Sunday, August 31, 2008

Librarians Day

by David A. Cabonero

In September 30, 2007, I posted a short article about Librarians Day. For almost one year, I came to know that this idea has been officially legalized or recognized by the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.

Thanks to the advocator, Mr. Rene Manlangit, who also created a room for discussion in the talakayan and to those librarians who supported this special day for us.

Special thanks to the Officers and Members of the PLAI for approving this special event.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Member, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
PLAI headquarters, 3F/Rm 301, The National Library Bldg.
T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila 1000 - Philippines
Telefax: (02) 525 9401


A. Date of Election : October 13-15, 2008 (Choose any Date)

B. Venue : To be decided by the incumbent officers

C. Officers To Be Elected: Regional Council Officers (7 Members)

1. President
2. Vice-President
3. Secretary
4. Treasurer
5. Auditor
6. (2) Board of Trustees

D. Term of Office

For two (2) years and in no case may any member be elected to the same office for two consecutive terms.

E. Who Can Vote

Members of good standing (who have paid for their membership dues for 2008).

F. Qualifications of Candidates

1. Of good moral character

2. Member of good standing for at least two (2) years immediately before the 2008 election.

3. Resident of the region for at least two (2) years prior to election.

4. Subscribe to the provisions of the New By-Laws.

5. Supports the objectives of the Association; participates in its activities; regularly pays the annual membership dues or has paid millennium membership dues.

6. Committed and active involvement to PLAI

G. Nomination of Candidates

The Committee on Nominations and Elections shall request nomination from the members. The name of nominees with their written consent shall be presented to the council for approval. Qualified members who are physically present can be nominated before the start of voting on election day and shall be considered candidates for election.

H. Voting

1. Voting shall be by secret ballot.

2. Voting Hours: (as decided by the Council)

3. Obtaining ballots. Upon entry to the polling place, member approaches the Council NOMELEC Chair, and shows his/her professional ID, signs the Official Registry of Voters. He/She will be given one (1) official folded ballot.

4. Member fills-out the ballot in the designated polling place. After accomplishing the ballot, member proceeds to where the ballot box is located; affixes his/her thumb mark on the designated space in the ballot and detaches the thumb mark portion, and drop in separate slots of the ballot box his/her ballot and the thumbed marked portion of it.

I. Canvassing of Votes

1. Commencement - Canvassing of votes shall commence immediately at the close of the voting hours and shall continue until completed. Such proceeding shall be opened to all council members.

2. Procedures - The Council NOMELEC Chair shall open the ballot box in the presence of all members; count and examine all ballots from the ballot box to ensure that each ballot bears at the back of it the signature of the Council NOMELEC Chair, and that the logo of PLAI appears on the face of the ballot. Any ballot which does not bear the required marks shall be considered VOID and duly marked.

3. Canvassers shall record the votes on their tally sheets in the presence of the poll watchers.

4. The Council NOMELEC upon completion of the canvassing shall accomplish the Report of Results of council elections and transmit the same to the National Board of Trustee.

J. Proclamation of Winning Candidates

Immediately after the votes have been tallied and counted, the Council NOMELEC shall officially announce and proclaim all winning candidates who will form the 2008 Council Board Trustee and Council NOMELEC Members.

K. Submission of Results to the National Council shall be on or before October 31, 2008.

For guidance and implementation of all Councils in their 2008 Council Elections.

PLAI Resolution No. 10, series 2008


Resolution No. 8, Series 2008


WHEREAS, the new PLAI-by-laws was approved last June 20, 2008 only;

WHEREAS, Article IX Section 2 (A8) provides that the Committee on Nomination and Election shall promulgate the rules and regulations on the conduct of the election not less than six (6) months before the election;

WHEREAS, the six (6) months requirement of the promulgation of said rules and guidelines could not be complied with for this coming election;

WHEREFORE, the Board hereby resolves, as it hereby resolved, to adopt with some revision the 2007 Council Election Guidelines.

Unanimously approved by members present.

Done in the City of Manila this 15th day of August 2008.


Attested by:


PLAI Resolution No. 09, series 2008


Resolution No. 9, Series 2008


WHEREAS, Resolution No. 3, series 2008 re-intensified collection of membership fees has not produced results;

WHEREAS, it has been observed that members are at a lost as to where to remit their membership dues;

WHEREAS, to dispel confusion, the general membership should be advised on the matter;

WHEREAS, the Board resolves, as it hereby resolved, to advise members to pay directly to their council and directed the councils to intensify their collection from their members.

Unanimously approved by the Board.

Done in the City of Manila this 22nd day of July 2008.


Attested by:


PLAI Resolution No. 08, series 2008


Resolution No. 8, Series 2008


WHEREAS, by virtue of R.A. 6911 Librarianship shall be recognized by the state as a profession;

WHEREAS, although some progress has been achieved in the field of librarianship today, many people are not fully aware of the role of the librarian professionals;

WHEREAS, to develop among our people full understanding on the importance of libraries and librarians, it is essential that a day be set aside for the observance of librarianship profession;

WHEREAS, the Board hereby resolves, as it hereby resolved, to set the last working day of November which is the "Library and Information Services Month" and the "National Book Week" as Librarians Day;

WHEREFORE, be it further resolved that the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI), the Accredited Professional Association (APO) for Librarians take the lead in the celebration.

Unanimously approved by members present.

Done in the City of Manila this 14th day of June 2008.


