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27 Mar 2019

Socialisation of Social Inclusion-Based Library

Pecenongan, Jakarta—Literacy has an important role in encouraging people’s welfare, and library has an important role in improving people’s literacy. Literacy is a right and provides tangible benefits, obtained through education at school and adult literacy programme. This programme produces benefit that goes beyond the result of education at school.

UNESCO in 2016 stated that Literacy Program for Adults appeared to produce several benefits, specifically building self-esteem and empowerment with financing mechanism that was as effective as primary education at school. Library as a community learning centre provides information and learning facilities playing important role in encouraging the increase of community literacy. 

Literacy activities and information provision, both print and online, library plays a great role in creating community with higher literacy skills so as to encourage the changes in their quality of life to be a better one.  

“Data through international test show that more than 55% of Indonesians who completed their education still experience functionally illiterate. Functionally illiterate means the lack of reading and writing skills to manage daily life and work requiring reading skill that exceeds basic level,” said Deputy of Library Material and Information Services Development, Ofy Sofiana, when opening Socialisation of Social Inclusion-Based Library Transformation, Wednesday, (27/3).

The legislation explicitly explains that community has the right to obtain services and utilise library facilities. This also applies to people with disabilities, with physical and social limitations and isolated communities. Government is obliged to emphasise reading avidity promotion by utilising library facilities.  

Such background underlies National Library as patron for all types of libraries with support from National Development Planning Agency to take the initiative in conducting Social Inclusion-Based Library Transformation programme. This program aims to strengthen public library role in improving human resources quality so as to increase literacy skills leading to the increase of community creativity and information access gap. 

The library paradigm must be changed. From the beginning when it was considered as a warehouse for books, it is now transformed into a library that can empower people with information technology approach.

“Library must be able to transform so that it has a significant role in improving community abilities, so that it can change their quality of life to be better towards prosperity,” added Ofy Sofiana.

Library in addition to provide reading resources to explore information and knowledge is also obliged to facilitate community with various training and skill activities aiming to empower socio-economic community. With those efforts, it is expected that individual performance will increase, library system and organisation will be strong, thus affects the improvement of library services quality as well as their utilisation by community which automatically improves community literacy.

Social Inclusion-Based Library Socialisation was attended by 500 participants and assistants from 300 villages, 60 regencies, and 21 provinces that received special allocation fund (DAK) grant 2019.

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