June 13, 2021

Cebu City, Philippines Public Library Celebrates First Anniversary of Being Open 24/7

From the Cebu Daily News:

Public librarian Rosario “Ruth” Chua says it was a cause for alarm among professionals in her field when technological advancements produced e-books and e-readers.

There was a projection on the death of libraries so librarians, like herself, carried out initiatives to encourage people to visit the libraries and avail of its services.

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This move has created a milestone for public libraries in the Philippines because it made Cebu City as the only place in the Philippines with a library that is open 24/7 with a [our emphasis] dedicated library staff and personnel.

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Library staff Marlon Onrejas recorded a total of 650 individuals, who visited the library from 8 a.m. of March 9 to 8 a.m. of March 10 based on registration records.

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After a year — from March 9, 2018 to March 9, 2019 — the number has grown to 129, 539 individuals.

The library only had 26,820 visitors in 2017.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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