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29 Jul 2020

Director of National Library: Millennial Generation Needs to Understand Digital Literacy

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - The current paradigm of libraries is no longer talking about the rows of books on the shelves, but libraries have shifted accordingly from time to time. In the 18th century, libraries talk about management collections, in the 19th century libraries talk about knowledge management, while in the 20th century, along with the sophistication of technology, we talk about knowledge transfer.

This was conveyed by the Director of the National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, in Education and Training on Youth Empowerment in the Digital Youth Sector, with the theme Enriching Digital Literacy as a Provision for Youth in Work and Achievement, Wednesday (7/29).

"Therefore, the challenge for the National Library and other libraries in Indonesia today is to compete with Google or Amazon or whatever, to get to the public. So now the key is that the library should reach the public and everything in digital form," he explained.

However, that also isn't enough given that we are currently in an information explosion. And this is the importance of learning about library science to sort and select information, which information can be developed and explored continuously with information that is not needed by society.

Furthermore, Syarif explained, talking about digital literacy to receive benefits, namely how all elements of the nation such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Library and other ministries reproduce positive content that becomes tutorials for young people that can be accessed through mobile facilities.

"Just like the National Library which has one application, namely iPusnas, where everyone can surf and we have prepared hundreds or even millions of books that can be read in full text, ranging from entertainment books, fiction, novels, science and applied sciences," he explained.

Syarif reminded us that in the future we will face the problem of youth who do not have the skills to create jobs or become part of industrialization.

"It is important to understand that currently the main asset of the millennial generation is to always learn and try to have digital capabilities and always increasing the literacy index to equip themselves in preparation for the future in global competition," he concluded.

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