Receiving Regional People’s Representative Assembly (DPRD) and Library Service Office, Director of National Library Asked Regional Areas to Cooperate in Library Development
Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta—Delegation of DPRD Special Committee for Regional Regulation on Library Operation of Pesisir Selatan Regency, West Sumatera and Library Service Office of Siak Regency, Riau, and Library and Archive Service Office of Sragen, Central Java were received by Director of National Library of Indonesia Muhammad Syarif Bando at National Library building at South Merdeka Street No. 11, Tuesday (19/2).
Around 20 executives and legislatives wanted to have an audience concerning drafting mechanism of regional regulation on library, book procurement and Special Allocation Funds (DAK) proposal and use mechanism.
In the presence of executives and legislatives, Director of National Library explained that Indonesia is the only country managing libraries from central to regional levels. The existence of library is protected by at least seven laws, namely the 1945 Constitution, National Education System Law, Research Technology Higher Education Law, Regional Government Law, Village Law, (Printed Works and Recorded Works) KCKR Law, and (Electronic Information Transaction) ITE Law.
“Library is an icon of civilisation. So, speaking of library, it is more than just reading. And the current regional government task is to develop libraries through Regional Budget (APBD),” explained Director of National Library.
Then, how do regional libraries develop their collection? More explicitly Muhammad Syarif Bando asked regional libraries to multiply the collections related to local wisdom. Recruit local writers to speak about local wisdom through books. Director of National Library believed that there are no teachers teaching about regional area or its natural resources wealth, but there are thousands of books that talk about regional areas. That is the meaning of library.
Technology does have a major impact on changes in almost all sectors of life, including library. Digital media platform is increasingly in use. However, it is just a tool. The content provided originates from books.
“For example, iPusnas, a digital reading application developed by National Library. iPusnas contains around 600 thousand collections with hundreds of titles and can be borrowed to be read by anyone digitally. Just download via app store or google play,” added Muhammad Syarif.
In relation with special allocation funds (DAK) obtained by a number of provinces and regencies/cities, Director of National Library explained that National Library of Indonesia DAK is divided into four, namely physical building for library services, library services renovation, information and communication technology (TIK) assistance, and collections.
“Development cannot be done partially. Good physical building, without human resources quality development within, would be futile. If the physical building is already available, then fill the bookshelves with collections that meet people’s needs. Keep in mind, the presence of library is the answer for anyone dropping out of school,” he explained.