American Shelves Road Show goes to the DOLE
Baldoz thanks Thomas Jefferson Information Center for knowledge-sharing initiative

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday expressed deep appreciation to the Thomas Jefferson Information Center (TJIC) of the United States of America Embassy in the Philippines for its latest project in knowledge-sharing and capacity building with the DOLE Library, one of its network of knowledge centers in the Philippines.

In her message at the Center’s American Shelves Road Show in the DOLE yesterday, Baldoz said the event is another big step towards capacitating the DOLE Library as a repository of knowledge and information about labor and employment.

“The upgrading of our DOLE Library’s Thomas Jefferson Shelf ensures that the DOLE Library, as a Knowledge Center, is plugged to past and current events, as well as to economic, political, and cultural developments happening in the United States, whose special relationship and friendship with the Philippines is not only unique, but the envy of many countries around the world.”

Assistant Secretary for Employment Facilitation and Manpower Development Rebecca J. Calzado, a strong supporter of the DOLE Library, read Baldoz’s message on her behald.

In her message, Baldoz, who is in Geneva to chair an important meeting on migration at the UN, conveyed her thanks to the Thomas Jefferson Information Center, expressing sincere thoughts of appreciation for the equipment and materials that the Center, under its American Shelves Road Show Project, bequeathed to DOLE Library’s American Shelf.

Undersecretary Danilo P. Cruz, the DOLE acting secretary, also thanked the US Embassy for the project.

Cultural Affairs Officer Ms. Kristine L. Kneedler of the US Embassy in Manila, and Thomas Jefferson Information Center Director Gianina Angela Celine O. Cabanilla, handed to the DOLE Library the library merchandise during the event.

Cabanilla presented an overview of the TJIC’s activities and services covering such topics as the American Spaces and TJIC’s Social Media;  Education USA Student Advising Service; e-library USA Database; Youth Outreach Program; IIP Materials;  Higher Education Resources; and American Corners and Shelves.

The DOLE Library, long a partner of the TJIC, is under the DOLE’s Labor Communications Office. It is managed by a three-personnel library staff headed by Chief Librarian Maria Teresa M. Cabance.

Baldoz gave importance to the DOLE Library’s tasks and functions as the core to a broader DOLE knowledge center on labor and employment envisioned for the future.

“It may be a small library compared to other libraries, but size is relative, for its clientele include movers and shakers in the world of work and the workers themselves,” Baldoz said.

She emphasized that the DOLE Library plays a very important role in building the sinews of this country through labor market information and other essential resources and materials on labor and employment.

“The link between the Library and the Thomas Jefferson Information Center would serve to deepen the understanding of the American and Filipino peoples about each other, even as I urge the DOLE Library to offer and promote better services for the benefit of more Filipinos,” Baldoz, in closing, said.

For any inquiries about this release, please call the DOLE Library at tel. no. 527-3000 local 113.


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