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18 Oct 2019

Central Bangka Regency Receives Mobile Library Car (MPK) Grants from National Library

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - The National Library of Indonesia provided a unit of mobile library car (MPK) for Central Bangka Regency. The symbolic handover of MPK was given by the Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando to the Chairperson of Commission I of the Central Bangka DPRD, Pahlivi Syahrun during a Commission I working visit to National Library, in the National Library Services Facility Building, on Friday (10/18/2019).

During the working visit, Regent Deputy of Central Bangka Yulianto Satin and 9 members of Central Bangka DPRD Commission I were present. This assistance is a response of appreciation for Central Bangka DPRD that have been fighting for library field.

"We are very proud today because we can simultaneously receive executives and legislatures from Central Bangka. Therefore, today we will submit one unit of MPK as a tribute to the ladies and gentlemen as members of DPRD. We appreciate that there are not many DPRD members who directly fight for library, for Public Works (PU) and health are normal," said Syarif Bando before handing over a key replica of MPK.

Yulianto Satin stated that his party is highly committed to foster reading fondness in the regency with a population of 192 thousand inhabitants. This is reinforced through " Membaca dapat Merusak Kebodohanmu " tagline. The regional government of Central Bangka Regency wishes to build a library building with the latest facilities and complete collections. Therefore, Yulianto hopes to get physical assistance from the Special Allocation Fund (DAK) in library field.

"I admire this National Library building, which is very beautiful. And I will send photos of the building to the regent and the governor, so we can have a library like this. Where everyone, anyone who comes will feel comfortable," he said.

To foster reading interest and insights of young generation, said Pahlivi Syahrun, " Bateng Berliterasi " will be held in Central Bangka. The activity involving 1,000 students will be held on October 30, 2019. In addition, the regency government of Central Bangka wants to develop a village library.

Regarding the DAK proposal, Syarif Bando suggested the Central Bangka Regency regional government to ask for library building construction approval in 2021. "For 2020, we have already knocked the hammer," he explained.

At present, there are guidelines relating to the use of library development budget in regions, namely through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Library and the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (Kemendes) regarding the allocation of village fund as well as National Library Regulation as a follow up to the Minister of Home Affairs Regulation (Permendagri) Number 33 of 2019.

"Relating the village library, we have a MoU with the Minister of Kemendes, there has been an explanation of how to use the allocation of village fund to develop library. The details were even signed by the Secretary General of Kemendes. There is also a decision of the Director of the National Library of Indonesia on programs that can be budgeted by the Regional Budget Revenue and Expenditure (APBD) to follow up on Permendagri Number 33 of 2019 concerning Guidelines for APBD Preparation," he explained.

For information, Permendagri Number 33 of 2019 mentions that the Regional Government provides budget allocation in the APBD for three things, namely:

  1. Library development is in accordance with library collection standards, facilities and infrastructure standards, library service standards, library staff standards, implementation standards, and library management standards.
  2. Acculturation of reading fondness in family and community education units through promotion, socialization, exhibitions, awards, studies, coordination in the acculturation of reading fondness.
  3. Preservation and development of the nation's documentary cultural heritage both printed and electronic through the collection and management of printed and recorded works, preservation of library materials, publishing master catalogs and regional bibliographies, developing the cultural collection of ethnic archipelago and the registration, management and award of ancient manuscripts. 

Reporter: Hanna Meinita

Photographer: Raden Radityo

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