Saturday, January 31, 2009

PLAI-CaVRLC Seminar for 2009

To All Librarians in Region 02:

The PLAI-CaVRLC Officers will meet on a certain date to plan on the forthcoming activities of our Association for 2009-2010.

May I solicit suggestions on possible topics to be conducted for 2009-2010 seminars or fora.

We would like to propose the following topic:

* how to craft collection development plan or policies
* how to develop library development plan
* library automation using iconium, pagemaster or libro system
* seminar on communication skills
* dialogue with administrators concerning library-related problems
* library research skills
* library networking in Region 02

The following topics were finished:
* Cataloging Updates held on Oct. 2006
* Library Marketing held on Sept. 2007
* Library Accreditation held on Oct. 2008

Please leave your comments and suggestions here.

Thank you.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Are the Print Versions of Encyclopedias Still Needed? Part 2

By Dr. Enrique T. Cayaban

My query of course got some results. I also got several “blog sites” where the exchange of ideas in one site, at times, became discourteous and uncouth. One site to see is this:

Let’s take a look at some unsettling comments:

More disturbing to some librarians is the clear tendency of people, especially students, to use Internet search engines as their first, if not only, research tool, relegating expensive library-sponsored resources to afterthought status or ignoring them altogether.

With the vast knowledge available on the internet, one can find pretty much anything just by using a search engine like Google. So is there still a place for encyclopedias in this information on demand era?

These are lonely days for encyclopedias. At libraries, the volumes sit ignored for days on end as information-seeking patrons tap busily away at nearby computers. Even in the warmth of a loving home, that set of hard-bound books that once represented the crown tool of a good education gets the cold shoulder.

Kids can hear and see Martin Luther King deliver his 'I Have a Dream' speech, and there's nothing in a book that can do that.

"Sometimes my mom uses it as a coaster."

Yes. My encyclopedias are being used at the moment underneath the TV in my bedroom to make it higher.

What disturbing comments!!! Comments and practices that tear librarians into pieces! The truth can not be denied that libraries have to compete with the appealing IT media – internet, computers of all kinds, CDs, DVDs whether interactive or not, cellphones and those with e’s like ebooks, ecards, ejournals, ecommerce and those with i’s like ipod, iphone, and the similar gadgets. Once, more, the blogger says:

“The use of printed reference works in the sciences has almost dropped off the meter these days. The web has essentially ended the era of going to the library to look something up. Most faculty no longer bother, and most students just give you a blank stare when you suggest they walk twenty feet away and open up a book. The concept is foreign to them.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2008 PAARL Awardees

Our sincere congratulations to the following recipients of PAARL awards:

2008 Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Lolita P. Gonzales

Outstanding Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award for 2008 for Visayas and Mindanao:
Dr. Ma. Teresa P. Baylon
Chief Librarian
Philippine Normal University-Agusan Campus
Prosperidar, Agusan del Sur

Outstanding Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award for 2008 for Luzon:
Dr.. Enrique T. Cayaban
Director of Libraries
Saint Mary's University
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

Outstanding Library Program of the Year Award for 2008:
Fr. Robert J. Suchan, SJ
Philippine Library Materials Project Foundation, Inc. (PLMP)
Masterson Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City 9000

Outstanding Library of the Year Award for 2008:
University of San Carlos Library System
Dr. Marilou P. Tadlip
P. del Rosario St., Cebu City 6000

Congratulations and best wishes!

The PAARL’S 36TH Annual General Assemblyand Induction/Awards Ceremonies is scheduled on Friday, 30 January 2009 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning at the National Library, T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Mendiola Consortium Forum on Feb. 27, 2009

Committee on Libraries

January 26, 2009

Dear Colleagues:

One of the approved activities of the Committee on Libraries is a forum entitled “ Risk Management in Libraries” which is scheduled on February 27, 2009, 8:00 am -12:00 nn. at the Mother Angela Menemann Hall, College of the Holy Spirit of Manila.

We invited DR. RICARDO DE LEON, Executive Vice President of Centro Escolar University, as our resource speaker of this activity.

The objectives of the forum are:
· To recognize the importance of risk management in the library setting;
· To manage human and natural risk involved in library setting;
· To use a process for identifying, analyzing and assessing risk in the library setting.

The forum fee is P200.00 to cover merienda and certificate.

We look forward to being with you on this important event.

Thank you and more power!

