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Bil. 15

November 2009

ISSN 1609-4271


A meeting was held on Saturday 10 October 2009 at ITB Library. The meeting discussed issues concerning the National Skills Certificate ILM proposed by the Department of Technical Education under the SPN21. The meeting was chaired by Nellie Dato Paduka Haji Sunny, BLA President. Also present were Dyg Hjh Pusparaini Hj Thani (Secretary), Awg Hj Mohd Yussop POKID DP Hj Awg Musa, Pg Hj Mohd Shahminan Pg Hj Sulaiman, Pg Omarali Pengiran Anak Hashim and Awg Abu Hasrah Hj Kamis. WHO IS HEADING THE LIBRARY IN VTE INSTITUTIONS Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School Mechanical Training Centre Sultan Bolkiah Vocational School Business School Wasan Vocational School

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Dyg Saindah Seruji, ALO II, NDILM1 Dyg Shapiah Morshidi, LA II Awg Hussin Ibrahim, LA I Dyg Mazanah Abu Bakar, LA II Awg Suhaili bin Mohammad, Seconded Dyg Hjh Mardiana Hj Yahya, LA I Dyg Roziah Ali, ALO II, NDILM2


The 3rd National Programme Advisory Committee ILM Meeting chaired by Nellie Dato Paduka Haji Sunny was held on Saturday 17 October at DTE. It was attended by NPAC ILM members, NPEC ILM members and invited professionals. The meeting discussed the National Skills Certificate ILM proposed by DTE under the SPN21 and the Certificate in Library, Archives, Information Management Skills (CLAIMS) proposed by BLA.

PLM Library By Nurul Fajrina Kamaluddin and Nooralizah Mohammad The Pusat Latihan Mekanikal (PLM) or Mechanical Training Centre was established in 1986 to offer programmes in heavy vehicle mechanics and maintenance. Courses offered: National Diploma in Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Body Engineering Pre National Diploma in Automotive Engineering National Trade Certificate 2 in Heavy Construction Machinery Mechanics, Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Body Engineering National Trade Certificate 3 in Heavy Construction Machinery Mechanics, Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Body Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme in Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Body Engineering Today PLM has 30 students in NTC3 and 23 in NTC2. Students undergo training in the classrooms and also in the workshops. Go to page 4

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The convocation was held on Thursday 25 Syawal 1430/15 October 2009 at the Main Hall, International Convention Centre. Yang Mulia Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad, Deputy Minister of Education presented National Diplomas, National Trade Certificates and National Vocational Certificates to 215 graduates who successfully completed their courses from five technical and vocational educational institutions. Nellie Dato Paduka Haji Sunny, Chairman PDAC ILM was present at the ceremony.

DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF THE STRAITS TIMES SINAGPORE (1845 – 1982) NOW AVAILABLE by Gracie Lee, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, National Library Until recently, enquiries for Straits Times Singapore could probably only be satisfactorily answered after poring for hours over volumes of books and rolls of microfilms. With the digitisation of The Straits Times, users can now tap into the rich information found in newspapers, and locate answers to these questions within a shorter time. Since March 2009, users have had access to over 548,000 pages searchable text from the digitised Straits Times (1845-1982) and microfilms of some 200 Singapore and Malaya newspapers held at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, through NewspaperSG (, an online initiative by the National Library. go to page 5

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From page 2 The Library The PLM library began operation in 1986 with two library staff until 1989. From 1990 until now the library is manned by one library staff. The library started with 45 members. At the end of August 2009, the number of students enrolled has reached 309. The library collection of 3,156 consists of books and 2,154 items of journals, service manuals and multi media materials on automotive, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Books on general subjects are also available. The library is classified by the Library of Congress Classification System. Copy cataloguing is done and a manual card catalogue system is still being used. Presently the library has no internet access. The air-conditioned library is well used and there are about 24 carrel style seating arrangement. Unique features are the 14 days loan labeled on spine of books and the books are color coded according to LC.

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From page 4 Statistics 2007 Reference books Books on order Books received as gifts from government & private agencies Equipment & Parts (Manual books, gift from Mitsubishi Co. Sdn. Bhd) Computer disc Audio Cassette Video Cassette Reference books

32 titles 117 items (for 39 titles) 5195 items 5500 items 16 items 35 items 18 items 2845 (for 1628 titles)

Reference/teaching materials Video Cassette Audio cassette Slides

288 items 31 items 170 items


14, 129 items

At the time of our visit, the PLM library had been supplied with computer terminals under the VILIS Library Project. Once the system is live, PLM library users and other educational institutions will be able to access information on-line. Librarian in charge Dyg.Mazanah Abu Bakar, Library Assistant Grade II Pusat Latihan Mekanik, Kg.Tungku Gadong, Jalan Tungku, Brunei BE2119. Tel.247-0124, Fax. 247-0907 BLA EXCO HARI RAYA TREAT BLA President and EXCO Members enjoyed a sumptuous Hari Raya treat hosted by Dyg Hjh Rosnani Hj Yaakub (Hon. Secretary) at Laguna Dua Restaurant, Berakas on Tuesday 23 Syawal 1430/ 13 October 2009 at 5pm. This was followed by an EXCO Meeting. The President and EXCO members record their appreciation to Dyg Hjh Rosnani.

