to assist each other in terms of providing training programmes facilitated by professionals or qualified staff and making venues (i.e. Seameo Voctech) and other related facilities available for participants of these programmes whenever the need arises.

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BLA President Dayang Nellie (right) with the guest of honour (centre) and Hj Awg Yussof, Acting Director of Seameo Voctech.

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Among those who attended yesterday’s event.
Hj Awg Yussof added the BLA would provide all the necessary funding to conduct these courses. The President of BLA, Dayang Nellie binti Dato Paduka Hj Sunny noted that libraries play a crucial role in developing future leaders who are learned, creative and innovative thinkers. This is especially so as the National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN21) aims to bring forth a student-centred learning environment, she added. “In Brunei Darussalam, we are blessed and fortunate with the availability of a two-and-a-half year course in National Diploma in Information and Library Management (which is offered by) Maktab Teknik Sultan Saiful Rijal,” said Dayang Nellie. “Since 2000, some 72 graduates have successfully completed this course.” However, she pointed out that there are still many practising librarians out there who urgently need more training. “Librarians, at most times, are faced with challenging tasks of heading a library with no proper qualifications or training given,” she said. Dayang Nellie noted that even after graduating, librarians still need to be engaged in continuing education and training to stay competitive. Commenting on the benefits of this Memorandum of Understand that was signed yesterday, she said that the upcoming trainings will help fulfil the country’s aspirations to produce specialisation in the library and information science discipline. In light of this, the desire to produce high-quality library professionals will remain as one of the key responsibilities of BLA, she said. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Hj Awg Yussof of Seameo Voctech and Dayang Nellie of BLA. The signing of the documents was witnessed by the guest of honour, Hjh Norjum binti Hj Mohd Yusop, the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Corporate Service) at the Ministry of Education.

Meanwhile, librarians who attended the CONSAL Conference XIV in Hanoi, Vietnam presented their working papers to their colleagues on the sidelines of yesterday’s signing ceremony.

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