Outstanding Librarian Awardee: R. Ramachandran

March 26, 2006


R. Ramachandran began his career as a librarian in Singapore in 1969 and served as Education Officer; Head of Branch Library; Head of Technical Services; Deputy Director of Reference and Support Services; Director, National Library; Deputy Chief Executive, National Library Board; Secretary General, CONSAL; and Secretary General, IFLA. He retired in 2004, and is currently the Executive Director of the National Book Development Council of Singapore.

In 1996, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) for his outstanding contribution to library development in Singapore. In 2001, he received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the President of Singapore.

Previous Consal Outstanding Librarians are Dato Zaiton Osman (2003) and Antonio M. Santos (2002).


The photo is from the IFLA website.


Day 3: Monday, March 27

March 26, 2006

7:00 Registration


Opening Ceremonies

Keynote Address:

Alberto G. Romulo
Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

Opening of Library and Book Fair

Guests of Honor:

Alberto G. Romulo
Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

Alex Byrne
President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Tai Ai Cheng
Secretary General, Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians

12:00 Lunch Break


13:00 Sessions 1 to 4

Collaboration in Resource Sharing Among Malaysian Academic Libraries in a Digital Environment
Harvinder Kaur, Kiran Kaur, Diljit Singh

Resource Sharing Initiatives in India
Praveen Kumar Jain, P.R. Goswami

Local Cooperative Programs: the Example of Asian Libraries in Melbourne
Aline Scott-Maxwell

Marketing Communication Strategy for Community Libraries in Indonesia
Ninis A. Damayani

Open Forum

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Sessions 5 to 8

Content-Capacity-Connectivity-Copyright: Hurdles to Equality
Cameron Esslemont

Library Cooperation in Visayas and Mindanao
Annabelle P. Acedera

Professional Education for Librarians and Information Professionals in ASEAN Countries via Distance Education: A Proposed Regional Cooperation
Chutima Sacchanand

A Qualitative Analysis of Libraries in Southeast Asia: Commonalities, Challenges, and Opportunities for Regional Cooperation
John Hickok

Open Forum

18:00 GALA NIGHT / WELCOME DINNER (Invitation Only)

Inspirational Message

Alex Byrne
President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Consal Outstanding Librarian Awardee

R. Ramachandran
Executive Director, National Book Development Council of Singapore

Day 2: Sunday, March 26

March 26, 2006

Venue: EDSA Shangri-la Hotel

8:00 Meeting: CONSAL XIII Executive Board

12:00 Fellowship Luncheon

13:00 Meetings:

Conference of Directors of National Libraries from Asia and Oceania
CONSAL XIII Organizing Committee

19:00 Fellowship Dinner

Note: Admission to these events are limited to committee members or invited guests.

Day 1: Saturday, March 25

March 24, 2006

Venue: Dela Salle University Cybernook Library

7:30 Registration


Digital Inclusion – Deploying and Managing Digital Collections to Remote Communities
Cameron Esslemont

12:00 Lunch Break


Open Access Scholarly Databases
Peter Jacso

Note: Only the first 50 participants to register for each of the free pre-conference workshops may be accommodated at the venue.

Malls, Banks, Etc.

March 24, 2006

EDSA Shangri-la Hotel

Welcome to the Philippines!

CONSAL participants who have plenty of spare time this weekend after the pre-conference workshops need not be bored. The organizers couldn’t have chosen a better place to hold the conference. EDSA Shangri-la Hotel (see photo above) is surrounded by malls, all within walking distance.

Just across the hotel is Shangri-la Plaza (in photo, to the left of hotel), across this mall is EDSA Central and to its west is Starmall. And then there’s SM Megamall (in photo, to the right of hotel), a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Farther down the street is Robinson’s Galleria. At the back of Megamall is the upscale mall Podium.

Most of these malls have banks, should participants want to avail of foreign exchange services but outside banking hours there are legitimate money changers in these malls.

If you’re not sure how to get to these places, don’t hesitate to approach any member of the reception or guest relations committees. Or use MapCentral to find out where all these places are on a map.

Enjoy your stay!


March 20, 2006

Welcome to the Consal XIII blog!

This will serve as the online newsletter for the General Conference. News about the conference, reviews of sessions, and tips for making the most of the conference and your visit to Manila will be posted here.

For more information about the conference, please see the official Consal XIII website. To find out more about the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (Consal), please see the Consal website.

Note: “Mabuhay? is a Filipino word that is commonly used to welcome a guest, but more properly means that the person saying it wishes the object of the greeting a long life.