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21 Oct 2020

Building Reading Culture through iPusnas Webinar, Fun Reading through iPusnas

Salemba, Jakarta - National Library of Indonesia continues to innovate in providing excellent service to the community. One of them is iPusnas, National Library's digital library which makes it easy for people to be able to read books anywhere and anytime. Especially during the current pandemic, the presence of iPusnas is a solution to keep reading books even though you cannot go to the library.

"National Library continues to innovate in its services, especially during pandemic like this time. There are several changes we have made to provide library services to the community. This is National Library’s effort to achieve good governance to support the implementation of Bureaucratic Reform at National Library," said Chairperson of National Library RB, Sri Marganingsih, in Building Reading Culture through iPusnas Webinar, Wednesday (21/10).

Apart from iPusnas, other excellent innovations having been developed by National Library include Indonesia OneSearch (IOS) which is a search door for all public collections from libraries, museums, archives, and electronic sources in Indonesia, e-Resources service, 'Ask a Librarian' service feature to assist library users to consult with librarians, as well as registration of National Library of Indonesia membership which can be carried out online.

"I hope people can enjoy digital services provided by National Library. During this pandemic, it is not an excuse not to read books in the library," she said.

National Library Librarian, Rifa Fadillah explained, all collections on iPusnas officially have licenses in the form of Digital Copyrights from the publisher. By using Digital Right Management (DRM) system, each work is protected from piracy in accordance with copyright.

"Reading iPusnas can be easy because it can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and by anyone who has downloaded and registered to become an iPusnas member. It's easy to register, just use Facebook or email account,” she explained. Furthermore, Rifa said, iPusnas can be enjoyed through a device by downloading an application on Playstore or can be accessed via PC computer. Users can search for the books they want and can borrow a maximum of five books in one account. One book can be borrowed for five days.

"Not only reading books, but also being able to interact with fellow iPusnas users. Like making friends and recommending books," said Rifa, who is also National Library Agent of Change.

Meanwhile, National Library Librarian, Tatat Kurniawati, explained the types of library services available at National Library Service Facility Building located at Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 11 Central Jakarta. She also invited webinar participants to become members of National Library and, at the same time, take advantage of the services available at National Library Service Facility Building.

The webinar organised by National Library of Indonesia in collaboration with Forum for Lecturers, Teachers and Community Figures (Fordorum) was attended by 500 participants consisting of students, lecturers, and teachers.

"With the introduction of iPusnas, we hope to improve reading culture, because reading can develop knowledge and information for all of us," said Chairperson of Fordorum, Sri Watini.



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