Master of Library Science (IM772) students from Faculty of Information Management Universiti Teknologi MARA Puncak Perdana executed their final project for Information Industry and Infopreneurship course (MLS763) by collaborating with Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF) Resource Centre, last November.
The project called Academic Innovation Project aimed to assist MIDF Resource Centre in developing a better library management procedures and activities by assisting on shelving book collections, providing administrative training on library management system as well as weeding out library collection that are outdated and irrelevant. The students also helped to brainstorm with list of events and activities for promotional and visibility purposes also consulted on how to perform cataloging in the new system.
The project took place in a series of exercises within three weeks, started since October till they conducted a soft launch for the collaboration project as well as MIDF Resource Centre Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) on the 6th of November 2019. The OPAC will be available for MIDF staff to browse through library collections and perform reserving or loaning process from the system.
The project led by the student and also the librarian in MIDF Resource Centre, Ali Imran Zakaraia. The idea of collaborating was fully supported by Puan Norita Ab Hamid, the head of MIDF Resource Centre as well as Dr Nurussobah Hussin, lecturer and advisor for this project.
The soft launched was held at MIDF Resource Centre and attended by 34 MIDF staff including the Head of Group Human Resources, Head of General Managers’ Department Office, staff from Human Resources department, ICT departments and Corporate Communication Group department. The event started at 3.00 pm filled with contents such welcoming remarks, gimmick and video montage presentation, a quick guide to use OPAC portal and library tour.
They all came to the conclusion that in order to provide a successful library provision, everyone needs to participate and make an effort. This is also because, to look at the professional literature, a resource centre is not only to preserve corporate heritage but it also the engine room for a successful organization. Hence, the project look forward to aid the staff to upscale their skills and experience to run the resource centre with tip-top services in the future.