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25 Feb 2020

Minister of Home Affairs Mentions Library as Motor of All Sciences

Minister of Home Affairs Mentions Library as Motor of All Sciences

Pancoran, Jakarta - Minister of Home Affairs (Mendagri) Prof. H. M. Tito Karnavian, Ph.D., called library as motor of all sciences and information. He revealed this when opening National Library National Coordination Meeting in 2020 at Bidakara Hotel, Jakarta, Tuesday (25/2/2020).

"We see how important library’s function is, because library is motor of all of those sciences, all data-information packaged into science, then into fields of science, then these fields of science are all collected, including all literatures in an organisation that we call library," said Minister of Home Affairs.

Thus, the presence of library as an institution and a place to gain access to reading literature is increasingly urgent in all regions. Library as a motor of knowledge is one aspect in the development of superior, competitive human resources.

"Then library appears to be an important part of information and data centre in order to fill our brains, so there are specific libraries to deal with certain problems. There is a reference library for research, taking certain references, there is an academic library, there is also a public library, and there is also a national library that has the role of collecting national information as well as being the motor to move other libraries," he said.

The importance of library as driving force for knowledge also needs to be supported by the availability of reading material for the community. In addition, people also need to be aware of how important science is for welfare.

"We know how important science is, we know the importance of human resources, but we lack access. Our communities lack access, interest is high (but) access is lacking, so the solution is we must first socialise how important science is, how important book is, how important library is," he said.

In addition to building community awareness, collaboration with private sector and NGOs needs to be done to increase the accessibility of public reading material. In addition to relying on government, community is also required to be self-subsistent in developing access to reading.

"Then expanding access by building library, it can be carried out through the power channel, the second is by means of self-help. I understand many NGOs and also community's own initiative to build libraries in their regions because of their own awareness, but the biggest power is government, because the government has the ability to regulate, the ability to force, has the source and the largest," explained Minister of Home Affairs.

On the same occasion, Minister of Home Affairs assessed that network and regulation are equally urgent. This is also related to how regions building library institutions, including library service offices in regions that are increasingly solid.

"In this context I see that we need to build a network, and this network must be encouraged by government. From the available data, I think that not all regions have library service offices, what we must encourage is regulation, institutional organisation, budget, and personnel. These four points are important. Regulation means that there must be rules governing the existence of library network institutions down to the regions, National Library Law has already existed but perhaps the socialisation has not come out, not being read, then the rules for building but have not been well socialised,” said Minister of Home Affairs.


Reportage: Ministry of Home Affairs Information Centre



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