PAARL - Seoul-Searching South Korea Library Tour
For this year, PAARL's library benchmarking tour will be in Jeju and Seoul, South Korea from 12-19 October 2014 (Sunday to Sunday).
Why Jeju? Because the annual OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Conference will take place in Jeju, South Korea on 13-14 October. With nearly 300 participants in previous conferences from 16+ countries in the Asia Pacific region such as Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States, library leaders meet, discuss, and work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.
Registration fee to attend the conference is free, but travel /accommodation is at participant's expense. Optional library visits or tour of Jeju is scheduled on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The conference venue is Jeju Grand Hotel.
Download the invitation here: http://www.slideshare.net/PAARLOnline/invitation-letter-to-oclc
The second part of the 8-day event is a tour of must-visit libraries and academic institutions in Jeju and Seoul.
The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. will be conducting a four-day international benchmarking tour of libraries and cultural places in Seoul, Korea on 16-19 October 2014. The objectives of this benchmarking are:
1. To benchmark and observe the best practices in technological, space-planning and infrastructure development in selected Korean libraries;
2. To learn new trends and concepts of library services from selected Korean libraries;
3. To foster professional and cultural exchange between Filipino and Korean librarians;
4. To establish a linkage among Korean Libraries for future collaborative undertakings in the Region.
A separate travel package for Seoul to include airfare (Manila-Seoul-Manila), accommodation (4D/3N from Oct 16-19), full board (breakfast-lunch-dinner), library visits, and sight-seeing tours (in an air-conditioned coach with English-speaking tour guide) is being finalized. Details and costs to follow.