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30 Nov 2020

Seminar of the Indonesian Digital Library Forum

Salemba, Jakarta - The Covid-19 pandemic has an impact on limiting all activities, including library services which are required to transform into digital services through the provision of digital collections. Library as information provider must continue to exist in serving the community needs.

"During the pandemic, the library physically could not maximize its services but there was a significant increase in online services, such as digital services at the National Library through iPusnas, IOS, e-Resource and Kastara services which recorded an increase of more than 300 percent," said Deputy of Library Materials Development and Information Services of the National Library, Ofy Sofiana, in a webinar themed 'Digital Library: Knowledge Exploration and Transformation', Monday (30/11/2020).

The existence of a long pandemic period, continued Ofy, forces library to find ways to easily convey the information needed by public. For this reason, digital library is here to answer the problem.

"People can still explore knowledge without being limited by space and time. Through the provision of free digital contents, it is hoped that there will be no obstacles in accessing open sources of information (open access),” she continued.

Open access is one of the slogans carried by the National Library of several collections that it has, through iPusnas and e-Resource, users only need to register for free. Likewise with Kastara and Indonesia OneSearch, users only need to access them through their website pages.

Based on a survey conducted by Microsoft Academic Search in 2017, Indonesia has the highest availability of journal access service in the world, especially for open journal or open access journal. For this reason, the National Library as a supervisory institution for all types of library invites to optimize the means of providing free digital collection access or open access.

"We hope that all libraries in Indonesia will join and contribute to the various types of information and collections possessed in the Indonesia OneSearch portal as an open access door," she hoped.

As a discussion initiator, Professor of Library Science at the University of Indonesia, Sulistyo Basuki said, since its existence around the 1990s, various parties with different backgrounds have been involved in the formation of digital library, so that two points of view about digital library have been formed.

First, considering digital library as a managed collection of digital information with its services which accessible via a network. Second, seeing digital library as a first view, but coupled with organization that provide resources to choose from, the structure is in accordance with the views of digital library supporters and offers intellectual access to collections of digital works to be used by a defined community.

"Digital library appear in various forms, used by various types of users as well as various purposes and in various contexts, media and contents. Digital library is truly interdisciplinary and undergo transformation in various fields," he explained.

Meanwhile, Ismail Fahmi as the initiator of Indonesia OneSearch (IOS) conveyed that science is a fact obtained from the learning process and human experience, after being codified and then stored in galleries, libraries, archives and museums as objects.

"The objects that have been digitized are then stored and processed in a digital repository (library)," he said.

He explained that technological developments allow the exploration of knowledge stored in digital library. "Indonesia OneSearch has been experimenting with IOS Explorer and IOS CiteMiner applications for knowledge in a repository collected from partners," he explained.

As it is known, this seminar is a collaboration between National Library and the Indonesian Digital Library Forum (FPDI), as a substitute for the 13th Indonesian Digital Library Conference (KPID) which was originally to be held in Solo, Central Java. FPDI Chairman Jonner Hasugian said that the activity was transferred online to suppress the spread of Covid-19.

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