3 December 2018

26th CDNLAO Meeting held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 2 May 2018

By Ms Mya Oo, Director, National Library of Myanmar

The 26th CDNLAO Meeting was successfully held at Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 2 May 2018. The meeting was organized by the Department of Historical Research and National Library under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture. 

Participants of 26th CDNLAO

Participants of 26th CDNLAO

Director General(s) and Director(s) from 14 national libraries in Asia and Oceania including Bhutan, Cambodia, Peoples’ Republic of China, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam attended the meeting. The National Library of India and National Library of Mongolia apologise for not being to attend. 

Mr. Aung Myint, Director General of the Department of Historical Research and National Library, the Chair extended a warm welcome and greetings to the Director General(s) and Director(s) from the national libraries in Asia and Oceania.to the first CNDLAO held in Myanmar. 

 The 26th CDNLAO theme of “Preserving Culture by the National Libraries” was aligned to the role of National libraries as important institutions for preserving the cultural heritage of the country. He emphasized the importance of digital preservation, the connection and collaboration among national libraries in Asia and Oceania as the rationale behind the choice of the theme. 

On the establishment of CDNLAO Secretariat, Ms. Tay Ai Cheng from National Library Board Singapore explained that said the draft policies formulated by CDNLAO would be presented to IFLA during the IFLA WLIC 2018 in August.

The meeting witnessed interesting presentations on the theme: “Preserving Culture by National Libraries” conducted by Dr. Kaythi Aye (Myanmar), Ms. Jaesun Lee (R. O. Korea), Mr. Sun Boyang (P. R. China), Ms. Tay Ai Cheng (Singapore) and Mr. Walimunige Sunil (Sri Lanka) respectively. They shared the activities and programmes of cultural preservation by their national libraries. 

Presentation of ‘Preserving Cultural Heritage’ by National Library of Korea

Presentation of ‘Preserving Cultural Heritage’ by National Library of Korea 

In his presentation, D. Kaythi Aye focused on the digital preservation of documentary heritage for future generation. She mentioned the digitization project of National Library of Myanmar and its challenges. Ms. Jaesun Lee shared the comparison of past and present preservation functions of National Library of Korea which was now applying the mass de-acidification system and rare collection restoration. Website www.nl.go.ke/iflapac. 

Mr. Sun Boyang provided an overview of cultural heritage preservation and conservation of the National Library of China. NLC has been doing the National Strategic Depository of Document Preservation Project, Literature Preservation and Conservation Nationwide project, China Memory Project, etc. NLC has established the IFLA Preservation and Conservation Center since 1984.

Ms. Tan Huism highlighted the twin mission of build and preserve the national collection; and build and support national reference. She said that since 2005, National Library, Singapore has been providing online content as part of the digital content strategy. 

The Chair announced that the 27th CDNLAO will be hosted by National Library Board Singapore in 2019. We need to seek the host country for 28th CDNLAO in 2020.

Welcoming to Singapore, next host of 27th CDNLAO

Welcoming to Singapore, next host of 27th CDNLAO

The delegates of the 26th CDNLAO delegates, except Bhutan, Fiji and Sri Lanka participated at the 17th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL XVII) event on 3-5 May 2018. The opening ceremony of CONSAL XVII was held at Myanmar International Convention Center 2 in Naypyitaw. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi graced the ceremony and delivered the Opening Remarks. This was followed by a photo-taking by CDNLAO delegates with State Counsellor.

CDNLAO delegates visited the Parliament, National Library, National Museum and National Archives on 5 may 2018. They were given a new experience of presentation on parliament session, visits to superior exhibits and showrooms at the National Museum (Naypyitaw) and National Archives (Naypyitaw), and large collection of traditional manuscripts at the National Library (Naypyitaw).

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