By: Nur Azleen Hasan
Serdang, 4 August - The 18th Libraries of ASEAN University Network (AUNILO) Meeting, which took place from 1 to 3 August 2023, was hosted by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). This meeting has gathered participation from various countries, including Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and Brunei. In total, 30 representatives from the AUNILO Member Library attended this meeting, along with the presence of three members from the Asean University Network (AUN) Secretariat. The theme "Co-Creating the Future of Libraries: Empowering Academic Librarians for Innovation and Impact" was chosen as the topic of discussion for this year.
On the first day of the program, each representative from AUN Member Universities delivered a comprehensive report from their respective countries. Listed here are the main reporting topics from each country:
On the second day, emphasized on matters related to networking among the Head Librarians of AUNILO Member Libraries. The main focus of discussions is to create a Resource Sharing Network among AUNILO Member Institutions and the implementation of the Staff Mobility Programme. The meeting also highlighted the agenda of AUNILO's New Strategic Plan for the period of 2023-2026. Among the contents in the New Strategy Plan are, the impact of digital technology and AI; sustainability; multidisciplinary approach; and the provision of facilities for a deeper understanding of Southeast Asian issues among library users, especially students.
In line with the theme of the meeting, the content on day 3 was a capacity building module involving librarians from AUNILO Member Libraries. Among the key point of sharing in the workshop includes, topic on the impact of changes in the learning system and the role of the library; different approaches to the empowerment of academic librarians; innovative initiatives and librarianship best practices; as well as a sharing session to exchange ideas and experiences among librarians in facing today's challenges. Dr. Nor Edzan Che Nasir, acting as Secretary and Committee Member of IFLA Asia Oceania Regional Section, was appointed as the speaker. Through this workshop, librarians had the opportunity to engage with experts in the field, participate in thought-provoking discussions, and adapt the results of the discussions to positively impact their libraries and communities.
The 18th AUNILO meeting as a whole has provided an opportunity for ASEAN member university academic libraries to cooperate and innovate. Along with the development of higher education, libraries should be dedicated in empowering librarians and utilizing technology to improve user experience. This platform is proof of the continued commitment of academic librarians in accepting changes, encouraging collaborations, and advancing the academic goals of ASEAN regional institutions.
The opening address of 18th AUNILO Meeting by Mr. Mahbob Yusof, Chief Librarian of UPM
AUNILO delegates involves the Head Librarians of AUNILO Member Libraries
The hybrid meeting held on 2nd August 2023 at Senate Hall, UPM and in online mode
AUNILO 2023 Workshop participants with Dr. Nor Edzan Che Nasir as the guest speaker
Date of Input: 18/09/2023 | Updated: 18/09/2023 | j_mohdshahril
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