Very truly yours,

Chairman, MC Committee on Libraries 2008

Saturday, January 24, 2009


By Anne Easton

You are old little book,” the small boy said:

Yet your pages are still clean and white

Your covers are stiff and your covers are straight

Do you think at your age it is right?”

In my youth,” the book said:

I came into the hands of children

Who handled me with care

They opened me gently, their fingers were clean

My margins they kept clean and fair.

They never use pencils as book marks

Nor tried to pull me apart

With such kindly treatment

My strength and my looks

Will last me the rest of my life.”

Thursday, January 22, 2009

PAARL Public Forum on Feb. 5, 2009 at FEATI University

Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians
Ermita, Manila

19 January 2009

Dear Colleague (s),

“Standards are not a celebration of mediocrity nor intended to provide a level of comfort by showing activities or statistics that represent a hypothetical average. Rather, the standards provide a path, sometimes difficult to an ideal.” - ILA

As an initial activity for the year, the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians in cooperation with FEATI University is pleased to invite you to a Public-Forum on “Assessment Techniques and Principles in Applying Standards for Academic Libraries” to be held on February 5, 2008 from 1:00–5:00pm at the newly renovated FEATI University Library, Helios St., Sta. Cruz, Manila (near LRT Carriedo Station).

PAARL understands the need to provide a more detailed blueprint for addressing,developing and improving specific areas of the library to maintain high quality services.

Hence, this forum will attempt to discuss the pressing issues and concerns of librarians and information professionals in relation to library standards such as:

1. Existing and Emerging Library Standards Applicable to Academic Libraries(Accreditation, RQUAT, ISO, IQuaME, BFL and PAARL);
2. Expectations and Perceptions of Librarians in Various Standards;
3. Helpful strategies in meeting/surpassing the standard requirements;
4. RLE (Related Learning Experiences) of Librarians in handling the process of documentations and inspections; and
5. PAARL Standards going 10: is there a need to update?

We have invited PRC-BFL Chair, Mrs. Corazon M. Nera and her Board Members, along with Dr.
Teresita G. Hernandez and Ms. Fe Angela M. Verzosa to help us facilitate this activity.

There is a registration fee of P200.00 for members, P250 for non-members and P100 for students to cover the snacks and certificates. Renewal and application of membership for 2009 are also encouraged. For reservations and details, please contact the undersigned or any of the association’s Officers and Directors.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Christopher C.
Paras,VP-Elect/ Chair, Conference Committee

Noted by:

Elvira B. Lapuz,President- Elect

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Faculty or Academic Status of Librarians in State Colleges and Universities

By Ferdinand Angelo Alipis

I suppose the faculty status of librarians also depends on your academic preparation. I think it is not automatic. We have to deserve it. We have to work for it and work hard for it. As was mentioned earlier, the college or the university has the final say on your status.

Having a master's degree, at least, is a requirement. At the moment, with my position as head librarian, I am classified under rank 7 which is equivalent to the rank of an assistant professor. Of course, I have to comply with the requirements of the school in terms of academic degree, professional license, length of experience, community involvement and outreach, membership in professional organizations, researches conducted and published, attendance in seminars and trainings, etc. All these things get accounted for and given points in determining one's rank and academic status.

Maybe it is good for librarians to realize that we just have to keep on studying and earning degrees which is what I continue to do. I have two masters degrees already and of course one is on library science. Whether I like it or not, I have to start work on a doctorate because academic achievements matter if we want to survive in the academe. Sometimes even our competence and credibility gets challenged by our colleagues and we have just have to recognize that we have our own special competence as librarians which they simply do not have no matter how many doctorates they have.

Even in the way we communicate, we have to work hard on our communication skills also. This is just basic and we have to remind ourselves regarding this matter. There is the perennial problem of our deteriorating command of English. Perhaps, you can notice that even here in the PAARL Yahoo Group. Just take a close look at some postings. We have to go back to basic English grammar and learn how to construct simple English sentences to make ourselves better understood. We do not need to be sophisticated and elaborate. As librarians, we communicate a lot, either orally or in writing. We write memos to our staff. We are sometimes asked to write letters or even prepare presentations for our superiors.

Aside from formally reviewing our English, we need to read also. Through reading we get to improve our vocabulary and discover how words are used in various contexts. How can I aim for an academic status when my English is incomprehensible because of wrong grammar or poor choice of words or simple errors in spelling abound in our work. Of course, obvious clerical error can be exempted, but has to be corrected. But we just have to be careful also and do some editing before posting or sending out anything. We just have to do basic things correctly. I get disgusted at how a librarian for ten years seem not to know her alphabet that she commits errors in filing shelflist cards.

