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19 Oct 2020

Best Achievement Librarian 2020-Librarian Asked to be Innovative and Creative

Cikini, Jakarta - National Library of Indonesia is again holding selection for best achievemnt librarian. The event was opened by Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando, Monday (19/10).

Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando said that the event for selecting best achievement librarian is a form of appreciation from the government for librarians who has shown their performance and provided benefits to readers, especially in this pandemic era.

They are our ambassadors, who have provided services and are there for society. Covid-19 pandemic situation becomes a test to prove that the role of libraries and librarians can still be felt by the community, he said.

Librarians in the millennial era should be able to innovate creatively in presenting information and providing services in accordance with the habits of millennial community. As has been done by National Library by presenting CoronaPedia, which is a collection of information about Covid-19 that can be accessed through iPusnas. Virtual reference service through 'Ask Librarian' where users can ask to find the information they need from librarians.

This virtual reference service received a very positive response from various circles of library users, even from the information I got, the number of requests for information through this virtual reference service is more than the era before Covid-19, he continued.

Syarif hopes that through the selection of best achievement librarian, it can be a stimulus for all librarians in Indonesia to work harder and innovate in improving services to the community.

Librarian is needed because not everyone has a profession that is able to collect the scattered ones, librarian is needed because he is able to make information dissemination ready to be used by anyone.

Through the selection of best achievement librarians, it encourages us to be able to elevate the dignity of Indonesian librarians. Librarians are expected to be able to meet the expectations of visitors in fulfilling information, he said.

Meanwhile, IFLA President Cristine Mackenzie appreciated librarians for quickly adjusting library services during the current pandemic.

We need to adapt to that; library is not actually closed. They still provide programmes and services adapted to new situations. And I saw a huge increase in users of online services. The ability to adjust quickly is impressive, whe said.

The same thing was also expressed by Manager of IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania, Soh Lin Li, who said that currently we have adapted and operated with new ways; library services are still being carried out. Librarians can quickly develop strategies and find new models of service in online programmes.

For those without internet access, Indonesian librarians are trying hard to reach them and even for those who are under quarantine. I am inspired by the librarians in our area. And encourage librarians to be agile and build partnerships both at home and abroad, she said.

The event which took place on 18-24 October 2020 was attended by 32 librarians representing their respective provinces. Participants are the best librarians who have passed the selection at provincial level.

Different from the previous year, the assessment process for best achievement librarian this year was conducted virtually. All participants will take all stages of assessment starting from cognitive tests, to presentations and interviews.



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