CPU Graduate School Associate Professor and consultant for the Henry Luce III Library, Dr. Reysa Alenzuela, joined the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) first online national congress as a speaker. She spoke on the topic “Virtual Assistants in Learning Support in Online Engagement: academic libraries respond to COVID-19 pandemic.”
She talked about Bertha, our online virtual library assistant, and the library’s experiences and practices on social media. Her talk was also about online library ‘virtual assistants’ of academic libraries in Western Visayas and how they were used as a library service in the new normal. Virtual assistants and online engagement in social media were discussed as well.
The PLAI national congress is the biggest annual gathering of librarians all over the Philippines. However, due to the pandemic, the conference had been moved online. It was supposed to be held in Iloilo City this year.
The PLAI online congress was held last November 24-27, 2020. The theme is “Libraries as Catalysts in the New Normal environment: changes, reforms, transformations.”