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Salon on National Development Plan for Public Libraries and Capacity-Building of Public Librarians

by Blesila P. Velasco

On March 19, 2013, the Salon on NDPPL and Capacity-Building of Public Librarians was held by the Public Libraries Division (PLD) in collaboration with the Provincial Libraries of Quezon, Iloilo and Misamis Occidental. Aside from discussing the NDPPL, the project aims to share best practices, increase awareness of the current status of the public library system and identify best practices; discuss the NLP's overall plans and programs; and strengthen collaborative relationships among librarians.

The salon was held at the Batis Aramin Hotel and Resort, Lucban, Quezon for the Luzon Island Cluster. Ninety representatives from the DepEd Quezon Library Hub (Librarians/Librarians-Designate and school principals), affiliated public libraries (Bulacan, Sorsogon and Quezon), and the Association of Librarians in the Public Sector (ALPS Officers) gathered at the salon which was moderated by the NLP Director, Antonio M. Santos.

The National Development Plan for Public Libraries (NDPPL) is a multi-phase project to redefine the relationship of the NLP with public libraries. Phase I was completed in 2012 after multiple round-table discussions and the National Conference of Public Librarians were convened in various regional clusters. The input of public librarians throughout the country was collated to draft a bill which is currently being discussed in Phase II, of which this salon was a part. Phase II will be held in regions which weren't able to join Phase I of the project, such as the cities of Cebu and Davao and the Province of Ilocos Norte.


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