Digital Library Issue: Workshop For Building Capacity Of Librarians

9 July 2018

To promote the use of Digital Technology in libraries, a 4-day workshop for building capacity of Librarians of the Myanmar Public and School Libraries began on Monday in Yangon.

Myanmar Library Association and Myanmar Book Aid & Preservation Foundation jointly organized this 4-day workshop with the support of The HEAD Foundation and KnowledgeDOT.

President, Myanmar Library Association, Than Aung said “Nowadays, library can’t play a vital role. It’s not easy to build up a library – there are many requirements including fund. And, today, physical books are too expensive. So the government has been operating low-cost digital libraries at railway station, bus station and other places. It’s an effective way, but most of the people don’t know the value. That’s why we organized this workshop to show ways how to use digital libraries. This workshop can be said training of trainers – those who attended this workshop will share what they learnt with others.”

Staff from the National Library of Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon as well as members of the Department of Library and Information Studies of Yadanabon University and University of East Yangon and heads of school libraries joined this workshop.

Attendee, Nwe Nwe Theingi  said “This is a great chance for the public libraries which have been upgraded to community centers. The experiences and knowledge what we got form this workshop can be applied. Now, digital libraries are developing in our country. I think that is more effective way than the tradition one. We have plans to operate digital libraries in near future.”

It is also learnt that two Singaporean experts are sharing their experiences and knowledge at this 4-day workshop.