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LibraryLink Conference on Preservation held at FHL

On August 25 to 27, the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) hosted The 2nd LibraryLink Conference with the theme “Preservation: Trends and Challenges” held at the Reading Room of FHL in Makati City.

LibraryLink is the online union catalogue of over 100 Filipiniana libraries in the country.  It aims to provide one point of entry for researchers searching Filipiniana resources.  It also seeks to provide a venue for interaction, especially among library professionals, through seminars promoting awareness of significant skills and developments in the library profession.  The 1st LibraryLink Conference (Connect to Evolve) was held on August 21-23, 2008.

The objectives of the 2nd LibraryLink Conference were to raise awareness of the significance of archival work; to emphasize the role of the librarian in preserving, conserving, and protecting the natural cultural heritage, paper-based and other materials, and "preserving" the impact of libraries and books; and to explain the issues related to digital archiving and the preservation of library/archival materials.

The conference commenced with the discussion of the National Cultural Heritage Act by representatives from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA):  Maria Lourdes Jacob (Executive Director) and Bernan Joseph Corpuz (Head, Planning and Policy Office). Ma. Bernardita Reyes, Assistant Director of the Archdiocesan Archives of Manila Conservation Laboratory discussed “Paper conservation for libraries and archives” with a short demonstration.

On the second day, Sonia Gementiza (Director, DLSU-Dasmariñas Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo) gave an overview of Resource Description and Access (RDA), a new cataloging standard designed for the digital environment.  On the other hand, former DLSU Library Director and University Archivist Fe Angela Verzosa talked about “Developing technological competencies and skills of librarians.”

The third day included discussions on “The impact of e-readers to libraries” by Zarah Gagatiga, librarian and reading/literacy advocate; “Digitization: a method of preserving library resources” by Edgardo Quiros, IT Officer of The National Library; and “Audiovisual (AV) archiving in the tropics” by Ricky Orellana, head of the Mowelfund Film Institute Audiovisual Archive.

The three-day conference was joined by representatives from Metro Manila, Tuguegarao, La Union, Pangasinan, Cavite, Laguna, Naga, Cebu, Bohol, and Ozamiz City.  It was supported by The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).  To know more about LibraryLink and to browse through its online union catalogue, log on to