Profiling Prominent Malaysians in Bernama Library and Infolink Service

Profiling Prominent Malaysians in Bernama Library and Infolink Service

Hasnita Ibrahim (Infolib BERNAMA, Malaysia), Rozlen Mustapa (News Library and Information Centre (InfoLibNews), Malaysia), N.N. Edzan (University of Malaya Library, Malaysia) and Wan Ahmad Hanis Wan Yahya (Librarian Association of Malaysia, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9542-9.ch014
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InfoLibNews is an information centre for news. In May 1968, InfoLibNews had to adapt the conditions of digital and online environment by taking charge of storing, processing and archiving news and information for easy access by journalists which been extended to the entire nation for its research values. InfoLibNews also functions as an information holding center by maintaining BERNAMA news and processing news clippings published by main stream newspapers which are later stored in BLIS for quick reference check, comparison and analysis. Thus, this article will focus on familiarizing the “Who's Who” module; listing of key personnel selection criteria; the work processes; headings within the profiles; evolution; actions taken to ensure speedy storage and reliable retrieval systems so as to ensure accurate, up-to-date news and information, credibility and quality. Finally, InfoLibNews will share the challenges of processing the module in line with the expectations of its users and clients as BERNAMA is set to be the leading information provider on prominent personalities in Malaysia.
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The Malaysian National News Agency or BERNAMA is a statutory body under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia. Set up under the Act of Parliament (1967), BERNAMA was established on 30 August 1967 and began operations on 20 May 1968.

A five-member Supervisory Council appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is created to ensure that Bernama is always guided by the provisions of the Act in implementing its objectives. Bernama is managed by a Board of Governors appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Board comprises a Chairman and six representatives each from the Federal Government and newspaper industry that are subscribers of Bernama. They each have alternate members who are also appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Bernama management is headed by a General Manager who is assisted by a Management Committee that implements all programmes and activities as well as decisions of the Board of Governors.

Bernama has over 800 staff which includes more than 400 journalists, editors, photojournalists and video cameramen at its headquarters at Wisma Bernama, Tun Razak Road, in Kuala Lumpur. The agency has its offices in all the states in Malaysia and correspondents in Singapore and Jakarta and stringers or retainers in Washington, London, Manila, New Delhi, Dhaka, Melbourne and Vancouver. Thus, a worldwide presence will ensure Bernama covering all Malaysia news events of local, regional and global importance.

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