28 March 2019
2019 RSCAO Mid-term Meeting held in Manila, Philippines
The National Library of the Philippines (NLP) hosted the 2019 Mid-year Meeting of IFLA – Regional Standing Committee on Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) on March 6-8, 2019. It was attended by Standing Committee: Sanjay Kumar Bihani, Chairperson; Tao Yang, Secretary; Takashi Nagatsuka, Information Coordinator; Members: Nor Edzan Che Nasir – Malaysia; Cendrella Habre – Lebanon; Premila Gamage - Sri Lanka; Dolores D. Carungui – Philippines. Regional Office was represented by National Library Board (Singapore) Deputy Chief Executive, Tay Ai Cheng and Janice Ow.
The Organizing Committee headed by NLP Director Cesar Gilbert Q. Adriano, Assistant Director Edgardo B. Quiros and Reference Division Chief/RSCAO Member Dolores D. Carungui did a great collaboration with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) through the Library Manager Nelia R. Balagapo who worked tirelessly for the holding of the activity at BSP, despite of the very tight security.
Assistant Governor Francisco G. Dakila, Jr. of the Monetary Policy Sub Sector, BSP graced the 1st day opening session. He warmly welcomed the delegates by expressing his appreciation on the importance of libraries on provision of access to information and proudly shared their own library programs and services. NLP Director Cesar Gilbert Q. Adriano, also warmly welcomed the delegates in his message and assured NLP’s full support of RSCAO, especially this mid-year meeting that NLP hosted. As such, he was very visible until the last day of the activity.
The meeting was a very productive meeting where the key important concerns of the Section were discussed apart from reports from different sub-regions, which include the A&O Open Session during the 2019 WLIC in Athens, Action Plans, IFLA’s Strategic Framework and other Section’s activities.
The meeting concluded with the holding of 1-day seminar on “Advancing Multiculturalism: Partnerships and Promotions”. Professor Emeritus Takashi Nagatsuka of Tsurumi University, Yokohama, Japan and Information Coordinator, RSCAO spoke on “A New Perspective of Public Libraries to Offer their Services to all Members of the Multicultural Society”.
Dr. Rina H. Diaron, National Commission on Culture and the Arts – National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCCA-NCLIS) Vice Head and Director of Libraries, St. Louis University, Baguio City spoke on “NCCA-NCLIS Initiatives on Multiculturalism”;
Ms. Arizza Ann S. Nocum, Founder of Kristiyano-Islam Peace (KRIS) Library delivered a very heartwarming personal experiences, aspirations and hopes for a peaceful, no discrimination type of community with her talk “Promoting Empathy and Peace Across Cultures”.
A demonstration/workshop was led by The Asia Foundation (TAF) Program Officer Mr. Reynald S. Ocampo on his topic “Promoting Books in Mother Tounge through Lety’s Read App”.
The seminar ended with the lecture of BSP Library Manager Ms. Nelia R.Balagapo, on “ Knowledge Resource Network: BSP’s Initiative on Knowledge Sharing, Networking and Collaborations”. Participants were also invited to have a quick tour at the BSP Library after the seminar.
RSCAO delegates were just so glad to meet Filipino librarians working in different types of libraries: public, academic, school and special. It was also an opportunity to meet officers of Philippine library associations led by Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) President Emma M. Rey. The Association of Librarians in the Public Sector Priscila P. Robles, Philippine Association of Academic and Research Libraries (PAARL) President Dr. Fernan Dizon and representatives of the Association of Special Libraries in the Philippines (ASLP) and the Philippine Association of School Libraries in the Philippines (PASLI).
The closing message was delivered by NLP Assistant Director Edgardo B. Quiros who re-assured that NLP would always be supportive of initiatives for the development/improvement of the profession, for Filipino librarians. He expressed his wish that there would be another or more IFLA activities to be held in the Philippines with joint/collaborative efforts.
Cultural tour was part of the itinerary, thus, the delegates took time for a quick, educative and meaningful visits at NLP and the National Museum of Natural History.
The 2019 RSCAO mid-term meeting was indeed a successful meeting. The Committee look forward to similar future productive meetings and collaborative works within Asia and Oceania region. Mabuhay!