Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Ang Batang Palabasa Nagiging Dalubhasa sa Kultura"

This year, the theme of National Book Week Celebration in the Philippines is "Ang Batang Palabasa Nagiging Dalubhasa sa Kultura." (Source:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

4th Comprehensive Training Course for users of Follett Circulation/Cataloging in the Philippines on August 19 to 22, 2008

Electronic Information Solutions, Inc. will hold its 4th Comprehensive Training Course for users of Follett Circulation/Cataloging in the Philippines with this year’s theme “Sustaining the Needs of Filipino Librarians for Proper Library Management with the use of Follett CirCat system”. Cebu Doctors University (CDU) is host to this event. The training will be held at College Internet Room, CDU, Mandaue City, Cebu on August 19 to 22, 2008.

The training will include in-depth lectures and workshops with the following objectives:
1) To enable the participants to have a full knowledge on the entire functionality of Follett CirCat system and maximize the use of the whole system in different ways.

2) To train all the Follett CirCat users with the use of information technology for proper library management in order to assess their needs and interest.

3) To encourage the participants on the new features of Follett CirCat system keeping abreast with the advancing technology for libraries.
4) To interact, understand, and foster camaraderie among Filipino librarians especially among Follett CirCat users.

The training will deal with Follett software feature updates up to version 6.4, software setup and operations including MARC 21, Reports and Statistics, Cataloging Power, Circulation, Data Conversion, System Administration, and topics on Integrating OPAC with e-journals. Our Trainer is an experienced Follett user from one of our pioneer Follett installations in the country assisted by EISI software specialist.

The first comprehensive course was held at De la Salle - College of St. Benilde in Manila in 1999 with Mr. Larry Gilbert of Follett as main trainer. The second edition was held at De la Salle - Zobel in Alabang, Muntinlupa last 2001 with Ms. Sarah Escandor as main trainer. The third edition was held at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro last 2005. This forthcoming training will help users from our Follett installations nationwide on how to maximize the benefits of the software to their library. Librarians and MIS personnel from Follett sites throughout the Philippines are expected to attend the course.

For more information about this training visit the EISI website at

Please click for online registration and further information


INFOLIB is on the net

Infolib is a free integrated library system with a growing user community. It is designed to provide library and information management solutions for small libraries and other non-profit entities with ten thousand or less records. Equipped with its basic modules:

Periodical Articles Index

It provides much of the functionality of traditional online catalogs. Each module can be added or deleted and is relatively easy to configure and use even with little or no training. The modules will function efficiently and will work in an integrated fashion since encoding of record is done only once and all modules have access to the same database.


HERDIN NeON Database

Dear Colleagues:

May I invite you to visit/bookmark a specialized network of documentation and information centers engaged in health research and development activities. Herdin hosts electronic collection or database of bibliographic entries
of published and unpublished health researches in the Philippines in cooperation with other member-institutions. You are also encouraged to add to our database through the NeON (Network of Networks) program. Please read our FAQ page at§ionid=2&id=2&Itemid= 25

Please contact our office for information/ seminar/ trainings regarding using the NeON program from your respective offices at (02) 837-7534.

============ ========= ========= =

============ ========= ========= =
Professional Librarian
Registration No.: 0005217
Expiration Date: October 2010

Professional Teacher
Registration No.: 0853761
Expiration Date: October 2010

Contact Details: 09208117518

============ ========= ========= =

PLAI-Central Luzon Region Librarians Council Forum on August 29, 2008

Dear Colleagues and Friends !

Warm greetings !

The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. Central Luzon Region Librarians Council, in cooperation with Holy Angel University, is pleased to invite you to a forum on " Libraries and Librarians: their roles as tools for research" on August 29, 2008, Friday, 8:00 A.M. at Holy Angel Library, Angeles City, Pampanga. Invited resource speaker is Dr. Felixberto M. Mercado, Director, Research and Publication Center, Manuel Enverga University Foundation, Lucena City.

The forum aims to provide librarians, teacher-librarians, students and other information managers a much clearer understanding of the roles of libraries and librarians in the current learning and research environment.

There will be a registration fee of P200.00 for librarians, teacher-librarians, and other information managers and P100.00 for students to cover certificates and snacks.

For inquiries, please contact the undersigned or any of the Officers/Directors of the association.

