The Practice of Hibah in Marcel Mauss'View at The National Library of The Republic of Indonesia

Muhamad Idris Marbawi, Taufik Asmiyanto

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This research is an attempt to conduct an in-depth analysis of the essence of hibah (grant activities) of library material at the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia. This study uses a qualitative-interpretive approach. Peirce's semiotic analysis is used as an analytical method to reveal the syntagmatic and paradigmatic relationships that occur in the grant process. Marcel Mauss' Gift Theory is used as a theoretical basis to explain the ongoing practice of grants. The research focus is in the field of acquisition under the Center for Collection Development and Processing of Library Materials, the National Library of Indonesia. Purposive sampling method is used as a technique to determine informants by selecting the right individual so that they can specifically provide an understanding of the problem of this research. The results showed that reciprocity in the context of the grant giver means that the books they grant will become library collections. Meanwhile, in the context of the librarian as the grant recipient, reciprocity is manifested in the implementation of grant management in accordance with established procedures. Structurally, the concept of reciprocity identified in the practice of grants in the National Library occurs partially and exclusively on the side of the National Library as the grant recipient. The results of this research can be considered in formulating policies both on a local (in-house) and national scale and their role in collection development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalLibrary Philosophy and Practice
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Collection development
  • Collection management
  • Essence of gifts
  • Marcel Mauss
  • Reciprocity


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