Libraries keep on evolving to meet the teaching and research needs of their rapidly changing environment. New methods or modality of teaching, the proliferation of online information and the call of their respective institution to demonstrate value and their continued relevance has brought greater challenges to libraries and librarians.
Libraries in this new normal environment must justify their relevance to students success, and libraries are responding to these requirements by both designing new services and adapting traditional models for a new era. As libraries adapt, it is vital that they continually communicate their value to users and stakeholders.
As gateways to knowledge and culture, libraries play a fundamental role in society. The resources and services they offer create opportunities for learning, support literacy and education, and help shape the new ideas and perspectives that are central to a creative and innovative society.
Also, many are reviewing their outreach efforts as a means of attracting new clientele and introducing new services to long-standing users. Libraries design outreach program or services that can meet the needs of the people in the community. This way, through outreach, libraries link people with the information they need to help provide outstanding service to stakeholders. Moreover, libraries help establish student learning outcomes and demonstrate their impact on student learning.
The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), committed to its mission of building, nurturing and promoting all libraries in the country, and fostering professional growth and performance of its members, believes that libraries as well as librarians and information professionals should adapt Outcomes-based programs through Outreach a way for libraries to promote Outstanding services, and show their usefulness and relevance in today’s modern academe
This 4-day conference will invite librarians, information professionals, librarian-in- charge, library staff, allied information professionals: archivists, records officers, IT professionals, etc., library and information science students, and other interested individuals.
The proposed National Congress theme aims to:
1. Demonstrate library value and relevance to the academe through assessment of outcomes and outreach program.
2. Help develop a project outcome to measure the impact or value of the libraries in the new normal environment.
3. Showcase best practices on outcomes, outreach and outstanding programs among libraries and librarians.