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EDITORIAL
TRANSFORM LIBRARIES, TRANSFORM SOCIETIES

 

The theme of WLIC 2018 is ‘transform libraries, transform societies’. Our conference – indeed any conference – can only do this by providing a space for conversations and dialogue. Malaysia itself is a diverse country, standing at the crossroads of different cultures and civilisations. Talking, and working, together is at the heart of what it means to be Malaysian.

We will be bringing this tradition and experience to WLIC and applying it to help make progress on the big professional questions to resolve several critical issues faced by professionals in the library field.

At a time that IFLA itself is developing its vision for the future, we are proud to be offering a platform for free and open discussions on how IFLA can provide the best possible services to all our users.

We will be publishing the programme for our week together in the coming days – it will be the best possible illustration of how open and broad our discussions will be. We’re looking forward to it!

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
 
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KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE
By Jenice Phung
Head, Conventions & Conferences Sales, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
 
The award-winning purpose-built Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) is Malaysia’s premier facility for holding various types of national and international congresses and symposia. It is a world-class venue; strategically located and well maintained. It is well known for its highly knowledgeable and professional team, who are committed to delivering flexible, innovative and value-added solutions customized for clients.

Front view of KLCC.
Courtesy of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

KLCC is Asia’s one and only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard Venue. The Centre offers 22,659 sq. m of flexible function space, including two auditoria; a 2991-seat Plenary Hall, a Plenary Theatre for 470; a Grand Ballroom which seats 2,000 diners, a Banquet Hall for 510, three Conference Halls, five Exhibition Halls (9,710 sq. m of column-free exhibition halls including a 2,600 sq. m stand-alone marquee) and 23 meeting rooms.
 

Plenary Hall, KLCC.
Courtesy of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Overlooking the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers and the 50-acre KLCC Park, the Centre is sited right in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), a 100-acre ‘city within a city’ development. Here, delegates and visitors attending events at the Centre are spoilt for choice of activity, given the varied and exciting range of recreational, entertainment, food & beverage and accommodation options, with over 25,000 hotel rooms (budget to 5-star properties) within walking distance. The precinct infrastructure also provides excellent accessibility and connectivity, with the majority of attractions within a comfortable 5 to 10-minute walk via covered air-conditioned walkways from the Centre.
 
Website: www.klccconventioncentre.com/
 
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PROMOTIONAL VISIT FOR IFLA WLIC 2018 AT THE ALA DENVER MIDWINTER MEETING AND EXHIBITS, 9-13 FEBRUARY 2018
By Chin Loy Jyoon
Secretariat Deputy Director 1, Malaysian National Committee, IFLA WLIC 2018
 
Malaysia, through the perseverance of the Librarians Association of Malaysia and the National Library of Malaysia, in its third attempt, finally won the bid to host the 84th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library Congress (IFLA WLIC) in Kuala Lumpur from 24 to 30 August 2018. Since winning the bid in 2016, the Malaysian National Committee IFLA WLIC 2018 has aggressively promoted WLIC 2018 to local and international librarians at various conferences such as at IFLA WLIC 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The number of targeted participants for WLIC 2018 is 4,000, of which 3,000 are expected to be participants from outside Malaysia.
 
The American Library Association (ALA) works closely with international library forums, and particularly with IFLA. Thus, to further promote IFLA WLIC 2018, Mr Michael Dowling, Director, International and Chapter Relations Offices, ALA graciously invited the Malaysian National Committee IFLA WLIC 2018 to promote IFLA WLIC 2018 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits at the Colorado Convention held in Denver, Colorado, from 9 to 12 February 2018. Approximately 7,000 to 8,000 librarians and trade exhibitors converged in Denver, the Mile High City, nestled among Rocky Mountain vistas, for the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. The meeting discussed how libraries can most effectively provide information and outreach, serve their communities, and advocate to all, in this era of transition. The trade exhibitors offered the latest in products, titles, and services to every type of libraries.
 

Mr Michael Dowling, Director, International and Chapter Relations Offices, American Library Association (ALA) with Chin Loy Jyoon at the  IFLA WLIC 2018 booth at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits.
Courtesy of Chin Loy Jyoon
 
ALA provided a free space for the IFLA WLIC 2018 booth as well as complimentary hotel accommodation at the Hyatt Regency at the Denver Convention Center. The National Committee WLIC 2018 was able to send Madam Chin Loy Jyoon, a member of the Malaysian National Committee IFLA WLIC 2018 for this promotional visit.
 
