About the Conference

          Since ASEAN’s creation in 1967, it has contributed enormously to regional stability and prosperity. It consists of 10 countries whose populations total over 600 million people. And its economy ranks collectively as the third largest economy in Asia and the seventh largest in the world. One of the great endeavours to achieve it with sustaining development through education and information access. One of the roles of the library is to sustain education and information access to all of the people. Library in ASEAN has immense issue in their effort to make ASEAN Nation Nurture deeper understanding among ASEAN librarians to develop partnerships and collaborations with leading international library organizations to see the librarianship trends including the available library opportunities worldwide. Las issue is how to showcase libraries in ASEAN for deeper appreciation of our work and our profession and Foster a sense of community among the public librarians in the ASEAN region.

          Pursuant to Proclamation No. 563, s. 1959, designating March 9 of every year as Public Library Day in the Philippines and authorizing the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), in cooperation with all other public libraries all over the Philippines to sponsor the nationwide celebration of this event and to conduct a public library drive, the NLP in collaboration with the National Library of Malaysia (NLM), Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), Librarians Association of Malaysia (LAM), Manila City Library (MCL), ASEAN Public Libraries Information Network (APLiN), and The Asia Foundation (TAF) will hold  the 1st ASEAN Regional Conference of Public Librarians (1st ASEAN RCPL) on August 25-28, 2020 at Rizal Park Hotel, South Road, T.M. Kalaw St. Extension, Ermita, Manila, Philippines. The theme of the conference is “ASEAN Libraries, Arts, and Culture: Inspire, Innovate and Collaborate.”

          This 4-day conference will invite public librarians, library in-charge, librarians, information professionals, reading center in-charge, library staff, local government officials, LGU administrators, Library and Information Science students, and other interested individuals in the neighboring countries in ASEAN including China, Japan, and Korea, and other interested countries and regions in the world.