Salemba, Jakarta- In globalization era, information has become a major necessity in human life. Its utilization has spread into all aspects of life, without any exception to the field of library in which the delivery has been developed to be so sophisticated as a result of the development of information technology. Demands for information, especially related to the current globalization era will increase and vary. This requires the higher intellectual quality
Year 2015 is a final preparation time for Indonesia to enter ASEAN Economic Community (EAC). EAC is one of pillars of ASEAN Community. ASEAN Community is a vision of the leaders of ASEAN for 2020, which aims to catch up with India and China. Here, the economic increase and development become the key in the ASEAN region.
Then, what about the librarians? readiness in facing it? Librarian certification is one of the answers in facing ASEAN Economic community. Certification become a guarantor and a form of recognition to quality.
Librarian paradigm rests on two matters, namely the intangible and tangible. Intangible matter consist of human resources (speed, professionalism, and friendliness). While the tangible matter consists of the collection completeness and novelty. The collection update is needed to increase the curriculum relevance and the development of science and technology.
Librarians and library needs to improve its competitiveness. So far, competitiveness is only associated with trade and industry sectors. Why competitiveness shall be increased by librarians and library as well? It is because of globalization. Globalization is defined as a competition between nations. In the globalization era, changes happen rapidly, therefore, the development of competence must be conducted independently by each librarian and become the attention of librarians
Librarian is currently required not only as technology consumer but also as technology drafter. “Moreover, in digital context, Librarians are recently able to manage and become information mediator in the form of electronic to the visitors,” said Director of National Library, Sri Sularsih when becoming a Keynote Speaker in the National Seminar on The Challenge for the Professional Librarian in the Globalization Era, cooperation between Indonesian College Library Forum (FPPTI) and National Library, (4/2).
Librarian can be identified as a teacher in which students will be interested to subjects depending on the way of teaching. So does with the librarians, visitors will be happy to come to the library if librarians are able to deliver and provide collections needed by visitors. Librarians should have the ability to adapt culture and community in the vicinity.
Librarians shall have good communication skills, be able to solve problems, have confident attitude, and easy to adapt (flexible). A positive attitude is a part of soft skills that must be owned by librarians.
“Soft skills are needed for positions relating to the services, as well as librarians,” explained Deputy I of National Library, Welmin S Ariningsih. Thus, Indonesian librarians can survive in the upcoming MEA era.
Meanwhile, in the same place, Head of National Library, Sri Sularsih inaugurated committee of Indonesian College Library Forum (FPPTI). In the Extraordinary Congress of FPPTI on June 23, 2014 in the University of Indonesia, Imam Budi P had been chosen as the new chairman of FPPTI for period of 2014-2017 replacing Luki Wijayanti.
Salemba, Jakarta ? good library service concept is not only in terms of how serving the visitors, but also manners and appearance of the librarians. It is important given that the library environment is the service area that demands excellent service. Moreover, the library has now been equipped with a means of science and technology in order to support the improvement of facilities and services.
The progress of Science and Technology encourages copy of the information and knowledge in two ways, namely printed and digital (e-journals and e-books). However, sometimes the visitors have not been satisfied in searching the collection searched. “Satisfaction of the visitors depend on the speed of the collections search,” said Head of Information and Services Center of the National Library Titiek Kismiyati during the Library Studies Seminar, Wednesday (14/1).
The study presents six topics that become the focus during 2010 ? 2013, among others, (1) the Satisfaction and expectations of the visitors to the service of facilities and infrastructure of public collection service (LKU), (2) The need of the visitors to the collection of applied science and its use in LKU, (3) Indonesiana in the collection of bound magazines abroad edition, the collection of the National Library, (4) The utilization of a rare collection of newspapers published in 1800 ? 1900 the collections of the National Library, (5) The measurement of the level of satisfaction of the visitors to the library and information services in LKU, and (6) The quality of reference services at the National Library.
“The study made to measure the extent of usefulness, level of satisfaction, perception of the visitors, and obstacles perceived by both the visitors and the librarians,” said the principal librarian of the National Library Fathmi.
So what is the result? Fathmi explains that 64,9% of the respondents said that the collection room of LKU meet their expectations. Whereas, for the use of collection of natural sciences, mathematics, applied science, arts, sports, and literature is less desirable, because the respondents prefers the collection of geography and history.