Ten United States IFLA members who were attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting volunteered to promote IFLA WLIC 2018 to their colleagues. I was very fortunate to be able to work with volunteers John DeSantis, Pat Losinski, Ismail Abdullahi, Joyce Jelks, Delin Guerra, Ray Pun, Clara Chu, Joan Weeks, Clem Guthro and Richard Huffine at the IFLA WLIC 2018 booth. There were two persons on duty for each shift of two hours, starting from 9.00 a.m. till 6 p.m. They were very helpful and informative and I learnt a lot about ALA and other IFLA programmes from them.
 

Chin Loy Jyoon together with US IFLA Members who were volunteers at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits promoting IFLA WLIC 2018 at the IFLA WLIC 2018 booth.
Courtesy of Chin Loy Jyoon
 
The response from the Meeting participants was good with many of them stopping by at the IFLA WLIC 2018 booth to obtain more information about the WLIC 2018 programme as well as other matters, such as the most suitable hotels to stay in, places of interest to visit in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia, local transportation and the calls for papers for the open session of the Congress. They were all very excited at the prospect of visiting Kuala Lumpur as most of them have not been to Malaysia before.
 

Chin Loy Jyoon promoting IFLA WLIC 2018 at the IFLA WLIC 2018 booth. 
Courtesy of Chin Loy Jyoon
 
On this note, American librarians have always been some of the strongest supporters in terms of attendance at IFLA WLIC in past years. They were among the highest in number in Helsinki (386), Singapore (309), Lyon (415), Cape Town (299), Columbus (1,609) and Wroclaw (390). We hope that librarians from the US will surpass their previous attendance at IFLA WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur!
 
In addition to undertaking promotional work at the booth, I also distributed IFLA WLIC 2018 flyers to participants at various meetings and sessions. I was also invited by Mr Ismail Abdullahi, ALA Councillor-at-Large, to attend the ALA Council Meeting 1 on Sunday, 11 February 2018 as an observer, as well as to welcome the ALA Council Members to WLIC 2018. Several trade exhibitors also stopped at our booth and expressed their interest in showcasing their products at IFLA WLIC 2018. One thing that caught my interest during the ALA Midwinter Meeting was the publishing of the newsletter COGNOTES. It was published daily from 9 February until 12 February 2018 and circulated to all participants and exhibitors despite the digital age and social media.
 

COGNOTES is published and circulated daily to participants and exhibitors.
Courtesy of Chin Loy Jyoon
 
Overall, the experience of this promotional visit is a truly memorable one and we look forward to welcoming librarians from all over the world to Kuala Lumpur in August 2018.
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LIBRARIES IN FOCUS
 
In Malaysia, a distinction is made between Community Libraries and Rural Libraries. The former mainly serve users in urban/suburban areas, while the latter serve mainly rural communities. The importance of these types of public libraries should be viewed against a socioeconomic background.
 
It is important to remember that not so long ago, until the 1960s, Malaya/Malaysia was largely an agricultural economy, with over 70% of its population engaged in rural activities as farmers and plantation workers. Peasant family-household incomes averaged a mere 50 dollars a month, barely sufficient for food and shelter. Literacy rates were low, mortality rates high; indebtedness and poverty were the order of the day. As noted in the March issue, winds of economic change blew strongly after Independence, with diverse institutions being established to reduce rural poverty, heighten literacy rates and increase public health. Facilities increasingly made available to the rural population included schools, clinics and hospitals. [Ref: Royal Professor Ungku A. Aziz, 2017, passim.] In addition, rural libraries were established to reinforce development efforts.
 
Over time, the Malaysian economy moved strongly into manufacturing, and in recent decades, the services and finance sectors have also become important. This has resulted in migration of population to urban centres. Towns sprung up with burgeoning populations that also needed information services of a different order. This paved the way for the establishment of community libraries that served these differentiated needs. Both types of libraries are agents of change at the grass-root level. The libraries work very closely with the state public libraries. The National Library (NLM) coordinates their planning, finance, and staff training. [Ref: Zawiyah Baba, 2017, pages 39-43, 51-59 for details on these two types of public libraries; NLM, AR.]
 
