National Library to be upgraded in ICT

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KUALA LUMPUR  –  The National Library Malaysia (PNM) will undertake information communication technology (ICT) transformation as a step to create a knowledgeable society, in keeping with the times.

Its director-general Datuk Raslin Abu Bakar said the programme to be fully implemented next year, would include the transformation of physical facilities, activities and material collection following increasing number of its visitors in cyber space through its website.

“PNM is moving towards increasing its reading materials electronically such as through e-book and the computer as readers are now exposed to sophisticated ICT.

“In fact, PNM always keeps abreast with developments in the library field throughout the world and our standard is at par with that of foreign libraries as a result of our close relations with these countries,” he said after launching the ‘1Malaysia Children’s Festival: I Am A Loyal Reader’ at the PNM auditorium, here, yesterday.

Describing reading as the window to knowledge, Raslin said PNB would also be upgrading its reading area to make reading more comfortable and relaxing so as to attract more people to come to the library to seek knowledge.

He said that up to November this year, 3.91 million reading materials, including 312,018 specifically for children, were available at PNM, with the latest books in the market constantly added to the collection for the convenience of visitors.

On the one-day festival, Raslin said it was aimed at encouraging the search for knowledge among children through reading and as a platform for book lovers and families to be engaged in useful activities during the school holidays.

He said from January until November this year, children’s membership of PNM rose by 3.9 per cent to 155,501 from 149,661 in 2011.

He said the inaugural festival would be made an annual affair following good response from children and their parents, and would be implemented at all state libraries. — Bernama