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03 Dec 2019

National Peer Learning Meeting of Social Inclusion-based Library Transformation, Library Transformation Changes the Face of Public Library

Surabaya, East Java - One of President Jokowi's current development agendas is to create superior human resources. The effort can be achieved through social inclusion and literacy-based library transformation programme. Until 2019, there were 334 village / kelurahan libraries that felt the positive impact of the new library paradigm.

"Human development priority is the attention of the president," explained Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando in front of thousands of participants of National Peer Learning Meeting of Social Inclusion-based Library Transformation in Surabaya, Tuesday night, (3/12).

Library transformation admitted by Director of National Library has changed the face of public libraries. An increasingly comfortable place, a fast internet connection, plus the availability of appropriate collections, is a series of positive things that have changed the image and paradigm of library to be up-to-date. In fact, in many regions, library has become a driving force in a variety of community activities. The key is in commitment, synergy, and collaboration of all parties.

Industrial Revolution 4.0 always puts technology first. This means that literacy mastery is needed here. Literacy has four stages. First, the ability to gather reading material sources. Second, the ability to interpret what is implied and written. Third, the ability to generate new ideas and creativity. And fourth, the ability to create goods and services.

Proliferation of foreign products, such as those from Japan or South Korea seems to prove that industry in Indonesia is still limited to home industry. "This is because the majority of people are not higher education graduates. Only 10 percent of Indonesia's population attended college," Syarif Bando added.

The small number of people who become scholars actually becomes a challenge that universities are asked not merely to share certificates but competitive human resources. "Companies need work force more than a row of titles," added Director of National Library.




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