This issue of the Newsletter pays tribute to these two important types of libraries in national development. We are fortunate to have write-ups from the two Divisions of the NLM that oversee development of urban/suburban libraries (under the Community Library Division), and of rural libraries (Rural Library Division). The write-ups highlight the continuing efforts to make these libraries a force in urban and rural community development; and the creative initiatives adopted to ‘reach out to the hard to reach’. In addition, there are some case studies submitted by the libraries themselves.
References:
Royal Professor Ungku A. Aziz: Writing for the Nation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Economic Association, 5 vols., 2017.
Zawiyah bt. Baba (ed.), Libraries in Malaysia: Towards Transformation and Community Outreach, Kuala Lumpur, Librarians Association of Malaysia2017.
National Library Malaysia, Annual Report (AR). Various years.
 
 
COMMUNITY LIBRARIES
By Ali bin Rashid, Deputy Director, & Nor Amin bin Maidin, Assistant Director, Circulation Division, National Library of Malaysia

The community library is a government initiative to enhance the reading habits of Malaysians especially those in the urban areas. This is accomplished through the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) with particular focus on the major shopping malls as well as government agencies. 
 
In December 2014, the National Library of Malaysia (NLM) established its latest community library at the Mini Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) situated within the Keramat Mall, Kuala Lumpur. This brings the total number of community libraries managed by NLM to four. The other three are at Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) Shopping Mall; Setiawangsa AEON Shopping Mall which opened in 2012; and the Bukit Damansara Community Library which is situated within a residential area and began operations in 2014. All these community libraries are located in Kuala Lumpur and are corporate social responsibility projects of the various private sectors. The shop lots in the shopping mall and buildings for the community libraries are provided by the private sectors whilst NLM provides the library staff and collection. 

These libraries are developed within urban areas in order to bring library services to the people who are faced with challenges in getting access to information. The main challenges are the increasing costs of books and the lack of time to go to the library. Through the establishment of community libraries within the shopping malls that are frequented by a many from the neighbourhood, NLM is indirectly facilitating access to information and inculcating the reading habit for the neighbourhood.
 
The primary aim is to approach those who are difficult to approach. Even though a community library may be established within a community with a high level of literacy skills, there would be challenges in getting them to access information. The lure of high-end entertainment centres and a busy urban lifestyle may be inhibiting factors.
 
Therefore, siting these community libraries in locations often visited by urban users such as shopping malls make them easily accessible to the community it serves. The efforts of NLM in empowering the delivery of quality information resources through library services to create a knowledge society will be able to fulfil NLM’s vision to be a world-class leader in the development and provision of library services in Malaysia by 2020.
 
In line with the IFLA WLIC 2018 theme of ‘transform libraries, transform societies’ and the tagline ‘reaching out to the hard to reach’, the presence of community libraries is very significant for the development of knowledge and the reading culture of the urban population. They should be able to access information quickly, precisely and easily.
 
 
 
BUKIT DAMANSARA PUBLIC LIBRARY
By Ali bin Rashid
Deputy Director, Circulation Division, National Library of Malaysia
 
Introduction
The establishment of the Bukit Damansara Public Library (BDPL) in Kuala Lumpur was proposed by Syarikat Perumahan Pegawai Kerajaan (SPPK) Sdn. Bhd. and it began operating in March 2013. The Library was built by Island and Peninsular (I&P) Bhd., a private company, under its corporate social responsibility programme. The two-storey community library, built on 17,000 square feet of prime land with a library area of 10,000 square feet, has disabled-friendly facilities. It is equipped with computers, free Wi-Fi, and provides e-book access. It also houses a cafeteria and a children’s corner. The Library building’s design is unique and combines both the modern as well as traditional concepts, with ceilings and high windows resembling those of colonial buildings.
 

The façade of the Bukit Damansara Public Library building.
Courtesy of Bukit Damansara Public Library
 
Management
The National Library of Malaysia provides the budget for the management of services at BDPL such as salaries, collection development, utilities and cleaning services. The budget for building and landscape maintenance is from SPPK. BDPL currently has three permanent staff and two contract staff.
 
