CATALOGING SO­CI­ETAL DI­VIDES: LI­BRARIES AS CEN­TERS OF SO­CIAL DEVEL­OP­MENT

Jhon Robert O. Ko

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PARALLEL SESSION -

Kris­tiyano-Is­lam Peace Li­brary, Inc. Email ad­dress: jhob­sras­[email protected]­hoo.com Ab­stract

Driven by the will to be­come ve­hi­cles of so­cial change, both the gov­ern­ment and dif­fer­ent civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions are us­ing what­ever they have to re­solve the grow­ing so­ci­etal di­vides in the Philip­pines. De­spite the ef­forts and the pour of re­sources, so­ci­etal di­vides re­main and con­tinue to grow be­cause of poor judg­ment on where to fo­cus the ef­forts and re­sources. This pre­sen­ta­tion dis­cusses how li­braries—aca­demic, spe­cial, and pub­lic—can con­trib­ute to mak­ing good and in­formed de­ci­sions for so­cial devel­op­ment. Strate­gies and chal­lenges that li­braries may face in this pur­suit are also ex­plored. Key­words: so­ci­etal di­vides; so­cial devel­op­ment; li­braries; devel­op­ment hub

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