LI­BRARY CONSORTIA: CON­NECT­ING LI­BRARIES, TRANS­FORM­ING SO­CI­ETIES

Michelle Abe­lardo-Este­ban

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PARALLEL SESSION -

Far East­ern Uni­ver­sity-FERN Col­lege Li­brary Email ad­dress: maeste­[email protected] Ab­stract

Amer­i­can Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion (ALA) em­braced the fol­low­ing premise in con­nec­tion to the li­brary’s role as an in­stru­ment for trans­form­ing so­ci­eties: “When li­brary pro­fes­sion­als bet­ter un­der­stand and en­gage with their com­mu­ni­ties, li­braries be­come stronger, more con­nected in­sti­tu­tions, and li­brar­i­ans be­come more ef­fec­tive ad­vo­cates for their pa­trons and their li­braries.”

Hav­ing the same premise and be­lief with ALA, this pre­sen­ta­tion re­al­izes the role of li­braries as ad­vo­cates of change through build­ing li­brary consortia. Shar­ing of re­sources and col­lab­o­rat­ing to­wards a goal are of­ten the pri­mary pur­pose of li­brary consortia in or­der to ad­dress vary­ing and in­creas­ing user needs for print and elec­tronic re­sources. Sec­ondary to it is the end goal of ad­dress­ing these needs through co­op­er­a­tive and col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­qui­si­tion, thus, pur­chas­ing re­sources at rea­son­able and more af­ford­able prices. Through the years, the con­cept of a li­brary con­sor­tium has evolved as it started to spear­head part­ner­ships with vary­ing com­mu­ni­ties to be an in­stru­ment in trans­form­ing so­ci­eties.

The ses­sion has the fol­low­ing ob­jec­tives: (1) Devel­op­ment and man­age­ment of li­brary consortia; (2) op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges of li­brary consortia, and; (3) trans­for­ma­tion of so­ci­ety through li­brary consortia.

This ses­sion is fur­ther aims at pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the cur­rent sta­tus of the li­brary consortia in the Philip­pines that are now grow­ing in num­ber, as well as the ben­e­fits the pro­vide in or­der to de­liver higher qual­ity ser­vices to a wider group of li­brary clients.

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