Collection and Services
The collection at BDPL consists of general reading materials such as novels, biographies, photography, cookery, language, hobbies, sports, DIY, motivational and children’s books in various subject areas. It also subscribes to magazines and newspapers in the Malay, English, Tamil and Mandarin languages. The size of the collection stands at 30,557 volumes. The Tun Ahmad Sarji* Collection, a special collection of 768 books from Tun’s personal collection, is located on the first floor of the Library. The services of the Library include free membership registration; loans of six books for four weeks to members; the Internet and the online public access catalogue (OPAC).
Note: *Tun Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid is a former Chief Secretary to the Malaysian Government; he is an avid reader, an author, and a staunch supporter of libraries and library development.
 

A collection of books on loan from Tun Ahmad Sarji is kept in the Tun Ahmad Sarji Collection.
Courtesy of Bukit Damansara Public Library
 
Membership
Any individual who wishes to use the library’s services and facilities must register as a member. All Malaysians and foreigners with authorized passports can register as members for free. Users can also register online via www.pnm.gov.my. BDPL currently has 3,607 registered members.
 
Activities
BDPL holds regular reading promotion activities in an effort to inculcate the love of reading and to support lifelong learning within the community. Among the activities held are exhibitions, book talks, puppet shows, storytelling sessions, read-aloud sessions, information literacy sessions, handicrafts workshops and other book-based activities. More activities are organized during the school holidays.
 

Members of the community attending a talk on Alzheimer's Disease.
Courtesy of Bukit Damansara Public Library
 

Craft activities with the children.
Courtesy of Bukit Damansara Public Library
 
Website            : www.pnm.gov.my
Facebook         : Perpustakaan Awam Bukit Damansara – PABD
 
Editorial Note: The Bukit Damansara Community Library is on the IFLA WLIC 2018 Local Library Visit 8
 
 
NEIGHBOURHOOD LEARNING CENTRE, PUTRAJAYA CORPORATION
By Mohd. Azaly Md. Lazim
Assistant Librarian, Neighbourhood Learning Centre
 
The first Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC) or locally known as Pusat Pembelajaran Kejiranan (PPK) was established on 2 May 2001 at Precinct 8. These NLCs are designed to meet the needs of the community within walking distance of the Library. There are now four NLCs in Precinct 8, Precinct 16 (1 September 2006), Precinct 9 (9 December 2008) and Precinct 11 (5 January 2010) respectively. These Centres are under the purview of the Community Services Division, City Services Department of Putrajaya Corporation.
 
 

Children’s collection at PPK Precinct 8.
Courtesy of Ghazali Mohd. Fadzil
 
It is a public amenity provided and managed by the Corporation with the aim of providing a support service to create and sustain a knowledgeable and informative community. The concept behind this is that the NLC will be the community’s meeting and interaction hub as well as an information seeking and learning centre. The NLCs are currently being used as a venue to host events such as exhibitions, seminars, educational gatherings and other activities. These four centres are staffed by a librarian, three assistant librarians, seven library assistants and five administrative assistants. The budget to run the NLCs comes from Putrajaya Corporation.
 

Reading hall at  PPK Precinct 16.
Courtesy of Ghazali Mohd. Fadzil
 
The collection at the NLC or PPK Precinct 11 include books, magazines, newspapers, CD-ROMs, braille materials and the Malaysia Board on Books for Young People (MBBY) Collection. The NLC or PPK at Precinct 11 runs various services including loans and returns; room reservations; photocopying; and printing and scanning. They also provide a PPK User Services Counter, OPAC and book drop.
 
