The U-Library Project recently became one of the first winners of the FutureGov Awards Malaysia 2013. The Awards, which are being handed out for the first time this year, are an offshoot of the FutureGov Awards, which recognise successful modernisation in government, education and healthcare organisations in the Asia Pacific region.
Presented at the close of the 11th annual FutureGov Forum Malaysia 2013 conference, which was held on the 5th of March, the awards showcased the achievements of the Malaysian public sector in eight categories including Service Innovation, E-government, Information Management and Technology Leadership.
According to James Smith, Managing Director and Editor of FutureGov magazine, Malaysian government organisations have consistently ranked above their regional peers over the last six years in the annual benchmarking process which has tracked the project management, planning and vision of over 500 government agencies annually since 2007. "This led us to develop this national awards process this year to enable a greater focus on the good work being done by one of ASEAN’s most respected public services”, he said.
The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission claimed the Award for the U-Library project in the category of Technology Leadership. The U-Library project was implemented for the Commission by Tech Innovasi a SAINS partner using SAINS’ Integrated Library Management Solution as the core of the project.
The U-Library project is a project to link all the public libraries in Malaysia to establish a library network which will provide inter-lending services as well as access to web-publishing and content management. The project currently has eight libraries in its network.
Other winners were: Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) which won in the categories of Government Organisation of the Year, Team of the Year and Service Innovation (1Malaysia One Call Centre); Ministry of Finance for Procurement Programme of the Year (ePerolehan); Malaysia Department of Islamic Development for Best Mobile App (myJakim); Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for E-Government (eBMGPermit); and Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development for Information Management (Information Management System for the Disabled- SMOKU).