While the needs of the visitors to the collection of applied sciences bit higher than the use of collection of applied science. And the use of a collection of rare newspapers (in 1800 ? 1900) is dominated by the university students (85%), the rest is used by the employees, high school students, lecturers, researchers, and the public. History is the subject of rare newspapers that most widely read by the visitors. The existence of the web (site) and the Internet become a major information source of the visitors when searching for their information needs. Web and the Internet are considered the most effective media to promote the collection and services, particularly in the collection of rare newspapers.
For Indonesiana collection, this article about Indonesia is the data and information that is most sought after by the visitors, while the collection of foreign magazines are less known because of lack of means of search and promotion.
In general, the level of satisfaction of the visitors to the collection owned by LKU reached 70,54%, while in the service aspects of LKU reached 74,5%. The number indicates that the visitors are quite satisfied with the collections and services in the field of LKU. To the level of satisfaction of the visitors to the librarian is 76,88%, while the satisfaction of the visitors towards the infrastructure of LKU is at 64,22%. “Although quite encouraging, but this is not significant,” utters Fathmi.
Fathmi explained again, so that the existing collection is in accordance with the interests and needs that should be analyzed first before the procurement and selection of the collection. However, to the collections of low usage levels require extra attention, information and vigorous campaign. The other absolute thing is the provision of a reading room, interior, furniture, air conditioning, lighting, cleanliness of the room and reading atmosphere should remain good and comfortable.
Meanwhile, the Deputy of Library Material Development and Information Services of the National Library Welmin Sunyi Ariningsih asks the librarian to improve their scientific insight and information. Welmin explains that the National Library has librarian fleet of 136 people of various levels of education. Librarian is the spearhead of service. “If the spear is blunt, it could lead to the dissatisfaction of the visitors,” Deputy Welmin said.
Therefore, the National Library plans to continue to include the librarians who have attended a number of education, training, internships, seminars and workshops at domestic and abroad. This meant that the librarian is able to be a good reference officials. Not only serving the circulation of library materials.
Salemba, Jakarta ? All that happens in the organization dynamic of course brought winds of change. Changes often require other elements to move more dynamic, sensitive to developments in technology and informatio, and having impact on a more harmonious working climate.
In addition, the rotation, promotion or mutation policy made can bring innovative ideas that could bring the organization runs on a convincing level. There will always be challenges, constraints, or obstacles, but if it is supported by orderly management governance, qualified quality (skill) and strong organizational solidity, ongoing success of the organization will continue to be maintained.
That what has been conveyed by the Head of the National Library of Sri Sularsih while inaugurating 29 structural officials in all working units of the National Library, Tuesday (30/12).
Sri Sularsih asked all the appointed officials directly working with passion. Spread fresh ideas that can be understood and applied by the subordinates. There is no time to be lazed, enjoy a new position, then forget the responsibility and mandate given. “Position is simply entrusted and everything will be evaluated periodically. If it given less significant contribution, is not likely to be reconsidered,” Sri Sularsih said.
Sri Sularsih also emphasized that the replacement of personnels must be understood broadly. It is an effort to maintain the continuity of the National Library to always be exist and dynamic to changes. It should be admitted, the library has been growing rapidly, not only the existence but also the advantage that can be given to the public. “It means a challenge but also should be a common concern.”
Furthermore, the director of the National Library then highlights some aspects that become the homework that must be examined and resolved, among others:
1. The improvement of IT-based service that should be and continue to be improved in quantity and quality;
2. The good system of procurement and inventory of collection;
3. Re-inventoried or calculate the price of library materials;
4. Guidance of librarians so that the quantity and quality should be increased;
5. Preparation of education and training programs (training) that the market needs and prepare the concept of education and training building construction.
The rapid development of science and technology also bring changes in the behavior and needs of individuals and society. Impact, will affect the guidance of the condition of the library. Indicators of ideal library formerly measured by the number collection and big building, now turned into the extent to which the library is able to serve and meet the needs of the users.
