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Library Associations, Websites
and Missed Opportunities

In "Bookfair Website and Special Events," I listed the special events taking place at the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) last year. This year's MIBF website doesn't have a page devoted to special events, but UPLSAA has a list of the ones that will probably appeal to librarians.

I was going to take the list and improve on it by linking to the sponsors' websites, but looking for the different sites just reminded me that library associations in the Philippines aren't quite as "wired" as I hoped they would be.

UPLSAA and ASLP are the only ones that I could find that have pages devoted to the events they are sponsoring. PAARL has a website, but it doesn't seem to have been updated in the last few months. MAHLAP's website hasn't been updated in more than a year. And PLAI, the PRC-accredited organization for librarians, doesn't even have a website.

Anyway, here's the very short list of MIBF events that have put more than just titles and times, if at all, on their websites:

Sparking the Filipino's Imagination : nation-building through library excellence, a culture of reading, and inspiring Filipino stories
Speaker: Fr. Ted Gonzalez, SJ
Date: 31 August 2006, 10:00 am
Place: Function Room B, World Trade Center, Pasay City
Sponsor: University of the Philippines Library Science Alumni Association (UPLSAA)

For registration fees, further inquiries, or to download the invitation, click here. For more about the speaker, click here.
The Role of Blogging in Librarianship: Pros and Cons
Speaker: Ms. Zarah Gagatiga
Date: 31 August 2006, 1:00 pm
Place: Function Room B, World Trade Center, Pasay City
Sponsor: Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP)

For more information, click here.

But the "missed opportunities" in the title of this post aren't just related to the MIBF. As I've learned since I started this blog, there is so much more that an online presence can contribute to improving relations with the communities we serve and the development of our profession in the context of those communities.

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