Attested by:


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Nueva Vizcaya Librarians’ Association, Inc. Seminar on October 27-29, 2008

Nueva Vizcaya Librarians’ Association, Inc.

c/o Saint Mary’s University

Office of the Director of Libraries

3700 Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

SEC Reg. No. A200116145

August 25, 2008

Dear Colleagues:

The Nueva Vizcaya Librarians’ Association, Inc. will conduct a three-day seminar entitled “Seminar on Library and Information Updates” on October 27-29, 2008 at St. Mary’s University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. It is aimed to:

1. revisit the principles, theories and practices in librarianship;

2. enhance their knowledge, skills attitudes and values in library and information science

3. introduce new trends, developments, issues and concerns in the profession

The fee is P2,500.00 per participant which includes registration, snacks and seminar papers. We would appreciate it if you can send your reservation on or before October 25, 2008.

For further inquiry, please contact Mr. David A. Cabonero.

E-mail:; or

Call / Text: 0917 487 3536

This seminar is for you. Join us for a better library service.

Sincerely yours,


Conference Chair



NVLAI President

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

National Book Week Contests

The National Book Week Committee of the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI) would like to announce the holding of various contests in celebration of the 74th anniversary of the
National Book Week which will run from Nov 24-30, 2008.

This year's National Book Week theme is "BATANG PALABASA DALUBHASA SA KULTURA". According to Contest Committee Chair, Ms. Leonila Galvez, there will be four (4) contests this year, namely : STORYTELLING CONTEST of the book "Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola" by
Renee Villanueva. This is open to all Grade 4 to 6 students from the 14 divisions of the National Capital Region; ESSAY WRITING CONTEST which is open to secondary school students from the National Capital Region; POSTER-MAKING CONTEST which is open to college
students of both public and private colleges and universities nationwide; and lastly, a BOOK PARADE CONTEST which is open to all elementary and secondary public or private schools in Metro Manila.

Registration of interested students for the storytelling, essay writing and book parade contests as well as the submission of entries for the poster-making contest will be for the period Sept 30
up to Oct 6, 2008.

The National Book Week is in cooperation with The National Library (TNL). For contest details, please contact Over-all Chair Fe E. Abelardo at TNL through 525 0926 or Ms Leonila Galvez of M. Hizon Elementary School through 252 2223.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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

Nakamamangha ang bibliographic powers ng isang laybraryan sa kasalukuyang panahon. Ito ang nagbibigay sa kanya ng distinksyon bilang isang propesyunal sa larangan ng impormasyon. Tila isa siyang manggagamot na may handang preskrispsyon sa sinumang maghahanap ng lunas sa sakit na taglay.

Nakatutuwa na dina mabilang ang mga datos na kanyang isinulat sa aking library card bilang katibayan ng kanyang kagalingan. Tinanong ko siya minsan kung nasaan ang mga libro sa Kurikulum at walang pikit mata niyang inilagay ang LB 1570 at LB 2806.15 na siyang aking ikinagulat. Hindi man lamang niya kinosulta o dutdutin ang desk top na may online public access catalog sa kanyang harapan. Ang bahagi ng silid-aklatan na ito ay may higit na 4,764 na babasahin o information sources sa Edukasyon, at madalas akong bumibisita dito para sa aking mga pananaliksik. May mga options pa nga siyang binabangit. Naghahanap ako minsan ng mga counseling books at nabanggit niya kung ito ay “counseling across all professions” o “counseling for an education course.” Sapagkat sa unang nabanggit, ayon sa kanya, matatagpuan ang mga libro sa kabilang silid at BF 637 ang klasipikasyon habang ang huli ay dito nga sa seksyon ng Edukasyon na nakahanay sa LB 1027.5.

Siyam kami na nakapila, ikapito ako at nasaksihan ko ang bawat datos na kanyang isinusulat sa bawat libary card. Ayon sa kanya, ang LB 1025 ay para sa Teaching strategies; LB 3025, Classroom Management; LB 1051, Educational Psychology; LB 15, Encyclopedia of Education kasama ang mga dictionaries; LB 3051 naman ay Measurement & Evaluation.

Hiningi niya ang aking e-mail address at kung nais ko raw ay padadlahan niya ako ng mga e-journals sa Edukasyon na open access, free full-text, quality controlled scientific at scholarly journals na isa-isa niyang binanggit na aming ikinagalak na marinig dahil libre, pwedeng i-download, buo ang teksto, may kalidad at scholarly nga.

80 porsiyentong literasiya sa L o Education information sources ay sapat na upang ikagalak ng mga mambabasa ang kahusayan ng isang laybraryan sa kasalukuyang panahon. Sa anumang proseso, kasanayan o serbisyo, tulad sa sitwasyong inilarawan, inaasahan na magagampanan ng laybraryan ito ng labis-labis at batid niya na nasa tagatangkilik ang pinal na ebalwasyon.

Kinakailangan ang masusing assessment upang matukoy at malaman ang lawak ng kaalaman o kakayahan gamit ang isang rubriko bilang batayan para sa pansariling pagsukat, repleksyon at pagsusuri kasama ng iba.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Abstract-Bibliography of Selected Free Online Journals

The following are free online resources:

ADB Review. Mandaluyong City, Philippines: Asian Development Bank. Monthly. ISSN: 0118-8674
ADB Review provides an electronic digest of activities of the Asian Development Bank.

The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher. Manila: De La Salle University. Semi-annually. ISSN: 0119-5646x
The Asia Pacific Education Researcher publishes articles that lead to the understanding and/or improvement of educational processes and outcomes, using various research methods employed in the different academic areas.

Asian Development Review. Mandaluyong City, Philippines: Asian Development Bank. Semi-annually. ISSN: 0116-1105
The Asian Development Review is a professional journal for disseminating the results of economic and development research carried out by staff and resource persons of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Review stresses policy and operational relevance of development issues rather than the technical aspects of economics and other social sciences. Articles are refereed and intended for readership among economists and social scientists in government, private sector, academia, and international organizations.

