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30 Sep 2020

National Library and ATPUSI Webinar: Collaboration of Library and School Generate Independent Learning Innovation

Salemba, Jakarta-The School Literacy Movement (GLS) which was issued based on Permendikbud Number 21 of 2015 aims to familiarize students with reading and writing in order to cultivate character. So that in the future students have high literacy skills, which are able to access, understand, and use information intelligently. As the lifeblood of education, the library plays a major role in fostering student literacy, especially if it is directed at the current focus of national development which focuses on the creation of superior resources.

"Literacy activities do refer to a person's basic ability to read and write. So far, the strategy taken to improve those abilities is to foster interest in reading and writing," explained the Deputy for Library Resources Development of the National Library of Indonesia Deni Kurniadi when opening the Reading Literacy Standards Webinar, Minimum Competency Assessment (AKM), and the Role of School Library in Reading Literacy Assessment, which was held by National Library in collaboration with the Association of Indonesian School Library Staff (ATPUSI) on Wednesday (9/30).

Literacy skills, added Deni, help eradicate poverty, ensure sustainable development, and create peace. Illiteracy, however, is an obstacle to a better quality of life.

It's not the time to think that library is a warehouse of books. Along with the development of civilization and technology, library has transformed into a place that empowers the community through an information technology approach. "People must believe that the welfare of life can be improved if they are able to maximize their potential, one of which is through the collection of books on applied sciences in the library," added Deni.

When library is proclaimed as mandatory non-basic government affairs, the role of local government is also required to ensure the continuity of the implementation and management of library as community learning centers.

In the educational arrangement, the school library has an important meaning for a long-term strategy of developing literacy, education, and providing information. Collaboration between library and school will produce a variety of independent learning innovations. This is in line with the School Library Manifesto launched by UNESCO which states that if librarians and teachers work well together, then automatically all students have good literacy skills, able to solve problems, and fluent in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).

"Library supports the Independent Learning program because it can explore the potential of teachers and students so that there are open spaces for innovation. This is where the role of librarians and school libraries will be seen as the driving force of the program," said the Senior Librarian of the National Library of Indonesia, Sri Sumekar.

Meanwhile, Head of the Center for Literacy Studies from the State University of Surabaya, Kisyani Laksono, added that reading literacy is the ability to understand, use, evaluate, reflect on various types of text to solve problems and develop individual capacities.

Reading literacy skills include the ability to read comprehension, represent stories effectively, know the types of writing in the media and their purpose, and compose writing using reading as a reference.

Meanwhile, a lecturer from UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Tati D Wardi, said that what is needed in the era of reading literacy assessment is a library that the collections are filled with quality books and texts of literary and informational types.

According to her, the librarian's profile in the era of reading literacy assessment, firstly knows a large collection of good quality literature and information. Second, knows many sources of material (reading texts) and digital sources that support learning. Third, trained in choosing quality book collections and supporting the diversity of national and international cultures. And fourth, knows and competent to teach sourcing skills to students. How to get information from all kinds of databases.

"This is an important technical skill for students for cross-disciplinary needs, especially at the junior and senior high school levels. And librarians with good knowledge can support students' reading literacy competence," concluded Tati.

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