2nd Executive Board in News
CONSAL EXECUTIVE BOARD 2nd MEETING: The Charm of Toba Lake, Build Up
Librarianship in Indonesia
Medan, North Sumatra - The National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) has held
the second meeting of the Executive Board (EB) members of the Congress of
Southeast Asian Librarians (Consal), participated by directors of National
Libraries, President and Secretary General of Library Associations in Southeast
Asia from April 19 to 22, 2011 in Medan, North Sumatra. The Indonesian
delegation was led by the Director of Perpusnas Hj. Sri Sularsih accompanied by
Vice-Chairman of Indonesian Librarian Association (PP-IPI) Zulfikar Zen and the
Secretary General of PP-IPI Bambang Supriyo Utomo. The event which took place at
JW Marriott Hotel Medan was attended by representatives from 10 ASEAN countries
including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar,
Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and also Timor Leste as an observer country.
According to the Director of Perpusnas, Consal holds the General Conference
once every three years in rotation. Indonesia has been the host of the
Conference in 1976 in Bandung and in Jakarta in 1990 which was directly opened
by the President of Indonesia. For the upcoming 15th Consal General Conference,
Indonesia will again act as the host. The conference is planned to be held in
Bali in May 2011. The Conference is scheduled to be opened by the President of
Indonesia and estimated to be attended by five hundred to a thousand librarians.
"So, our visit to Medan is a form of preparation for the 15th General Congress
Consal in Bali in May 2012," she said.
The theme that will be carried at the Consal General Conference in Bali is
`National Heritage: Preservation and Dissemination�. "A lot of local culture,
folklore and old literature are still stored. It must be appointed and utilized
for the sake of the nation`s cultural richness," she said. Meanwhile, according
to Vice-Chairman of the PP-IPI Zulfikar Zen, every year Consal holds the
Executive Board meeting. The first meeting of Consal XV was held in 2010 at
Jayakarta Hotel, Bandung, West Java, and the second meeting was held in Medan.
Zulfikar Zen who is also a lecturer in the Department of Library & Information
Science, University of Indonesia explained, Consal was founded in 1970 in
Singapore in order to establish cooperation among librarians in Southeast Asia.
Consal membership that is called as the Executive Board of each member country
consists of three persons. In Indonesia, the Executive Board consists of the
Director of Perpusnas, Chairman and Secretary General of PP-IPI.
The Main Secretary of Perpusnas Dedi Junaedi also said that the 14th Consal
General Conference was held in Vietnam, and the 13th Conference was held in
Manila, Philippines. He also added that the 15th General Conference to is the
responsibility of Indonesian government. "The trust that is given to us as the
host country for the Consal General Conference will be used to prepare it
maximumly for the success of the National Library of Indonesia and Indonesian
Library Association," he said.
Resource persons who will attend the Conference in Bali in coming year are
not only the members of Consal, but there will be also `invited speakers` from
USA and European countries. "We hope such meeting will have a positive impact on
society and give competence to librarians who want to develop reading interest
in Indonesia which is still low," he said.
The Executive Board members after holding the second meeting to discuss final
preparations for the General Conference 2012 in Bali, were given the opportunity
to visit Toba Lake and Samosir Island. The following day they also visited
Library, Archive and Documentation Board of North Sumatera, Maimun Palace,
Rahmat Syah Wildlife Museum, and University of North Sumatra Library.
Meanwhile, Head of Library, Archives and Documentation Board of North Sumatra
Nurdin Pane hoped the visit of Consal Executive Board could be considered as
cultural visit. Such activity also could increase the motivation of North
Sumatera Library more in the future. He also expressed his readiness to succeed
the 15th Consal General Conference which is going to be held in May 2012 in
Bali. "Participants will share knowledge and experience of library systems in
other countries," he said.
Nurdin explained when Consal Executive Board membes visit the Library Board
of North Sumatra, many participants wanted to know the ancient collections and
public service in North Sumatra Library. They were also impressed by the digital
library collection that has 1.000 titles and 16.000 entries that can be accessed
anywhere. Nurdin Pane also added, the meeting can give positive impact on
society and especially it will brings out the motivation for the librarians of
North Sumatra to grow better in the future.