Asia-Pacific Social Science Review.. Manila: De La Salle University. Semi-annually. ISSN: 0119-8386
The Asia-Pacific Social Science Review (APSSR) is an internationally refereed journal published biannually by De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines.

Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture. Quezon City: Ateneo De Manila University. Semi-annually. ISSN: 0118-5942.
A refereed journal providing a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural forum for the free exchange ideas, theoretical viewpoints, and methodological approaches that define and further develop the practices of thought in the fields of philosophy, theology, literature, culture, the social sciences, and the arts.

DLSU Business & Economics Review. Manila: De La Salle University. Semi-annually. ISSN:0116-7111
The DLSU Business & Economics Review (B&E Review) publishes high quality theoretical, empirical, and methodological research in the fields of Accounting, Business Management, Commercial Law, Economics, Finance, and Marketing. The B&E Review aims to reach an audience in these six fields and is published twice a year.

East Asian Pastoral Review. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila. Quarterly.
East Asian Pastoral Review is the official publication of the East Asian Pastoral Institute, Ateneo de Manila University.

English Teaching Forum. Washington, D.C.: US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
English Teaching Forum publishes topics in second/foreign language education, including principles and methods of language teaching; activities and techniques for teaching the language skills and subskills; classroom-based studies and action research; needs analysis, curriculum and syllabus design; assessment, testing, and evaluation; teacher training and development; materials writing; and English for Specific Purposes.

Far Eastern University Communication Journal. Manila: Far Eastern University. Annually. ISSN: 1656-9989
The FEU Communication Journal is the official publication of the Department of Communication, Far Eastern University. It publishes annually a wide variety of scholarly and original articles by young as well as established scholars. It is a forum for the dissemination of research in communication, media, and society.

Far Eastern University English Language Journal. Manila: Far Eastern University. Annually. ISSN: 1656-8451.
An official publication of the Department of Literature and Humanities of the Far Eastern University.

Finance and Development. Washington, D.C.: International Monetary Fund. Quarterly. ISSN:
Finance and Development contains articles and book reviews on topics in international economics, finance, and economic development.

Forced Migration Review. Oxford, United Kingdom: Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford.
Forced Migration Review provides a forum for the regular exchange of practical experience, information and ideas between researchers, refugees and internally displaced people, and those who work with them.

Humanities Diliman. Diliman, Q.C.: University of the Philippines. Semi-annually. ISSN: 1655-1532.
Humanities Diliman is a refereed journal for the humanities. It is multilingual and both disciplinal and multi-disciplinary. Humanities Diliman is published by the Research Dissemination and Utilization Office, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, University of the Philippines (Diliman).

Ideya: A Journal of the Humanities. Manila: De La Salle University. Semi-annually. ISSN: 0119-6405
Ideya is a journal for the humanities published by De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines.

IFLA Journal. International Federation of Library Associations and institutions. Quarterly.
IFLA Journal is published four times a year. Each issue covers news of current IFLA activities and articles, selected to reflect the variety of the international information profession, ranging from freedom of information, preservation, services to the visually impaired and intellectual property.

International Rice Research Notes. Los Banos, Laguna: International Rice Research Institute.
The International Rice Research Notes (IRRN) has expedited communication among scientists concerned with development of improved technology for rice and rice-based cropping systems for more than 3 decades. It is a mechanism to help scientists keep each other informed of current rice research findings. The concise scientific notes are meant to encourage rice scientists to communicate with one another to obtain details on the research reported.

Japan Bulletin. Pasay City: Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. Monthly.
Japan Bulletin is published by Japan Information and Cultural Center.

Journal of Asian Missions. Quezon City: Asia Graduate School of Theology-Philippines. Semi-annually. ISSN: 0119-3228
The Journal of Asian Mission seeks to provide a forum to assess theories and practices of mission applied in the past or proposed for the future, and to encourage reflective thinking among Christian leaders training Asians for missionary task and those working toward the evangelization of Asia. Part of all the contents of the current issue of the Journal can be also found in Internet at

Journal of English Studies and Comparative Literature. Diliman, Q.C.: University of the Philippines. Semi-annually.
The Journal of English Studies and Comparative Literature is published twice a year by the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman. It welcomes articles on language, literature and culture using various theoretical perspectives.

Journal of Research in Science, Computing and Engineering. Manila: De La Salle University. Semi-annually. ISSN: 1656-1996.
The Journal of Research in Science, Computing and Engineering (JRSCE) covers researches in sciences, computing sciences and engineering.

Journal of Translation.
The Journal of Translation (JoT) is a peer-reviewed journal of translation theory and practice. This journal aims to publish articles reflecting recent trends in translation theory and practice, including but not limited to exegesis, communication, text-linguistics, and cognitive linguistics.

Kritika Kultura. Quezon City: Ateneo De Manila University. Semi-annually.
Kritika Kultura is one such attempt to respond to the needs of the globalizing world of the academe in general and of Philippine society in particular. As a pioneering electronic journal of language and literary/cultural studies in the Philippines, Kritika Kultura addresses issues relevant to the 21st century within these disciplines even as addressing those same issues would have to be precisely about crossing the very borders of these disciplines: language and literature and cultural policy, cultural politics of representation, the political economy of language, literature and culture, the production of cultural texts, audience reception, systems of representation, effects of texts on concrete readers/audiences, the history and dynamics of canon formation, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, diaspora, nationalism and nationhood, national liberation movements, identity politics, feminism, women's liberation movements, etc.

Literatura Magazine is an online monthly literary magazine dedicated to Philippine fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and literary criticism. This is meant to put a thematic spin to the various literary texts by Filipino writers archived in the Survey of Philippine Literature website. It also aims to provide an alternative venue for the publication of the literary works of Filipino writers.

