Library now a custodian of records

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009

KUCHING: The Sarawak state library has become the record keeper for over 11,200 archival materials previously in the custody of the State Museum Depart-ment.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said it had also received the transfer of public records from 38 state agencies and government departments.

“Until September this year, the state library has received 31,917 archival materials, including a few precious items donated by individuals from outside Malaysia,’’ he added when tabling the Sarawak State Library (Amend-ment) Bill 2009 yesterday.

The Bill, to provide powers to the state library to establish, manage and maintain public archives and to manage state public re-cords, was approved after a debate by members.

Dr Chan said the state library legal deposit division had re-ceived about 25,500 items including books, serials and Sarawak Government Gazettes.

It provides statewide access to 32 e-resources which com-prise e-journals, online databases and e-books, he added.

The state library was set up nine years ago at Petra Jaya here.Dr Chan said public records which are over 25 years will be preserved.

“It is the duty of the state government, through the state library, to ensure this legacy is preserved and be made more accessible,’’ he said, adding that the library had developed into a hub for information in Sarawak and participated in national and international networks of library and information services.

“It collaborates locally, regionally and internationally with in-formation providers, including partnerships with local institutions and those in Brunei, Indo-nesia, Singapore, Australia and Canada,’’ he said.

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