We just have to shape up as librarians. We have to work hard for that academic status. It is not granted automatically. I just admire the likes of Ms. Fe Angela Verzosa and Ms. Lourdes David and Prof. Rosalie Faderon and, of course, many others out there. If we want academic status or any recognition as librarians, we just have to be like them.

Quoting Fe Angela Manansala-Verzosa : PAARL Library Standards (adopted in the year 2000 and serves as model for CHED Office of Standards and the Standards for Academic Libraries as prepared by BFL) supports faculty rank, status, and tenure for professional librarians in academic institutions. The specific provision is under item no. 2 on Administration: "2.5 The college/university librarian shall have faculty or academic status, and shall participate actively and interact with the faculty on curricular and instructional matters, and research activities." The rationale behind this is: "The library exists to support the teaching, research, and service functions of the institution. Thus librarians should also participate in the development of the institution' s mission, curriculum, and governance."

The salary scale and benefits for librarians should be the same or equivalent to those of other academic categories (teaching and non-teaching faculty) with equivalent education, experience, or responsibility. However, this status is achieved thru a process called collective bargaining. It is still a management prerogative to grant or deny the status, despite efforts of PAARL to provide the standard.

At De La Salle University Library, professional librarians have been granted faculty status since the 1980s thru collective bargaining. Our faculty status is enshrined in the Faculty Manual, which goes through a process of revision every 3 years. So salaries and benefits, working conditions, and other related provisions are agreed upon and implemented for the next 3 years, until the manual undergoes another revision.

Faculty ranking is equivalent to that of the teaching faculty. So before I retired, I was classified under Academic Service Faculty Rank 3 step 5 (3-5) with the equivalent rank and salary of an Associate Professor. I also enjoy an annual Research incentive equivalent to a month's salary for a research paper, publishable or presented in a public forum (seminar, conference, etc.) At present, there are 14 library faculty positions. According to our Manual, the institution may dismiss a librarian during the probationary period (which is set at a minimum of one year to maximum of 3 years) only for just cause and through academic due process. Non-reappointment also requires adequate notice, peer performance review, and access to a grievance procedure, if necessary.

Source: with permission from the author

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Are the Print Versions of Encyclopedias Still Needed? Part 1

By Dr. Enrique T. Cayaban

The above question was asked by a library science student when I required a class to do some annotations of the recently -bought encyclopedias and other reference books in print version. This was last October to be exact. Some of the recently -bought encyclopedias are the ten-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy, one volume Encyclopedia of Engineering, Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and Ethics and Encyclopedia World Atlas. Other references are 2006 World Almanac and Book of Facts, Guinness World Records, 2007, Construction Codes and Inspection Handbook, and others.

I was caught flat-footed by the question, nay, even stung, I guess. I never realized that such type of question would come from a library science student. I threw back the question to the class to see how they would answer. The question stung me because there seemed to be distressing truth in it. As they say, the truth hurts. To mollify myself, I shrugged it off with the thought, as many have insistently thought about it, that “this generation is not a reading generation, anyway.”

As a librarian, the question kept really bugging me for quite a time and had become a monkey on my back. Shrugging it off would only intensify the nagging question in my mind. The first thing that I did was to reflect on the question. My experience and my having rubbed elbows with luminaries and practitioners in field of librarianship tell me that there is, indeed, a downtrend in the use of reference books and libraries. This is a worldwide phenomenon which started when Information Technology got a firm hold and footing in all aspects of human endeavors. There are now libraries in the first world being turned into museums because there are few users. Libraries, indeed, are struggling for attention and use. And librarians are fighting an uphill battle to turn students and young people to be readers and library users.

When reflecting about the question as a library director, I found out that the question carries a lot more issues and concerns, e.g., the stupendous costs of the print version of encyclopedias, the time and effort in selection, the expenses in purchasing and processing, the big shelving space needed for encyclopedias and other attendant expenses. The more important consideration is its use by the intended and potential users. If the utilization of the encyclopedia by the students and other users is only a very-low or nil, to say the worst, then the money used for its purchase is useless; the time and effort, and even talent put into its processing become meaningless and worthless.

