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14 Jun 2019

Receiving Special Committee of Regional Regulation Draft of Solo Municipal Library, Director of National Library Wants Regional Regulation to Include Study Hours

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta—Good intentions must be in line with strong endeavours, including the intention of Special Committee (Pansus) of Regional People’s Representative Assembly (DPRD) Solo Municipal to create regional regulation draft (Raperda) about library. However, there are a number of questions that still require explanation from National Library so that the regulations are indeed beneficial for the people of Solo. That was the reason behind the hearing of DPRD and Library Pansus Raperda with National Library on Friday (14/5). 

Head of Pansus Raperda, Anna Budiarti, asked about the form of library supervision in universities. Then, what the steps are taken to overcome the lack of reading interest. Then, whether library administration in communities including private libraries must follow the library standards set by National Library. How to overcome funding constraints and lack of library staff and efforts to develop collections.  

Answering those questions, Head of National Library Law and Planning Bureau, Joko Santoso, acknowledged that the regulatory framework would provide certainty about library regulation in Solo. However, he asked Pansus to be able to, first of all, provide Raperda draft to be reviewed by National Library so that the answers or recommendations are easy to understand.    

The authority to supervise library have been set its limitation. For high school/vocational high school to university level, the domain is at provincial level; regency/municipal takes care of schools up to junior high school level.  

Meanwhile, Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, reminded academic libraries to not send collection of essays, theses, or dissertations to the communities in village/kelurahan. Such will not have any impact. It would be better for people who live in village/kelurahan to be given applicative reading material, which can be practiced directly so that the benefits are more pronounced. Public reading interest is not low, it is reading material that is lacking. The ratio of books and the people are still not fit.

Regarding the drafted Regional Regulation, Director of National Library expected to also regulate of study hours. "There must be courage to restore the spirit of the society to be better," he added. To overcome the shortage of library staff, Solo Municipal Government can implement an inpassing method that has been launched by government so that the problem of library staff adequacy is slowly resolved.      

"Library is indeed a small institution, but by God will, it is able to give a major contribution to the nation," Syarif Bando concluded.




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