Ladies and gentlemen,
In remembrance of 2016, allow me to give you highlights of our achievements.
- A workshop on Dyslexia and Effective Teaching Methods was held in January by Dyslexia Association of Sarawak president, Dr Ong Puay Hoon. About 50 participants have benefited this program.
- A 2-day exhibition on Hobbies, Toy Collection & Arts was held by our campus in Miri The exhibition featured personal collectibles of some ten (10) local enthusiasts. Amongst the collectibles to be put on display are Gunpla/Gundam, Lego, Transformers, Hot Wheels, Tamiya and action figures among others.
- In conjunction with International Women’s Day, a forum entitled ‘Women in Business’ was organized in Miri. Panelists were consisted of Miri City’s very own women entrepreneurs who are successful in their respective business ventures.
- In February, an exhibition on Pustaka's collection on Sarawak Stamps, Postcards and First Covers ranged 1880s to 1970s was organized. From the launching of the first stamp of Sarawak, postcard on the Sarawak railway to the first cover of the coronation of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and the Formation of Malaysia, this exhibition highlighted on historical events, lifestyle, and culture in Sarawak on the time the collection was produced.
- We also have received a donation of Dr. Trevor Hancock’s Personal Collections during his volunteer service in 1966 and visit to Sarawak in 1997.The collection comprises of mostly photographs, newspaper articles, slides etc. are of cultural and historical values to Sarawak. Dr Trevor is a Professor and Senior Scholar School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria, Canada.
- Perpustakaan Desa Kampung Rajang was successfully launched YB Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, Assistant Minister at Chief Ministers Office (Promotion of Technical Education) and Assistant Minister of Environment Sarawak who is also the Kuala Rajang assemblyman on 24th February. This was a smart partnership between the National Library, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, Matu Daro District Council and the Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK), a project funded by the Federal Government.
- Pustaka hosted the Chairman’s Annual Address in March. At the annual address, we have also launched the "Sarawak Dictionary of Acronyms and Abbreviations", a dictionary containing 9,000 abbreviations which include acronyms of government departments, university degrees, registration codes, chemical elements and corporations. Another service too was launched – Makerspace@Pustaka, a program that offers ICT classes for free which includes graphic design, web programming and 3D printing among others.
- A Gardening Day at the landscape area of the State Records Repository was held in March. Among the activities held were tree planting, trimming of trees and cleaning the building`s compound. A Composting Workshop was conducted by the Natural Resources and Environment Board Sarawak (NREB) and community of Kampung Bako. The workshop was attended by more than 50 people who live nearby at Taman Puteri.
- Sarawakiana Talk: Japanese Occupation in Sarawak – Local Perspective was held in April 2016 with 186 participants attended the talk. The talk was about the Japanese occupation in Sarawak from 1941-1945. The topic covered the political and economic situations in Japan and Sarawak, events in Japan leading to the War, the attack on Pearl Harbor followed by the invasions of South East Asia and Sarawak, the Liberation of Sarawak, the surrender of Japan and the Australian Military Administration.
- Pustaka participated at the Sejiwa Senada program organized by the State government. About 3,310 people visited our booth during the last Sejiwa Senada program held in Kota Samarahan on 15-17th April and at the Metrocity, Matang from 21-24 April. 1,000 people have registered and renewed their membership.
- A two (2) day Children’s festival – Pustaka Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival second edition, was held on the 16th & 17th April respectively. Some 3,500 children (excluding parents) had benefited from the program. There were 24 speakers both local and international authors, illustrators, storytellers and poets who conducted some 56 sessions during the two-day festival.
- Another national level annual event – Let`s Read Together for 10 Minutes was held on 25th April. This is another initiative designed to get as much participation as possible from all walks of the community to read concurrently for 10 minutes from 11:00am to 11:10am. In Sarawak alone there were a total of 139,112 readers participated and 4 million nationwide participation. In conjunction to this program, The Reading Seeds and the Home Library Competition were launched. This is in line with our effort to promote and build reading culture.
- The third Sarawakiana Carnival was held in Miri in collaboration with Miri City Council (MCC) to commemorate Miri City’s 11th Anniversary and Miri May Fest 2016. The three-day carnival, which aimed to create awareness and promote the cultures and heritage of Sarawak, attracted some 4,000 visitors. The activities held for the carnival were Knowledge Sharing Session: Behind The Making of Sarawakiana Series – Kedayan’s Makan Tahun, Exhibition on ‘Memories of Los (Lodge) Miri’, Knowledge Sharing Session: ‘Share the Memories – Los Miri’, Traditional Dance Demonstrations by the Ethnics of Sarawak and many more. The carnival was officiated by Piasau State Assemblyman Dato’ Sebastian Ting.
- In celebration of International Archive Day on 9th June with the theme ‘Archive, Harmony and Friendship’, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, National Archive of Malaysia, Sarawak and Sarawak Museum Department organized The International Archive Day 2016. Demonstration of preserving collection as well as managing the effect of disaster over the heritage collections, exhibition, slide-show and a film screening were held. The event was intended to create awareness to the public about the importance of records and archives and also to raise the public awareness on the necessity of preserving archives for posterity and the importance of providing access to archives for research.
