PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - CONTENT -

Warm greet­ings to the li­brar­i­ans of our coun­try on the cel­e­bra­tion of this year’s Philip­pine Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices Month and con­grat­u­la­tions to the spon­sors of the 2018 Philip­pine Li­brar­i­ans As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Con­gress.

Li­brar­i­ans are the silent part­ners of re­searchers of all fields—from arts and cul­ture, cre­ative thought, his­tory, phi­los­o­phy, pol­i­tics, and all the sciences and tech­nolo­gies. They are the front lin­ers in or­ga­niz­ing data that peo­ple fi­nally process and trans­form into var­i­ous views, ideas, and things. Be­fore computers be­came pop­u­lar, they were also the go-to per­sons to re­trieve in­for­ma­tion in books and other read­ing ma­te­ri­als stored in li­braries.

Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy has changed how peo­ple work. With data of al kinds be­ing more ac­ces­si­ble through the In­ter­net, li­braries are chang­ing their sys­tems. The work of to­day’s li­brar­ian is shift­ing from phys­i­cally or­ga­niz­ing and re­triev­ing com­piled data to us­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to lo­cate in­for­ma­tion stored in var­i­ous for­mats—whether in print, video or au­dio record­ings, data­bases, or other dig­i­tal con­fig­u­ra­tions. It is thus nec­es­sary that to­days Philip­pine li­braries be equipped with these tech­no­log­i­cal stor­age and re­trieval tools and Filipino li­brar­i­ans be adept at us­ing these in­for­ma­tion pro­cess­ing sys­tems.

The hold­ings of li­braries and the tasks of present-day li­brar­i­ans may have evolved with the times, but the value of both as agents of change re­mains the same. Li­braries and li­brar­i­ans con­tinue to be im­por­tant help­mates of any­one who seeks knowl­edge from books au­dio­vi­su­als, or elec­tron­i­cally-gen­er­ated data. Li­braries and li­brar­i­ans have been and will al­ways be sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors in so­ci­ety’s trans­for­ma­tion.

Mabuhay to the li­braries and the li­brar­i­ans of the Philip­pines! GLO­RIA MA­CA­PA­GAL-AR­ROYO

House Speaker

House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives

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