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Manila International Bookfair 2007:
Seminars for Librarians

The list below is based on the one provided on the official website of the Manila International Bookfair (MIBF). Additional information has been provided based on emails I have received. If no speaker or price is indicated, this means that no other information could be found. Please note, though, that my name also appears on the MIBF site as a speaker (?) for an event that I have not been invited to attend. This tells me that the MIBF list will probably still change.

DAY 1 August 29, 2007 - Wednesday
Marketing Strategies for School Librarians
Speakers: Ellinor Ferriol, Mercedes Vijandre
UP Library Science Alumni Association (UPLSAA)
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 NN
Function Room A
Cost: P150 (non-members), P100 (members) and P50 (undergraduate students)

User Education and Information Literacy: Current Practices and Innovative Strategies
Speaker: Fe Angela M. Verzosa
Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL)
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 NN
Function Room B
Cost: P150 (non-members), P100 (members) and P50 (library science students)

Empowering Libraries: The Effect of Modernization and Emerging Technologies in the Philippines
Speaker: Corazon M. Nera
C & E Publishing, Inc.
1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M
Function Room A
Cost: Free

Developing a Standardized Curriculum for the Graduate Program in Library and Information Science
Philippine Association of Teachers of Library Science (PATLS)
1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Function Room C
DAY 2 August 30, 2007 - Thursday
Intellectual Property Rights: Issues and Concerns in Health Sciences Libraries
Speaker: Elizabeth Pulumbarit
Medical & Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP)
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 NN
Function Room B

Preparing Your Libraries for Emergencies and Disasters
Speaker: Heather Mansell
Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), National Book Store and Anvil Publishing, Inc.
10:00 A.M. - 1:30 NN
Function Room C
Cost: P100 (professionals) and P50 (students)

Children, Teens and Reading in the Time of IT
Speaker: Zarah Grace Gagatiga
Powerbooks Inc.
3:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Function Room A
Cost: Free
DAY 3 August 31, 2007 - Friday
Webliography: On-line Access to Information Sources
Speaker: Marita G. Valerio
Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP)
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 NN
Function Room B
Cost: P150 (non-members), P100 (members) and P50 (students)
What is the state of librarianship in the Philippines? 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.

True, updated websites alone are not enough to pass judgment on the state of a profession. But people still, in fact, do judge books by their covers. And websites that don't exist or haven't been updated in a long while are not much different from librarians who are taken for granted by administrators because they hardly ever speak up about their accomplishments.

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