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