Here are all the 29 appointed officials :
1. Drs. Widianto, M.Si ? Head of Education and Training Center,
2. Dra. Titik Kismiyati, M.Hum ? Head of Service and Information Center,
3. Dra. Lucya Dhamayanti, M.Hum ? Head of Library Material Deposit Directorate,
4. Drs. Ahmad Masykuri, SS, MM ? Head of Development of Collection and Processing of Material of Library,
5. Darmadi, SIP, MM ? National Library Inspector,
6. Dra. Opong Sumiyati, M.Si ? Head of Librarian Development Center,
7. Drs. Deni Kurniadi, M.Hum ? Head of Development of General and Special Library Division,
8. Joko Prasetyo, SH, SS. M.Si ? Head of Training Program and Evaluation Division,
9. Sri Marganingsih, SH ? Head of Deposit Sub Directorate,
10. Asep Muslih, SH ? Head of Legal and Public Relation Division,
11. Drs. Upriyadi, SS, M.Hum ? Head of Acquisitions Division,
12. Dra. Sarwidiarti Mrihastuti, SS, M.Si ? Head of Staffing Division,
13. Dra. Alfiah ? Head of Research and Development of Librarians,
14. Suharyanto, S.Sos, M.Hum ? Head of Library Materials Processing,
15. Drs. Agus Sutoyo, M.Si ? Head of General Collection Service,
16. Moh. Kodir, S.Sos, M.Si ? Head of Special Collection Service,
17. Dra. Nani Suryani, M.Si ? Head of Study and Correctional of Reading Interest,
18. Rismini, SH ? Head of Reprography,
19. Dra. Anjar Widiastuti ? Head of Planning Division,
20. Hanugrahwati, SH ? Head of Training Implementation,
21. Rohani Br Tohang, SE, M.Si ? Head of Treasury Sub Division,
22. Drs. Muhammad Fajar, M.Hum ? Head of Sub Division of Appointment, Dismissal and Retirement,
23. Kevi Ahadiah, SH ? Head of Sub Division of Monitoring and Evaluation of Program and Budget,
24. Markus Tendean, S.Sos ? Head of Sub Division of Evaluation,
25. Evi Subarkah, S.Sos ? Head of Sub Division of Education and Training Facility,
26. Budi Kusuma Wardani, SH, M.Hum ? Head of Sub Division of Legal and Organization Division,
27. Kusmeri, SAB ? Head of Sub Division of Preparation of Program and Budget Division,
28. Muhayar, S.Sos ? Head of Sub Division of Microfilm,
29. Nurhadisaputra, S.Sos, M.Si ? Head of Sub Division of Public Relations.
Congratulation to the appointed officials .. Good luck ..!!
The National Library Launches New Logo : New Spirit, Hope and Optimism
December 29, 2014, (Monday)
Salemba, Jakarta ? The development of information technology (ICT) makes the library must adapt to renew and improve the quality of service and care in order not to fall behind in providing information to the community effectively and efficiently in order to compete with other information sources.
To raise the awareness and foster the appreciation of public for the existence of the library requires identity / image of strong institutions. However, building the positive image (brand) of an institution is not an easy matter.
The making of new logo is one of the strategic steps in order to develop and strengthen the image of the National Library (NLI). The change of logo is made in order to develop public perception and awareness of the existence of the National Library as an institution that carrying out the functions as a builder library, research, preservation, reference, deposit center, library network central, and as a scientific recreation center. The National Library wants to continue to bring this awareness and spread the benefits in public.
“The change of the new logo also indicates that the National Library is an institution that is progressive and always forward-thinking,” said the Head of the National Library Sri Sularsih at the launch of the new logo in Jakarta, (29/12).
The previous Logo of the National Library is book-shaped with a torch flame with two hands clasped complete with five fingers that sustains. The logo is interpreted that the Library is the logo of science that is constantly developing in an effort to educate the nation. Such efforts can be achieved through education which fully supported by the provision of a complete library facilities.
Now, with a new logo that resembles a star, but if it is observed carefully is a unification of open book and star with a combination of green and blue shades. It could be interpreted that science is always developing, and bring benefits to the welfare of mankind.
Library is interpreted as a source of knowledge. Like the stars, the library is the symbol height of science and the glory that is expected to open up the minds of mankind.
Humans are always growing and regeneration, as well as the knowledge that always grow in accordance with its time. “Libraries, anywhere and at any time will always grow according to the human civilization,” Sri Sularsih added.
