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20 Nov 2019

National Library of Indonesia Conducts MoU with 72 Universities

Malang, East Java - Director of the National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, signed a memorandum of understanding or MoU with 72 state and private universities in East Java. The MoU was conducted at University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) on Wednesday (11/20). The signing of MoU was carried out in conjunction with the Seminar, Workshop and Regional Conference of the Indonesian Higher Education Library Forum (FPPTI) throughout East Java.

Head of the Committee, Yeni Fitria Nurrahman, explained the reason why choosing UMM as the venue for the East Java FPPTI regional conference. According to him, UMM was the first place for the formation of FPPTI East Java. "Hopefully it can create innovation and the development of science and IT, especially in library field," said Yeni when opening the event.

The FPPTI workshop and seminar presented speakers from the National Library of Indonesia Muhammad Syarif Bando, UMM Vice Rector Syamsul Arifin, Ida Fajar Priyanto from UGM, Rikarda Ratih Saptaastuti from Katolik Soegijapranata University and Felicia Goenawan from Kristen Petra University, Surabaya. The workshop was attended by hundreds of participants from East Java, West Java and Central Java. "They are interested in FPPTI's activities. In fact, because there are so many people, we refused many of them to participate," explained the UNUSA Surabaya librarian.

The purpose of signing the MoU is to provide broadest access between university library and the national library. With this MoU, they can exchange information in libraries, access e-journals, e-books and others.

Chairman of the East Java FPPTI, Amirul Ulum, explained the Regional Conference is a forum for the end of the management and to elect a new chairman for the period 2019-2022. The event lasted for three days (November 20-22). "This regional conference is part of the evaluation. How is the development of librarians or human resources. In the future we need to maintain synergy in both regions and central," explained Amirul Ulum.

Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, invites librarians to improve the quality of human resources. In addition, updating information especially the concept of knowledge transfer. "There are not many study programs that teach how to organize a collection become organize knowledge. Moreover, the transfer of knowledge," he added. Syarif also emphasized that currently developed countries are no longer dwelling on the discussion of industrial revolution 4.0. "They have already done a lot of realization. Therefore, the meaning of literacy should not be narrowed around text books. But how to create goods and services that are useful and recognized by the world," he said. On the occasion, Director of the National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, also offered symbolically a mobile library car through UMM Rector so that it could be utilized by the UMM academic community.

Reporter: Arwan Subakti

Photographer: Ahmad Kemal Nasution


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