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03 Oct 2019

Director of National Library: Don't Just about Diploma, but Create Competitive HR

Bandar Lampung - The world is experiencing a lot of acceleration, especially in the field of technology. However, many are left facing technological challenges due to one of them being less or lazy to read. In Japan, the analogy is not a big person whose scale is heavier but a person who is happy with reading. In principle, technology provides various facilities including in the field of education.

This was conveyed by Director of the National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, on the sidelines of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the rector/director of 35 state and private universities at the Indonesian Librarian National Seminar and Workshop V event on Thursday (10/3/2019) in Bandar Lampung, Lampung.

"Has the syllabus been changed? At this time, don't just talk about diplomas. But how to create human resources that are capable to compete in the industrial era 4.0," added Syarif Bando.

Just for information that the world hegemony is currently controlled by the superpower countries like China, the United States, and Russia. "Lecturers must be able to take students to physical and creative work. Do not focus on the field of work which will be lost in the next 5-10 years. And students should not feel noble with a bachelor's degree," added Syarif Bando.

MoU with 35 State and Private Universities

The world is now entering the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0. A distinctive feature of this era is to promote the smart technology that gave birth to smart society. Smart society is understood as a community activity that actively uses information, communication and technology to support work, including economic activities.

The National Library notes to date, from 4,644 universities in Indonesia, where 382 are state universities (PTN) and 4,262 are private universities (PTS), 222 among it have been accredited. "The signing of the MoU is a response to developments in the industrial era 4.0," said Syarif Bando.

In accordance with article 24 of Law Number 43 on Library it is stated that libraries that have met library national standards (SNP), both from the number of collections (titles/copies) to support the implementation of community education, research, and service in addition to develop the information and communication technology (ICT) based library services.

However, out of 4,644 tertiary institutions, only 200 PTN/PTS have entered into the MoU with National Library. From that number, only 135 universities have joined the Indonesian OneSearch (IOS) portal of the National Library.

The scope of the MoU is to target, among others, the development of human resources in library field; development and utilization of library automation applications; ICT development in the field of library and expansion of library networks through the development of digital databases and repositories (IOS, iPusnas); development and joint use of library collections; scientific meetings, researches, and joint publications; collection and preservation of printed works and recorded works (KCKR); and implementation of library promotion and reading culture development.

The Indonesian Librarian National Seminar and Workshop was held in collaboration with the Indonesian College Library Forum (FPPTI), the Indonesian Library and Information Science Bachelor Association (ISPII), and Lampung University Library. This activity is expected to encourage the realization of Smart Society throughout Indonesia through the strategic role of librarians and libraries as the driving force.

Reporter & Photographer: Hartoyo Darmawan

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