GEORGE TOWN, Jun 2 – The Penang state government is pleased to announce Penang’s first “The Penang Digital Library”. This initiative is supported by the Penang state government in collaboration with Keysight Technologies and E&O and supported by TIME.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said this project was inspired by a similar initiative developed by Keysight Technologies for the Penang Science Café at Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, the Penang Digital Library is the next phase in the evolution of libraries. He added that the RM2.5Million Digital Library is located at the premises of the former Puspanita building located within the Penang Free School and this initiative is a PPP (Private Public Partnership).
“Penang Digital Library will be familiar to existing libraries in Penang. There is no model (reference) because it is a cornerstone in this state. E-book collection of 4,000 of the latest titles in the market will be available at the new digital library. Besides that, librarian here is also a ‘digital librarians’,” Lim told the reporters here this afternoon.
State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health, Dr. Afif Bahardin, State Financial Officer, Dato ‘Mohd Mokhtar. Jait, Deputy General Manager Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI), S. Bharathi also joined the press conference. Also present were the Director of Corporate Strategy Group Eastern & Oriental Berhad, Lyn Chai and Keysight Technologies corporate relations director Jenny Foo.
Lim said the launch of the Penang Digital Library is expected in August this year. It is understood that the State Government and E & O each contribute RM1 million. While Keysight Technologies contributed RM350,000 and another RM120,000 contributed by TIME.