When I queried Google “is there a need for encyclopedia?” I couldn’t make heads and tails of articles or sites and pages presented on the screen. It’s getting more laborious these days to use the internet. It’s no longer an information superhighway or even a “smorgasbord of information” but dump sites information or landfill of anything.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ang Laybrarian sa Kasalukuyang Panahon

Ni Roderick Ramos
Unang Bahagi ng Ikalawang Serye

Mapapakinabangan ng bawat laybraryan ang pagpapamalas ni Michael Stephen ng isang balangkas upang makabuo ang sinuman ng isang rubikong presentasyon ng isang onlayn or web-based reader service na hindi lamang naglalaman ng serbisyong puro teksto o karaniwang higit pa dito bagkus nagtataglay ng karagdagan at marami pang inobasyon.

Isang klasikong rubiko, Cube o bloke na maaring buuin na mahihinuha sa konseptong hyperlinked library ni Stephen ay maaring hati-hatiin sa anim na mukha na may siyam na padikit ang bawat isa na may pare-parehong kulay. Kinakailangan lamang na ang bawat mukha ng bloke ay buo at iisa na lamang ang kulay (Wikipedia, 2009):

White, The Library is transparent; Red, The Library is participatory and harnesss user-generated content; Blue, The Library tells stories; Orange, The Library plays; Green, The Library makes connections; Yellow, The Library learns (

 Maaring patuloy na maragdagan nito di lamang ang pagtaas ng bilang ng mga indibiduwal na dumarako sa mga elektronikong pagmumulan ngunit pati na rin ang isang porsiyento sa kasalukuyan na ang inuunang tangkilikin ay ang elektronikong sayt ng laybrari.

 Nahahayaan at pinauunlakan ang mambabasa na maging modereytor o content provider sa isang padikit bilang diretsong pagpapahalaga sa maaring magawa nila sa serbisyong onlayn ng silid-aklatan o laybrari.

 May sariling sayber-kansilor ang sayt ng laybrari upang siyang maging tagapakinig sa anumang virtuwal na kalagayan mayroon ang kostumer na umaasang matutunghayan ang impormasyong nililiyag.

 Ang istilo ng komunikasyon ng laybrari ay bukas at hindi kailanman nakikipagtaguan, pinid o may tabing dahil ang bahay-gagamga ay hayag, otentiko ang pakikipag-ugnayan at ganap bilang isang komunidad.

 Pinayayaman nito ang karanasan ng bawat kasapi dahil na rin sa mga inobatibong serbisyo at pagsisilbi bilang daluyan ng mga talakayan, plataporma, at pagpapakilala di lamang ng mambabasa kundi kasama pati ang mga kawani ng laybrari.

 Inilalahok nito ang lahat sa isang pakikipagniig tungo sa kolektivong katalinuhan o kaalaman bunga ng pagiging newbie na may angking kasabikan, mga sariwang ideya at may kahandaang lumago sa bawat pakikipagsapalaran gamit ang sayt ng laybrari.

Ang presensiya rin ng laybrari sa virtuwal na kalagayan di lamang sa kanyang kasalukuyang katayuan ay isang hamon tungo sa kagila-gilalas na mundo, ang Ikalawang Buhay o Second Life. Ang inisyatibo sa pagbili ng virtuwal na lupa o karapatan sa Ikalawang Buhay o Second Life ay isang katangi-tanging at inaasahang programa na kalulugdan lalong higit ng mga indibiduwal na gustong-gusto ang ang biswal na teknolohiya, bilis ng takbo, eksena at kalantaran ng kaalaman bilang tugon sa anumang katanungan.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Definitions of Filipiniana Materials

Point of view of Mr. David A. Cabonero

It is no doubt that Filipiniana Materials are an integral part of libraries in the Philippines because they are highly recognized by the Commission on Higher Education. This can be observed in the CHED standards that there should be 5% of Filipiniana materials from the overall library collection thus it is the practice of Filipino Librarians to have Filipiniana Section with a location symbol or placemark "F" OR "FIL."

Filipino librarians have various definitions. According to Isagani R. Medina, Filipiniana are books and non-book materials about the Philippines, produced in or outside the Philippines, by Filipinos or non-Filipinos, in any of the Philippine languages, or in a foreign language."

In a survey conducted by Prof. Rosa Vallejo (as cited by Vernon R. Totanes in his blog, Filipino Librarian), of the 14 academic libraries and the National Library, nine libraries consider Filipiniana based on Medina's definition; five libraries do not consider imprint as a criterion, and another two libraries do not consider author/writer as criterion for inclusion. If I may add, some libraries adhere to Retana's definition: all printed books in the Philippines, irrespective of subject matter.

