AT LEAST 600 librarians nationwide will participate in the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI) National Congress 2016 that is set to open on Tuesday, November 22, at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier in Davao City.
The four-day event is dubbed "Library as a Place: Continual Learning in the New Information Landscape."
Davao City Library officer-in-charge Pedrita Badar said librarians will discuss their roles and the trends for libraries.
In the official website of the association, it said the congress aims to explore the concept of a "library as a place" and the different strategies needed to transform libraries.
The congress will also examine how libraries can improve their facilities, create new programs, develop collection and upgrade their services as well as recognize the role of libraries as agents of development by its programs.
The activity also aims to identify strategies on how libraries can work effectively with various stakeholders of society, access information and identify function and areas of partnership for libraries, archives and museums.
"There will be also parallel sessions sponsored by sectoral library associations to discuss issues and concerns relevant to different types of libraries (academic, public, school and special) during the congress," Badar said.
A Caucus and General Assembly will also be held to present updates and provide a venue for discussion of concerns in relation to the association and the profession in general.
A Mindanao Book and Comics Fair will also be held.
The PLAI has partnered with the National Commission for Cultures and Arts through the National Committee on Libraries and Information Services and the National Library of the Philippines.
Badar added the city is celebrating the 82nd National Book Week from November 24 to 30, with a theme: "Today's Readers: Inclusivity in Diversity."
She added that they held storytelling and book character parade contests in line with the National Book Week celebration.
The activities were participated by public and private elementary schools in Davao City.
Davao City administrator Zuleika Lopez, in a separate interview, said this year's National Book Week seeks to inspire children to give importance to books and reading, research and understand what they read and interact.
Badar, meanwhile, thanked the City Government for its support to the city library in making the National Book Week activities successful.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 22, 2016.
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