Thursday, February 11, 2016

World Read Aloud Day 2016

Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention 
to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

PLAI National Congress 2015 @ Davao City

Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) National Congress 2016
22-25 November 2016
Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City

THEME: “Library as a Place: Continual Learning in the New Information Landscape”

According to the IFLA, “The Library is the only place in many communities where people can access information that will help improve their education, develop new skills, find jobs, build businesses, make informed agricultural and health decisions, or gain insights into environmental issues. These unique roles make libraries important development partners, both by providing access to information in all formats and by delivering services and programs that meet the needs for information in a changing and increasing complex society.” (IFLA Statement on Libraries and Development, 2015).

While the concept of “Libraries as a third place” is not new, the local landscape of Philippine libraries, both as a public and a democratic institution, reflects a different scenario in the general population’s mindset. Libraries can be and are as welcoming as coffee shops, malls and bookstores, without the patron having to spend and pay money to enjoy and take advantage of the resources; an idea that is still alien to many Filipinos. Lawsen (2004) stated that libraries can and does provide a venue where users, regardless of age, background and status, feel welcome, safe, and have access to information.

Turning this concept into reality is a goal that PLAI envisions for Philippine libraries. The changing information landscape and needs of the users should be the driving force of libraries to re-think and re-design its roles, functions and services beyond the traditional means. A library should no longer be defined as a place purely for academic/scholarly learning. It should be an open and dynamic institution that offers an opportunity for all to learn, create, innovate, and participate as advocates of change and development. 


1. To explore the concept of “Library as a Place” and the different strategies needed to transform libraries as a “Third Place”;
2. To recognize the role of libraries as agents of development by implementing formal, informal and lifelong learning programs in libraries;

3. To examine how libraries can improve their facilities, create new programs, develop collections and upgrade their services to meet the changing information needs of a multi-sectoral society;

4. To identify strategies on how libraries can work effectively with different stakeholders of society to develop, deliver, and sustain programs, services, and access to information;

5. To identify functions and areas of collaboration for libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) as venues which promote personal, intellectual, cultural and social development.

DWC Annual Book Fair

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Poster Making Contest : 57th Public Library Day

Public Libraries Division, 3rd Flr., National Library of the Philippines
T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila 1000, Philippines

57th Public Library Day (March 9)


1. The poster making contest is open to all public libraries affiliated with the National Library of the Philippines.

2. The poster should be a visualization of the 57th Public Library Day and 2016 National Conference of Public Librarians theme: “Philippine Public Libraries: Moving Forward and Beyond”.

3. Use white illustration board, 15” x 20” in size.

4. Public libraries may use any medium (craypas, water color, crayon, pentel pen, etc.)

5. The entry should be an original work and a certification to this effect from the Local Chief Executive must be submitted together with the public library’s name.

6. The public library’s name and complete address must be written on a separate sheet of paper and stapled or attached at the back of the entry.

7. All entries will become the property of ALPS.

8. The criteria for judging will be as follows:

a. Originality - 35%
b. Pictorial design and composition - 15%
c. Technique - 15%
d. Relevance to the theme - 35%
TOTAL 100%

9. The winners will receive the following prizes :

1st Prize - P5,000.00 and a Certificate of Recognition to 
the Public Library
2nd Prize - P3,000.00 and a Certificate of Recognition to 
the Public Library
3rd Prize - P2,000.00 and a Certificate of Recognition to 
the Public Library

10. The winning entry will be used as souvenir program cover and in other promotional materials in relation to the National Conference.

11. The winners of this contest shall be informed in writing by the NLP Public Libraries Division and shall be recognized and awarded in a fitting ceremony on March 9, 2016 during the fellowship night of the National Conference of Public Librarians at Manila Grand Opera Hotel, Manila.

12. The submission of entries will start on January 25, 2016 and will end on January 29, 2016 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. at the office of the Public Libraries Division, National Library of the Philippines, T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila.

MUNPARLAS National Summer Conference

MUNPARLAS, INC. 2-Day National Summer Conference on Coaching & Mentoring Series: Glocal Library Trends & Challenges with 8 Library Icons on Call with the following sessions:

Sessions & Topics: (1-hour presentation delivery with 30-minute Q&A)

Glocal Trends & Challenges on Coaching & Mentoring for Library People
Glocal Trends & Challenges on Library Management
Glocal Trends & Challenges on Technical Services
Glocal Trends & Challenges on Collection Development
Glocal Trends & Challenges on Circulation, Reference & Public Relations Work
Glocal Trends & Challenges on Information Communication Technology
Glocal Trends & Challenges on Library Instruction/Information Literacy
Glocal Trends & Challenges on International (ASEAN/Multicultural) Librarianship

Saturday, February 06, 2016

UPSLIS Lecture Series

Inviting LIS students and librarians to the SLIS lecture series:

The Future of Filipino Librarians is You! 
by: Lucrea Vinluan Dayrit
Senior Librarian, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri, USA 
Alumna, University of the Philippines, Institute of Library Science

Objective: To share experiences and inspire others
Audience: Students (undergraduate and graduate); faculty members; and librarians

February 10, 1:30 p.m., Rms 3-4
University of the Philippines, School of Library & Information Studies
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

February is National Arts Month

Friday, February 05, 2016