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PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - CONTENT -

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

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