The presence of the new logo would bring new hope, new spirit and new optimism. Potential of its human resources should also be maximized. Unfortunately, most people are too comfortable with the conditions enjoyed (comfort zone).
Famous marketing expert Rhenald Kasali said that the frequent human survive in the comfort zone are due to several factors, because it is safe, quiet, familiar, and appropriate to the expertise. “As a result, people become less challenged to undergo a new challenge,” he said while giving motivation “Tips and Strategies for Performance Change”, after the launch of the new logo of the National Library,
When a man enters a new challenge, it will invite the risks, uncertainties and also may appears unpredictable things. But, this is the test to be faced with a passion, confident, and full of opportunity. If it is successful, then human qualities will be tested. Success will follow.
On the same occasion, Head of the National Library Sri Sularsih also handed 12 units of Mobile Library Car (MLC) to 12 regions, among others Nias Barat Regency, Penungkal Abab Regency Pematang Ilir, Sungai Penuh City, Lamandau Regency, Bulukumba Regency, the Library and Archives Board of Aceh Province, Gianyar Regency, Mesuji Regency, Sleman Regency, Surabaya City, Konawe Regency, and the Library and Archives Board of Gorontalo Province.
The 12 units of MLC given is an assistance program that are stimulants. Through the program, the head of the National Library Sri Sularsih expects that the Regional Head as stimulant recipient growing high concern to the development of library and reading interest in the region so that the MLC unit can be added given again as needs in order to increase the reading interest of the public. MLC is a routine program that continues to be given annually by the National Library to all provinces, Regencies / Cities.
The launching event of the new logo of the National Library was performed by Rampak Gendang dance, exposure of essays and poems by famous poet Taufik Ismail and Kirana Kejora and performance of old jazz singer Erny Kulit.
Pasuruan, East Java ?Sarah? Aghata, celebrity who until now enterprising in film and theater at the building of the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in campaigning Reading Fondness to all the people in Indonesia. This activity is implemented by holding Road Show of Promotion of reading interest in Indonesia. And this time the last place of the Road Show is located in Pasuruan Regency, precisely at the local district government Multipurpose Building, Tuesday (16/12). Head of the National Library Sri Sularsih confirms, lack of reading interest of the Indonesian people become the common task of the National Library. Therefore, she said that this Roadshow held to increase the reading fondness among the people especially among students.
?This Roadshow was held to directly promote the importance of library and reading to the people, encourage all elements of society to make the library as a place of lifelong learning,? said Sularsih in her speech. Pasuruan Regency is the last place that becomes the target of promotion of reading interest of 54 cities or regencies in Indonesia.
The event was attended by Head of the National Library Hj Sri Sularsih, Deputy of Library Resources Development Affair Woro Titi Haryanti and Head of Library and Archive of East Java Province, Sudjono.
Meanwhile, Cornelia Agatha asked the people of Pasuruan Regency to get used to and cultivate to fond to read, starting from home, school and community. Because according to her, reading should be introduced since in the womb, the child has been accustomed to reading material which is read or told, until the child is born and continue to grow and the habit will always inherent. Because reading according to her, is not only increasing knowledge, but also will foster linguistic intelligence and will provide a broad insight.
?Reading is very important, at least only take advantage of the book if there are still no other facilities such as internet, and other supporting means, because book is one of the source of knowledge that are universal. My children now are 8 years and can play gadget very well,? she said.
Not only that, Cornelia herself admitted very happy to have two twins children boy and girl who have always had the time to read, a minimum of 10 ? 15 minutes in a day. ?Even, the result of their read, often retold to me so that it made me dozed, she said with a smile remembering that.
The Roadshow was attended by the heads of department in Pasuruan Regency government, Empowerment Family Welfare (PKK) management of Pasuruan Regency, the sub-districts and village heads, principals and teachers, students of Junior High School and Senior High School, boarding school and other community
Salemba, Jakarta ? the Ambassador of Afghanistan for Indonesia, Ghulam Sakhi Ghairat visited the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia, Wednesday (3/12) and welcomed by the Head of the National Library, Sri Sularsih in an intimate atmosphere.
