Syazwani Hj Rosli
A total of 50 librarians from higher educational institutions, government departments, secondary schools and colleges and education officers from the School of ICT of Politeknik Brunei Training Future Librarians through the Library Informatics and Computing Programme attended the ‘Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP) 5: Seminar on Internet Governance for Librarians’ at the Lambak Kanan Library of Language and Literature Bureau yesterday.
It was organised by the Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA) in collaboration with the Authority For Info-communications technology of Brunei Darussalam (AITI).
Acting Chief Executive of AITI Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar was the guest of honour. BLA President Hajah Nellie binti Dato Paduka Haji Sunny, Deputy President of BLA Haji Abdul Talip bin Haji Tassim, Head Librarian of Lambak Kanan Library Siti Mahyuna binti Haji Damit were also present.
Haji Jailani said one of the main methods to gain knowledge is through reading. “I believe BLA through its libraries nationwide have a lot of available resources for its visitors,” he said.
He added, as the world is becoming more connected to technology, more resources can now be found online. However, he said, one needed to also be aware and cautious of the challenges of having too much information at their fingertips.
“This seminar is timely in getting all the participants on the same page and to get updated on the latest information on policy and regulations.
AITI has been proactively engaging the public, youth, students and senior citizens on the safe usage of the Internet with numerous awareness programmes and activities,” he added.
He shared that AITI has contributed in terms of radio advertisements on fake news, their publication on learning package on social media, the establishment of Content Advisory Council (CAC) which later introduced the helpline Talian Aduan Isu Tular Di Media Sosial 123 in 2018, ICT talks to the recruits of the National Service Programme (PKBN) and for senior citizens through their ICT Savviness programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The half-day seminar yesterday was facilitated by two officers from AITI’s Brunei Darussalam Network Information Centre (BNNIC) and Cyber Security Manager Pengiran Alias bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Hidup and Manager Content Regulation Nur Syamimi binti Suhaimi.
Among the topics highlighted during the seminar included, Brunei Internet Code of Proctice, Legislations in Brunei relating to online content issues, Online Ethics and Safety, and Data Privacy and Protection.
The Internet remains crucial to libraries in their daily work and in relation to their broader values of access to information and intellectual freedom.
Librarians as information handlers are vulnerable to many threats, risks and challenges in providing online information in libraries.
The seminar provided useful guidelines to safeguard librarians in profession.
The ELP is developed to groom young librarians to uphold the professions, to equip them with advocacy and leadership skills and to train them as effective agents of change towards library transformation processes.