Seameo Biotrop : Its Role In The National Development In Indonesia
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The BIOTROP - SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization) Regional Center for Tropical Biology, a Center which is active in Training and Research on Tropical Biology, has been a partner of scientists in tropical biology. The Information Resource Unit, to which the library is attached, has played an important role in providing information on its subject interests both to BIOTROP staff and its other end users from Indonesia and Southeast Asian countries. As Indonesia has just embarked into the third millennium, Indonesia's responses to the emerging knowledge economy, the massive information explosion and rapid knowledge obsolescence are to be that of a learning nation. It means that the entire population of Indonesia, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds, are encouraged to learn and make productive use of knowledge all the time. The learning process requires good-quality services of the libraries. The libraries have crucial roles to play in supporting the entire spectrum of Indonesians in the lifelong process of acquiring new knowledge and skills - in science and technology. BIOTROP, with its innovations achieved in librarianship, must provide good library services. The programs and services being offered by BIOTROP library are discussed in this article.