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14 Jul 2020

FPUI Webinar: Public Library, Front Line of Access to Knowledge

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - It has been mentioned in history, Andrew Carnegie, an industrialist from Scotland who moved to the United States, then started a business to finally success. The success achieved, he donated it for the benefit of libraries, education, and pension funds.

Andrew is a pioneer in the establishment of public libraries in the world. He sees that the potential of natural resources must be managed as well as possible by the community. And the way to get there is by knowledge through reading materials.

The forerunner of Andrew Carnegie's success was also initiated by the Indonesian government in order to improve the quality of human resources through libraries.

"Public libraries must be at the front line to provide the widest possible access to be able to live properly with the knowledge obtained from libraries," explained the Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, in his key direction at the Indonesian Public Library Forum (FPUI) Webinar with National Library with the theme "Rise of Public Libraries in New Normal Era and Implementation of Minister of Home Affairs Regulation (Permendagri) Number 33 and 90 of 2019, in Jakarta, Tuesday (7/14).

The Director of National Library added that only 10 percent of Indonesians experience college. The rest are only elementary-high school students. In fact, some do not even experience education. So, this is where the role of the library as the last seat for those who may not return to school. The social inclusion-based library program is a solution to explore human potential through the ability of life skills from applied books.

"The public has the right to get information to manage the potential of the abundant natural resources around them," added Syarif Bando.

The Covid-19 pandemic forces all aspects to make changes, including libraries because they are part of a public institution. Health procedures for managers and visitors must be implemented because this has not been regulated in the library law.

"We encourage the National Library to issue regulations related to protocols and health standards in the library environment," said Chairman of the FPUI, Ajak Muslim.

Meanwhile, Director of Synchronization of Regional Government Affairs IV of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Sri Purwaningsih, emphasized that in government administration, libraries are included in government affairs compulsory non-basic services.

Law Number 23 of 2014 regulates the division of authority that can be carried out by the central government (Perpusnas), regional governments, to regencies/municipalities.

"This is in line with the spirit of decentralization," said Sri.

A derivative of Law Number 23 is the issuance of Procedure and Criteria Standard Norm (NSPK) which can be used by regional governments as a guide for authority.

The law, for example, regulates the affairs of library development, which includes standards and accreditation setting, library management, and civilizing fondness for reading.

Meanwhile, the affairs of the preservation of national and manuscript collections include the authority to preserve printed and recorded works (KCKR), publishing master catalogs (regional/national) and bibliography as well as preservation of ancient manuscripts.

"The Director of the National Library is technically responsible for library affairs," said Sri.

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