- The Council of Directors for Public Libraries of Malaysia and the National Library of Malaysia organized Malaysia Ngaji 2016 Program on 29 June 2016. All state public libraries in Malaysia including Pustaka organized this program on the same date and to spend 1 hour of their time to recite the Quran. This program aimed to promote the love of reciting Quran among Muslim, experience the pleasure of reading Al-Quran in a simple and relaxed method and to create interest among Muslim to better study and practice the teachings of Al-Quran
- Sarawakiana Talk: “Sabak Kenang” – Journey to the Land of the Dead. This talk was about the first category of Iban ritual dirges. It highlighted the significance of Iban’s burial ritual while gaining better understanding as to why many Ibans are still giving great emphasis on the importance of carrying out ritual ceremony before they bury the dead body of their family members or relatives, especially in the context of their communal living. Some 56 participants attended the talk.
- Lincoln Corner Carnival themed Do-It-Yourself (DIY), a collaboration program with the Lincoln Resource Centre of the US Embassy was conducted in August. DIY 3Doodler, DIY Makey Makey, DIY 3D Printing, DIY Organic Fertiliser, DIY Kite Making, DIY Robotics workshop and demonstration, DIY 3R: Through Creativity and Innovation and DIY Carpentry were among the activities conducted during the carnival. This program had benefited some 300 participants. In conjunction with this carnival, an outdoor movie screening on the comedy adventure film `Inside Out` was held and the response from the public was overwhelming, 800 people who came that night.
- Another collaboration we had was with the Sarawak General Hospital. A World Blood Donor’s Day and Zika Virus Awareness Programs were held simultaneously. More than 300 people participated in the programs. This program was aimed to create awareness among younger generations on the importance of blood donation. We took these opportunities to promote reading materials and reference services related on these topics in order to create reading interest.
- Records Management advisory and inspection visits were organized at Bau District Office, Department of Agriculture and Public Works Department to advice on the department’s record management practices.
- In conjunction with World Spine Day, a health talk on ‘Discover Recovery from Back & Knee Pain’ was organized by our campus in Miri in collaboration with TAGS Spine and Joint Specialists, Miri. The response and turnout was beyond expectation when nearly 250 attendees came for the talk. The program was to share knowledge and information on the causes, treatments and preventive steps for back and knee pain which can happen to anyone.
- Sarawakiana Carnival (Karnival Sarawakiana) in Kuching was successfully held and we received some 3000 visitors thronging the three-day event. Sales and Demonstration of Sarawak Handircrafts and Traditional Food, Chinese Musical Performance, Hadrah Competition, Talk and Exhibition on Tudung Keringkam, Songket Melayu Sarawak and Gajah Olen, Sape Workshop and many more were among the many activities that were held during the carnival. Twelve veteran artists from the 1920’s to 1940’s era who made history of Sarawak’s Fine Arts were also brought together in this carnival in the Virtuoso: Sarawak’s Senior Artists Exhibition.
- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pustaka Negeri Sarawak and UNIMAS was held on 4 October 2016. Through this MoU, Pustaka and UNIMAS will have a wide range of collaboration in terms of technology, programs, education, training and research.
- `Library in the Box` project was introduced. This project aims at providing offline digital content such as Wikipedia and Khan Academy via a low cost portable platform, called The Raspberry Pie computer that will complement the existing telecentres and bring knowledge and information to many rural areas in Sarawak.
- Records and Archives Seminar 2016 (RAS2016) were carried out in November. This seminar was one of our activities planned in 2016 for departments, state agencies and the public in Sarawak. This was the first Records and Archives Management seminar organized by Pustaka to create awareness on the importance of records and archives for the sustainability of history and heritage. There were seventeen (17) invited speakers, twelve (12) papers on records and archives management presented and about 300 participants attended the two-day seminar.
Throughout 2016, Pustaka have achieved numerous awards and recognition. The followings are selection of awards and recognition we achieved.
- Awarded by Ministry of Health for ‘The Blue Ribbon 2016’ – Recognition for ‘Mereka Yang Menyumbang Ke Arah Udara Bersih’ – Premis 100% Bebas Asap Rokok’ on 29th December.
- Three of our Team Excellence (5S) groups were awarded 2-Star Gold Awards each at the Konvensyen QE, Zon Sarawak/Sabah on 24th August held at Riverside Majestic Hotel Kuching and Anugerah Emas 2 Bintang in Konvensyen QE Kebangsaan on 26 – 28 October at Putra Jaya International Conference Centre (PICC).
- Pustaka has successfully received Renewal of 5S Certification on 7th December by Malaysia Productivity Corporation ( MPC ).
- Pustaka`s Official Website has been awarded 5 Stars under Multimedia Development Corporation (MdeC) on 19th December.
- Pustaka won the championship at Pertandingan Cabaran Inovasi Inklusif 2016 Zon Sarawak, Kategori Kerajaan/Swasta ( Berkumpulan ) on 20th December for the ‘Pustaka In A Box Project’.
2016 was indeed another fruitful year to remember and we hope that our users have benefited from and involved in the programs and activities we had.
For 2017, our first quarter programs kicked off with the Local Content Competition 2017 in January, Information Literacy Workshop and Bibliotheraphy in February. Other major highlights programs are the Tree of Life – “Share Your Moment @ Pustaka” program, Sarawak’s Authors Festival, International Archives Day celebration, Kuching International MAKER FAIRE and many more.
I would like to put on record my sincere thank you to everyone who has work hard for the excellence and has helped Pustaka to be the best knowledge partner for Sarawakians.
Very best wishes for a healthy and rewarding 2017!
Read, Innovate, Excel.
Hjh. Rashidah Haji Bolhassan