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Home NEWS Events Filipinas Heritage Library hosts 3rd LibraryLink Conference

Filipinas Heritage Library hosts 3rd LibraryLink Conference

In today’s increasingly fast-paced and digital world, relevant issues concerning librarianship and information services are prevalent. The intellectual property rights (IPR) of authors, publishers, and copyright owners are continuously violated due to the availability of copying, scanning, and Internet technologies in the country.

The responsible use of these technologies and respect for IPR were the focus of the 3rd LibraryLink Conference entitled Beyond Librarianship: Information as a Way of Life.

The conference, held from October 17-19 at the Filipinas Heritage Library, served as a venue for lectures and conversations on librarianship among various stakeholders including researchers, library professionals, plus representatives from the publishing industry and the academe.

National Library of the Philippines Director Atty. Antonio Santos was the event’s keynote speaker.

Other speakers included Lowe Philippines President and Chief Creative Officer Leigh Reyes, National Book Development Board Executive Director Andrea Pasion-Flores, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Philippine Daily Inquirer Director for Mobile and Books JV Rufino, TradeChannel Philippines Managing Director Nelson Co, and USA Department of State Information Relations Officer Myra Michele Brown.

They led discussions on the relevance of libraries and librarians in the digital age, social media and information overload, and how libraries can take advantage of social media and applications.

In addition, representatives from the Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society Inc. (FILCOLS): Executive Director Alvin Buenaventura, Executive Officer for Licensing Napoleon Almonte, and Executive Director for Membership Beverly Sy, also spoke during the conference.  

FILCOLS, under the leadership of Chairperson Virgilio Almario, is the national reproduction rights organization of the Philippines. It is a nonprofit organization for authors, publishers, and other copyright owners. The Filipinas Heritage Library seeks to become the first local private library accredited by the organization.