Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Ublic Library Innovation to Engage Users: A Case Study of Pusmintali

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Ublic Library Innovation to Engage Users: A Case Study of Pusmintali

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Introduction

The roles of public library in Indonesia are as a place for people to access information sources and for life-long learning, develop reading habits from an early age, increase users' knowledge, introduce culture to the society, develop creative community, and facilitate information literacy. Seeing those importance of the public libraries roles for the community, public libraries should be close to the community. In Indonesia there are public libraries at the provincial level, at the district level, and at the sub-district level (however, not all sub-districts have public library). To spread public libraries services, rural libraries, comunity reading place and mobile libraries were developed. The public library must also have a location that is easily accessible by the community, open to all ages, genders, social status and economic communities.

If you look at the location of several public libraries in Indonesia, most public libraries at both provincial and district levels are not located in strategic areas that are easily visited by users from various locations. Public libraries are often located in office areas, suburban areas, and areas that are not covered by public transport routes. The public library is rarely visited by various users, but is only visited by users next to the library. Mainly, only school children often visit the library, while other community groups rarely visit for several reasons.

But how to make these libraries closer to the people, especially for people who are not aware of the library?. Surabaya City built 400 Community Reading Corners (TBM) to provide information services to the people in urban villages in Surabaya. Surabaya city library also has mobile libraries service that visit schools regularly, some reading corners in shopping centers, city parks, and other strategic places across Surabaya. All services are carried out by librarians and funded by the city government. Many ways are done to bring the library closer to the community, one of which is carried out by Gresik city library which builds a mini library or reading corner called Pusmintali. The name of the mini library was taken from religious attribute called wali or saint and Gresik is a religious city known as the Islamic city where one of the Islamic wali songo had lived.

The Gresik City Library has innovation in bringing the library closer to community. The library tries to understand the users by setting up mini libraries in public place that is reachable by the users, the idea is building reading corners at the bus stops, and giving a religious name because Gresik is a religious city. Pusmintali (Wali City Mini Library) was established on January 2017. This mini library service is indeed one of the reading interest campaign activities. The location of Pusmintalis are built in eight shelters along the Gresik city. Pusmintali carries the vision of bringing books closer to the people. The Gresik City Library placed bookshelves containing various collections at eight bus stops without being guarded, so that people who stop at the bus stop could spend time reading books or reading posters about the existence of the Gresik city library.

Research objectives

These research objective is to describe the user's response to the existence of pusmintali in Gresik City.

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Public Library Function

Public library as a place of the development of public reading interest, non-formal education, and information literacy. According to the IFLA public library manifesto in 1994, the public library is an information center that provides information and knowledge for its users. Furthermore, public library services adhere to the principle of equal rights. The mission of the public library is to create and strengthen a reading culture among children. This is in accordance with one of the goals of the Gresik City public library, namely to introduce the culture of reading and loving books to the users. …

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