Yours truly,

Teresita Dj Magbag
Vice Chair/ Conference Chair

Noted by:

Rodolfo J. San Agustin

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Relegation of Information Sources: The SMU Experience by David A. Cabonero

Due to the impact of accreditation and other factors, the organization of collection in the stack room are also affected and challenged. Accreditors or Members of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Panel would like to check the latest acquisitions in the library particularly those that are filed in the shelves. Furthermore, administrators, faculty and students are also looking for new materials in the shelves. To easily locate these materials, the library may adapt "Relegation of Information Sources."

What is "relegation of information sources"? It is the grouping of information sources according to date of publication. In Saint Mary's University, the books are grouped into:

A) Books dated 1989 and earlier
B) Books dated 1990 and above

Some sections also adapt the following relegation:

A) Books dated 1969 and earlier
B) Books dated 1970-1989
C) Books dated 1990 and above

The advantages of relegation:
1) Library users can easily locate new materials;
2) Obsolete books are separated for weeding purposes

The problems of relegation:
1) Some users are confused in the arrangement of collection.
2) Sometimes, materials are mixed with the old and new.

1) Circulate a memo explaining the new arrangement of books in the shelves.
2) Reading of the shelves must be done regularly.
3) Provide signages in a conspicuous places.
4) Explain relegation of information sources during library orientation.
5) Conduct research on this aspect of the library.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

DACUN Conference on August 13-15, 2008 in Davao City

Davao Colleges and Universities Network (DACUN) through its Library Committee, and Mindanao Alliance of Educators in Library arid Information Science (MAELIS) cordially invite you to the 2nd Phil-BIST (Book, Information Science and Technology) Conference and Fair on August 13-15, 2008 at the newly-built and furnished, fully air-conditioned Theatre Room, Philippine Women College, University Avenue, Juna Subdivision, Davao City.

Our theme for this year is "EMERGING LANDSCAPE, MINDSCAPE AND NETSCAPE OF THE PhILIPPINE BOOKS, INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR QUALITY SERVICES" with the objective of providing an annual venue where professors, information managers and specialists, government planners, private sector advocates, and industry players exchange professional agenda to improve the educational and academic landscape in Davao, the Mindanao region and the Philippines in general towards transforming higher education institutions with a cutting-edge in this globally competitive knowledge society.

The Conference and Fair also affords faculty members and other professionals the live selection of content and information technology applications and system ever held in Mindanao and outside of the national capital.


Monday, July 7, 2008


2-day seminar-workshop, September 10-11, 2008
Library Conference Room, Edilberto P. Dagot Hall
Philippine NormalUniversity.
Taft Avenue, Manila

Ms. Brinerdine Alejandrino, Thomas Jefferson Information Center
Ms. Perla Garcia, former Board for Librarians Chair & DLSU-Manila Library Director
Ms. Elvira Lapuz, University of the Philippines-Diliman

* information literacy across all library types with assessment practices
* information literacy power packages for Library 1.0 and Library 2.0
* information literacy plans and customer competencies plus information literacy package/program formulation.

To share and enrich the knowledge of fellow professionals and library personnel on information literacy with customers¢ competencies in mind through authentic learning by:
(1) introducing information literacy as a power tool in the discovery for best practices enriching customers¢ library experience;
(2) apply professional assessment procedures in upgrading customers¢ information literacy; and
(3) create relevant library information literacy plans and packages.

Sponsored by: The PNU-LISAA, Inc., A Caring Alumni Group

FEE & DISCOUNTS: Three Thousand Pesos (Php 3,000.00) which will cover seminar kits, handouts, certificate of participation, certificate of appearance, snacks and lunches.

Reservation with partial payments of One Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (Php 1,500.00) on or before July 31, 2008 entails a ten-percent discount. Please make a check payable to Philippine Normal University-Library and Information Science Alumni Assoc. (PNU-LISAA), Inc., or pay in advance to any officer of the Association.

