What is the state of librarianship in the Philipines? I think the fact that PLAI and PATLS do not have websites says a lot about “Philippine librarianship in the 21st century.” And of those librarians’ associations that do have websites, some have not been updated in years. There seems to be a disconnect between what has been said—and will continue to be said—at seminars and conferences about the skills librarians need today and what is actually being done by those responsible for the continuing education of professional librarians and current and future LIS students.
Prompting Arnold to comment:
The same, when you left. The same ten years ago. The same for God knows how long ago.
– Same people running the different professional associations.
– Same people delivering lectures/talk about almost the same “emerging trends” topics
At the very beginning of STRLC blog existence, we helped in the promotion/marketing of other librarians associations seminars, conferences, fora, activities, etc. and never seen them as competitor in providing for the professional growth and continuing education of our colleagues but rather as a partner in creating a critical mass of highly motivated individuals to propel the association to greater heights 3-5 years from now.
Although a group within STRLC viewed & insisted that our blog exist purely for strlc sponsored activities and not to serve as other association marketing machine (READ: cpe provider competitor). We resisted this myopic view and persevered to post other associations events hoping that someday a critical mass of participants will be created.
We are even a trailblazer for posting immediately online the conference ppt and made this open access to all interested colleagues and forfeiting an opportunity to re-use the material for another paid conference or fora. We believe and continue to believe that posting those ppt online far outweight the monetary gain we will get to the immediate and unquantifiable need of other colleagues not able to attend said activity to improve their professional knowledge & competence.
We believed that forming a critical mass of technologically aware and inclined members will save the day for the association soon atleast initially in the Southern Tagalog Region. We hope that this linking will instill awareness on every member of the association to take an active role in moving out from the “old culture” and be a part of the “emerging culture of excellence in the profession” in a more collaborative, transparent, and collegial way (RBManlangit and AGAnday)
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