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16 Nov 2020

Literacy for Welfare Guidelines Make Library Loved

Jakarta - The National Library of Indonesia compiles information literacy guidelines for welfare. This guideline is a reference for libraries throughout Indonesia in implementing literacy programs for welfare. The draft guidelines are socialized through Focus Group Discussion (FGD) which is held online and involve various elements of society, namely librarians, academics, literacy activists, community reading garden forums, to the public.

The Head of the Expert Team for the Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, Haryono Suyono, appreciates the guidelines drawn up since February 2020. According to him, this guidebook can make individuals who do not know library science will fall in love and will then pursue knowledge to become professional librarians. He hopes that this manual can become a compulsory book for universities. "The more so if you look at the building (library, red.), the more so if you see a collection of books, and the various sciences that are there, you will certainly fall in love," he said when he was a Keynote Speaker in an FGD held in Jakarta on Monday ( 11/16/2020).

Haryono emphasized that librarians and library managers must be highly committed and service-oriented because without those two things, library services are of poor quality. "Librarians must really have a commitment to serve even if those served are frozen, not speaking, not moving, and so on. One of the things I will ask for to be included in the literacy guidelines draft is that the purpose of this is how we strengthen the foundation of Pancasila, UUD 45, and Nawa Cita," he explained.

So that this guidebook can read the orientation of community empowerment that leads to the achievement of national targets and SDGs which inspire, encourage an increase in the Human Development Index and independent and dynamic behavior.

This manual is encouraged so that it can become a master book or guide for librarians and is followed up with materials that entertains the public. "So that automatically this first master book, even though it may be published slowly, will become the parent that has a supplement, be it annually, six months or quarterly, or monthly according to the needs faced by the community. So that the library will trigger a situation or an activity that is carried out with actions that are more rational in nature," he explained.

He hopes that through this program, Indonesia's human competitiveness will increase. Therefore, said Haryono, library networks must exist from the central to the village in supporting library as a reference source for empowering human resources and preserving the nation's culture. "To equip and provide direction to librarians in serving a society that is increasingly complex, more sophisticated, and wants to be served quickly because now it is the 4.0 period," he concluded.

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