Roderick B. Ramos, President, Philippine Normal University
Taft Ave., Manila,

Jocelyn L. Ladlad, Vice-President, De La Salle University
Manila, Tel. 524-4611 to 17 (loc. 602/265),

Elvira Reyes, Secretary, St. Paul College-Paranaque
Paranaque City,

Noemi B. Cabantog, Treasurer, St. Paul College

Maria Merconi E. Fermanejo, Auditor, Cavite State University
Cavite City Compd., Pulo 2 Dalahican, Cavite City,

Marifi E. Navarro, PRO, Elizabeth Seton School
Las Pinas City,

Board Members
Marites K. Chavez, Congressional National High School
Dasmarinas, Cavite, Tel. 046-973-2534,

Consuelo J. Estigoy, Eduardo L. Joson Memorial College
Palayan City,

Jocelyn H. Dalicano, St. Michael¢s College

Antonio R. Resurreccion, Xavier School
San Juan, Metro Manila,

Rosalina A. Soriano, Gen. Alvarez School of Arts and Trade
GMA, Cavite,

Estela A. Montejo, Ex-Officio, Ateneo De Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Tel.4266001 loc. 5820,

Evelyn P. Nabus, Adviser, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina

Ruben P. Marasigan, Adviser, Philippine Normal University
Taft Avenue, Manila

MAHLAP Newsletter on MAHLAP Web Site

Date: Wednesday, 2 July, 2008

Dear All,

MAHLAP Greetings of peace!

We would like to inform you that the latest MAHLAP Newsletter is already posted in our MAHLAP WEBSITE!. Please find time to read it. Your feedback – both negative and positive – will enable us to improve our works.

Please click the following link to read the newsletter -


Mr. Gilbert D. Santos
MAHLAP President 2008

MAHLAP Board 2008
MAHLAP Website:
Post message:

The 1st LibraryLink Conference: Connect to Evolve

The 1st LibraryLink Conference: Connect to Evolve
August 21-22, 2008
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati City

Come and discover different perspectives on Librarianship as seen by the following professionals:

Day 1: August 21, 2008

By Emelina S. Almario
President, Adarna House, Inc.

By Maritoni C. Ortigas
Director, Filipinas Heritage Library

By Marianne “Mayan” G. Quebral
Executive Director, Venture for Fund Raising

By Ms. Joy Buensalido
President, Buensalido & Associates
PR Specialist

* The image of librarians as perceived by outsiders and how to veer away from the typical image
* The connection of publicity to the promotion of the image of librarians
* PR campaign for libraries: how to make them more appealing to the public
* How to relate to the external environment

Day 2: August 22, 2008

By Patricia May B. Jurilla, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature,
U.P. Diliman Book Historian

* Libraries and their role in culture, nation, and institutions
* Library and power
* Universal tradition of libraries
* Stories of great libraries
* Future scenarios and trends

By Corazon M. Nera / Elnora Conti /
Elizabeth Peralejo
Board of Librarians, Professional Regulation Commission

* Regulation of Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
* Regulation on the implementation of the BLIS program and faculty
* Compliance of professional librarians and institutions offering library science courses to the Revised Librarianship Act (R.A. 9246)
* Standards of libraries as mandated by R.A. 9246
* Other concerns participants would like to address

By Atty. Andrea Pasion-Flores
Executive Director, National Book Development Board

* The connection of libraries and librarians in the publishing industry
* How the publishing industry can help the library system
* Determining the “niche of the library”
* How to make the library more interesting and hip
* How librarians can pro-actively participate in the advocacy of promoting reading

By Suzanne G. Yupangco
Deputy Director, Filipinas Heritage Library

Get a chance to join, participate, and address your concerns about the linkage of over 90 Filipiniana libraries around the Philippines.

*For inquiries and reservations, please call 892-1801 loc. 15 or email A copy of the invitation and brochure may be downloaded from

Thursday, July 3, 2008

ANG LAYBRARYAN SA KASALUKUYANG PANAHON (Ikalimang Bahagi ng Isang Serye) Ni Roderick Ramos

Tatlo lamang sa pagkahalatang gawain ang kinakailangang ganapin ng isang laybraryan para sa kasalukuyang panahon.

Una, ang pagtatalaga o paglalaan ng mga serbisyo o pagtuturo na may kaugnayan sa pagpapalaganap ng literasiya sa paggamit ng impormasyon o information literacy. Maaaring simulan ito sa pamamagitan ng mga modyuls na may kinalaman sa Libary 1.0 at Library 2.0. Ang mga modyul, bilang halimbawa, ay magtatampok ng mga layunin na may kaugnayan sa hypermedia, klasipikasyong L para sa mga guro, plagiarism, elektronikong dyornal, tutorials at iba pa. Malayang maisasakatuparan ang mga layunin batay sa interes o pagpili ng modyul ng sinuman.

