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06 Oct 2020

Facing the Challenge of Reading Culture Amidst Pandemic in Industrial Revolution 4.0 Era

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Reading culture is a mandate that is placed as something important in the law. However, there are many challenges that must be faced in order to foster fondness for reading in family and community. Especially in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic as today, it demands that people become more adaptable to the use of technology in the era of industrial revolution 4.0. Member of DPR RI Commission X Putra Nababan conveyed how to face the challenge of reviving reading culture in Fostering Fondness for Reading Webinar, Tuesday (6/10).

Currently, according to Putra, problems such as collection digitisation, support for uneven access to technology, especially in 3T areas, and the ease with which disinformation/hoaxes circulate on social media are challenges for literacy in Indonesia. "Commission X supports National Library of Indonesia to continue to revitalise regional libraries, especially 3T with internet access, superior quality of human resources, and strengthen collaboration with various ministries/institutions and local governments," said Putra. Librarians are also required to adapt by improving literacy skills, packing knowledge, and improving the quality of social inclusion-based library services.

In DKI Jakarta, efforts to improve reading culture and literacy are also being carried out in an effort to be Jakarta Smart City. According to Head of DKI Jakarta Provincial Library and Archives Service, Wahyu Haryadi, the creation of a smart city requires the support of government and community collaboration in realising smart people as one of its pillars. "Through collaboration, improving fondness for reading becomes a strategic activity that must be carried out," he explained. Wahyu mentioned the form of collaboration carried out with a number of library stakeholders, namely fondness for reading surveys, #BacaJakarta activities, and various workshops carried out at library.

Family and academic circles also have their own challenges in finding alternative sources of reading to support teaching and learning activities from home. "The presence of National Library of Indonesia in this situation provides a solution by collaborating with various types of libraries to provide reference sources. Also provides digital content through iPusnas,” added Putra.

Putra also said that the role of parents in instilling reading culture in family is also very important by providing examples and access to reading so that they love reading. In addition, restrictions on the use of technology wisely are to reduce the bad effects that may be faced.

DKI Jakarta Book Ambassador Satria Bahar added that reading book is an antidote for the many hoaxes that we can easily get in this technological era. "Reading books, apart from being a form of literacy awareness, can also help shape and describe who we are so that we use social media wisely," concluded Satria.




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