Visit from Deputy Mayor of Padang Panjang and DPRD Members of Lima Puluh Kota Regency: Library Should be the Priority
Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta-Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando hopes that regional executives and legislatives put library and literacy as regional development priority. This is because library and literacy have been parts of 2019 national priority programmes. Library and literacy roles are able to support human development thus impacts on welfare. “The established literacy is not merely about the ability to read, but literacy should be established from introduction to letters up to creating goods and services,” said Syarif.
Director of National Library also argued that library role as knowledge centre is increasingly strategic in the current era of information technology. Technology advancement today enables people to be able to learn anytime and anywhere, and library has the strategic roles in this situation as centre of various knowledge which can be used by community. Citing Jim Clifton’s brief article, titled Universities: Disruption Is Coming and The Slow Death of the University by Terry Eagleton, he explained how information technology advancement today caused disruption on various aspects of life including university correlation as a place to create experts in particular subject. “For example, Google at the present time hires people regardless of their education background,” added Director of National Library.
In relation with literacy and library development, Deputy Mayor of Padang Panjang Drs. Asrul informed pleasant news of Padang Panjang Regional Government support and concern in library and literacy advancement. “We have been prepared with 70 billion rupiahs fund and 10 thousand square metres land for library building. It is all carried out by regional government to improve human resources quality in Padang Panjang,”added Asrul.
Different situation takes place in Lima Puluh Kota Regency. Head of DPRD Commission I of Lima Puluh Kota Regency, Hemmy Setiawan explained the terrible library infrastructure there. “Since moving from Payakumbuh to Sarilama in 2009, governmental office infrastructure at the present time is not yet in a good condition. Library building still borrowed other’s place and this happens because of limited budget. Therefore, Lima Puluh Kota Regency DPRD hopes that National Library of Indonesia can help them through Special Allocation Fund (DAK) from central government.”
As for DAK, Deputy of Library Resources Development Woro Titi Haryanti explained that as long as the proposal submitted through KRISNA application is complete and fit, it will increase the chance for the region concerned to obtain the physical grant. “Such requirements as DED (Detail Engineering Design), Land Title Deed which will be used for library building establishment as well as statement that the land is allocated for library are parts of requirements which should be met,” said Woro. Accompaniment from Public Works Board is also important considering their experience in technical terms.