Pangalawa, matunghayan ng bawat laybraryan ang demonstrasyon ng
malayang pagkatuto o independent learning ng mga tumatangkilik sa mga silid-aklatan tungo sa Ikalawang Buhay o Second Life. Ayon kay Barton, “kitang-kita sa kanila ang pagpupumilit na mahanap ang impormasyon at ang kahusayan sa paggamit ng teknolohiyang pang-impormasyon. Dahil dito, kanilang binubuo unti-unti ang mga personal na landas tungo sa karunungan at makalikha ng kulturang mapag-usisa na nagbibigay-diin sa paglikom at paggamit ng datos o anumang uri ng kaalaman tungkol sa kahit anong bagay(Wikipedia). Mababatid na sa panahong ito, ang mga laybraryan at silid aklatan ay handang tumungo kung nasaan sila upang maipaalam ang anumang serbisyong angkin at malaman na rin kung ano ang gusto at di gusto ng mga tagatangkilik.

Ikatlo ay maipamalas ng bawat indibiduwal ang awtentikong pagkalinga sa lipunang kanyang ginagalawan o social responsibility taglay ang literasiya sa impormasyon. Lahat ng mga sangkap, koleksyon, pondo at bisyon, ayon kay Andersen, ay taglay na ng mga silid-aklatan at laybraryan. Kinakailangan na lamang ang kadalub-hasaan sa pagtuturo, pagsasanay at makagawa ng mga “information literacy power material packages” para sa lahat.

Sa angking kagalingan ng mga tagatangkilik sa aspeto ng paggamit ng impormasyon, kasama ng iba’t-ibang teknolohiya ay nararapat lamang na isaalang-alang ang utilitarianismo, perspektibo ng batas, maging ang relihiyon o paniniwalang ispirituwal ng kapwa at iba pa. Ito ay lubhang ninanais sa gitna ng pagsibol ng bagong henerasyon na nagpapakilala ng mga anyo ng ekspektasyon, ugali sa pagkatuto at sariling paniniwala.

Click for previous parts:

Status of Public School Libraries in the Philippines by David A. Cabonero

In the book authored by Maria Orendain, et al. (1991) entitled, Philippine Schools Librarianship, she mentioned that:

The quality of elementary and secondary education is greatly enhanced by a functional school library service. School library has been recognized as one of the vital parts of a school system. It is one place where children form basic concepts about the world, where dreams, aspirations, and values are born and developed.

While it is true that the trend this century is information and communications technology, Philippine school libraries are still left behind and continue to struggle. Vernon Totanes (2006) in his conference paper entitled, Money and Leadership : A Study of Theses on Public School Libraries Submitted to the University of the Philippines’ Institute of Library and Information Science, states that "The biggest challenge facing public school librarians in the Philippines today is the thought that there is no money to pay for the improvements that need to be made." He further explained that: "After all of these years, it is time perhaps to accept that the government does not consider public school libraries a priority in the allocation of scarce resources."

I firmly believe that "Library is one of the indicators of a progressive educational institution in a country." In the case of higher education institution such as De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, Centro Escolar University, and many more has a high concern or value on library because it is one of the contributing factors in producing a competent graduate.

In the study of Concordia Sanchez in 1940, “A Survey of Philippine Public Elementary School Libraries,” revealed that: School library conditions are not conducive to effective library service as required by modern education; Books are merely accessioned, but neither classified nor cataloged; The housing conditions provided for the library, if any, are poor, and the furniture and equipment are inadequate; The library is not open long enough for students to use it to the fullest extent; Some schools do not even open their libraries at all… Library instruction is given but it is inadequate, disorganized, and has no definite place in the curriculum; and The librarians have not had any training in library work. For more than six (6) decades, this study has not changed at all. In general, the worse scenario is "There is no school librarian not even a teacher-librarian in elementary public schools." For those with what they call a library, it has a low level of compliance to DepEd library standards.