Loyola Schools Review. Quezon City: Ateneo De Manila University. Annually.
The Loyola Schools Review is a refereed journal, published annually by the Office of Research and Publications of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University. It is composed of four (4) titles namely: 1) John Gokongwei School of Management; 2) School of Humanities; 3) School of Science and Engineering; and 4) School of Social Sciences.

Malay. Manila: De La Salle University. Semi-annually. ISSN: 0115-6195.
Malay is a multi-disciplinary journal published semi-annually by De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines, in the Filipino language. The journal contains articles and researches in Filipino languages and literature.

Mindanao Law Journal. Davao City: Ateneo De Davao University. Annual. ISSN: 1908-7969
Mindanao Law Journal publishes analytical articles and commentaries on legal issues affecting Philippine society written by Mindanao Law professors, judges, and legal practitioners.

National Geographic Magazine. Washington, D.c.: National Geographic Society. Monthly. ISSN:
National Geographic Magazine is a multi-disciplinary magazine covering almost all fields of interest featuring very interesting topics.

Oracle Magazine.
Oracle Magazine is the official publication of Oracle Corporation. It covers products and services of Oracle Corporation; articles, ideas, opinions, new trends and developments in information technology.

Philippine Computing Journal.
The Philippine Computing Journal (PCJ) is the Official Publication of the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP).

Philippine Information Technology Journal
A refereed journal on all areas of information technology. Published by the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP) and the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE).

Philippine Journal of Development. Makati City: Philippine Institute for Development Studies. Semi-annually.
Philippine Journal of Development publishes articles of direct pertinence to Philippine development policy issues, second to those of indirect relevance, and third to those of interest to economic, social, and political development in general.

Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine. Manila: Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Three Time a Year.
Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine is the Official Publication of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Science Diliman: A Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences. Quezon City: University of the Philippines. Annually. ISSN: 0115-7809.
Science Diliman: A Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences publishes researches and articles in pure and applied sciences.

Science in School. Heidelberg, Germany: EIROforum.
It aims to promote inspiring science teaching by encouraging communication between teachers, scientists, and everyone else involved in European science education. It covers not only biology, physics and chemistry, but also maths, earth sciences, engineering and medicine, focusing on interdisciplinary work. The contents include teaching materials; cutting-edge science; education projects; interviews with young scientists and inspiring teachers; European education news; reviews of books and other resources; and European events for teachers.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

ASLP Forum on September 15, 2008 at the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Dear Colleague/s:

In line with the 29th anniversary celebration of the Manila International Book Fair 2008, the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP) invites you to a forum on "Cyber Infrastructure: Library in Focus" on September 15, 2008 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Meeting Rooms 5 & 6, SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Mrs. Prudenciana Cruz, Director of the National Library, will be the speaker.

The objectives of the forum are the following:

1) To familiarize, update and upgrade oneself on the new technology;
2) To know the relevance of E-learning and E-lib in information delivery; and
3) To learn innovative approaches for educating individuals.

The topics are the following:

1. E-learning and E-lib : Background
2. New trends in E-learning and E-lib
3. Utilizing E-lib

Forum fee is P100 for members, P 150.00 for non-members and P100 for students. Certificates will be given after the forum.

For inquiries, please contact any of the following ASLP Officers:

CEFERINA I. ANDAYA (PNB) - Tel. 526-3131 loc. 4411
TERESITA R. CASIO (NSO) – Tel. 713-7090
EDITA M. DUMO (NEDA) – Tel. 631-3757
CELIA CRUZ (Ortigas Foundation) – Tel. 631-1231
FIDEL IAN FLOJO (BSP) – Tel. 524-9217

We will appreciate it very much if you could extend this invitation to our other colleagues or post it on your bulletin board.

Thank you and we look forward to your support for this activity.

Sincerely yours,

Vice President / Conference Chair

Noted by:


Friday, August 15, 2008

PLAI-NCRLC Forum on Sept. 15, 2008 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Dear Colleagues:

The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. and its National Capital Region Librarians Council (PLAI-NCRLC) in cooperation with Anvil Publishing Inc. is hosting a Forum on "Websites Evaluation for Research" and an Awarding Ceremonies "Honoring the Great Men and Women of Asia" at Meeting Rooms 5 & 6, SMX Convention Center, Mall
of Asia Complex, Pasay City on September 15, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The forum aims to explore the best practices in evaluating websites that are appropriate for research in particular fields, and to establish criteria on how to determine good websites that may be recommended for access by the library's clients. Likewise, the awarding ceremonies will honor the great men and women of Asia and
presentation of awardees.

The forum is open to all librarians, information professionals/ specialists/ managers, library administrators,archivists, library and information science educators, knowledge managers, friends of the libraries and students.

Forum fee is: P150.00 – Members; P50.00 – Students (undergrad) inclusive of certificates of participation and appearance and snacks.

For inquiries, please contact the following:
Susie Gonzales, 5259401;
Belen Vibar, 6370912 to 26 loc. 229;
Lily Echiverri, 9292180;
Fe Abelardo, 5250926;
Tess Hernandez, 7359406;
Nora Claravall, 0927-8417048.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the forum.

Very truly yours,

Chair, Conference Committee

Noted :

Chairperson, NCRLC

President, PLAI

ASLP Seminar on October 22-24, 2008 at Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

Dear Colleague/s:

The Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP) invites you to a seminar in "INFORMATION ACCESS: TECHNIQUES & STRATEGIES", October 22-24, 2008 at Java Hotel, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

SEMINAR FEE: (inclusive of city tour)

P6,800 -- for live-in participants
P5,600 -- for live-out participants
P4,600 -- for accompanying guests

SPONSOR'S FEE: P3,000 (exclusive of food and accommodation)

For inquiries, please contact any of the following ASLP Officers:

CEFERINA I. ANDAYA (PNB) - Tel. 526-3131 loc. 4411
TERESITA R. CASIO (NSO) – Tel. 713-7090
EDITA M. DUMO (NEDA) – Tel. 631-3757
CELIA CRUZ (Ortigas Foundation) – Tel. 631-1231
FIDEL IAN FLOJO (BSP) – Tel. 524-9217

We will appreciate it very much if you could extend this invitation
to our other colleagues or post it on your bulletin board.

