Keeping up with the latest archival innovations and practices, students and faculty of the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) of Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) actively participated in the prestigious UP LIS Congress 2024, held at the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Science Auditorium on April 27, 2024. 

The congress, themed “Safeguarding Knowledge: Preserving the Past, Embracing the Present, Anticipating the Future,” provided a vibrant forum for discussions, networking, and workshops where participants learned how to preserve materials with archival value, creating a phase box. 

Aside from the congress, HCDC-BLIS delegates went on an educational tour of several prominent libraries in Metro Manila, including the National Library of the Philippines, National Museum Center Library and Archives Section, DOST-STII Library, De La Salle Libraries, UST Miguel de Benavides Library, LPU Sotero H Laurel Academic Research Center, and NU Learning Resource Center. The visits allowed students to experience firsthand the variety of library settings and innovative practices in information and knowledge centers, enriching their understanding of modern librarianship.

First Year BLIS Student Jeramae Jalos expressed her admiration to the importance of the profession saying “Seeing innovative, valuable, and excellent library resources and services has inspired me to think about the future of libraries and information centers and my future as a Librarian. There is more to the librarianship profession that we cannot see inside our classrooms.”

Reflecting on the congress and library visits, BLIS Program Coordinator Isaval Mae C. Monterde noted that their participation in the UP LIS Congress and library tour provided the students and faculty with invaluable exposure to the breadth of the library and information science profession, emphasizing the importance of exposing the future librarians into the diverse library environment.