The celebration of the 2018 Library and Information Services Month spearheaded by the Philippine Librarians’ Association, Inc., in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts—National Committee on Library and Information Services, marks another significant event for us to get together and look back at the year that was and undertake meaningful and interesting activities that will leapfrog us to another year in the making.
This year’s theme, Connected Actions, Collective Vision: Libraries Transforming Society, enhances public awareness of the value, impact, and services of libraries in transforming lives and communities. It describes the transformative nature of today’s libraries—more about what these do for and with the people—and elevates their crucial role in the digital age.
Libraries are society’s vital instruments for the preservation not only of documentation of noteworthy events, historical accounts, promulgation of government, information on private entities, places, and more, but also literary expressions of individuals, as well as concepts and discoveries, that of technology itself included. Libraries are valuable institutions that house a wealth of information—from early generations to what’s up ahead. Libraries enable people from different places and different times to soak up on this wealth of information and propel them towards a future that they are molded to become contributory to. As people’s minds and hearts are filled with the thoughts that are etched into what they get their hands into among the vast library resources, time, and distance among them are bridged; they become connected, and some are driven to dream the same dreams build the same boats, albeit with different hands, but following the very same principles that are first learned in books. Thus, it can be said that libraries are the integrators of everything that run from the past to the future, as well as the source of seeds for tomorrow’s technologies
Let us be proud of what we can do for both individuals and society. Let us take our tasks to heart more seriously, for ours is a crucial role to play. Chairperson, Professional Regulatory Board for Librarians