Thank you and we look forward to your support for this activity.

Sincerely yours,

Vice President / Conference Chair

Noted by:


Thursday, August 14, 2008

What is Library Hub?


“The library hub is not your regular library. It is actually a warehouse of all reading materials that pupils can bring to their classrooms and even take home,” said librarian Corazon Pates. “It is only a medium-sized library hub. There are bigger library hubs that can house more than 100,000 books. We expect more books to be donated so maybe after three years we can expand this building,” she added.

A one-story building with three classrooms had been renovated to give space to the dozens of shelves where the books are stacked in rows. Although not air-conditioned, the library hub looks like a commercial children’s bookstore.
Source: Rodriguez, Ma. Cecilia (Jan. 13, 2008) "Non-readers benefit from library hub." Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer Mindanao.


Every Library Hub is a joint investment of the DepEd and the sponsor. The DepEd provides the storybooks from the general operations fund and a generous World Bank grant. An architectural design of the Library Hub (by Leandro V. Locsin & Associates), teacher-training, evaluation and monitoring round out the DepEd’s participation in the project.

The first Library Hubs were set up in Naga City and Davao and the most recent in Masbate. Consider that this project was just launched in the last quarter of 2003 by former Undersecretary Juan Miguel Luz at the Educators’ Congress.
Source: Cruz, Neni Sta. Romana (September 14, 2007). "How to build a library hub." Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Former education undersecretary Juan Miguel Luz began the Library Hub as a special—and seemingly impossible—project in 2005. The 70 Library Hubs sound like significant progress, albeit a painfully slow one considering that there are 184 school divisions and over 37,000 public elementary schools nationwide. But blessings need to be counted, for in an extraordinary turn of events, the project enjoys continuous robust support in Luz’s successor, a kindred reading advocate, Ted Sangil Jr., education undersecretary for finance and administration.
Source: Cruz, Neni Sta. Romana (August 9, 2008) "70 Library Hubs and still counting." Philippine Daily Inquirer.


The Department of Education is also doing something to improve the quality of education by means of providing more information resources for classroom purposes.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Scholarship Grant from Abroad

Grant: STIMULATE 8 (Belgium)
Category: Grants

What: International Training Program: STIMULATE 8
Where: Brussels, Belgium
When: 1 October-19 December 2008
How much: Free
Source: VLIR


Universities and Libraries:
an Active Training Environment
(Edition 8)


Information about this training program can be found on the WWW starting from:

The program is planned to take place mainly in Brussels, Belgium, for 3 months:
October 1 - December 19, 2008.

Language used is English.

Our motto is

“Helping educators and innovators to advance knowledge and to enrich lives”

Context and evolution of the program:

The initiative has been approved by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) and is sponsored by the Belgian Government (the directorate named DGOS since December 2002). This fits in a series of similar international training activities that have been organized since 1991, named MIST 1, 2, 3, KNOW-HOW, and STIMULATE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

This initiative is aimed primarily at persons with a university degree (Bachelor or Master), who work in universities, information and documentation centres, and libraries, including of course university libraries, and who have a few years of practical experience.

The term Active Training Environment in the title of the training program reflects our wish to create an environment in which each participant is stimulated to get involved actively, supported by the lecturers and the infrastructure provided by the training program. This fits well into the general, worldwide trend away from “teaching” to “learning management”.

Aim / goal of the training program:

The main aim and goal of this International Training Program is to offer a stimulating learning environment to the participants. These are young scientists and professionals who have a function as information intermediary in the area of science and technology, so as to sharpen their skills in collecting, storing, retrieving, presenting and managing information. This can be of great benefit to the teaching and research activities going on in their institute and to the further development of their organisation and region.

This initiative corresponds well with the basic, general aim of all the International Training Programs that are supported by VLIR: to train young scientists and professionals from developing countries in a domain that is relevant for the further development of the country, and to stimulate the participants to transfer their increased knowledge and skills to their colleagues and other stakeholders in their home country.

More specific objectives of the training program:

– to provide participants with a clearer view on the importance of information in general and for their environment in particular, and on how to manage information:
summarised: ”Management in libraries and information centres”

– to learn the participants to cope with modern technology, in view of the increasing importance of ICT;
summarised: “Information and communication technology for libraries and information centres”
– to guide them in retrieving information that is publicly accessible on an international scale:
summarised: “Information retrieval/searching”
– to learn them to store, organise, present, manage, publish information resources at personal, institutional, regional or national level:
summarised: “Information architecture”

After being actively involved in this International Training Program, every participant will have improved the ability

– to appreciate and explain the importance of access to information for their organisation

– to present information to users and potential users, using appropriate information technology

– to train interested persons in the use and management of information, using appropriate presentation techniques

– to contribute to the planning of the (further) development of an information service

– to communicate through the Internet with users of information, information providers, colleagues,…

– to apply quantitative methods in decision making related to information systems and services

– to retrieve information from the Internet

– to store information for later retrieval and access by potential users, using information technology

Contents of the program:

3 months means about 10 weeks or about 50 days.

During about 3 days per week for 10 weeks = 30 days, the participants will be guided by professors and other experts.

During the other 2 days per week for 10 weeks = 20 days, they will work on tasks=assignments as individuals or in groups, and their reports will be presented and discussed afterwards again guided by professors and other experts.

