Measuring Libraries’ Impact on Communities


As it has embarked on its journey for 4 years, Taman Baca Inovator (TBI) needs clear measurements of achievement, especially with 26 TBI libraries established in various regions. At the end of 2018, 5 libraries will be independently managed by local communities, and hence the libraries should prove their benefits for communities. Three years of guidance from TBI will be a waste if the libraries could not provide any positive impact on the ground. Therefore, in an effort to measure its impacts on the communities, TBI created a survey for the communities to see its impacts on the people.

The Impact Survey is a way for TBI to see the impacts that its libraries have offered for the communities. There are some aspects that measure the impacts, such as input, process, output, and impact. Through the four aspects, TBI found that there are several pillars that support the libraries, namely parents, local leaders, village government, staffs, and schools. TBI believes that it could find out the impacts it delivered by interviewing these pillars. Some of the questions are conveyed in a form created specifically to find out the impacts that the libraries provided for the communities.

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Most of the impact survey consists of a list of questions regarding the children, such as the changes experienced at home and at school. One good impact we actually want to experience is to see the children cry for wanting to buy books instead of toys. This is in line with TBI’s objective of increasing children’s reading interest. If a child asks his/her parents for books, we feel closer with our objective.

For TBI, three years is not a short time even though it realizes that it takes a longer time to measure a big impact. Nevertheless, TBI is still hopeful that the guidance it has provided for three years could be an initial step for the villages and communities to develop further, especially for education development in the area. TBI believes that the presence of libraries in every village in Indonesia will create a great impact for the future of Indonesian youth as books are the first step for the youth to have a better knowledge and education. (Nurkholis Makki)