Welcoming Social Inclusion-Based Libraries in Papua

The National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in collaboration with the Papua Provincial Government carried out a technical guidance (bimtek) Library Development Strategy and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Library Services.

The Technical Bimtek was opened by the Head of the Library Division of the Papua DPPAD, Ahmad Jalali, with participants from five regions participating. The five regions in question include the districts of Jayawijaya, Central Mamberamo, Merauke, Jayapura City and Supiori.

A Head of Library Division of DPPAD Papua, Ahmad Jalali said this technical guidance will last until Thursday 14 April. This activity is a social inclusion-based library transformation, which is a national program.

“This program has been implemented in 34 provinces in Indonesia, including in Papua,” said Ahmad Jalali after opening the technical guidance, Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Jalali explained that the choice of districts as the target for the technical guidance participants was seen from the network aspect, because the priority of library development was networking. He hopes that through this technical guidance the participants can take advantage of knowledge in village library management.

“They can apply it so that the library in the village is not just for reading, but they can learn to do something. For example, in the village the land is suitable for planting, so they read agricultural books and practice,” said Jalali.

Separately, the Head of National Library of Indonesia Muhammad Syarif Bando said that the transformation of library services based on social inclusion focuses on increasing the capacity of library managers so that library services are able to understand the needs of the community.

This transformation also provides service innovations with community involvement and builds collaboration with various parties to realize library services that are in accordance with community needs.

“Bimtek aims to increase the knowledge of local public library administrators about strategies for developing public libraries based on social inclusion by empowering information technology,” he explained.

Syarif added that the technical guidance materials include strengthening literacy to build society through library transformation, digital literacy, community involvement strategies, strategies for improving information services, library advocacy strategies, data literacy.

The training through the ICT-Library Development Strategy Bimtek is expected to help improve the human resources of library administrators so as to encourage the achievement of the goals of the Social Inclusion-Based Library Transformation Program that contributes to improving people’s welfare for advanced Indonesia.

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