We always make jokes about this whenever we were in Cineleisure Damansara. After eating, watching movie, playing bowling or even some karaokes and when it seems that there were nothing else to do, somebody among us will quickly suggest, " How about we go to the library instead?".
Hmm...yeah ... right! Well, for those who are not familiar with Cineleisure Damansara, the library is not exactly the library that all of you imagining right now (no tengkolok shape building or even Kak Selamah inside it). It is actually a 'gastropub'(a mix of a pub with gastronomic adventure perhaps). So in other words, this place suppose to be suitable for GSS only. But knowing GSS and the rest of the CMU group, none of us will carry our books there (although from what I heard, the librarians there is not even close to Kak Selamah, they were smokin' hot...). Below is the pictures for the internal design of the library which I took from their website.
So, we also have our own library which curently we call 'Mini Library UPT'. We really like to design it as exactly as the 'the library' in Cineleisure Damansara. However, due to budget constraint, not much can be done. The only things that is similar in comparison with that other library is just the bookshelf itself (I mean the colour, don't you think so?). In spirit...we have the concept and ideas as same as the gastropub. We try to capture the mood and we did it as the room turn out to be something that you can found in Europe although none of us are not even there yet. How we know it, well we get a comment from a person (outsider and non MRB) who are accidentially in that room and telling it to our staff on how beautiful our mini library is. Reminiscence of him in UK! (we hope we nailed it)
We have a lots of history in developing this library. Previously, all the books and documents were everywhere in a room which we called as Bilik Dokumen. Then, I asked Dr Nasa for bookshelf and we managed to get it. So, we start from there, gathering old furniture, sorting documents, collecting books and some deco. Most of the details inside the room is actually from the personal collections of CMU officers. Dr Zul himself also has been very supportive in agreeing to buy few things to make our mini library looks like a real library so that it can be used by the officers and also by the staffs. And tomorrow, we will open the curtain for the library and also the door because in a way, we are proud of this petit library. This mini library is dear to our heart. Some of the collections were actually not to say one of a kind, perhaps a rare documents because CMU has long been a references in terms of agronomy and latex harvesting. Here is the picture of our mini library, as you can see it is actually a small room. We determine to improve the collections by the contributions of our own officers and we hope that we are able to keep this collections as long as we can because by now we know that the government will develop the land in Sg Buloh and who knows where will CMU be located during that time. Our only hope is somebody will look after these books and documents because these are the informations that were used in shaping our rubber industry in the past, we are using it now in present time to study it for knowledge and hopefully it is an inspiration in developing new R&D in the future for the betterment of rubber industry in this country.
So, there is a suggestion on soft launch for this mini library, the others cmu officers are encourage to give their opinions on this. Ramadhan is around the corner, so it is up to you guys...kumpul dan makan -makan je kot. Please 3R (Respek, Rileks dan Respon!)