THE NA­TIONAL LI­BRARY OF THE PHILIP­PINES’ INI­TIA­TIVES AND PROJECTS IN HELP­ING COM­MU­NI­TIES

Dolores D. Carun­gui

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PLENARY SESSION | DAY 2 -

The Na­tional Li­brary of the Philip­pines Email ad­dress: dd­carun­[email protected] Ab­stract

As man­dated by Repub­lic Act No. 7743, “An Act Pro­vid­ing for the Es­tab­lish­ment of Con­gres­sional, City and Mu­nic­i­pal Li­braries and Barangay Read­ing Cen­ters Through­out the Philip­pines, Ap­pro­pri­at­ing the Nec­es­sary Funds There­for and for Other Pur­poses”, the NLP, as the lead im­ple­menter of this Act and as the cen­tral node of the pub­lic li­brary sys­tem in the coun­try, works un­wa­ver­ingly with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) to con­tin­u­ally de­velop the li­brary pro­grams and ser­vices in their lo­cal­i­ties.

In R.A. No. 7743, the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of NLP to its af­fil­i­ated pub­lic li­braries are to pro­vide li­brary re­sources and train­ing to li­brar­i­ans, li­brary in-charge, and li­brary staff. NLP ex­tends its ef­forts by part­ner­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing with li­brary as­so­ci­a­tions, non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions (NGOs), na­tional gov­ern­ment agen­cies (NGAs), among oth­ers to fur­ther sup­port pub­lic li­braries na­tion­wide, and to de­velop and cas­cade pro­grams and ser­vices that are rel­e­vant and help­ful in the com­mu­ni­ties.

Some of the NLP’s ini­tia­tives, projects, part­ners, and col­lab­o­ra­tors, fac­tors that af­fect those ini­tia­tives and projects, and valu­able out­comes and im­pacts on pub­lic li­braries if given the nec­es­sary sup­port from their lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives (LCEs) are dis­cussed. Key­words: Na­tional Li­brary of the Philip­pines; pub­lic li­braries; pub­lic li­brary sys­tem; Philip­pines

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