In commemoration of the 69th anniversary of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) and its Library, the UPI Library collaborated with the UPI Library and Information Science Program to organize an extraordinary event. This event was none other than an international seminar and workshop themed “Open Educational Resources: The Involvement of Libraries and LIS Professionals,” which took place on the 5th of October 2023.
This occasion garnered support from iGroup Indonesia and featured collaboration with prestigious institutions, including Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Chulalongkorn University, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS), FPPTI West Java, and Creative Commons Indonesia (CCID). These collaborations played a pivotal role in the success of the international seminar and workshop.
With over 100 enthusiastic participants hailing from diverse backgrounds, such as librarians from various Indonesian higher education institutions, government institution librarians, and eager students, the event kicked off.
The proceedings commenced with an opening address by Mr. Hada Hidayat Margana, M.I.Kom, the chief organizer of the international seminar and workshop. The event was officially inaugurated by Prof. Dr. H. Didi Sukyadi, M.A., the Vice Rector for Education and Student Affairs at UPI.
One of the highlights of the event was the international seminar, featuring esteemed speakers. Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Roziya Abu from UiTM delivered a thought-provoking presentation on “The Role of Open Educational Resources in Academic Libraries in Supporting Lifelong Education.” Subsequently, Dr. Riche Cynthia Johan, M.Si from UPI, delved into “The Challenges and Opportunities of Managing Open Educational Resources in Academic Libraries for Community Learning.” Finally, Fitriayu Penyalai, S.Hum from Creative Commons Indonesia, shed light on “Creative Commons License for Open Educational Resources in Higher Education.”
During the event, the UPI Library also signed Cooperation Agreements with several other libraries, including the libraries of Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Universitas Jember, Sekolah Tinggi Farmasi Indonesia, and Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan Cirebon. Furthermore, Implementation Agreements were signed between the Library and Information Science Program at UPI and Fitriayu Penyalai, S.Hum from Creative Commons Indonesia, and Bani Mutakhir, S. Kom from Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta.
The event proceeded with a series of workshops, comprising three different classes with diverse topics. Participants could choose their workshop based on their interests during registration. The workshops covered a wide range of subjects, from “Framing The ‘Trustworthiness’ and ‘Digital Preservation Initiatives’ in Your Repositories,” presented by Ms. Pimnapa Amaritworachai, MBA from Chulalangkorn University, to “Optimizing Document Life Cycle Academic Repository through SUMa (Sistem Unggah Mandiri)” by Santi Santika, S.Sos, MP from the UPI Library. Lastly, Bani Mutakhir, S. Kom from Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta covered “Security and Access System of Academic Institutional Repository.”
The successful and smooth execution of this event was made possible through the collaborative efforts of all involved parties. It is hoped that initiatives such as these will empower librarians to enhance the quality of digital information sources (e-resources), ultimately facilitating access for users and readers. The event is also expected to strengthen relationships and foster cooperation among higher education libraries and government or private institutional libraries. This contribution to the field of education is invaluable. (Contributed by UPI Public Relations, Herli Bachtiar, Ed.HN)