 

IT facilities at PPK Precinct 9.
Courtesy of Ghazali Mohd. Fadzil
 
The users for these community libraries are from Putrajaya and neighbouring areas such as Cyberjaya, Dengkil, Bangi, Kajang and Kajang. Response from the communities is very encouraging. Among the activities conducted at the NLCs are PPK Membership Incentive Programme; Collaborative programmes with KL Braille; skills classes (Al-Quran Hafazan & Pemantapan Solat,  Mewarna Kreatif,  Menulis & Membaca Jawi Siri 1, Smart English for Kids, Mudahnya Bahasa Arab, Menulis & Membaca Jawi Siri 2); workshops (Bijak Belajar UPSR: Teknik Menjawab Kertas Penulisan Bahasa Inggeris, Pendidikan Kesihatan, IT: Photo Editing: Basic Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator: Basic, Teknik Kiraan Pantas & Mental Math Arithmetik); competitions (Guess the Number of Book Pages, Golf Simulator, Drawing & Colouring 2017, Pertandingan Teka Muka Surat Buku, Designing Blocks, Spelling Bee); and Malaysia Board on Books for Young People (MBBY @ Majlis Buku  Kanak-Kanak dan Remaja) Programme; English Is Fun Programme; Kamishibai Activity; and World Read Aloud Day 2017 Programme.
 

Entrance to PPK Precinct 11.
Courtesy of Ghazali Mohd. Fadzil
 

Maximum space utilisation at PPK Precinct 11.
Courtesy of Ghazali Mohd. Fadzil
 
Website: ppk.ppj.gov.my
 
Editorial Note: The Neighbourhood Learning Centre or the Putrajaya Community Centre (Community Library) is Local Library Visit 10.
 
 
PERPUSTAKAAN 1 WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN LEMBAH PANTAI
By Shaharizad Adnan
Senior Librarian, Kuala Lumpur Library  
 
The Kuala Lumpur Library or Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur (PKL) has 13 libraries within its network. Each library functions as a civic centre and social hub that brings the community together to interact through social and recreational activities. This network of libraries closes the gap between the local community and the library thus allowing PKL to play a role in enhancing the community’s quality of life through its services and activities. To fulfil this role, PKL is actively establishing libraries within Kuala Lumpur.
 
Perpustakaan 1 Wilayah Persekutuan Lembah Pantai is one of several libraries established under the corporate social responsibility programme of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall or Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. The Library’s opening was officiated by Dato’ Dr Loga Bala Mohan, Deputy Minister of Federal Territories, on 18 April 2015. Located at Lot 55095, Jalan Pantai Permai 1, Bukit Kerinchi in Kuala Lumpur, the Library is managed by the Kuala Lumpur Library Division, Community Development and Well Being Department of Kuala Lumpur City Hall. All its operational expenses are borne by City Hall.
 

Perpustakaan 1 Wilayah Persekutuan Lembah Pantai.
Courtesy of Kuala Lumpur Library
 
The Library is located in a strategic area in close proximity to public housing, eateries, a mosque and schools. It benefits a total of 20,000 inhabitants within Kerinci, Pantai Dalam and neighbouring areas. With a floor space of 17,000 square feet, the Library provides 15,000 volumes of reading material apart from electronic materials and other facilities. The Library operates daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.45 p.m. except for the first Saturday and Sunday of every month and on public holidays. It is manned by five staff whose duties includes rearranging reading materials; manage loans and returns; and conduct weekly activities. The Library’s user target is at every level of the community ranging from children to adults.
 
The Library provides the following services and facilities:
  • Reading area – the Library provides a comfortable reading area for both adults and children. It provides different reading materials for different categories of users.
  • Magazines and newspapers – users can read the magazines and newspapers provided by the Library without charge but these items cannot be borrowed out by the users.
  • Wi-Fi/Internet faculties – this amenity is provided for free to users.
  • Loans and returns of reading material – this service is provided only for the Library members. Each member can borrow three books for 14 days. Loans and returns can be performed at the counter or through the shelf loan/return machines. The latter is viewed as being easier, faster and more user-friendly.
  • Computer room –Library members can use the computer room provided by the Library; it is constantly being used for activities such as computer classes, presentations and other related activities.
  • Viewing room – this room is often used for showing documentary and current films to its users.
  • Surau [Prayer room] /Parking/ Photocopy – the Library also provides these facilities for its users.
 

A computer class in session in the Computer Room.
Courtesy of Kuala Lumpur Library
 
Every weekend the Library organizes various activities for both adults and children such as colouring, drawing, handicrafts, video shows and storytelling. Through these activities, the users can collectively participate and interact with each other. In 2017, a total of 30,804 people used the Library to obtain information and participate in the activities.
 