The sessions are organised in such a way that
–the first month = introduction level,
–the second month = intermediate level, and
–the third month = more advanced level.
Thanks to this approach and organisation, it may make sense to participate exceptionally during only one or two of the three months, depending on expertise. However, the available scholarships are granted only to persons who will participate for the full three months.

To start with, the participants are offered an orientation tour of the University and the University Library. Then some of the following subjects are covered. Of course, due to the limited available time, not all the mentioned subjects can be discussed in each training program, but a SELECTION will be made by the organisers. The concrete content of each training program depends on the availability of suitable expert lecturers from Belgium and from abroad during the period of the training program. As soon as possible, the concrete schedule is made available through the WWW site of the program.

Participation, registration=tuition fee and costs:


Participation is free of charge (!) for 12 participants from developing countries. They are selected by the Steering Committee of the program, by VLIR (the Flemish Inter-university Council) section for University Co-operation VLIR-UOS, and by DGOS. They also receive a return flight ticket plus a scholarship to cover the costs of transport from the airport upon arrival to their room, accommodation, health insurance during the stay in Belgium, transport in Belgium, and finally transport from their room to the airport. The detailed forms that are needed to request a grant=scholarship should be available through the Internet from the WWW site of VLIR-UOS. Their site is

At the time of writing this text, the required forms, one for the request and one for the recommendation letters could be downloaded primarily from
and from

Grant applications must be received by VLIR before the end of January! (and NOT before the end of February as in previous years up to 2005)

Official and formal requests for a grant-scholarship or any other correspondence about the grants should be sent to VLIR-UOS in Brussels, and NOT to the organizers/co-ordinators of this specific program. Contact:

The ideal participant applying for a grant is younger than 40 years, and will be able to apply what has been learned directly in a professional scientific or technical environment afterwards.

How to contact the organizers?

E-mail (Internet): stimulate at (or in case that this does not seem to work, to Paul.Nieuwenhuysen at
(change at in @ when you want to use an address)

Fax 32 2 629 2693 (or 2282)
Tel. 32 2 629 2629 or 32 2 629 2429 or 32 2 629 2609
Telex 61051 vubco-b

Classical mail:
STIMULATE-ITP (or Paul NIEUWENHUYSEN), University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, BELGIUM


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

Ikaanim na Bahagi ng Isang Serye

“Wala kaming desk top. Matagal na naming ni-requestngunit hanggang ngayon ay di pa rin sinasagot ng administrasyon. Mahirap kayang maging cybraryansa gitna ng lumalalang krisis sa decision-makingng mga nasa itaas. Kompyuter lang naman di pa maibigay! Kay laking ginhawa ang dulot nito sa aming mga laybraryan sapagkat mauuna kami at mapapadali ang pagtugon sa anumang hinihiling na impormasyon ng bawat kliyente namin sa araw-araw. Ito ay natural na mga wika ng isang laybraryan sa kasalukuyang panahon na ang nais lamang mapabilis ang paghahanap ng mga bibliographic entriessa pamagitan ng isang on-line public access catalog.”

“Inalis ng aming prinsipal ang Internet facility na mayroon ang aking kompyuter. Naka-anim na buwan din ito sa silid-akltan at nakatulong sa akin sa paghahanap ng mga databases upang mapadami ko ang serbisyo nito. Hindo ko na nga ma-eeksplor ang ng libre. Ito ay ang bagong hypermedia na gawa ng Intel, Adopt-A-School at ng DepEd. Nagiging tampulan kasi ito ng mga intriga kasama ng inggit ng iba pang miyembro ng komunidad. Ang sabi nila na may mga guro sa Departamento ng Agham ang hindi umaayon sa paglalagak ng computer unit sa silid-aklatan. Nararapat lamang daw na ito ay ilagay sa nabanggit na departamento upang maging bahagi ng kanilang programa.”

“Sayang ang aking mga db blogs at hindi na ito mapapakinabangan ng mga mag-aaral dito sa pamantasan. Isesentralays na kasi ang mga computers sa isang lugar. Ibabalik na ang aking desk top bilang OPAC unit at maaantala ang desktop publishing ng Library Daily gamit ang Microsoft Publisher na aking tinatapos. Mahirap pa namang dumako sa kabilang gusali para sa libreng gamit ng computers at 15 minutes din iyon – panaog at pabalik. Mahal ngayon ang USB at pambili din iyon ng diaper ng aking mga anak o 14 kilos ng bigas sa pilahan ng NFA rice sa palengke tuwing alas dos.”

“Nag-kakatalog na naman siya ng libro para sa kanyang part-time work gamit ang oras niya dito at Internet kaya di ako makapag-Access. Minsan inuuwi niya ang laptop ng library dala hanggang Bataanpara sa kanyang consultative work doon. Ang pagkakaalam ko maliito sa code of ethics ng mga laybraryan.”

Mayroong kamalayan sa Library 2.0 ang mga nagsasalitang ito at mababanaag ang kahirapang dulot ng pagkadarahop sa pangunahing information tool ng kasalukuyang panahon – ang mga kompyuter, internet facility, at iba pa. Ilan lang ito sa maaring sumalamin sa library poverty na mayroon sa buong kapuloan.

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PAARL Seminar on October 22-24 at Davao City, Philippines

Dear Colleagues and Friends:


The Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL) cordially invites you to a National Seminar Workshop on "Scaling the Heights of Professional Development" to be held on October 22-24, 2008 at the Regency Inn ,Villa Abrille St., Davao City.

This Seminar-Workshop has the following objectives:
1. To discuss leadership and management topics, i.e. conflict management, change management and techniques in adapting to a fast changing library work environment that significantly affect the kind of service library professionals and staff extend to a diverse groups of user community;

2. To help library information professionals and staff better understand the importance of creating balance in professional and personal development; and

3. To give emphasis on the importance of creating a healthy and stress free work environment and help in the promotion of emotional well-being and happy disposition among the library staff

Invitation is extended to both professional and library support staff, library managers, information specialists, information managers and researchers who recognize the importance of understanding the importance of providing sound and effective
services by taking into consideration the personal and professional development of library personnel.

