There was no commemorative program or any fanfare when the library marked its 128th anniversary on Aug. 12, but that’s because retrofitting works to make the structure more earthquake-proof had been going on in phases since 2013, according to NLP Director Antonio Santos.
In 2003, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) partnered with the NLP, University of the Philippines, Commission on Higher Education, and the Department of Agriculture to form the country’s first electronic library, the “e-Lib.” The subscription-based e-Lib serves as an online repository of more than a million bibliographic records, restored and digitized Filipiana materials and other online resources. Its main data center is housed at the National Library.
Another DOST-NLP partnership expanded Starbooks (Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station), a digital library of both foreign and local science and technology resources which can be accessed without Internet connectivity. The DOST aims to keep NLP librarians abreast with its rich sci-tech content.
With a staff of 170 handling 10 divisions, the National Library (which is under the National Commission for Culture and the Arts) was given a budget of P270.2 million [$5.85 million/USD] this year, up from P194.27 million in 2014.
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