In the visit, the Ambassador Ghairat stated his intention to cooperate with the National Library. ? We are building Islamic Center, which will consist of mosques, clinics, and libraries,? said Ghairat. The establishment of the Islamic Center is important for Afghanistan as effort to foster peace and fend the acts of violence and terror that still exist in the country. Therefore, Afghanistan wants to increase the capacity of its human resources, particularly in the field of library management by following the internship training at the National Library.
The Ambassador Ghairat also mentioned good and close relation between Indonesia and Afghanistan that has existed for a long time. ?Our Embassy in Indonesia has been opened since 1954. Afghanistan also sent seven of its delegations in the first Asian African Conference in Bandung in 1955. In 1961, Soekarno visited Afghanistan and only in just two hours has wowed the people there with his speech,? said the Ambassador Ghairat excitedly. Furthermore, the Ambassador Ghairat wants to gather all the information about the relationship between the two countries and published it in e-book form and booklet in commemoration of the 60 years of the implementation of the Asian-African Conference in the next 2015.
Head of the National Library welcomes the good intention and hopes that the cooperation realized in the near future. ?We will work together to prepare everything necessary. For information about Asian African Conference, for example, the National Library has quite complete collection, either in the form of photographs and magazines and newspaper. In addition, the National Library also has education and training center for the implementation of library,? he said. Furthermore, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be made to be signed by both parties.
The meeting ended by the giving of keepsake from the Head of the National Library to the Ambassador Ghulam Sakhi Ghairat. After the meeting, the Ambassador Ghulam Sakhi Ghairat took the time to visit the reading room and see the excellent collection of the National Library, such as collection of manuscript, magazines and bound newspaper. On that occasion, the Ambassador Ghairat expressed his admiration for the librarian profession which he considered to have responsibility in maintaining and managing the wealth of knowledge even that the age has reached hundreds of years.
Asset Library of Proclaimer Bung Hatta (PPBH) in 2009 to 2012 in Bukittinggi listed in DPKAD assets balance sheet Bukittinggi was handed over by Regional Grant Agreement between the Government of Bukittinggi with the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Coinciding with the event of Socialization of Library with the Writers, at Grand Rocky Hotel Bukittinggi.
The agreement was signed by the Mayor of Bukittinggi, H. Ismet Amzis SH and Main Secretary of the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia, Drs. H. Dedi Junaedi, M.Si, as well as attended by witnesses Head of DPKAD Bukittinggi, H. Henrry Rusli, SH, Head of KPAD Bukittinggi, Drs. Antoni Samawil. Head of Technical Service Unit of PPBH, Drs Yoyo Yahyono, SIP. M.Si, as well as the Head of Legal Bureau and Planning of the National Library Dra. Ofy Sofiana, M.Hum.
The assets that are in the Library of Bung Hatta, previously was listed in the balance sheet of assets owned by the City Government of Bukittinggi. Asset handover has also been done on Thursday, January 3, 2008 between the Mayor of Bukittinggi, Drs. H. Djufri to the Head of National Library Drs. Dady P. Rachmanata, M.LIS.
“The hand over of assets in 2008, has not been fully registered. This past year, we also have listed all the assets that exist in the literature, both the assets that have been handed over before, or have not been handed over. And this can already be completed in October this year”. Said Drs. Yoyo Yahyono SIP, M.Si, Head of Technical Service Unit of PPBH.
PPBH consisting of library buildings become one with the area of Bukittinggi City Hall. Is a three-story building and has a total area of about 7007 square meters which stands on a land area of 7760 square meters. The collection can be classified into two, a collection of books and non-book collection consists of photographs, archives, manuscripts, documentary films with a total of 92.502 copies.
Reported by the Head of Technical Service Unit of Library of Proclaimer Bung Hatta that the assets handed over at the event including land, buildings and other inventory items.
Bung Hatta Library has a modern facilities, namely the Mini Theatre with a capacity of 50 people and Auditorium with a capacity of 1000 people. And supported by electronic devices and internet connection.
Although now all assets of Bung Hatta Library has become a full right of the National Library. However, the National Library, Technical Service Unit of PPBH and the City Government of Bukittinggi still coordinate each other in their great task of increasing public interest in reading.
This is according to Law no. 43/2007 on the library which mandates that the central and local governments are required to support the existence of the library, including the procurement of the collection, in their respective area.
