TO motivate other libraries and fellow librarians, the Quezon City Public Library shared its transformation and success story at the recent general assembly and national congress of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.
The QCPL has been serving QC residents for over 70 years but it is not until 2016, at the start of Mayor Herbert Bautista’s third and last term, that the library was recognized as the premier public library in the country.
QCPL chief librarian Emelita L. Villanueva said negative perceptions about libraries became their motivation to persevere and provide better services for QC residents.
“We at QCPL used these perceptions to public libraries as a motivation and opportunity [to prove] that being a public librarian is not a bad thing and we can do something to uplift and influence, and even transform the lives of our clients,” Villanueva said.
The state-of-the-art QC Public Library building, which was opened in 2016, is a product of the city government and librarians’ hard work, Villanueva said.
Villanueva added that QCPL’s guiding principles of 4Ps (prayer, passion, perseverance, right people) helped the local the library in achieving success.
Mayor Herbert Bautista, Villanueva explained, is very supportive in transforming the library and improving its facilities for their clients.
“Yung ginawa niya para sa library ay hindi matatawaran dahil noong ma-improve lalo at nadagdagan ang aming facilities, nakilala ang public libraries, particularly ng QC,” Villanueva said.
PLAI president Michael A. Pinto for his part said QCPL should serve as a model for all public libraries in the country.
“Ang Quezon City Public Library, I must say, is actually the premier public library in the Philippines right now. Si Mayor, nakita niya ‘yung set-up ng public libraries sa ibang bansa. Noong bumalik siya, sabi niya, ‘gusto natin ng ganito’. Now, the dream became reality,” Pinto explained.
“Iurge everyone, lalo na ‘yung working in public libraries, toimplement innovative projects na nakakatulong sa mga mamamayan, likewhat the QCPL is doing right now,” Pinto added.