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10 Jun 2020

Iran and Indonesia are Ready to Collaborate in the Library Sector

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - As is well known, Iran and Indonesia have a long history of good relations in various fields. In order for this good relationship to be maintained, the Director of the National Library of the Republic of Iran held a virtual meeting with the Director of the National Library of Indonesia, Muhammad Syarif Bando, who was accompanied by the Deputy for Library Resources Development, Woro Titi Haryanti, as the interpreter on Wednesday (6/10). Located at Multipurpose Room on the 4th Floor of the National Library Service Building, this meeting discussed about how the National Library services in their respective countries were during the Covid-19 pandemic and the desire of the National Library of the Republic of Iran to cooperate with the National Library of Indonesia.

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has been ongoing for the last few months is being felt in almost all countries in the world. Every effort has been made in each country to break the chain of spread of the virus, such as doing activities at home, wearing masks, washing hands frequently, and maintaining distance from one another. As a result, many places for mass activities have been closed, for example schools, office buildings, houses of worship, recreational parks, museums, including libraries. On this occasion, the Director of the National Library of the Republic of Iran asked Syarif Bando about the efforts made by the National Library of Indonesia in providing services to users.

Responding to this, the Director of the Indonesian Library explained that just as happened in the Republic of Iran, the National Library of Indonesia also temporarily stopped direct services. However, it still does not close the opportunity to transfer knowledge to users because the National Library of Indonesia is very ready with its digital library. The iPusnas application, for example, can be downloaded via Android and IOS-based devices, so that users can read books wherever and whenever they want. Furthermore, the National Library of Indonesia also prepared Corona Pedia, an ePustaka that can be accessed through iPusnas, containing various contents about the Covid-19 virus to provide a deeper understanding to the public about the virus.

"The National Library of the Republic of Indonesia in the midst of this pandemic also closed its services, but we are very ready with our digital libraries such as iPusnas, Khastara, e-Resources, and IOS. For example, iPusnas, we have purchased the publisher's copyright so we can display the complete book for public to read," said Syarif Bando.

The desire of the National Library of the Republic of Iran to collaborate with the National Library of Indonesia was also welcomed by the Director of the National Library of Indonesia, Muhammad Syarif Bando. It is hoped that with this collaboration the two National Libraries can exchange experts and also exchange information and experiences. Since Iran and Indonesia are two Muslim-majority countries, in other words both National Libraries have equally extensive collections of Islam.

"We will immediately contact the Embassy of the Republic of Iran in Jakarta to discuss this cooperation. Or if desired, we can also send the draft of MOU directly to the National Library of the Republic of Iran for further study,” explained Syarif Bando.

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