PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - CONTENT -

As we cel­e­brate the 28th Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices (LIS) Month and the 84th

Na­tional Book Week (NBW), I con­grat­u­late the

Philip­pine Li­brar­i­ans As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc. (PLAI) for spear­head­ing this con­gress. Like­wise, let me ex­tend my greet­ings to all li­brar­i­ans, the staff, and the rest of the stake­hold­ers who are in the fore­front of mak­ing LIS Month and NBW yearly com­mem­o­ra­tions an enor­mous suc­cess.

This year’s theme, Con­nected Ac­tions, Col­lec­tive Vi­sion: Li­braries Trans­form­ing So­ci­ety aptly ar­tic­u­lates our de­sire to link to­gether our ini­tia­tives and ac­tions through a uni­fied vi­sion to fur­ther im­prove our li­brary ser­vices in the coun­try, to pro­vide per­spec­tives on how li­brar­i­ans can be­come cat­a­lysts of change, and to be re­silient in or­der to ac­quire mea­sures that will make the li­braries cope with present and fu­ture chal­lenges. Through the years, li­braries have al­ways been es­sen­tial as the fo­cal points for in­for­ma­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, and for the cul­tural needs of the Filipino peo­ple.

So to say, when we, in the li­braries, com­mit to cas­cade our ser­vices down to the re­mote places of this coun­try, we can humbly say to our­selves that we have as­sumed ma­jor roles in cre­at­ing a coun­try with an en­vi­ron­ment­friendly so­ci­ety. These roles were syn­the­sized by Glo­ria Perez-Salmeron, IFLA Pres­i­dent, when she said, “we can all be in­flu­encers”. In­deed we can be “in­flu­encers” be­cause within our sta­tions are the salient and rel­e­vant re­sources which should be known and should be ac­cessed by many other ben­e­fi­cia­ries. We can ex­tend real ser­vices only if we com­mit to share our re­sources.

To­wards the end of this mes­sage, may I en­cour­age all par­tic­i­pants to con­tex­tu­al­ize and put into prac­tice what­ever new knowl­edge and skills you will ac­quire in this Con­gress. May All of Us through our col­lec­tive vi­sion be­come sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tors in the trans­for­ma­tion and up­lift of the Filipino so­ci­ety. Again, my sin­cere Con­grat­u­la­tions. Di­rec­tor Na­tional Li­brary of the Philip­pines

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