Saturday, August 20, 2011


“Kultura Link : Libraries for Culture and the Arts” was launched last August 18, 2011 at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel. It was attended by librarians, heads of the different participating institutions, PLAI NBOT officers, Presidents and representatives of different Librarians Associations, NCCA staff, and NCCA committee and sub commitee heads.

“Kultura Link : Libraries for Culture and the Arts”is a flagship project of National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS. This is in consonance with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) thrust which is to address development through culture and the arts. This project involves university based libraries specifically:

1) University of the Philippines Diliman;
2) Aquinas University of Legaspi;
3) University of the Cordilleras;
4) Ateneo de Zamboanga University;
5) Cebu Institute of Technology;
6) Mindanao State University;
7) San Beda College;
8) University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos;
9) Visayas State University; and
10) Xavier University and;

Cultural agencies:
National Commission for Culture and the Arts;
National Historical Commission of the Philippines;
National Museum of the Philippines; and
The National Library of the Philippines

It should be noted then that the coverage of the project involves cultural agencies and university based libraries in the National Capital Region (NCR), Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

This project is envisioned to link libraries with culture and arts collection through collaborative and networking strategies among and between the cultural agencies and university based libraries. It likewise focuses on developing library information sources of the participating institutions and identifies location of cultural materials to serve the research needs of patrons. Finally, it would help the National Library fulfill its role of being the primary repository of the nation’s national heritage, thereby sustaining its very essence for being.

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