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06 Oct 2020

Fostering Reading Culture Webinar: Librarian Should Master Technology and Information  


Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta-Fostering fondness for reading is part of Law Number 43 on Library. In the midst of globalisation, the challenge of reading is getting heavier. In the industrial era 4.0 along with Covid-19 outbreak, adaptation to the use of technology is inevitably accelerated. As well as in fondness for reading behaviour. Unfortunately, infrastructure provision as a condition for technology accessibility has not been evenly distributed so this is still an obstacle.

"It will be difficult to prepare collection digitisation if technology access support is not evenly distributed, especially in 3T areas. The rampant disinformation also adds to the problem of growing the climate of literacy," said member of DPR RI Commission X Putra Nababan in Fostering Reading Culture Webinar, Tuesday (6/10).

Therefore, DPR RI Commission X supports National Library to continue to revitalise libraries in the regions, especially the 3T areas by providing internet access and establishing superior quality library management resources. Putra suggested that National Library of Indonesia should collaborate with related ministries/institutions to facilitate the accessibility of public knowledge.

It must be admitted that the level of Indonesian literacy is not yet ideal. This means that there is a moral responsibility that fondness for reading movement should be more enthusiastic. Most of people are not willing to read, let alone the culture to research something. As a result, many are easily exposed to hoaxes.

“Check and recheck culture needs to be encouraged. Starting from the smallest environment, namely family. When receiving information from Whatsapp group, for example, don't rush to share,” added Putra.

On the one hand, librarians are also required to be tech-savvy and literate. Able to repackage knowledge to make it more informative, expanding the benefits of social inclusion-based library services. Create digital content that attracts millennials.

“Younger generation is a generation that is adaptive to change, especially during the current pandemic. They are easier to digest what is seen from social media. Various tutorials are quickly absorbed by them. This is important to understand for librarians," he said.

After Covid-19 vaccine is discovered, Putra believes that the pattern of seeking information is no longer the same. There will be a new style of seeking information or knowledge. A more inspiring way. And librarians must be prepared for these conditions.

Meanwhile, Head of DKI Jakarta Provincial Library and Archives Office Wahyu Haryadi said that in DKI Jakarta, efforts to improve reading culture and literacy are also being carried out as part of the realisation of Jakarta Smart City. Smart City requires the support of government and community collaboration in realising smart people.

"Collaboration to improve fondness for reading is a strategic activity that must be carried out," said Wahyu.

Wahyu mentioned the form of collaboration carried out, namely conducting a survey of reading fondness through #BacaJakarta, as well as various workshops held at library.

On the same occasion, DKI Jakarta Provincial Book Ambassador Satria Bahar added that reading book is an antidote for the many hoaxes that can be easily obtained 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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