National Library modernization pushed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 01 2015 07:17 PM

MANILA - A lawmaker filed a bill seeking to modernize the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) to promote the intellectual and cultural development of Filipinos through reading.

Manila 2nd District Rep. Carlo V. Lopez filed House Bill 4454, which determines and defines the services and functions of the NLP as a service-oriented institution, making it more competitive especially in the digital age.

The bill also aims to empover the NLP to undertake related cultural activities under the provisions of Republic Act 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.

Lopez also said that based on said law, the "National Library of the Philippines shall be responsible for rare and significant contemporary Philippine books, manuscripts such as, but not limited to presidential papers, periodicals, newspapers, singly or in collection, and libraries and electronic records."

"The NLP shall be the lead library in promoting digital services online, especially in the field of publishing works online and continuous conduct of research on Philippine libraries and librarianship," Lopez said.

Lopez also said RA 10066 mandates the NLP to serve as a mediator of the public's information needs, with the government creating national policies regarding libraries and their services.

Under the proposed "National Library of the Philippines Modernization Act," the NLP shall have seven divisions, each headed by a division chief who shall develop and implement plans and programs for the division.

The seven divisions are the Reader Service Division (RSD), the Digital Library Services (DLS), Technical Services Division (TSD), the Information Technology Division (ITD), the Copyright Division, the Public Libraries Division and the Finance and Administrative Division.

The RSD is in charge of providing information, reference, and research services and resources to library users. It shall also maintain the reading room services and other library materials in the NLP.

The DLS, on the other hand, is in charge of providing non-traditional information services to readers. The division will be composed of two sections, the Differently Abled Services Section and the Multimedia Section.

The other divisions will also aid in modernizing the National Library by making information more accessible to the public.