Registration fee is PHP 4,900.00 (live-in). This entitles the participant to 3 days/2 nights stay at the Regency Inn with meals and snacks, conference kit, city tour, certificate of participation, and certificate of attendance, if so required. Likewise, PHP 4,000.00 is charged to accompanying person inclusive of food, accommodation and city tour. For those who will prefer to make arrangements on their own for their accommodations (live-out), seminar fee is PHP 3,500.00 Payments can be made in cash, check or Postal Money Order payable to Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL).

Your favorable response to this invitation will be greatly appreciated. Please confirm your reservation on or before October 7, 2008. Only participants with confirmed reservation will be assured of a slot in this Seminar-Workshop.

For more details, please contact the undersigned or any of the association' s Officers and Board of Directors.

We shall be looking forward to welcoming you in Davao City!

Sincerely yours,

Chair, Conference Committee
Email: elvira.lapuz@
Tel. (02) 926-1886

Email: loreto.garcia@
Tel. (02) 531-8031 loc. 15


Sunday, August 10, 2008

RQAT Members for BLIS Program in Region 02

Dr. Veneranda Sernande (Director of Library Systems of Cagayan Colleges Tuguegarao) and Mr. David Abello Cabonero (Saint Mary's University) Periodicals Librarian and Library and Information Science Coordinator of the School of Education) were among the 34 others who were appointed by the Commission on Higher Education(CHED) Region 02 to be members of the Regional Quality Assessment Team(RQAT).

This was confirmed last August 8, 2008 during the "Regional Quality Assessment Team Forum, Orientation and Briefing" held at Northeastern College(NC), Santiago City.
Dr. Linda Simon presented the RQATs per program.

Friday, August 8, 2008

PAARL Forum on Sept. 12, 2008 at the Manila International Book Fair

Dear Colleagues and Friends:


The Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL) is pleased to invite you to a Lecture-Forum on “The Role of Information Professionals and Librarians in Combating Plagiarism and Other Forms of Intellectual Dishonesty” on Friday, September 12, 2008 at the 29th Manila International Book Fair, SMX Meeting Rooms 5-6, SM Mall of Asia, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City.

Registration starts at 9:00 A.M. Forum begins at 10:00 A.M.

The forum aims to provide the information professionals and the students with a venue to discuss the rising and alarming problems of plagiarism and other forms of intellectual dishonesty. It will enable the participants to understand further the importance of ethics and values in dealing with the matter and the roles they have to play in order to address the issues.

The Resource person is Atty. Vyva Victoria M. Aguirre, former Commissioner, Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and currently a Faculty member of the University of the Philippines, School of Library and Information Studies (UPSLIS).

There will be a discounted forum fee of P200.00 for members, regular forum fee of P300.00 for non-members and P100.00 for undergraduate students. Forum fee is inclusive of snacks and certificates.

We encourage everyone to participate in this annual activity to promote our level of awareness and understanding of the topic. For inquiries and other details you may contact any Board Member of PAARL or call:

University of the Philippines – Diliman
Tel: 926-1886/9818500 loc. 2853
Mobile: 0917-8553228

Southeast Asian College, Inc.
Tel: 781-6358
Mobile: 0928-7960744

Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Chair, Conference Committee

Thursday, August 7, 2008

PTLA Seminar on Oct. 13-15, 2008 in Davao City

President: Elizabeth T. Pulanco
Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 7 or 19 Tacay Road,
Baguio City 2600, Philippines
Tel # (63) (74) 445-5968; 446-2208
Fax (63) (74) 300-2863

May 26, 2008

Dear Colleagues:

Greetings from the PTLA!

The PTLA is pleased to invite you to attend the Seminar-Workshop on "Theological Librarians Riding the Winds of Change Part 2" to be held on October 13-15, 2008 at the Mindanao Training Resource Center of Davao Medical School Foundation, Bajada, Davao City.

The seminar-workshop aims to accomplish the following objectives:
1. To train librarians in the use of web development tools, and LIBRO System (LUNA Edition) so they can provide effective information and communication support to their faculty, students, members, and other networks.
2. To develop and increase the level of cooperation and networking among libraries through resource sharing.
3. To promote the appropriate use of information and communication technology.
4. To enhance their skills and update their knowledge in cataloging and classification work.
5. To provide a venue for fellowship and sharing of experiences concerning the changes in our theological libraries.

This year's workshop offers three parallel instructional tracks:
Track 1. Website Development & Management for Libraries
Track 2: LIBRO SYSTEM (LUNA Edition): Integrated Library Information System
Track 3. Cataloging & Classification of Book and Non-Book Materials

All participants will engage in extensive hands-on training using the Mindanao Training Resource Center's advanced computing and networking facilities. The instructional tracks will be led by professional librarians, IT database developers and web developers who have extensive experience in running training workshops.
The seminar-workshop is open to all professional and non-professional library personnel working in seminaries, church libraries, and Theological/ Christian schools.

The seminar fee is Four Thousand Pesos (P4,000.00) inclusive of food, accommodation, seminar kit and certificates of participation and appearance. Participants who are not staying in the center will pay Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (P2,500.00). A discount of Five Hundred Pesos (Php500) will be deducted from the seminar fee of P4,000.00 for those who will register on or before August 30, 2008. Please bring four
hundred pesos (Php400) for your institutional membership payment.

Participants of Track 2 - ICONIUM are requested to prepare Five Thousand
Pesos (P5,000.00) as payment for the copy of software.

