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17 Jan 2020

Banjar Regency Successfully Conducts Social Inclusion Based Library Program

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Banjar Regency Library, South Kalimantan participated in successing the Social Inclusion Based Library Program. The program that aimed at making the public able to use the library to improve welfare has been carried out since 2017. This was conveyed directly by the Head of Library and Archives Service Office of Banjar Regency, Yasna Khairina during a visit to the National Library with the ranks of Banjar Regency Regional People’s Representative Assembly (DPRD), Friday (1/17).

"With the Special Allocation Funds (DAK) assistance provided through the National Library, many computer training programs have felt useful. Even now it has reached the 38th Generation with more than 1800 participants who have graduated," he said.

In 2019, Banjar Regency receives 1.6 Billion Special Allocation Funds which are used to optimize services in library such as computer room, audiovisual room, and children's reading room. In addition, 2 units of mobile library cars have also been provided in 2011 and 2018. But, Yasna still hopes the National Library can continue to support Banjar Regency to expand the building and add the reading collections that fit the needs of the community.

Director of the National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, who received the visit directly, gave an appreciation for the achievement of Banjar Regency. He said that it was indeed very important to provide a library as a basis for people to seek knowledge.

"By reading, literacy will increase. Literacy is not just about reading for 15 minutes, but how to get the depth of knowledge to create goods and services," explained Syarif.

Syarif also continued to encourage the local government to direct the public not only to read but also to write local content about their area as a collection that represents their region. So that an area can develops and become a source of knowledge for other regional communities.

Head of the Library Development and Reading Interest Study Center, Deni Kurniadi, added that National Library will support the efforts made by the Banjar Regency Government. "Hopefully the program will not only stop at the regency level, but also at the kelurahan and village levels," he said. Deni also asked for the assistance provided to be a stimulant for the region to further develop.

Reporter: Eka Purniawati

Photographer: Raden Radityo

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