BB 12 Jan 2011
For a second year running, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Library accepted two groups of students from Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College (MTSSR) to undergo industrial training as part of their BDTVEC National Diploma in Information and Library Management course.The first group underwent their training in 2009. The second and third groups of MTSSR students started their training in July and October 2010 respectively and both groups completed their industrial training on December 30, 2010. The second group comprises four students namely Awg Addy Bobby Arnol Sukaitry bin Abu Bakar, Dyg Amalina binti Haji Ahmad, Dyg Nurul Afidah binti Haji Ahmad and Dyg Siti Nur Maziyyah binti Jini while the third group also comprised four students: Dyg Noralwani binti Roseli, Dyg Nurul Nadiah binti Sahari, Dyg. Rabiatuldawiah Norhidayah binti Haji Zaini and Dyg Zuriani binti Chuchu.
Apart from learning the basics of running an academic library, they also learned cataloguing, classification and indexing of library materials, using the automated library system, acquisitioning of library items and loans as well as reference services. The first group was also involved in assisting with the New Students’ Library Orientation Programme in 2010.
The supervisor, Awg Haji Mohd Ya’akob bin Haji Othman, Library Officer of UNISSA Library, remarked that the students were very dedicated in their work and since the library is in its early stages of development, their contributions to the library were very helpful and much appreciated. They were also given briefings on communication skills, reference and inquiry skills and guidance on the creations of handbooks by Dr Tahira binti Haji Muhammad Shariff, who heads the UNISSA Library.As part of their training, they also created handbooks on library services, online and printed dictionaries as well as the online catalogue. Towards the end of their training, there were group presentations and discussions on their training, followed by a farewell tea at UNISSA Library. Apart from fostering deep friendships with the UNISSA Library staff and enjoying their placement, the students remarked they gained much knowledge and experience in the library and information science field as a result of the training and felt more confident in venturing into the working life after this.