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26 Feb 2020

Director of National Library: Library and Archive Define the Progress of a Nation

Solo, Central Java -If likened to an airplane, libraries and archives are flying wings. Both have vital position. The progress of a nation is supported by the fondness of reading and the literacy proficiency of its people. Meanwhile, good archive management promises excellent service.

"Both of them will determine the progress or setback of a nation," explained Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, at ANRI National Coordination Meeting on Archive Supervision in Solo, Wednesday (26/2).

Furthermore, Director of National Library emphasised the importance of literacy. In general, literacy is divided into four levels. First, the ability to gather sufficient reading material. In fact, UNESCO requires that at least everyone has three new books a year. Second, the ability to understand explicitly or implicitly. Third, literacy is interpreted as the ability to produce ideas, theories, creativity, and new innovations. And finally, literacy is the ability to create quality goods or services.

If literacy is still a common homework, then archive also have important problems whose solution must be sought. Whereas according to Chairperson of Indonesian Ombudsman, Amzulian Rifa'i, that not many countries have Archive Law.

Archive issue was added by Ministry of Home Affairs, Expert Staff of Ministry of Home Affairs in the Field of Apparatus and Public Services, Yus Harto. In his opinion, archives have yet been excellent, so there is impression that they are step children. As a result, archives budget is very minimal in each region. "Policy makers in the regions have not paid attention to archives. Archive is considered side job," Yus Harto explained.

Yus requested that archive paradigm be change. Institutional archive and personnel must be strengthened, besides the fulfilment of information technology-based archiving facilities.

"Digitising archives must be carried out as an effort to maintain accessibility so as to provide as wide access as possible," he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy of Public Services of Ministry of Administrative Reform and Bureaucracy Reform, Diah Natalisa, said that Indonesia is now growing in the era of digitisation and virtualisation, so bureaucratic reform is the main stream driving force of governance revolution wave.

"Of the five priorities of President Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin's programme, two of them are related to governance, namely simplification of regulation, simplification of bureaucracy which ultimately is to create world-class public services in 2025," explained Diah.


Reporter/Photographer: Hartoyo Darmawan



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