The handover was attended by all official of city government in Bukittinggi, Head of Regional Library of West Sumatra of KPAD Head in West Sumatra, community leaders, library and education observer and witnessed by the Head of the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia, Dra. Sri Sularsih, M. Si.
Jakarta ? the National Library through Education and Training Center held National coordination meeting on the Library Training Program at the Acacia Hotel, Jakarta on Monday to Wednesday (24 to 26 / 11). The event themed ?the Strategic Role of Training Institution in the Guidance and Development of the Library personnel through Cooperation of Training Implementation?. The National coordination meeting attended by Speakers and the Invitation namely Head of the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia, Deputy of Library Resources Development, Official of Structural and Functional of the National library, Head of Education Department of the Indonesian Navy, Official of Ministry of Home Affairs, Official of Ministry of Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education, Official of Ministry of Religious Affairs, LAN Officials, Head of Provincial Public Library, Head of Education and Training Agency and Library Practitioner.
Deputy of Library Resource Development Woro Titi Haryanti in her report explained that the implementation of the national coordination meeting on the library training program is intended to unify the vision and mission in the field of education and training between the National Library as an adviser in education and training program in library with other institutional elements.
In addition Woro also explained about the purpose of the National coordination meeting on library education and training program is to provide information about the national policy on the education for guidance and development of library personnel, realize the coordination in the implementation program of technical education and training and functional of the library which is according to the standards that have been set, increase the quantity and quality of library personnel in accordance with the competencies required, obtain input on the functional and technical training education and training programs in librarianship, evaluate programs of cooperation and implementation of functional and technical education and training in librarianship at the center and the regions, make a recommendation and the adoption of measures in the framework of cooperation and implementation of functional and technical education and training in librarianship in the center and the regions. Deputy of Library Resources Development emphasize of the purposes to be achieved will be set forth in a memorandum of understanding.
To begin the National coordination meeting the Head of the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia Sri Sularsih gave a speech and direction as well as the Keynote Speaker. Head of the National Library explained that the National Library has developed a concept of development policy in the field of library in the form of strategic plan 2015 to 2019. One of the library’s development objectives is to increase the competence and professionalism of human resources through two strategies namely improve the competence of human resources in the field of library and also improve the quality and availability of education and training institute in library field. Library according to Sri Sularsih should be managed professionally to improve reading fondness. Furthermore, Sri Sularsih affirmed that the effort to improve the competence of human resources of the library manager is through education and training. The Head of the National library refers Law No. 43 of 2007 on Library mandates education of library personnel is the responsibility of the organizers of the library. But organizers of libraries in various types of libraries may not be able to conduct education and training on their own, it is necessary to have a cooperation or partnership among the National Library, Provincial Library, the District / City Library, Profession Institute and the Institute of Education and Training, Government or Private Institutions, etc. “Library needs many reliable library management through adequate education and training”, she said.
National coordination meeting on Library Training Program presented speakers who are competent in the field of Library and Education and Training to add insight and recommendations for improvement of the implementation of library education and training program in the future. On the first day the moderator of the first session is the Head of Legal Bureau and Planning of the National Library Dra. Ofy Sofiana, M.Hum. Also present Speaker of Institute of Public Administration with the material “The Strategic Role of Education and Training Institutions in Development of Technical and Functional Education and Training” and Speaker of Library Practitioner Ir. Abdul Rahman Saleh, Dip.Lib., M.Sc with the material “The Role of Librarians in Education for Guidance and Development of Libraries Personnel”. In the second session as moderator is Librarian Syamsul Bahri with Speaker Head of education and training center of Development Management, Population and Regional Finance of Education and Training Agency of Home Affairs Ministry Drs. Budi Antoro, MBA with material “the Obligations of the Provincial Governments and District / City Government to conduct library technical and functional education and training based on Government Regulation Number 38 of 2007”.
The next day presented speaker of Head of education and training center of Education and Religious Affair Technical Personnel, Research and Development Unit of Education and Training of Ministry of Religious Affairs Dr. H. M. Kusasi, M.Pd. Head of Central Java BPAD S.P. Andriani S., SH. Head of South Sulawesi BPAD with the moderator Drs. Deni Kurniadi, M.Hum.
