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01 Sep 2020

IAIN Gorontalo Webinar; Library Forms Superior Human Resources

Salemba, Jakarta – The civilization of era has brought about a paradigm shift in the concept of library. It is no longer limited to taking care of collections and classifying. In the current 20th century, many knowledge search engines have sprung up. If you don't adapt to the civilization of the era, library can be abandoned.

"In the 18th century, the library routine was collection management. Then in the 19th century, it developed into knowledge management. Now, in the 20th century, library is moving towards knowledge transfer. The activeness of library is put forward. Visiting community and providing the widest benefits possible," added the Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando on the occasion of 'Building Social Inclusion Program in All Library Lines Towards a New Normal Era' Webinar held by the Sultan Amai Islamic Institute (IAIN), Gorontalo Province on Tuesday, (9/1).

In the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0, the excellence of human resources (HR) become the benchmark for economic growth success. It will not have any impact when a country is given an abundance of natural resources without competitive human resources. What will happen instead is a massive exploration, without a continuous creativity and innovation.

“We can take Japan, South Korea, and Singapore as examples. They are only provided with limited natural resources but able to develop their potentials and produce quality human resources that are competitive. As a result, these three countries are taken into account in the world economy,” explained Syarif Bando.

So, to become a country that counts, a number of paradigms must be changed. For example, in the educational aspect. In Indonesia, from kindergarten (TK) to tertiary level, it always revolves around learning and exam activities. Lack of acceleration for them to be creative according to their expertise.

Another case in Europe continent. Since kindergarten, they have been taught about self-management. When they were in elementary school, they were introduced to environmental exploration. Entering junior high school, they have been directed to find talents (passion). When they entered high school, they were able to design their future careers because their talents were already known/chosen. Hence, when they are at college stage, they only need to build and finalize their skills.  

“This is the real result expected from the educational process. Indonesian youth become a generation that are able to find solutions of all challenges, who’s able to open up new job markets because of their knowledge and provide new income to themselves, their families, and also the country. The portrait of generation in the future depends on what they have done today,” added Syarif Bando. 

Then where is the role of library in forming superior human resources? The key is in the depth of knowledge obtained or literacy. Literacy gained not from the activeness to read a text but able to understand the context. Intellectual qualities that can easily find new ideas/creativities/innovations that lead to the ability on creating goods and services that are beneficial to a wide audience. Superior and competitive human resources are the success of literacy product.     

Library transformation based on social inclusion is the role that library plays currently to create quality human resources that are competitive. The new paradigm requires library to no longer function conventionally. Social inclusion is a library program that involves the community active role through various knowledge transformation activities (knowledge transfer), such as trainings, tutorials, and assistance for activities that have economic value so it will give impact to their welfare.

“The process of knowledge transfer can only be done through vocation and reading,” explained The Director of National Library.

Social inclusion is a form of openness so that library is no longer known as a rigid and closed space. Inclusion implies something that is sought. In the process of inclusion, of course there are different mindsets, point of views, and needs of each individual. However, all efforts were made to find common ground so that equality emerged. 

“An inclusive library is an equivalent library. A library that shows the uniqueness of itself,” said the Head of Indonesian Librarian Association (IPI) of South Sulawesi Province Muh. Quraisy Mathar.

The concept of library transformation based on social inclusion is a revolutionary concept. One of the crucial factors in the success of library transformation is the librarian mindsets. There must be a paradigm shift too. Not a narrow and traditional minded anymore. Understanding the role of library more extensively. “The context of library will change from time to time but it does not apply to its content,” concluded Mathar.  

Looking at the future of library, admitted Mathar, library must be friend with information technology. Library that are data-based, have a fast access, and networked globally.

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