Payments may be made in cash, check or Postal Money Order payable to Philippine Theological Association) or Cash/Check may be deposited to our SA:1955-0080- 370, Crisanta P. Bustamante, BPI Congressional Ave. Branch.

For Further details/inquiries and reservations please call the following

Elizabeth T. Pulanco, Librarian
PBTS, tel# (074) 445-6063; 445-5968;
Mobile phone #09183398802 email:btpulanco@yahoo. com

Cris Bustamante, Head Librarian
International School of Theology
Tel. # 454-45-50 loc 500 Fax 4544552; Mobile phone # 09165722678;
Email: Crissiemae09@ ;

Rhona Bautista, Head Librarian
Union Church of Manila
Tel # 8126062 local 219 Mobile phone# 0917-449-3067.
E-mail: or

Raquel Cruz, Adm. Librarian
Biblical Seminary of the Phils.
Tel # (632) 2926795, 2926798 Fax # (632) 2926675 ; Mobile phone #
09209079577; Email: loiyai_el@yahoo. com ; rdcruz@bsop. ph

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the evening of 12th of
October in Davao.

Sincerely yours,

Elizabeth T. Pulanco
PTLA Chair

MAHLAP Forum on Sept. 12, 2008 at the Manila International Book Fair

Dear Colleagues:

In celebration of the 29th Manila International Book Fair, the Medical and Health Librarian’s Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP) cordially invites you to a forum entitled “Principles and Trends of Managing Records towards Digitization”.

It will be held on September 12, 2008, 8:30 -10:30 AM at the 2nd floor room no. 4, SMX Convention Center, Sea Shell Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. We invited Ms. Gensela Lacambacal, Head of Medical Records Division from the Philippine General Hospital as our resource speaker and Ms. Emma Rey, Executive Director of Legislative Library and Archives from the House of Representatives as our forum reactor.

This forum aims to share the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain effective programs on records management improvement. It will help us gain understanding on how to regulate the recording, classification and indexing of active records, improve methods of managing the files, and systematize retention and disposal of records, adoption of logical systems of converting documents and computerizing records management procedures. At the end, the participants would learn the framework to be actually involved in initiating standard records management procedures in their own concerned agencies/ institutions.

The forum fee is P150 for members, P200 for non-members and P75 for students that includes a Certificate of Attendance.

Please confirm your attendance by sending back attached form to any of our officers.

We look forward to seeing you in this exciting and informative event.

Mr. Gilbert D. Santos

PATLS Forum on Sept. 16, 2008 during the Manila International Book Fair

The Philippine Association of Teachers of LIbrary Science( PATLS) will hold a forum on "Training and Travel Grants for Librarians" on September 16 at 8-10 a.m inline with the 29th anniversary celebration of the Manila International Book Fair 2008 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

The objectives of the forum are the following:

1. To familiarize librarians with available travel and training grants.
2. To introduce and hear from travel and training grantees about their experience when they availed of the grants.
3. To learn some information about how to avail of the travel and training grants

The Forum fee is P200 for professionals and P100 for students. Certificates will
be given after the forum.

For inquiries, please contact any of the following PATLS Officers
President: Atty Vyva Aguirre, UPSLIS
Vice President: Prof. Lourdes David, Ateneo Rizal Library
Secretary: Prof. Nathalie dela Torre, UPSLIS
Treasurer: Prof. Mona Lisa Leguiab, PUP Main Libary
Auditor: Prof. Sharon Esposo, UP CE, Diliman
PRO: Prof. Nora J Claravall, UST
Board Members: Prof. Teresita Hernandez, CEU
Prof. Arlene Marzo, College of Science Lilbrary, UP Dil
Prof. Linda Tayona, PNU

Monday, August 4, 2008

SMU Librarians Were Invited as Resource Speakers During the Seminar Workshop for School Librarians on July 31 and August 1, 2008

By David A. Cabonero
The Nueva Ecija Private Secondary Schools Administrators Association (NEPRISSAA) conducted the First Seminar-Workshop for School Librarians held last July 31, 2008 and August 1, 2008 at Saint Joseph's School Elementary Department, San Jose City, Nueva Ecija. This was initiated by the Association and spearheaded by its President, Sr. Eterna A. Managan, SFIC.

The theme of the seminar was "Management of School Libraries: Meeting Challenges & Beyond. It is aimed to equip the teacher-librarians with the knowledge of library standards, basic principles of cataloging and classification of library materials. This seminar is designed to be conducted in series and the second part will be conducted in September, 2008.

The proceedings of the seminar-workshop:

Mrs. Rowena A. Manalo, St. Joseph School Librarian, led the opening prayer.

Sr. Concepcion Ulanday, SFIC, gave her words of welcome to participants.

Sr. Eterna A. Manangan, SFIC, humbly delivered her opening remarks.

Mr. Miguel T. De Guzman, ES Supervisor I, In-Charge of Private Schools in Nueva Ecija gave his words of encouragement and briefly discussed the importance of library in education.

Dr. Enrique T. Cayaban, SMU Director of Libraries and LIS professor, lectured on the laws in librarianship and standards for school libraries.

Mr. David A. Cabonero, Periodicals Librarian and LIS instructor, discussed the following topics: 1) Bibliographic description using Level 1 of the AACR2R 2002 revision; 2) Building class number using the DDC 22nd ed.; 3) Assigning subject headings using the Sears List of Subject Headings 18 ed.; and 4) The Card catalog and its types of catalog cards and its parts.

Mrs. Fely C. Baliton, Academic and Research Librarian, conducted the workshop on accessioning, labeling and processing of library materials.

The Participants are intently listening to the speakers.

The Participants in Action

Photos courtesy from Dr. Enrique T. Cayaban and Mrs. Fely C. Baliton.