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Librarians Association of Malaysia Launches The Standard for Academic Libraries at AGM

The 63rd Annual General meeting  of  the Librarians Association  of Malaysia (PPM)  was  held on 26 March 2018 at the Great Hall of Universiti  Putra Malaysia. Three staff from DISTED Library, Fairunizan Akbar Malik, Nurul Anisah bt. Mohamed Sultan  and Rashidah Begum Fazal Mohamed are professional members of the Association.

The  meeting  was attended  by more than 300 members from throughout Malaysia. In her opening remarks the President of the Association,  Dato  Nafisah Ahmad, who is also the Director General of the National Library of Malaysia, spoke about the need for Librarians to make themselves even more visible in the various environments they operate in. The high level of Library services that are being currently provided by the various kinds of Libraries was one of the reasons that Malaysia was chosen to host the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, 24-30 August 2018.

During the  meeting,  several publications were launched.  These included the 2018 edition of University Library Standards which can be used as a reference source for academic libraries in the public and  private sector  in Malaysia, Handbook of Librarians Association of Malaysia and the PPM journal 2017.

Another very important initiative was also launched. This was the  National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS) document for jobs in the Library and information sector. NOSS is established by the Department of Skills Development under the purview of the Malaysia Ministry of Human Resources. It is a document that underlines and specifies competencies needed by a skilled worker who is gainfully employed in Malaysia for an occupational area and level, and pathway to achieve the competencies. NOSS  for the Library and information sector is being developed by Librarians Association of Malaysia together with the National Library of Malaysia for industry practitioners and skilled workers based on occupational needs and career structure in the Library and information sector.

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