The Carlos P. Romulo Library of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) hosted the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc’s (ASLP) 66th General Assembly and Induction of 2020 Executive Board Members last 16 January 2020. Chief of Mission II and FSI Officer-in-Charge (Director-General) Celeste Vinzon-Balatbat welcomed the officers and members of ASLP.
In her welcome remarks, OIC Balatbat highlighted the important role of libraries and librarians in these changing times. She said that Libraries must be able to provide resources that are factual and librarians must be able to help guide its researchers and other custodians of knowledge and allies in the battle against misinformation. She also acknowledged libraries as repositories ofbinformation on our history for future generations. She cited the example of inquiries being received by one of the member museums and libraries on Taal Volcano.
ASLP was established in 1954, taking the place of the Philippine Council for US Aid (PHILCUSA), which initiates the rehabilitation progress of disorganized libraries. From a membership composed of only government agency librarians, it has grown to include also librarian working in special libraries both in academic and private institutions. ASLP has been recognized as the second oldest national library association in the Philippines.