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Assalammualaium w.b.t…&Happy New Year 2020

The year 2020 is a significant year to Pustaka, as we are expanding with a new regional branch, Pustaka Sibu and celebrating our 20th years of existence since we started opening our doors to the public on 2ndJanuary 2000. It has been a 20 remarkable years and achievements for Pustaka from having just our headquarters in Kuching,then Pustaka Miri in 2002 and SRR in 2007and soon, Pustaka Sibu which will be officially launched in April 2020. Our staff strength, too, has increased from just merely,13 persons in 2000 to 184 in 2020 respectively.

Pustaka kicked off the new year with the Annual Chairman’s Address 2020, followed by a series of activities held which are, the annual tree planting activity with the communities, launching of Pustaka’s Community Reading Space, Beat Space, and Aesthetic Space. We have also initiated our own Educational Park Tour called, “Le Tour De Park”. The areas covered are the Sensory Garden, Community Garden, Herbal Garden, Butterfly Garden, the Children’s Pool, the Swing Garden, the Forest.These interesting and beautiful spots have created attractions for the nearby communities to patronise Pustaka’s park for recreational activities. Pustaka is also now the preferred jogging spot for Kuching North area.

BeatSpace@ Pustaka Negeri Sarawak is a learning space provided to expose our members, the general public and music enthusiasts on the theory and practical of various music equipments such as drums, guitar, bass, piano, and percussion. The space was created on 22nd March 2019 targeted for music enthusiasts. Information sharing workshop on Music Arts will be conducted including reading of music notes. Interested participants from the general public are encouraged to take this opportunity to attend the workshop.

Another indoor facility added is the Aesthetic Space@ Pustaka Negeri Sarawak. It isa space for learning and exposing individuals on related visual arts, creativity and imagination. We hope to instill knowledge of visual arts among the people of Sarawak.

We have lined up our Annual Calendar of Events and Activities to mark our 20th Anniversary Celebration this year. Amongst them are, Concerts, “Sarawakiana, Jazz & Busking”; International Archives Week; Book Run: International Knowledge Conference; Integrity Day; Sarawak Author’s Festival; Obtain Wisdom at the Library (OWL); & Makers Bootcamp. These activities/programs will be held from January until December 2020. The public and the communities are encouraged to browse at Pustaka’s Official Website for more information.

On statewide development, Pustaka will enhance the establishment of Community Reading Corners. in collaboration with the local ADUN.In 2020, four (4) Reading Corners will be established.

In line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 Agenda, our role is to ensure inclusivity and equitable lifelong learning opportunities in the state. Initiatives such as Reading Seeds programs PANDei provide the platform for inclusivity and equitable access to knowledge. Strategies were formulated to support lifelong learning and be in tandem with the global trends, as well as state and national policies.

In 2019, Pustaka participated in numerous awards at the state (6 participations), national (2 participations), and international levels (3 participations) respectively. We strive to remain competitive and taking the leading role at all levels in our journey to remain relevant and competitive. This is in line with Sarawak state government initiative and commitment to achieve a world class civil service in 2020.
Awards participated in 2019:
State Level
- Anugerah Kualiti Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri Sarawak (AKPANS): won 2nd place for Anugerah Perak Setiausaha Persekutuan Sarawak 2019 – Kategori Agensi Utama Negeri;
- Anugerah Pengurusan Pelanggan (APP);
- Anugerah High Performance Team: Finalists for Reading Seeds and PANDei projects;
- Anugerah Cabaran Inovasi Inklusif 2019;
- Mayor’s Award for Halaman Lanskap Organisasi Kerajaan Tercantik: Won as Champion;
- Mayor’s Award for Youth, Culture, Arts and Sport Category;

National Level
- Anugerah Transformasi Komuniti U-Pustaka: Won Naib Johan Kategori Perpustakaan Awam (Negeri/Daerah/Cawangan/PBT/Komuniti);
- International University of Carnival on E-Learning (IUCEL) 2019: PANDei was awarded “Outstanding Open Educational Resources 9OER) Award”;

International Level
- EIFL Public Library Innovation Award;
- IFLA Green Library Award 2019;
- UNESCO International Literacy Prizes – Confucius Literacy Prize.

We cherished our existence of 20 years, and we will continue to strive to become the best in this region and to stay relevant in our society, ultimately to ensure universal access to library and information services for Sarawak.

THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING PUSTAKA AS PART OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE JOURNEY…

DR. HAJAH RASHIDAH HAJI BOLHASSAN
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Pustaka Negeri Sarawak