10 April 2015

Bringing Books to Libraries in Myanmar

By Ngian Lek Choh

Bringing Books to Libraries in Myanmar

In the past few months, the National Library Board of Singapore, the Library Association of Singapore, the National Library of Myanmar and the Library Association of Myanmar have been working together to bring 50,000 used library books from Singapore libraries to libraries in Myanmar. 40,000 of these books were presented to the National Library while 20 public and university libraries received 500 books each. The books are on general topics including business, art and recreation, health, family and parenting, and fiction for adults, young people and children. The book donation ceremony was held on 4 April 2015 at the National Museum of Myanmar in Yangon.

Singapore’s Pacific International Line generously sponsored the shipping of the books to Myanmar.  The project received strong support from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), which has been working closely with the Myanmar Library Association in capacity building and training library leaders. This project has been organised as part of IFLA’s Building Strong Library Associations initiative.

The participating libraries are as follows:

University Libraries

1. Yadanapon University (Mandalay)

2. Mandalay University (Mandalay)

3. Mandalay University of Foreign Languages (Mandalay)

4. Mandalay University of Distance Education (Mandalay)

5. Mandalar College (Mandalay)

6. Sagaing University (Sagaing)

7. Sagaing University of Education

8. Kyaukse University

Public Libraries under Archaeology and National Museum Department

9. Library (Myitkyina, Kachin State)

10. Library (Loikaw, Kayah State)

11. Library (Pa an, Kayin State)

12. Library (Ha kha, Chin State)

13. Library (Mawlamyaing, Mon State)

14. Library (Sittwe, Rakhine State)

15. Library (Taunggyi, Shan State)

16. Library Mandalay Region

17. Library (Pathein, Aye yarwaddy Division)

18. Sar pay Beik man (Public Library, Yangon)

19. Library (National university of Arts and Culture Yangon)

20. Library (National university of Arts and Culture Mandalay)

Ms Ngian Lek Choh

Chairman, Cybrarian Ventures Private Limited

Consultant, National Library Board

Singapore

Email: Lekchoh@nlb.gov.sg

Asia and Oceania, Collection development, Asia and Oceania, Donations

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