One of several activities for the children.
Courtesy of Kuala Lumpur Library
 
Facebook: Perpustakaan Wilayah Lembah Pantai @Perpustakaan1wilayahlembahpantai
 
Editorial Note: Perpustakaan 1 Wilayah Persekutuan Lembah Pantai is Local Library Visit 7
 
PUSTAKA KL@ BANDAR BARU SENTUL (CLiC)
By Shaharizad Adnan
Senior Librarian, Kuala Lumpur Library  
 
Pustaka KL @ Bandar Baru Sentul (CLiC) is another corporate social responsibility programme. However, this time it is from Sentul Raya Sdn. Bhd. to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall or Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. The Library is located on Level 2 of the UTC Sentul Perdana Building in Kuala Lumpur. It was officially opened on 21 August 2014 by Dato’ Dr Loga Bala Mohan, Deputy Minister of Federal Territories. Also present were the Secretary-General for the Ministry of Education, Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad and the Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry, Datuk Mohd Jamal Mahussin. The Library is managed by the Kuala Lumpur Library Division, Community Development and Well Being Department of Kuala Lumpur City Hall. As in the other libraries, all its operational expenses are borne by City Hall.
 

CLiC is located on Level 2 of the UTC Sentul Perdana Building.
Courtesy of Kuala Lumpur Library
 
Strategically located within a public housing area, the Library benefits about 5,400 less fortunate families and 25,000 students from 34 neighbouring schools since it is equipped with ICT facilities such as the YES 4G high speed wireless broadband and Chromebook Google computers; multimedia learning videos; e-books and print books.
 
The Library is divided into several zones:
  • Chromebook and Exercise Zone – students are encouraged to surf the Internet and conduct online studies using the Chromebook.
  • Research Zone – students are offered access to a wider range of academic books. They can also read and watch videos to enhance their general knowledge.
  • Easy Reading Zone – adults and children can choose books or magazines and enjoy the pleasure of reading.
  • Children’s Zone – this is a comfortable place for parents to bring their children to inculcate the love of reading and studying.
 
The Library has a floor space of 12,658 square feet and offers 37,000 volumes of reading materials as well as computer and Wi-Fi facilities to its users. It operates daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.45 p.m. except for the first Saturday and Sunday of every month, and on public holidays.
 

CLiC as a civic centre and social hub.
Courtesy of Kuala Lumpur Library
 
The Library’s user target is at every level of the community ranging from children to adults. A library staff of five ensures that the library collection is always arranged neatly and in order; they manage loans and returns; and hold special weekly activities as part of its objective to be a civic centre and social hub. One such activity, known as English@CLiC, is jointly organized with Sentul Raya Sdn. Bhd. This programme focuses on strengthening English language proficiency among the schoolchildren through the use of information technology and the virtual learning environment (VLE). The teachers are the teaching staff of the programme. Other activities include digital literacy, motivation, skills enrichment and academic workshops conducted with intelligent partners such as FrogAsia Brainbytes, Asia Youth Ambassadors, Education, Leadereconomics, TheLearningClub and others.
 

A music session for the children.
Courtesy of Kuala Lumpur Library
 
Apart from that, the Library conducts various skills and learning activities throughout the week such as handicrafts, reading, storytelling, colouring and drawing. A total of 22,774 people comprising 13,166 adults and 9,608 children used the services of the Library in 2017.
 
Facebook: Perpustakaan Bandar Baru Sentul @Perpustakaan BBS
 
Editorial Note: Pustaka KL @ Bandar Baru Sentul (CliC) is Local Library Visit 2
 
 
PUSTAKA KL@SETIAWANGSA
By Normah Abdul Mutalib
Chief Librarian, Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur
 
The KL Library @Setiawangsa or Pustaka KL@Setiawangsa is one of 13 branch libraries under the Kuala Lumpur Library, City Hall. The library is located in a 6-storey building at Level 4-6, Setiawangsa Branch Office, No.1, Jalan Wangsa Delima Section 5, Wangsa Maju, 53300 Kuala Lumpur. The Pustaka KL @ Setiawangsa occupies the 4th to 6th floors. Level 4 is the children's section; level 5 is for teenagers and adults; and level 6 is for interactive services. The Library provides a variety of free services to the public including programming and internet access. It has a collection of over 33,500 books for reading and borrowing and provides access from an e-book collection.
 
