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PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - CONTENT -

The Philip­pine Li­brar­i­ans As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc.

(PLAI), cog­nizant of its mis­sion of nurturing and pro­mot­ing all li­braries in the coun­try and fos­ter­ing pro­fes­sional growth and per­for­mance of its mem­bers, be­lieves that li­brar­i­ans and in­for­ma­tion pro­fes­sion­als, along with li­braries, ar­chives, and mu­se­ums, have vi­tal roles to play in na­tional devel­op­ment and in con­tribut­ing to lay­ing the foun­da­tion for in­clu­sive growth, high-trust so­ci­ety, and a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive knowl­edge econ­omy.

This year’s PLAI Con­gress with the theme Con­nected Ac­tions, Col­lec­tive Vi­sion: Li­braries Trans­form­ing So­ci­ety, en­vi­sions to lead the coun­try’s li­brary com­mu­nity in a col­lec­tive call to con­nected ac­tions to­wards trans­form­ing so­ci­ety. Li­braries have that in­nate ca­pac­ity to shape and in­flu­ence com­mu­ni­ties, thereby con­tribut­ing to na­tional devel­op­ment. The Con­gress is de­signed in such a way that it will show­case and com­mu­ni­cate such that, that through con­certed and united ef­forts, li­braries can pos­i­tively af­fect and change so­ci­eties.

It is de­light­ful that the 2018 Con­gress is held in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion - the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, so­cial, cul­tural, and ed­u­ca­tional seat of the Philip­pines. The venue is specif­i­cally held in Que­zon City, the City of Stars, the largest city of Met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila. The at­ten­dees of the Con­gress will surely rel­ish the nu­mer­ous and di­verse choices that Que­zon City of­fers.

I would like to ex­press my deep­est grat­i­tude to the Que­zon City Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and the Que­zon City Pub­lic Li­brary, the NCCA-NCLIS, the J. Amado Araneta Foun­da­tion, our es­teemed speak­ers, and all those who came, par­tic­i­pated, sup­ported, and part­nered with PLAI. To the NCR Li­brar­i­ans Coun­cil and the NCR Vol­un­teers, thank you so much for your pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion, and hard­work, in re­al­iz­ing the PLAI Con­gress 2018. To the PLAI Na­tional Board of Trustees and all the re­gional coun­cils, my sin­cer­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion to you all.

Truly, we are united in and com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing our pro­fes­sion. Mabuhay ang PLAI! Mabuhay ang mga lay­braryan ng bayan! RHEA ROWENA U. APOLI­NARIO , RL PLAI Ex­ec­u­tive Vice-Pres­i­dent and Con­fer­ence Chair

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