Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Manila hosted the 82nd National Book Week Readers’ Congress on November 29, 2016 at the LPU Mini Theater. Organized by the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) and the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) with the theme Today’s Readers: Inclusivity in Diversity, the congress was a series of book talks that promote reading and literacy among the Filipino youth and was attended by librarians, teachers, and LPU Senior High School students.
Sotero H. Laurel Academic Resource Center (ARC) Director Corazon M. Nera imparted in her keynote address that libraries and librarians should find ways to promote reading as part of national development.
The LPU Library was highlighted as an example of inclusivity in diversity through various services and programs: the library budget shift with emphasis on online resources (70% online resources, 30% print resources); online newspapers platform PressReader; PCs, tablets, Kindles and board games for circulation; door-to-door library orientation for students and personnel; thesis and research assistance; online visibility through the library website, Facebook, email and chat; faculty-librarian research synergy to get faculty research cited in Scopus and Web of Science; longer library hours; accommodating parents during online college entrance examination, and training of future librarians in the library and information field.
As VIPs of the library, students must be pampered because they bring life and meaning to the library. They should be considered an opportunity rather than a disturbance, and through feedback and statistics, they shape and define the kinds and types of library services. Students were given utmost consideration in coming up with plans to build a new four-story library building wherein spaces for teamwork, collaboration, technology, relaxation, recreation and the coffee shop are the main features.
Also highlighted was the information literacy program for the Dumagats of Sitio Masla, Gen. Nakar, Quezon, which bagged the Best Library Program of 2013 by the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians. The ARC has been bringing the library to the Dumagats since 2011 through biannual information literacy programs such as storytelling, read-aloud sessions, film showing, fun activities and community library buildup.
She ended her address by challenging the participants to make the remaining 2 million illiterate Filipinos learn to read, for them to be included in national development.
Left: Dir. Nera after her Keynote address, with Ms. Melanie Ramirez, Chairman, 82nd National Book Week Committee (left) and Ms. Elvira Lapuz, President, PLAI (right).
Right: Reader’s Congress participants pose with Dr. Luis V. Gatmaitan, a seasoned book author.