The Library of UIN Sunan Kalijaga, SLA-Asia and APPTIS Hold International Talks

The Library of UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta in collaboration with the Special Library Association - Asia (SLA-Asia) and the Association of Islamic Higher Education Libraries (APPTIS) opened in 2021 by holding International Talk - Visiting Librarian. The speaker who was invited was an information literacy expert, Dr. Jesus Lau, Professor of Unversidad Veracruzana, Mexico MIL Alliance UNESCO who discussed Media and Information Literacy Skills. This event was moderated by Labibah Zain, M.LIS, Head of the Sunan Kalijaga UIN Library who also serves as the President of APPTIS Indonesia.

The event which took place on Thursday, January 28, 2021 was opened yesterday by the Rector of UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Prof. Dr. Phil. Al Makin, M.A. and President of the Special Library Association - Asia, Dr. Debal C Kar from Ambedkar University, Delhi, India. The event which lasted for about 2 hours was effective and interactive. The participants came from several countries, such as India, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Indonesia through the Zoom and Youtube platforms.

Dr. Lau said in his presentation that Media Literacy must be a shared commitment, not only between institutions but must involve various countries. Its application also requires its own competences which include basic, intermediate and advanced competencies that can be applied in everyday life that can improve the quality of society so that people can survive in life.

International Talks - Visiting Librarians will take place for a year in the form of a Zoominar event and will be held once a month with speakers from librarians from Mexico, India, Canada, USA, Philippines, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Malaysia and moderated by Librarian and lecturer member of APPTIS and SLA Asia from Indonesia and countries in Asia.

Labibah Zain, as the Head of the Library of UIN Sunan Kalijaga said that this event was held to increase cooperation between libraries in the world and provide opportunities for librarians to study policy practices and library services in various parts of the world. It is hoped that after participating in this event, librarians will get inspiration so that they can improve the quality of service in their respective workplaces. (IO/Editor:Nurul)