Bukittinggi, West Sumatera ? if we see the number of ?must-read? book of the students in Indonesia, it will make us concerned. It turns out that only about 0 ? 1 book per year ?. It is really in contrast with the allied countries in ASEAN. Malaysia and Singapore requires 6 books per year for the students.
Thailand requires 5 books per year. Brunei Darussalam even more, namely 7 books.
The data is a research that ever presented by the writer Taufik Ismail in various occasions. Not surprisingly, if then Taufik Ismail called it ?Zero Books Tragedy?. The term is still very relevant to the current state of education. Index of reading interest of Indonesian people is also low, only 0,001 percent. It means that, only one of the 1.000 people who like to read.
The disorder in the education caused by many things, such as the model of curriculum that often change, the quality of teachers that is not evenly distributed, to the infrastructure of education which is not adequate yet such as school libraries that are still rudimentary and culture of physical violence (bulliying) that often afflict the new students by the senior.
The absence of mandatory books read by students contribute to their lack of enthusiasm for reading. “Poor of creativity,” said Mayor of Bukittinggi Ismet Amzis during the opening of Library Socialization with the writers at the Rocky Hotel, Bukittinggi, (18/11). Mayor Ismet exemplified the former President SBY who always took time to read to relieve stress.
The low number of outstanding book is also become a concern of a humanist Silvia Hanani. Of approximately 250 million people in Indonesia it turns out that only 10.000 titles of books were published per year. Compare with Malaysia which only has a population of 27 million, but is able to produce 10.000 titles of books per year. “However, if the interest in reading is high, it will increase the survival of society,” said Silvia.
Meanwhile, Head of Education Department of Bukittinggi City Ellya Makmur promised that there will be a revolutionary change in the next year in order to boost enthusiasm of the students to read. “We will enable libraries into teaching and learning activities,” she said. Ellya argues, the library in addition to have a function as a means of science recreation should also be a means of cultural. Ellya expects that by the inclusion of the library as a teaching and learning process, interest in reading of the students will increase. However, Ellya also asked the library to be developed in order to meet the standards of comfort to make the people stay longer in the library.
Not only the Department of Education that are responsible for the lack of enthusiastic of children to read. Parents should also be encouraged to think to find the solution. Raise the awareness of the children to get used to read should be given an example. Parents should take their time and do the activity of reading together. If necessary, occasionally take the children to visit a bookstore or library. Let your children to choose the reading material they like, but still under control. If since childhood they are used to read, it will be difficult to let these activities go even though they are adult already.
Head of the National Library Sri Sularsih highlights the dominance of verbal culture in public. However, it is difficult to remove it because since the days of the ancestors the tradition was already entrenched. One of them, storytelling activity before the children go to bed. Fairy tales can be a powerful way to invite children’s interest without ending the fairy tale. It means, the children are stimulated to read fairy tales on their own that have been read previously.
Ideally, in the verbal tradition includes the reading culture. Unfortunately, the process of reading culture is not steady (solid), the emerge of audio-visual shows then dominate and loved by the people. “The pattern of reading culture then shifted, from reading the book into reading short messages (SMS), from culture of reading information into the culture of reading infotainment,” said Head of the National Library Sri Sularsih.
Similar to the family, the writers also one of the important partners of the library to socialize reading interest. The writers had a hand in raising public desire to read. The people have branded the writers as intellectuals who can motivate the reader through the wording. Moreover, not any writer in the world who never became friends with the library. Library became one of the places that inspired them in their phenomenal works.
Novelist Kirana Kejora admits that through reading she can know everything that become the culture, habits, the terms in the local language, to local wisdom without having to visit it. As a novelist, Kirana felt responsible for initiating the people not to be ashamed to read. “Novels that I wrote is full of local content and history,” she said.
Reading, although it can be done easily because of technological sophistication, but reading through the book gives a different sensation and satisfaction.
Besides holding socialization, the occasion was also used by the National Library and Bukittinggi city government to held signature for the handover of grants assets of Bung Hatta UPT from the city government to the National Library that was directly carried out by the Main Secretary of the National Library Dedi Junaedi with the Regional Secretary of Bukittinggi and witnessed by the Head of the National Library Sri Sularsih and Bukittinggi Mayor Ismet Amzis. The total assets given amounted to Rp. 18,6 billion.