Dear beloved readers,
In this newsletter, I will be sharing with you our highlights in third quarter of 2017.
We have successfully conducted our third Records and Archives Management Forum for Sarawak State Government Departments and Agencies in Miri on 5th September 2017. The forum aims to explain and discuss on the management of records and archives in terms of direction, guidance and management aspects which must be followed by all officers in Sarawak civil service. 46 participants from Public Sector Services and Statutory Bodies of Sarawak State Government attended this forum. The forum was first held at Pustaka in May followed by Sibu in July.
Pustaka’s third Sarawakiana Carnival (Karnival Sarawakiana) in Kuching which was held on 4th – 6th August 2017 received an overwhelming response where 600 visitors thronged the three-day event. Various exciting activities and programmes were held in conjunction with this carnival such as Hadrah competition, ‘Permainan Mensia Marek’( traditional games ), ‘Lagu Rakyat Sarawak’ exhibition, ‘Pratuong Workshop: Bidayuh Traditional Musical Instrument’, Sarawak Traditional Cuisine Cooking Demonstration’, Sarawakiana Talk on ‘The Role and Significance of Pantun Iban’ and many more. We aimed at creating greater awareness of the importance of history and promote the cultures and heritage of Sarawak. The next carnival will be held in 2019.
In conjunction with the National Day celebration we held a Storytelling Competition on 26th August 2017 in collaboration with City One Megamall Kuching. 11 primary schools around Kuching took part in the competition. During the event, Persatuan Pustakawan Malaysia Kumpulan Sarawak (PPMKSR) presented books to the schools involved. A ‘Reading Corner @ CityOne Megamall Kuching’ was installed under the Bookshare project.
In the third quarter, Pustaka collaborated with the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) on 27th August 2017 in organizing 'Lan Ngail' fishing competition in conjunction with Pre-Asia Pacific Orchid Conference 2017 ( PRE-APOC 2017) . 160 participants took part in this activity.
The Sukan Perpustakaan Awam Se-Malaysia (SPASM) is just around the corner. Since 1984, SPASM is a sports meet that is organized once every two years among the State Libraries in Malaysia. Each state library is given the chance to be the host. A handover session of SPASM flag from Sarawak State Library, the host for the 21st SPASM, to Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur was held after the Malaysia Public Libraries Directors Council (MPAM) meeting at the Perpustakaan Negeri Sabah on 3rd August 2017. Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur will host the 22nd SPASM this year. 40 athletes from Pustaka will participate in this sports event which will be held on 10th - 14th November 2017.
For knowledge creation, the 10th Local Content Competition was organized by our campus in Miri on 14th September 2017 in collaboration with the Sarawak Education Department. 28 teams from 14 secondary schools in Northern Sarawak took part in the competition where they were required to do a comprehensive research report and presentation on the theme, Traditional Handicraft of Ethnic Groups of Northern Sarawak. It was part of our efforts to document local cultural heritage through the Sarawakiana series carried out together with the professional researchers and universities. Participants were exposed to print and non-print information resources through their participation in the Information Literacy Skills Programme. The programme facilitated the participants in their research on local contents such as history, relics, indigenous communities, socio-economics and other topics. Documentation is one of the phases necessary for cultural heritage presentation.
The above events were amongst the highlights in the third quarter on a weekly basis. Activities were continuously being carried out in both our campuses in Kuching and Miri.
With continuous engagement with the government departments and agencies, our State Records Repository is experiencing an increase in the use of records held in Pustaka, as well as the number of government departments coming over to sought our assistance concerning their department’s records management practices. In relation to this, a campaign entitled ‘1 File, 1 Week’ was organized to create awareness amongst the government departments and agencies on the importance of proper management, maintenance and transfer of systematic records and archives to the State Records Repository.
We have commenced our early planning for a propose built archive building. Through benchmarking, earmarking good practices, discussions with experts from overseas and developing on human capacity in addressing new developments in records and archives management.
While the physical development of Pustaka’s Sibu is progressing well, in anticipation of the concerned of service to the public in January 2019, we organized several community engagement program with several community groups ini Sibu, instilling in them awareness of the services and facilities which will be available for them as well as taking opportunity to gather their feedback of their expectations of such services. Meanwhile, recruitment exercise for Sibu’s staff commenced in September.
We will always strive to give the best by organizing various programs and activities that are useful and interesting to the community. Stay tune to our upcoming programs and events for the month. I would like to personally thank everyone who has supported our programs throughout the year.
Read, Innovate, Excel.
Rashidah Haji Bolhassan