PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - CONTENT -

The NCCA-NCLIS grate­fully ac­knowl­edges with deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Philip­pine Li­brar­i­ans As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc. (PLAI) for hav­ing been the prime mover of events in the cel­e­bra­tion of the “fes­tive” Novem­ber every year!

Filipino li­brar­i­ans al­ways look for­ward to the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties planned by PLAI, the mother as­so­ci­a­tion of all li­brary or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Na­tional Book Week and Con­gress.

The theme for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion, “Con­nect­ing Ac­tions, Col­lec­tive Vi­sion: Li­brar­i­ans Trans­form­ing So­ci­ety”, is well-framed for an in-depth soul-search­ing, a re­flec­tive re­view, and a chal­lenge for all li­brar­i­ans as in­for­ma­tion providers.

“No man is an is­land”, as a clas­sic say­ing goes. Let us con­nect, col­lab­o­rate, and co­op­er­ate to achieve this vi­sion and con­trib­ute our role in na­tion­hood. Our goal is to have a com­mu­nity of im­proved func­tional lit­er­acy, a well-bal­anced and well-in­formed so­ci­ety.

This aim is ob­tained through gen­er­ous and open shar­ing of li­brary re­sources with an en­abling sys­tem and re­defin­ing of li­brary ob­jec­tive and roles with a vi­sion to make Philip­pine li­braries as sources for learn­ing knowl­edge and skills for all.

Thank you, PLAI, for these no­ble ideas. May the “mil­len­nial” lead­er­ship con­tinue to sup­port the vi­tal role of li­braries in trans­form­ing so­ci­ety.

Mabuhay and to God be the Glory!


Head, Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Cul­ture and the Arts— Na­tional Com­mit­tee on Li­braries and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil 2017-2019

For­mer Di­rec­tor, Na­tional Li­brary of the Philip­pines

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