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24 Aug 2020

Discussion on Library Programme and Budget 2021: Library’s Role in Creating Quality Human Resources

Jakarta - Social inclusion-based library transformation programme and physical Special Allocation Fund (DAK) for library sub-sector will be included in National Library programme for budget year 2021. This was conveyed by Director of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Culture, Ministry of National Development Planning / Bappenas Hadiat in the Discussion on National Library of Indonesia Programme and Budget for Fiscal Year 2021 which was held virtually on Monday (24/8/2020). The discussion was attended by structural leaders within National Library of Indonesia.

For information, DAK and social inclusion-based library transformation are government policies in the context of equal quality distribution of physical and services of local public library services throughout Indonesia.

He explained that libraries have an important role in creating quality and competitive human resources (HR). Library supports the three pillars of human resource development as outlined in National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024 as well as being the foundation in strengthening the quality of human resources. "Talking about libraries cannot be separated from quality, productive human resources and mastering science and technology and innovation, it is very important. Human resources is very strategic, and library in terms of literacy is very strategic," he explained.

Libraries do not only play role as a centre for science and culture, but also have more practical role, namely as a centre for community empowerment. This is stated in National Priority 4 which states a culture of literacy, innovation, and creativity with a policy direction for developing social inclusion-based literacy services. This policy targets increasing people's literacy skills to improve the quality of life and welfare.

Therefore, improving the quality of local public library services in accordance with Library National Standards in order to build a literacy culture must be carried out to create a knowledgeable, creative, innovative, and characterised society.

Hadiat asked National Library of Indonesia to develop an instrument to measure the success of this programme. "We need to develop instruments/measures, because talking about welfare and quality of life, there are various factors. However, we need to define it so that it can be evaluated,” he explained. This year, social inclusion-based library transformation programme is targeting 100 regencies in 32 provinces.

Regarding DAK in 2021, there are four areas offered, namely building construction, building rehabilitation, procurement of furniture and/or ICT services, and development of library materials, both printed and digital. For the coming year, he explained, priority will be given to regions that fulfil DAK 2020 proposal which cannot be implemented as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, the government refocused National Library budget, in which physical DAK for library sub-sector is one of those that experienced it.

At the end of his presentation, Hadiat asked National Library to ensure that national priority support outputs can be implemented properly and targets can be achieved. He also advised that physical DAK in library sub-sector supports social inclusion-based library transformation policy. "How to make library services better, the aspects of service display are also better. DAK can support its physical appearance, so it is not only a good building, but also the quality of its service," he concluded.



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