The Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA) organised a webinar titled ‘Emerging Leaders Programme No 8: Access to Government Publications’ recently.
Researchers, educators, school librarians, university and research libraries as well as members of the public attended.
The webinar, featuring presentations by BLA Vice-President Haji Abdul Talip bin Haji Tassim, Librarian at Universiti Brunei Darussalam Ahmad Safwan bin Jalil; Librarian at Attorney’s General Chamber Law Library Amalina binti Haji Ramli and Librarian at Language and Literature Bureau Hazimah binti Sani, was moderated by Haji Abu Bakar bin Haji Zainal.
Panellists shared the challenges on the range and the scope of collections at their institutions and discussed ways to increase the collection through legal deposit act, enhanced concerted efforts to acquire items, promote access, initiative digitalisation, and activate research by assisting and educating researchers in their search of information to fulfil their scholarly pursuits.
Government publications include print and non-print items generated by government agencies are considered precious collection in major libraries.
These publications are primary sources materials for research and studies that include statistics, reports, audio and visual recordings, maps, photographs and law to name a few.