Host of activities mark World Book Day Week

|      Lyna Mohamad      |

UNIVERSITI Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) through the Research and Publication Centre in collaboration with UNISSA Library held its World Book Day Week for the third time at the university’s Library Lobby yesterday.

Held in conjunction with World Book Day and Copyright celebrated every April 23, the launching ceremony was held as the curtain raiser for a line-up of activities.

UNISSA Acting Rector Dr Haji Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad, the guest of honour, officiated the launching of UNISSA’s World Book Day Week 2019 as well as the UNISSA E-i’lami Institutional Repository.

The E-i’lami Institutional Repository is a storage platform for digital documents (softcopy) produced by academics and researchers as well as students’ results to facilitate the collection, maintaining and online dissemination of the documents.

The ceremony also saw the presentation of book endowment from Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Zaidi, the wife of the former Director of the Centre for Promotion of Knowledge and Language of UNISSA, the late Pengiran Dr Haji Saiful Bahrin bin Pengiran Haji Kula.

ABOVE & BELOW: Guest of honour UNISSA Acting Rector Dr Haji Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad speaks at the launching ceremony and participants at the forum

Yesterday’s programme featured a forum on Berwaqaf by panel members comprising UNISSA’s Dean of the Faculty of Syariah and Law Dr Hajah Mas Noorani binti Haji Mohaiddin, Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Economics and Finance Dr Abdul Nasir bin Haji Abdul Rani and Senior Assistant Professor at the

Faculty of Syariah and Law Dr Haji Abdurrahman Raden Aji Haqqi, with UNISSA’s Director of Research and Publication Centre Associate Professor Dr Hajah Rose binti Abdullah as the forum’s moderator.

The event concluded with the presentation of appreciation certificates to personal donors, the forum’s panel members and moderator, as well as the Information Literacy Skills Workshop participants.

The World Book Day is aimed at inculcating continuous reading habits among the society, especially the younger generation, in response to the resolution from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference on November 15, 1995 which declared April 23 as World Book Day.

Throughout the week of World Book Day 2019, several activities will be held including an exhibition and sale of UNISSA’s press publications held from April 22 to May 1 from 8am to 4.30pm at the UNISSA Library.

Throughout the programme, promotional prices are offered along with distribution of World Book and Copyright Day bookmarks containing quotes, fun facts and list of books to members and customers.

The activities are aimed at creating awareness on the World Book and Copyright Day celebrations as well as encouraging members to borrow books and seek knowledge.

Throughout the week of World Book Day 2019, there will also be the Institutional Repository Workshop for UNISSA’s academic staff to create awareness on the importance of repository E-i’lami and repository policy, promote the use of E-i’lami repository as well as encourage the submission of articles as library

materials. It is also to encourage self-archiving of their own research findings into the E-i’lami repository and to accelerate the increase of contents in the E-i’lami repository.

The workshop will be facilitated by UNISSA Chief Librarian Norhasinah binti Haji Moksin for two days from April 29-30, and will be filled with activities such as the use of E-i’lami repository, E-i’lami repository policy, article submission guidelines and self-archiving guidelines.

The library will also provide the Maktabah Hurrah Corner, a concept similar to Little Free in the UNISSA Library to encourage a reading culture among staff and students.

The Maktabah Hurrah Corner practises the concept of exchanging books for students and academic staff. The public can donate books to the Corner.