"(This is expected to be achieved) Through technical guidance for library managers, providing knowledge and improving the skills of elementary school and Islamic junior high schools' library managers within the (jurisdiction of the) Jayapura city government," Mano said, as quoted on the city government's webpage on Saturday.
The mayor stressed the importance of libraries in supporting students' learning process, saying they can gain knowledge from reading textbooks and fiction alike.
"Thus, libraries owned by schools as providers of book collections must be utilized and be managed properly to increase children's knowledge," he added.
He said he expected the recent technical guidance hosted by the Regional Library and Archives Service to hone the skills and competence of library staff who were trained on ways to optimize the utilization and role of school libraries in the students' learning process.
The technical guidance also aimed to instill knowledge among participants about managing digital-based library materials, which can be accessed through a pre-programmed catalog, he informed.
Head of the Regional Library and Archives Service, Septinus Ireeuw, explained that the purpose of the technical guidance was to provide knowledge and improve library management in schools.
"The aim of this technical guidance was to realize intelligent elementary school students through increasing their interest in reading, and also managing skilled school libraries (staff)," Ireeuw remarked.
The technical guidance was hosted in Jayapura on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Fifty-five representatives from elementary schools and Islamic junior high schools took part in the event, officials said.
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