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Jakarta Post

Putu Laxman Sanjaya Pendit: Taking librarians to the next level

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 19 2012   /  10:33 am
(JP/Dicky Christanto)(JP/Dicky Christanto)

(JP/Dicky Christanto)Many people here would describe being a librarian as merely a clerical profession, mingling only with books and a few people and not financially promising.

Putu Laxman Sanjaya Pendit, usually called Putu, is an expert in library science and admits he is familiar with the stereotypes and wants to do something to change them.

He dreams of a librarian who is a “walking encyclopedia” for not only book borrowers but also society at large. This resourceful librarian would be able to offer people what they wanted through a wide array of knowledge about textual references, both digital and printed.

Putu cited the roles of librarians in many European and other developed countries who have stepped forward from what was merely known as a behind-the-desk profession to become reliable public sources for references.

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