1st Convening of the INELI-ASEAN Project

1st Convening of the INELI-ASEAN Project

by: Melody Madrid, National Library of the Philippines

The 1st Convening of the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) – Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Project, generously hosted by the National Library of Malaysia, was held last 21 to 24 October 2015 at Pullman Hotel City Center, Kuala Lumpur.  The Opening Ceremony and the Welcome Dinner was graced by the Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture, Honorable Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, and the Malaysian National Library Director-General Hajah Nafisah Binti Ahmad. There were cultural presentations, exchanging of gifts, and audio visual presentations.

The INELI-ASEAN Project, which started last May 2015, is implemented by the National Library of the Philippines and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Global Libraries Initiative. The INELI-ASEAN is a project that envisions to create a regional and vibrant network of emerging public library leaders that enhances their leadership skills, builds their leadership capacities, and fosters collaboration and strong partnership.

There were sixty five (65) participants who attended the 1st Convening.  This consists of ten (10) mentors from the ASEAN Member States, five; five (5) mentors from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, and South Africa; thirty-six (36) innovators from the ten (10) ASEAN Member States; two (2) Learning Facilitators, and; the rest are from the INELI-ASEAN Secretariat.

The 1st Convening was a venue to introduce the innovators, sponsors, mentors, and Steering Committee to each other and to form the foundation for the evolving network. All participants were invited to give a presentation about themselves, their countries, and their library services. After the two-day workshop that includes meeting the Sponsors and Mentors of the INELI- ASEAN Project, sessions on Online Learning Modules, Self-Development Plans, and Collaborative Projects; site visits and library tours were also conducted to the two (2) libraries in Malaysia, namely, the Selangor State Library and the National Library Malaysia, to further enhance the knowledge of the participants on innovative operations and services in libraries.

The INELI-ASEAN Project is the brainchild of the late National Library Director, Atty.  Antonio M. Santos, whose confidence in the relevance and value of the Project is coupled with his unwavering commitment and support until the very end.  The INELI-ASEAN Team is likewise demonstrating the same unwavering commitment to the Project to achieve its purpose and carry on the legacy of the late Director.