KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia The role of libraries in Malaysia is still relevant and continues to develop rapidly despite the challenges of digital information and social media, said Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Mohamaddin Ketapi.
He said libraries will still be relevant if they can transform to meet the information needs of society.
Libraries are important cultural and tourism institutions. Through digitalisation, libraries further contributed to the progress of social development based on knowledge and run by digital technology, he said when opening the 84th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2018, here yesterday.
He said that he believed this congress would generate more than RM40 million in revenue for Malaysia and give the opportunity to showcase the services and facilities of libraries, share practices in librarianship, information management and communications technology.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa ,in his keynote address said, creating a reading culture is a challenging task especially for young people who are more engaged in social media.
Thus, he said, the step by having the digital library is a greatest advantage to facilitate access of information and knowledge to Malaysians.
In 2017, the National Library of Malaysia intensified the promotion of the Digital Library 2.0 through outreach programmes and social media. It includes on-line hands-on training session, workshop and exhibitions.
As a result, they managed to exceed the targeted digital library usage with 4.1 million-page views, he said.
Currently, there are 516 libraries under the purview of the National Library of Malaysia with a cumulative registered membership of 2.57 million members including 539,000 online members.
IFLA WLIC 2018 was officiated by IFLA President Gloria Perez-Salmeron today.
The seven-days congress kicked-off yesterday with participation of 3,337 delegates from 102 countries.
This is the first time Malaysia is hostin the IFLA WLIC, the prestigious congress which provides opportunities for librarians and information professionals to share best practices in library and information management.
Source: NAM News Network