INELI-ASEAN Midway Meetings in Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam
by Xenia B. Romero, Asst. Project Director, INELI-ASEAN Project
The National Library of the Philippines (NLP) successfully conducted two (2) midway meetings of the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators-Association of Southeast Asian Nation (INELI-ASEAN) Project in Indonesia on April 25-27, 2017 and in Brunei Darussalam on May 22-24, 2017. The 32 emerging public librarians in the ASEAN region were divided into two (2) groups and were given opportunities to have a face-to-face encounter with their co-Innovators. The first group attended the midway meeting in Indonesia, while the other group attended the one in Brunei Darussalam.
These midway meetings aimed to fulfill the following objectives: a) augment the learnings gained from the online learning modules and create opportunities for personal reflection, amid issues and crises; b) discuss aspects of the INELI-ASEAN program that they wanted more information; c) talk about the innovations/activities they are implementing in their own libraries, along with its successes and learnings, and how the INELI-ASEAN program had supported them in doing so; and, d) follow-up activities from the Singapore Convening (i.e. collaborative projects, online learning module participation, etc.) and address concerns.
To achieve the said objectives, NLP, thru the INELI-ASEAN Project Team, designed the program of activities with various workshops. It started by recalling on the agreements made during the 2nd Convening held in Singapore last September 2016. Each Innovator was as well given an opportunity to present and deliver the impact of the Project on their personal and professional lives, including the learnings they gained from it. They were also given a chance to share their future plans, programs, and perspectives before and after the project ends. In addition, a Leadership Workshop was also conducted in preparation for their forthcoming online learning module on the same topic. Status of the Innovator’s deliverables in the online modules were also presented as a way to remind them of their participation in the online activities. Module Completers were given recognition and everyone was encouraged to be more participative in sharing and expressing their thoughts and ideas in the online discussion forums. Innovators were also assisted to create action plan and determine their future directions in the project.
The Association of Public Libraries Information Network (APLiN) Executive Board was likewise established during the Midway Meeting held in Indonesia. Members of the APLiN Executive Board were: President, Blesila Velasco (Philippines); Vice-President, Wan Mazli Bin Wan Razali (Malaysia); Secretary, Punnpa Suksakorn (Thailand); Treasurer, Maria Vida C. Aparicio (Philippines); Auditor, Mao Kolap (Cambodia); P.R.O., Dayangku Hajah Masdiana Pengiran Haji Damit ( Brunei Darussalam); Board of Directors, Irhamni (Indonesia), Khanphathat Manotham (Laos), Aung Than Htut (Myanmar), and Tran My Dung (Viet Nam). The first APLiN Executive Board meeting was also held thereafter.
Feedbacks from the participants on the impact of this Project further motivated the NLP to continue to design and organize relevant activities for the personal and professional benefits of the Innovators. These midway meetings were additional activities of the three (3)-year implementation of the INELI-ASEAN project of the NLP, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and were organized in response to the requests of the Innovators to have more personal interaction with their fellow innovators and members of the team to address issues and concerns about their participation, their requirements, collaborative projects, and others.