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06 Oct 2020

Establishing Literacy Culture for Welfare Webinar: Library Not to Lose from Social Media

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta – Access to reading material is not an absolute parameter to measure the level of community literacy. The impact of achieving literacy is when people succeed in creating goods or services that are useful for many people, the results of thoughts, innovations, ideas, and new ideas obtained from active reading. People must be convinced that the gateway to improving human quality is reading.

“Knowledge transfer, whatever it takes, can only be achieved through reading," explained Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando, starting Establishing Literacy Culture for Welfare Webinar, on Tuesday afternoon (6/10).

Therefore, libraries are asked to continue to provide adequate service facilities. When human resources are reliable, the use of natural resources will be more optimised.

Currently, in the midst of pandemic, social media has transformed into a tremendous force. In a short time, millions of followers have been grabbed just to watch simple tutorials but packaged attractively.
It must be admitted that the power to attract mass enthusiasm through social media has quickly surpassed similar abilities in previously familiar electronic media, such as television and radio. This is a real challenge that libraries inevitably have to face.

Seeing this fact, Director of National Library asked specifically that library and related stakeholders must have the same vision. The existence of technology certainly facilitates the affordability of access to information and knowledge that can be obtained by community. This must be maximised.

Second, librarian's or library management staff’s commitment to continue to provide excellent service. Third, the community must be given awareness to improve their quality.

"Libraries should not be inferior to social media. Make sure that knowledge collection that is provided, both printed and digital, is able to meet the information needs of the community. Libraries must be a source of quality reading material," added Syarif Bando.

National Library of Indonesia digital library services, such as Indonesia OneSearch (IOS), iPusnas, and Khastara continue to show a graph of improvement, especially during the pandemic, where many activities are carried out from home. The high rate of utilisation of National Library of Indonesia digital services has been accompanied by an increase in the number of National Library members.

"Khastara is especially appreciated by Kemenpan RB. They asked that the information and knowledge content contained in thousands of ancient manuscripts can be translated, read, and understood easily by the public, especially those that categorised as Memory of the World, such as Babad Diponegoro, and Panji Stories," explained Director of National Library.

The focus of attention of National Library is not limited to providing accessibility to knowledge via internet technology, but also the availability of knowledge in 3T (underdeveloped, outermost, remote) areas where technological affordability is still limited. In these areas the need for physical book collections is still urgent, plus other supports such as mobile library fleets (cars/motorcycles).

The aspect of reading fondness is important because it is included in strategic plan (Renstra). This is an effort to increase community literacy index. So that the strategic synergy pattern with related stakeholders must continue to be strengthened for library development.




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