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#62855 - 03 Oct 07 13:01 ANT/Parliament approves law on library
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Parliament approves law on library

Jakarta (Antara News) -? The House of Representatives (DPR) in its plenary meeting here on Tuesday approved a Law on Library which regulates the status, institutional, tasks, authorities, and functions of libraries and librarians.

The plenary meeting was chaired Deputy House Speaker Soetardjo Soerjogoeritno of the Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle (PDIP) and attended among others by National Education Minister Bambang Soedibyo.

"Now libraries have become institutions which are supported by the law. The new law regulates the relations between national libraries and local libraries throughout Indonesia as well," Minister Bambang Sudibyo said after the plenary meeting at the Parliament Building.

In line with the new law on library, all schools, from elementary level to universities, must have libraries, he said.

"To implement the program, five percent of the schools? operational costs must be allocated to run their libraries," the education minister said. (*)
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#62856 - 03 Oct 07 13:01 Re: ANT/Parliament approves law on library [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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New law: More libraries, more books

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The House of Representatives endorsed a bill Tuesday mandating the government build more libraries in remote areas to improve the country's literacy rate.

Under the new law, the central government and regional administrations are responsible for funding mobile libraries in remote villages across the country.

More "friendly" libraries are to be built in public spaces such as malls, hospitals, terminals, airports and offices.

The government will also supply quality books to urban-based libraries.

Indonesia's first-ever Library Law stipulates all schools, including universities, must equip their premises with libraries and updated book collections.

National Education Minister Bambang Sudibyo said all schools including madrassa were required to set up libraries that supply textbooks to students.

"Each school must allocate 5 percent of their library budget to improve infrastructure and to add reading books," he told reporters, after endorsing the bill.

Legislator Aan Rohanah, of the People's Justice Party (PKS), said only 7 percent of Indonesia's 200 million people have access to libraries.

"Building libraries is part of the big challenge to educate people," Aan told the plenary session.

Spokesman for the National Library, Iman Nurhadi, said the Library Law would help accelerate improvements to libraries nationwide.

"About 90 percent of libraries in this country are substandard due to poor facilities and minimal collections," Iman told The Jakarta Post.

Local governments have not paid serious attention to building libraries because there were no laws regulating funding, he said.

The 54-article law requires the government provide incentives to anyone holding old documents aged more than 50 years. The documents must be submitted to the National Library at Jl. Salemba Raya No. 28A, Central Jakarta.

Printed material such as newspapers, bulletins and magazines that pose a threat to order and security must be submitted to the National Library for restricted research access only, under the new law.

The National Library has recently launched a mobile e-library program with 150 mobile libraries, each equipped with laptops and internet connections.

The National Library collection currently contains approximately 1 million titles.
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