Signing of a memorandum of understanding to automate the network of national libraries by introducing a modern digital infrastructure – adaderana biz english
The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the National Library, the Documentation Services Board of Sri Lanka 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 being carried out 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, Chief Executive Officer, ICTA, Mr. Kanchana Thudugalla, Chief Executive Officer of ICTA Digital Government, and Mr. Sonala Gunawardhena, Chairman, National Library of Sri Lanka, and MWSunil, Chief Executive Officer, National Library and Documentation Commission for Services as well as many representatives of the local communities involved in the project.
Upon successful implementation, a nationwide rollout is expected in the near future.