I am glad that there is such a thing as "Search for the Most Functional Library." I hope that this program of the Department of Education will continue to show that they have also concern in public school libraries. But the most important thing that DepEd must consider is the creation an item for school librarian or teacher-librarian in public schools in the country.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Viewpoints and Frames in Collection Building: Librarian's Point of View by David A. Cabonero

This paper was delivered during the "Seminar-Book Fair on Strengthening the Mathematical Equation of Collection Development" on June 26-28, 2008 at Baguio-Benguet Community Credit Cooperative, Assumption Road, Baguio City, Philippines.

Let me start my talk with quotations. Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma has rightly stated: "A library is a more important than a university because a library can function without a university, whereas a university cannot do without a library." This statement truly suggests the importance of a library in any educational institutions especially in higher education in the Philippines. The Commission on Higher Education will never approve new course offerings without a good library collection.

Moreover, according to Alan Carter: "The library is the heart of the university." Thus, in order to have quality library relevant to our users, we must build our collection according to their needs.

How to build your collection?
1. Know your Problem.
2. Know your Objectives.
3. Know the Standards in library collection.
4. Know the Issues and concerns.
5. Know the Time-frame.
6. Know the Internal funds.
7. Know the Vision-Mission of the school and the library.
8. Know how to Evaluate the collection.
In short, be POSITIVE in building your collection in order to meet the demands of your present and prospective users.

1. Know your problem.
This is the first activity in collection building. Pinpoint your problem because this will guide you to what to solve. Are you building your collection for the sake of CHED/DepEd requirements? accreditation? or for the immediate needs of your library users? If you are trying to meet the CHED minimum requirements for library collection, definitely you are on the process of offering new courses in your school to be able to get Certificate of Recognition. If you want to pass the accreditation, precisely you are working for a higher objective and that is to upgrade the level of your school.

2. Know your objectives.
Objectives are very important in any human endeavor. This will guide us to what to achieve. There is a need for us librarians to revisit the objectives of your library if it is based on the objective/s of your parent institution. In most cases, the library supports the courses offered by the school by providing relevant, recent and quality books and other information sources.

3. Know the standards in library collection.
There is a need to know the standards in collection development. The following are the CHED collection standards:
* In general, 3 to 5 titles of books per subject published within the last five years
* For Engineering Education programs, at least 2 titles of books per subject published for the last ten years.
* 5% of the total collection must be Filipiniana books
* 10 of the total collection must be published within the last five years
* There must be 3 titles of journals per curricular area for the undergraduate courses
* At least 5-10 titles of journals per curricular area for the masteral and doctoral programs

4. Know the issues and concerns.
Resolve the issues in collection building as to the following:
* Is there an existing acquisition procedures?
* Who will buy?
* Whom/Where to buy?
* What is the standard discount?
* How much is the budget for books? periodicals? non-print materials?
* Do you have existing selection policies?
* Do you implement your collection development plan?

5. Know the time-frame of collection building!
Most often, administrators and librarians buy needed books when accreditation is fast approaching or when they know that CHED Technical Panel will visit their school. Librarians must buy book regularly, i.e., monthly, bimonthly or quarterly but not as the need arises. In general, buy books published within the last five years.

6. Know the internal funds.
Do you know your library budget per year? Most standards stated that: "All library fees must be spent/used solely for books and periodicals." Other expenses must come from the overall institutional budget.

Based from the library fee, you must develop your own formula in budgeting as to how much per college or school department, curricular program, etc. And there is also a need to consider the following: 1) number of enrollees/faculty; 2) attendance of students/faculty; 3) usage of books; 4) status of the department/ program, i.e., COE/COD, accredited, etc.

7. Know the vision-mission of the school and the library.
The Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives (VMGOs) has a very important role in any institution. It is the guiding principle to what we would like to achieve or become in the future therefore libraries must create their unique VMGOs based on the parent institution.

8. Know how to evaluate the collection.
The most relevant collection evaluation technique is the combination of subject bibliography making, shelf scanning and application of (CHED/DepEd) standards. The following are some suggested steps in collection evaluation:
1. List down the subjects per curricular area
2. Identify relevant books per subject per curricular area (subject bibliography)
3. Check if books are on shelves (shelf scanning)
4. Have it counter-check by subject experts, i.e., Faculty, Dept. Heads and the Dean.
5. Apply the CHED standards

The results or findings will be the basis for crafting, developing or revising your collection development plan.