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23 Jun 2020

Hearing Meeting with DPR-RI Commission X: Perpusnas Achieved Positive Point Amidst Pandemic

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta-The objective of the nation being established can be achieved with good and quality education. Apart from school education, another way to get access to good and quality education is through libraries. During the pandemic, libraries have become the most sought, especially for those who carry out their activities from home.

Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, said that at the Hearing Meeting (RDP) with DPR-RI Commission X held in Jakarta, Tuesday (23/6). Commission X also agreed that National Library of Indonesia should make a road map so that the targets of each program are more focused and measurable.

"Which areas have inadequate infrastructure. Which areas still lacking access to internet. This must be mapped so that later National Library can work together with other ministries/institutions, for example Kominfo to provide internet access, "added My Esti Wijayati, a member of DPR-RI Commission X in front of RDP participants.

On the occasion of the RDP, National Library (Perpusnas) proposed an additional budget in 2021 as much as Rp.252,566,276,500.

"This figure is a necessity to pursue the cut target of library and literacy development due to Covid-19 in 2020. We believe that literacy has a positive contribution in creating innovation and social skills," explained Director of National Library.

The development of libraries up to the 3T area (frontier, remote, underdeveloped) received appreciation from a member of DPR-RI Commission X, Desi Ratnasari. "I think library development target in the 3T area is very appropriate," he said.

Meanwhile, Putra Nababan, another member of DPR-RI Commission X, suggested that National Library of Indonesia create virtual or online-based activity programmes keeping up with the course of times.

"National Library should no longer think of being a carrier or information carrier, but must have the courage to think as a supplier or supplier of information needs through reading materials," advised Putra Nababan.

The grandeur of new library service facility building is considered a symbol of the revival of literacy culture in Indonesia. However, this splendor must be accompanied by the seriousness and support of National Library and libraries in each region in promoting literacy.

"National Library and Perpusda must be the catalyst in building a literacy culture and making it a life style in the new normal era in order to achieve the nation's ideals, namely creating superior human resources," explained Illiza Sa'adudin.

On the same occasion, Director of National Library also explained a number of positive achievements by National Library. First, there is an increase in reading index from 52.92 in 2018 to 53.84 in 2019. Second, there is a significant increase in the submission of printed and recorded works (KCKR), if previously only 68,824 (142,660 copies) in 2018, the number jumped to 324,021 (396,198 copies) as of 2019.

"We are implementing a strategy not to give new ISBN numbers to publishers if they have not submitted the published results to National Library," explained Syarif Bando.

And another positive achievement is user satisfaction level from 4.0 to 4.39. Meanwhile, the number of visits, which was originally 5,986,466 in 2018, jumped to 9,793,174 in 2019.




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