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04 Jul 2019

Regions Asked to Set Library Requirement Standards

Regions Asked to Set Library Requirement Standards

Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta-National Library holds Regional Budget Allocation for library Coordination Meeting in 2020. The socialisation was attended by all Head of Provincial Library Service Offices and Head of Bappeda on Thursday (4/7). In accordance with the mandatory Law Number 23 of 2014 concerning Regional Government, library plays the service role and National Library guides all activities that should be carried out by all libraries.

Following up this matter, Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, said that he would immediately compile Regulation of Director of National Library (Perka) to elaborate on three main components. Among others, development of library, civilizing reading fondness, and preservation and utilisation of manuscripts. "We appreciate the performance of Ministry of Home Affairs because currently all components of library operations have been stipulated in Permendagri No. 33 of 2019 concerning guidelines on drafting regional budgets 2020. This is an evidence that library is one of national priority plans 2020," he explained.

Meanwhile, Director of Regional Budget Planning of Ministry of Home Affairs, Arsan Latif, urged regional heads to set library requirement standards. Moreover, in preparing APBD, plan and requirement standard are needed, one of which is budgeting for the needs of goods belonging to the region owned by library service office.

"There is a regulation that every capital expenditure must have plan and requirement standard. If it is possible, an article stating that regional heads set library requirement standard is to be added in the regulation that will be made later. That is where Head of Library Service Office can convey his needs," he explained.

Based on data, from 514 regencies/municipals, there are already 482 regencies/municipals that have library service office. Whereas 24 other regions do not have library service office yet. Arsan Latif encouraged all regions to immediately establish library institution.



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