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From page 3 Since its release, the digitised Straits Times has been particularly popular with family historians and researchers working on the various aspects of Singapore’s social history. Patrons have also found the website useful for locating pictures and advertisements of the past. We envisage that libraries with sizeable microfilm collections of the Straits Times will find the search facility useful for their patrons as well. The service was made possible through a landmark agreement with the Singapore Press Holdings, sealed in 2007, which allowed the library to digitise and make available The Straits Times, from its earliest issue published in 1845, through the National Library Board (NLB)’s islandwide network of libraries for individual research and reference purposes. Through NewspaperSG, library patrons can search, view and print full articles from the digitised newspaper collection through the multimedia stations (PC stations) in NLB libraries. Offsite users can also search the digitised content from the website, though the information provided is limited to the article title, date of publication, page number, microfilm number and a 50 words extract. To further promote the discovery of archived Straits Times content through the Web, a “Table of Contents” of each Straits Times issue is generated and submitted to major search engines like Google for indexing. A number of users from Malaysia, Australia, Europe and the United States, have discovered NewspaperSG in this way. The library is currently digitising the second half of The Straits Times (1983 – 2006). Issues from 2007 are digitally deposited and will be integrated with the rest of the digitised newspaper content. Extracted from Singapore Libraries Bulletin Blog : Library Association of Singapore, Oct 2009. BAG FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION

Nellie Dato Paduka Haji Sunny joined other women leaders and entrepreneurs from the government and private sectors at a BAG Networks Focus Group Discussion held at the Country Club, the Empire Hotel and Country Club on Friday 23 October 2009 from 9-12.30pm. Also in attendance was Yang Berhormat Datin Paduka Hajah Hayati, Attorney General. On hand to welcome the guests was Dyg Haslina Hj Mohd Taib, CEO of BAG Networks. Go to page 7

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At the informal discussion and brainstorming session the ladies talked about ideas and suggestions on how to empower women through the development of training programme particularly for women who take career breaks to take care of their children or family. BAG Networks themselves are very serious about attracting, retaining and advancing women. At the end of the session the focus group came up with an action plan and a proposed Women’s Portal. The focus group was a follow up of the Women in Business 2009 ‘Women Leading Change: Challenges and Opportunities” held by Asia Inc on 8 July 2009.

ITB PUBLIC LECTURES Starting 24 October 2009, Institut Teknologi Brunei will begin a monthly series of public lectures aimed at motivating and encouraging research activities among ITB staff and to provide a forum for local and international researchers to share their research findings. NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS Further studies Dyg Hjh Noraidah Hj Madin, Library Assistant of ITB is pursuing a HND in Internet and Multimedia Development at Institut Teknologi Brunei. Dk. Masdiana Pg Hj Damit, Library Assistant of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Brunei is pursuing a BA Library and Information Studies, Dept of Information Studies, University of Aberystwyth, United Kingdom. NEW INTERFACE FOR WADAH PERPUSTAKAAN WADAH PERPUSTAKAAN has a new interface beginning 12 October 2009. Please browse at URL. We welcome your comments on the new look.

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HAPPENINGS 30 Sept 2009 30 Sept 2009 7 October 2009 21-23 Oct 2009 23 Oct 2009 24-25 Oct 2009 25 Oct 2009 30 Oct-8 Nov 2009 5 Nov 2009 27 Nov 2009 18 Dec 2009

80th Anniversary of Brunei Shell Petroleum Attorney General Chambers’ Golden Jubilee Her Majesty’s 63rd Birthday 11th ASEAN Food Conference “Food Science & Technology Innovations, Approaches & opportunities for Global Market”. 15th ASEAN Summit ‘Enhancing Connectivity, Empowering People’, Cha-Am, Hua Hin, Thailand 4th East Asia Summit 6th BIMP-EAGA Summit 3rd Asian Indoor Games, Vietnam 19th Teachers’ Day Hari Raya Aidil Adha New Year Hijrah 1431

BLA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2009 The AGM will be held on Friday 20 November 2009 at 2.30pm at Laguna Dua Restaurant, Berakas. Further details may be obtained from Dyg Hjh Rosnani (Hon. Secretary). SCHOOL LIBRARIANS ANNUAL GATHERING 2009 The annual one day gathering of school librarians nationwide organised by the Schools Department, under the supervision of Pg Hj Mohd Shahminan Pg Hj Sulaiman, Librarian of Schools Department will be held on Thursday 26 November 2009 at Lecture Hall, PTE Meragang BLA President will be one of the speakers. It will be a learning and sharing session amongst school librarians on matters concerning the management of school libraries.

Dapatkan borang dan keterangan lanjut daripada Dy Anita Astor (Keahlian) All materials are copyrighted and any form of reproduction is not permitted without the permission of the publisher. WADAH PERPUSTAKAAN is published by © Brunei Darussalam Library Association, c/o Class 64 Library, SOASC, Jalan Tengah, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8411. email. Editor: Nellie Dato Paduka Haji Sunny. Photo Credits: Nellie, the Borneo Bulletin, BAGS Networks and Nurul Fajrina Kamaluddin. Layout: Nooralizah Mohamad, Nurul Fajrina Kamaluddin

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