The Growth of community-based library services in Indonesia to support education

Kamil, Harkrisyati The Growth of community-based library services in Indonesia to support education., 2003 . In IFLA Council and General Conference (69th : 2003 : Berlin), Berlin (Germany), 1-9 August 2003. [Conference paper]


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Indonesia is paving the way towards fulfilling its reform agenda, which is not an easy taskfor such a vast and pluralistic country hit by severe economic crisis and political turmoil andcomposed of a 220 million population. The autonomy (decentralization) has beenimplemented through a Presidential Decree of 1999. Local governments are now playingan important role and have to take the responsibility for improving the quality of life of theircommunity. The pressure of globalization has also made the people more aware of the importance of education and of freedom of information, which can be obtained through various means including public library services. However, compared to its neighbouringcountries, the availability of public libraries in Indonesia is still disappointing, as a result of the government’s decision to give priority to political and economic issues rather than to developing Libraries. The needs for reading materials and for gaining access to any format of information havetriggered the growth of community-based libraries, pioneered by a number of individuals,institutions and NGOs throughout the country. The paper observes the rise of community based-library services and their role to supportpeople’s education. Decentralization also opens opportunities for local governments toimprove local library services. The paper also highlights the recently prepared draft for a National Library System as well as their impact towards the role of public library sector.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Community libraries, Indonesia, Library services, National Library System
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BA. Use and impact of information.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DB. National libraries.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DC. Public libraries.
Depositing user: Imam Budi Prasetiawan
Date deposited: 14 Jul 2004
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 11:58


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