PLAI Centennial Nat’l Congress opens at SMX Clark

The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) in partnership with National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the National Committee on Library and Information Services (NCLIS) and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), and the University of the Assumption had formally opened the four-day gathering of professionals, scholars, writers, educators, and stakeholders happening from November 21 to 24, 2023 at SMX Convention Center Clark, Pampanga.

Under the evocative theme, “Paghanduraw kag Padayon: Heritage. Horizon. Harmony,” this congress takes center stage in celebrating and emphasizing the paramount role of preserving and promoting cultural heritage within the realm of library services.

The event boasts an impressive lineup of keynote speakers including Prof. Ambeth Ocampo of Ateneo de Manila University; Hon. Yolanda C. Granda, Chairperson of the Professional Regulatory Board for Librarians; and Hon. Victorino Manalo, Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. These distinguished speakers will contribute unique perspectives on the evolving role of libraries and information institutions within the contemporary educational landscape.

The PLAI Centennial National Congress will feature an array of plenary and parallel sessions, thoughtfully sponsored by sectoral library groups, catering to a diverse array of library types, such as academic, public, school, and special libraries. Attendees will engage in dynamic discussions regarding inclusivity, diversity, and effective strategies to empower marginalized communities through innovative library initiatives and outreach programs.

For detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee at [email protected] or reach out to Roilingel P. Calilung at 09776339792.

“The PLAI Centennial National Congress promises to be an unparalleled gathering of library professionals and stakeholders, dedicated to nurturing the rich heritage and promising future of library services in the Philippines,” said Calilung.

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