The DLSU Libraries ended the 3-day Green Spine Book Fair 2014 held at the Learning Commons, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall last August 14.
The annual event centered on the theme “Creating Synergy, Finding a Parallel Place for Print, eBooks and Human Books in Academic Libraries” on its third year.
The organizers invited 20 different book companies and publishers as exhibitors for this year’s event. Members of the University were invited and even encouraged to select books and other materials, including both print and online publications, from the different stalls.
Several events were also held during the fair, including book launchings, lectures, and a symposium. The DLSU Libraries also debuted photo and video contests open for all.
On August 14, first Human Library in the Philippines was also launched. Originally a project from Denmark, it is the first of its kind in the country. Different human books made up the Human Library, which allowed ‘readers’ or users to interact with them. The human books volunteered to represent the different people subject to prejudices and stereotypical biases, such as the LGBT community, teenage mothers, tattooed men, among others.
The Book Fair was held to “promote the culture of reading for better education and self-empowerment.” In addition, the fair was launched to support the Turn One into a Million book drive project of the DLSU Libraries, which aims for the library collection to reach a million resources.