Library Transformation Helps Improve Quality and Welfare of the Community
Salemba, Jakarta -- Covid-19 phenomenon due to coverage in mass media and social media proves the need to strengthen literacy in communities. Although on the one hand, it actually shows weak literacy skill. Indonesia and India are countries that are good and bad examples of this quality. Rising from the pandemic through literacy is a form of campaign that the government is currently promoting. And library is part of it.
"Kerala, one of the states in India, has succeeded in reducing the transmission rate of Corona due to good literacy comprehension. The public can always understand the government's messages," said Head of Legal Affairs and Planning Bureau of National Library Joko Santoso when he was a speaker for Innovation and Creation of Librarians in Improving Competence in Facing the New Normal Webinar held by Hasanuddin University, Makassar, on Tuesday afternoon, (4/8).
National MediumTerm Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024 also emphasises that human development is one of national priorities on which Bappenas is working. The policy direction and strategy in the RPJMN is to increase literacy, innovation, and creativity for the creation of a knowledgeable and characterised society.
Derivatives from policy direction and strategies being carried out have a number of priority programmes and activities, namely increasing literacy culture and strengthening social institutions that drive literacy and innovation.
Even though it has been formulated in the RPJMN, there are still a number of problems that cause literacy to be less than optimal in Indonesia. Joko Santoso then mentioned that there is no connectivity and access to the required knowledge, absence of quality sources and materials of knowledge, and inability to obtain useful knowledge due to psychological and physiological barriers that are encountered.
Therefore, strengthening the infrastructure for knowledge access, strengthening knowledge sources and literacy are the solution to overcome these obstacles. Indonesia has no less than 164,610 thousand types of libraries. It is the second largest country in the world that has libraries. In fact, IFLA only standardised one library for 25,000 residents. The number of libraries in Indonesia is a potential asset that must be used as widely as possible by the community.
"If the solution has been carried out, automatically the increase of individual capabilities and community welfare will improve. Library is a collection of knowledge and knowledge transformation," added Joko.
Joko further explained the parameters of library development in Indonesia include equal distribution of social inclusion-based library services, skilled, creative and responsive library staff to community needs, collection-based library transformation, and programmes for the community, as well as commitment and stakeholder support for sustainable library transformation.
"The direction of social inclusion-based library transformation is as a culture centre, civilisation centre and community activity centre," said Joko.