Memorandum of Understanding signed to automate the network of national libraries by introducing modern digital infrastructure.
Sri Lanka’s Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Library,
Sri Lanka Documentation Services Board and 18 local authorities to implement the âDigital Libraries Projectâ.
As part of this project, twenty-six (26) model digital libraries are being established, covering all districts of Sri Lanka and at the National Library. The model libraries will be equipped with the widely used âKohaâ integrated library management system and introduce a modern digital infrastructure.
One of the main objectives of this project is to provide citizens with convenient and affordable access to electronic information, books and educational materials. The pilot phase of the project started in 2017. At the same time, public libraries in Colombo, Badulla, Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa, Kurunegala, Opnayake, Kirimetiya and the National Library were opened to the public. The first phase of the project started in 2020 to deploy the solution in 18 public libraries.
This initiative is one of many initiatives led by the ICTA digital government vertical in line with a long-term roadmap for the digitization of public sector services. One of the essential goals of the digitization of the public sector is to improve processes taking into account the needs of citizens in order to serve citizens in an efficient and practical way. Many projects are underway to create the necessary infrastructure of solutions, platforms, technologies and shared processes to create valuable user-centric services and improve the ease of doing business through policy reforms and integrated services focused on business needs. Thus guaranteeing efficiency in transactions with the government.
The memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of Eng. Mahinda B. Herath, Managing Director, ICTA, Mr Kanchana Thudugalla, Director of Digital Government ICTA, and Mr.
Sonala Gunawardhena, President of the National Library of Sri Lanka, and MWSunil, Director General of the National Library and the Documentation Services Board, as well as many representatives of the local authorities involved in the project.