The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS) and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), will be conducting its Annual National Congress on 22-25 November 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City.

This year’s Congress theme is “Library as a Place: Continual Learning in the New Information Landscape”. The Congress aims to: (1) explore the concept of “Library as a Place” and the different strategies needed to transform libraries as a “Third Place”; (2) examine how libraries can improve their facilities, create new programs, develop collections, and upgrade their services; (3) recognize the role of libraries as agents of development by implementing formal, informal, and lifelong learning programs; (4) identify strategies on how libraries can work effectively with different stakeholders of society to develop, deliver, and sustain its programs, services, and access to information; and (5) identify functions and areas of collaboration for libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) as venues to promote personal, intellectual, cultural, and social development.

In line with this, we are inviting you to attend this year’s National Congress. There will be parallel sessions sponsored by sectoral library associations to discuss topics relevant to different type of libraries (i.e. academic, public, school, and special). Moreover, a Caucus and General Assembly will be held to present updates and provide a venue for discussion of concerns relating to the Association and to the profession in general. In addition, the Mindanao Book and Comics Fair will be held at the same venue during this time.

The Congress registration fees are as follows (accommodation is not included in any of these rates):

Regular Rate

(after 30 Sep 2016)

Early-bird Rate

(Payment must be deposited on or before 30 Sep 2016)

Non-PLAI Member P6,500 P6,000
PLAI Member P5,500 P5,000
                                             Inclusive of meals (3 lunches, 6 snacks, 1 fellowship dinner), Congress kit and certificate
Undergraduate Student               P2,500 P2,000
                                             Inclusive of meals (6 snacks only), Congress kit and certificate

Due to limited seats, online pre-registration is required at www.plai.org.ph/plaicongress2016/registration. Payment may be deposited to BDO Account No. 451 000 1102 under the Account name: Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. Deposit slip should be scanned and sent to nbot@plai.org.ph and should be presented during the Congress (original or photocopy). Official Receipt will be issued onsite at the registration which would start at 1:00 PM on 22 November 2016. Participants shall be responsible in booking their own accommodations. The local organizers may arrange for optional tours to local heritage sites, libraries, museums, and other places of interest in Davao City for a fee after the Congress.

Interested attendees may inquire with the following PLAI Officers:

  • PLAI 2015 National Board of Trustees                    nbot@plai.org.ph; plainbot2015@gmail.com
  • Elvira B. Lapuz                                                           Tel (02) 9818500  2865      Mobile 0998 9922267
  • Stephen B. Alayon                                                      Tel (033) 3307088                   Mobile 0919 4506688
  • Carina C. Samaniego                                                 Tel (02) 4266001  4172      Mobile 0908 8927810