The success of a graduate starts from the ideals that have been dreamed of since the beginning. It begins with ‘reckless capital,’ daring to try new things and take advantage of the opportunities that come. That was the experience conveyed by Priatna, M.Si., M.M., at the Public Lecture of the Library and Information Science Study Program on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, via virtual Zoom and YouTube. Priatna, M.Si., M.M., is a graduate of the Library and Information Science Study Program (then still called the Library Science Department) who has been consistent for 30 years in the field of Library and Information.
According to Priatna, M.Si., M.M., almost 100% of librarians are needed by government agencies when accepting Candidates for Civil Servants (CPNS). The Library and Information Science Study Program graduates are widely spread in private institutions, but competent librarians are hard to find.
For this reason, Priatna, M.Si., M.M. suggested that Library and Information Science Study Program graduates must prepare four steps, including English, communication, IT, and portfolio skills. English is a must. “When I avoid speaking English, I miss many opportunities,” said Priatna. English is the key to getting scholarships, expanding networks, getting to know other countries, and improving careers.
Librarians also have to hone communication skills. Based on the experience of Priatna, M.Si., M.M., as an IT Manager, librarians must establish good communication patterns with the IT institutions where they work. Librarians must dare to make decisions and work to develop innovation and improvisation in the work environment. In addition, librarians must try to strengthen their competence in dealing with relationships or networks in the world of work. As Priatna said, “Without a relationship, there is no information. The current era is no longer the information age but the network information era. Now change. Whoever controls the network will rule the world.”
Librarians must also understand IT in responding to the challenges posed by the institution where they work. Priatna, M.Si., M.M., said that challenges are the gate of change. The Tempo library also faces various challenges that make the library grow. The first challenge is how the library collection can be used. Then the second challenge is how library collections can be utilized for 24 hours. The third challenge is how libraries can support profit activities.
Digitization activities have changed the library’s center of knowledge and institutional profit activities. “IT skills are a provision. Librarians can learn IT languages without acting as programmers,” suggested Priatna. This is in line with a student’s question regarding the role of librarians in data analytics activities. Library and Information Science is very close to data analytics activities, for example, classification and cataloging science. Priatna explained that librarians create structural data, such as metadata, in catalogs when creating data analytics. For this reason, students can strengthen their skills in Microsoft Excel as a tool for data processing. Finally, librarians must prove their expertise by presenting an accessible portfolio. Organizational experience, apprenticeship, field practice, and work are confirmed by the work made. Thus, librarian graduates must continue to hone their expertise in the library and information field so that graduates can innovate in line with the current needs of users. One of them is cultivating reading activities as the librarian’s primary weapon. Reading opens the gate for librarians to be confident in developing themselves even better. “Librarians will be much more competent,” said Priatna. (ENR)