The Library aims to extend information and resources to its local community to support their lifelong learning needs, and thereby to improve their quality of life. To achieve this goal, the staff are trained to be confident and user-friendly so as to attract the community to participate in library programmes and encourage them to use the services provided.
 
There are numerous facilities available in the Library. These include interactive programmes, educational games, 3D movies, port learning for students sitting the various national primary and secondary examinations such as the UPSR, PT3 and SPM. Library facilities and resources help them to achieve better results. Students can also make use of the Library’s study and discussion areas for their daily work.
 
There are activities planned for Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year, such as drawing and colouring competitions, handicrafts, general knowledge quizzes, wealth wheels, and many others. These activities and programmes enable the Library to act as an information and social hub for the area’s busy urban community.
 

Children colouring activities.
Courtesy of Pustaka KL@Setiawangsa
 

School library prefects who attended a course on managing resource centre.
Courtesy of Pustaka KL@Setiawangsa
 
Facebook: Pustaka Kl at Setiawangsa
Editorial Note: Pustaka KL@Setiawangsa is Local Library Visit- Half Day Walking Tour 1.
 
 
RPA SAUK II RURAL LIBRARY
By Mohd. Azmi bin Aziz, Deputy Director, Development and Rural Library Division, National Library of Malaysia and Siti Suhana binti Adnan Assistant Director, Development and Rural Library Division, National Library of Malaysia
 
The establishment of rural libraries emerged from the 6th Malaysia Plan. A total of 600 rural libraries were set up and managed by the public libraries of the respective states. In his 2005 Budget speech, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, announced a special allocation for the development of rural libraries and from 2005, the National Library of Malaysia (NLM) was given the mandate to manage the rural libraries. In the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011–2015), the Government approved the Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s application to build four rural libraries under the management of NLM.The construction of these four rural libraries is aimed at closing the information gap in the rural areas, encourage life-long learning, improve the human capital development in information and improve the reading culture among the rural population. There are now 507 rural libraries under the management of NLM.
 

The design of the RPA Sauk II Rural Library is uniquely Malay.
Courtesy of Ghazali Mohd. Fadzil
 
The RPA Sauk II Rural Library in Kuala Kangsar, Perak is one of four new rural libraries built under the 10th Malaysia Plan. The construction of this rural library was undertaken by the architects from the Public Works Department. They used a new design incorporating features and characteristics from traditional Malay architecture. With a floor space of 1,300 square feet, the design of this Library is unique when compared to the other three rural libraries The Library has a lounge area on the upper and lower floors that can accommodate up to 100 visitors who require the Library’s services at any one time.
 

The lounge area on the lower floor.
Courtesy of Ghazali Mohd. Fadzil
 

The lounge area on the upper floor.
Courtesy of Ghazali Mohd. Fadzil
 
The Library is situated in the district of Sauk in Kuala Kangsar, Perak with a population of about 1,200 inhabitants. Placed under the supervision of Zone A9 Perak, the Library is staffed by an assistant librarian and a library assistant. The RPA Sauk II Rural Library began its operations on 1 February 2017. Apart from circulation services, the Library provides reference services; information packaging; group loans; computing services; runs library activities; and organizes There are various reading materials available such as books, magazines, newspapers, packaged information and information on local content. In 2017, a total of 7,026 people visited the Library- 4,759 children and 2,267 adults. The Library also received various visitors such as the Melaka Public Library Corporation and neighbouring schools.
 

The collection is housed on the lower floor.
Courtesy of Ghazali Mohd. Fadzil
 
Rural libraries are closely connected to the local communities they serve through the involvement of volunteers from the community in the Rural Library Committee. RPA Sauk II Rural Library formed its own Rural Library Committee on 1 January 2017. The aims of involving the local community in the Rural Library Committee are to increase knowledgeable human capital among the local community especially the children who are the future; rural library as the focal point of the community; and to promote a knowledge culture among rural community.
 
Editorial Note: The RPA Sauk II Rural Library is on the IFLA WLIC 2018 Non-Local Library Visit 1
 
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P.O. Box 12545, 50782 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Maimunah Kadir
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Tel.: +60 12 3836044

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K.I.T. Group GmbH
Association & Conference Management
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