Commitment & Hard Work are Main Factors in Building Reading Interest
Jakarta - Commitment and hard work are the main factors that must be carried out by local governments, especially provinces and regency/municipal with legislative support in building reading interest to remote areas. These two things are important to do in order to produce role models as a driving force for increasing literacy in society.
This was conveyed by the General Secretary of the Indonesian Ombudsman, Suganda Pasaribu, when he was a speaker in the webinar "25 years of Library Visit Day and Month of Reading Fondness Towards Superior Human Resources and Advanced Indonesia" which was held virtually on Monday (9/14/2020).
Suganda stated, this was based on his experience while serving as an Administrative Assistant in Musi Rawas Regency. According to him, exemplary is needed in increasing people's reading interest. At that time, despite the minimal budget, Suganda made an innovation by developing a floating library. Evidently, the floating library has succeeded in attracting the public to visit.
"Incidentally, at that time the library was under the coordination of an administrative assistant. We did not have large funds at that time, but this is about how to create something so that the public interested to came to the library. So, with the available funds, we are trying to build a floating library. When we launched the floating library, it got great interest from the public," he explained.
In addition, to provide a collection of library materials, Suganda did not run out of mind and instead compiled a book with his team which contained the history of government in Musi Rawas Regency from 1945 to 2015. "This received great appreciation because when this book was launched, many people came to the library to see what the government is like in Musi Rawas," he said.
He invited the regional government, especially the head of the library service office, to keep making an effort even though the budget is minimal. "It takes commitment, hard work, from the provincial and regency/municipal governments, as well as the DPRD. If only one stakeholder moves, as I demonstrated earlier, moving from our side, we can do it. Moreover, if it is supported by the DPRD, other stakeholders, we believe it is one of the strategies that can be implemented," he explained.
Meanwhile, Assistant Deputy for Policy Implementation and Evaluation of Bureaucratic Reform, Apparatus Accountability and Supervision III Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, Naptalina Sipayung stated that currently, her party is encouraging central and regional agencies to propose functional positions, including librarians. "Regarding the formation of librarians, we are from the PANRB Ministry according to the direction of the President, to remove echelon 3 and 4, we ask all agencies, both central and regional, to make studies related to the importance of functional positions including librarian," he explained.
Naptalina emphasized that the agency should propose a functional position, which is accompanied by an analysis of the position and workload.
On the same occasion, the Senior Librarian of the National Library of Indonesia, Dedi Junaedi, stated that the National Library is still present to serve the community even in the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Through various online services, the public is asked to take advantage of the available library material collections.
"We have e-resources service, then there is iPusnas service. You can open your cell phone directly then you can read with iPusnas in full text. So, there is no need to worry, you are able to use the books in the National Library. We also continue to serve the needs of users," he concluded.