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08 Dec 2020

Librarian Must Open the Space for Marginalised Community

Jakarta — Regional leaders and legislators are invited to work together with librarians to facilitate marginalised communities to change and learn. Librarians through social inclusion-based library service transformation must be involved to educate communities in improving their quality of life. Through professional organisations, librarians can be empowered to educate communities because they are not attached to study hours so they are freer to go to the field. Librarians can provide education to the community in accordance with the needs of the community.

This was conveyed by Director of National Library of Indonesia Muhammad Syarif Bando at "Role of Librarians in Increasing Community Literacy Index for Welfare" webinar held online on Tuesday (8/12/2020).

"To be able to open up space, facilitate communities who are marginalised is by synergising with all communities, especially librarian associations. IPI or librarian is not tied to study hours and must provide a syllabus at all times to ensure his assignments. But he can be more freely in the field with the community," he said.

Syarif Bando explained that through literacy, a number of people in Indonesia have succeeded in changing their lives to be more prosperous after applying knowledge from books read in libraries. "We have a colleague named Wahid in Pamekasan, Madura. He was a parking attendant for about 10 years. During this pandemic, Wahid became a Bangkok chicken entrepreneur and has taught his wife to be a catering entrepreneur. Then there are those in Mojokerto, in West Bandung,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Regent of Enrekang Muslimin Bando stated that currently library function is no longer what it used to be. He stressed the importance of reading for well-being. "If there is no literacy, no reading, it will be difficult for us to be prosperous. We really hope to learn a lot, read what is happening around us all, understand the problems that arise later," he explained.

All villages and sub-districts in Enrekang currently have libraries. Regent Muslimin invited librarians to develop library. He hopes that through this support, approximately 200 thousand residents of Erenkang Regency can improve their welfare.

"Of the 112 villages and 17 sub-districts in Enrekang Regency, all of them have established kelurahan and village libraries. To my friends, please do help me for facilitations in it. Maybe there is a building but have no book or maybe there is one but doesn't know how to operate it," he said.

DPR RI member Mitra Fakhruddin stated that there are two things that need to be prepared to support public literacy improvement. This legislator from National Mandate Party (PAN) Faction explained that books on skills or applied science must be reproduced, especially to the village, to create competent and skilled human resources. In addition, to reduce unemployment, vocational education and industrial world must work together. "Graduates from vocational high schools or universities can compete in the working world if vocational education and industrial world can work together well and students are equipped with skills and understanding of new technology," he concluded.





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