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Librarian Expert From South Korea Appointed as a Guest Lecture in Library Science Program

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Rarely today, Wednesday (12/17), the class of Introduction to Archive has the exceptional opportunity to directly learn from Prof. Jungyeoun Lee, an expert of Library Science and Information from South Korea. Accompanied by Muhammad Rosyihan Hendrawan, lecture on that subject, for more than one hour Lee explained the world of libraries in the context of Indonesia, South Korea, and the rest of the world.

Jungyeoun Lee (berdiri) didampingi Muhammad Rosyihan Hendrawan (depan, duduk)
Jungyeoun Lee (standing) accompanied by Muhammad Rosyihan Hendrawan (front, seated)

In this event, Lee was more giving opportunities to the students to ask anything about archives and documents. For example, he was asked about what motivates him in learning library science. Lee answered that by this he felt that he could serve more people better. He wanted to share good methods in the archive that could be inherited to the next generation so that people could access information easily.

About the professional prospect as a librarian, he explained that basically the position of librarian is both the same in Indonesia and South Korea, and both could not be compared with the high appreciation that is given in Western countries for the librarian. However, he was told that to be a librarian in South Korea, a bachelor should first acquire a certificate of professional competence. Even to be a librarian at a higher level, someone also needs a higher education. “If you want to be a librarian at a university, you should at least own a master's degree. But if you want to work in a national library, you should own a PhD degree," said this Visiting Professor in the Department of library science and Information of Indonesia University.

Lee, Hendrawan, dan mahasiswa berfoto bersama
Lee, Hendrawan, and students took a group photo

In the end, he encouraged the students and also answered the question, to increase the reading enthusiasm of Indonesian through the library. He understood that Indonesian was more likely to adept in verbal tradition rather than written. “Koreans prefer reading because since they are still children; their parents encouraged them to read books. Reading books can develop the mind and creativity. If you want to increase the enthusiasm of reading, start from the youngest generation through the library. Organize programs that interest children to read," added lecture that slowly fluently speaks Indonesian Bahasa. (ALA/FIA)

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