De La Salle University Library has a unique definition. The scope of its Filipiniana collection covers all book publications about the Philippines, its peoples and culture, regardless of author, imprint and language; generally works written by Filipinos except works by De La Salle University faculty, administrators, and students/alumni, DLSU theses and dissertation, DLSU faculty or university publications, and La Salliana materials (because these materials form a major of the DLSU Archives collections); books written in Philippine languages; Philippine government publications and yearbooks, except publications by Philippine corporate bodies the subject matter of which does not have anything to do with the Philippines; publications containing substantial portions or chapters regarding the Philippines (publications with only a small portion or a chapter on the Philippines are not considered Filipiniana, but analytics are provided for that portion or chapter); and works dealing with the application of scientific thought and methodology to Philippine and local needs and circumstances. Works and other original research studies on universally accepted knowledge, such as chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, etc. even if authored by Filipinos, are not included in the Filipiniana collection. These materials are found in the general circulation section. Also, Philippine periodicals are located in the Periodicals Section. Other types of non-book materials considered Filipiniana are separately maintained because these require special handling and storage (i.e. audio-visual materials).

The scope or characteristics of Filipiniana materials depends mainly on how you want to build your Filipiniana Section. In the above definitions of Filipiniana, there is no right or wrong definition as to the scope or characteristics of Filipiniana collections. It is a matter of collection development policy.

Moreover, other sections of the library like Accountancy Section, Law Section or Engineering Section may have a Filipiniana corner, Reference corner, home use and overnight use books corner. Some librarians do not consider the local books in the said sections (Accountancy, Law and Engineering) as Filipiniana. Going back to the CHED standards on Filipiniana, what then could be considered as Filipiniana in the said sections if we are not going to consider the books published in the Philippines. In this case, we will not be able to meet the requirements of the CHED standards (5% of the total collection should be Filipiniana) especially if we do not belong to the labeled "autonomous HEIs." It would be better to adopt the definition of Medina which is, "Filipiniana are books and non-book materials about the Philippines, produced in or outside the Philippines.

Friday, January 16, 2009

2008 PAARL Outstanding Academic Librarian

Our Warmest Congratulations to Dr. Enrique T. Cayaban, Director of Libraries of Saint Mary's University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, Member of PLAI Board of trustees, President of PLAI-CaVRLC and Nueva Vizcaya Librarians Association, Inc. for being the PAARL 2008 OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC LIBRARIAN to be awarded on Jan. 30, 2009 at the National Library.



7 January 2009
Dr. Enrique T. Cayaban
Director of Libraries
Saint Mary's University
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

Dear Dr. Cayaban:

Greetings from the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians!

I am pleased to inform you that the PAARL Board has approved your nomination for the Outstanding Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award for 2008.

The award gives recognition to an individual librarian who has made an outstanding national or regional contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development.

As a recipient of this award, you will receive a Plaque of Recognition and a cash gift at the Annual General Assembly and Induction/Awards Ceremonies scheduled on Friday, 30 January 2009 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning at the National Library, T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila.

This also serves as an invitation for you and your guest to join the Officers, Board of Directors, special guests, fellow awardees, and members of the association on this occasion. We will be honored to have your presence at the awarding ceremony.

Congratulations and best wishes!

Sincerely yours,

Chair, Awards and Scholarship Committee



Thursday, January 15, 2009

Book Donation Turn-over Program of SMU to Adopted Barangays in Nueva Vizcaya

The Kalinga Center, the Extension arm of Saint Mary's University, with the participation of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.- Cagayan Valley (PLAI-R02), and the SMU Library Staff, was recipient of book donation from the Multimedia Multicultural Children's Literature Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MMCLAPI) and the National Library of the Philippines. These books are intended to be given to the selected Barangays of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya and some towns of the province which have prepared a place for these donated materials.

Saint Mary's University (SMU) Library and the Kalinga Center turned-over the said books in a program held last November 26, 2008 in celebration of the National Book Week and the Library and Information Science Month Celebration.

The program was spearheaded by Dr. Enrique T. Cayaban, SMU Director of Libraries, Dr. Isabelita Rabec, Kalinga Center Director, and the BLIS faculty and students. The activity was graced by Fr. Manuel Valencia, SMU President, Dr. John Palina, SMU VP for Administration, Dr. Nena Valdez, VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Moises Alexander Asuncion, Dean of School of Education and some Barangay captains and councilors of the recipient barangays.

The recipients of the books donated by the MMCLAPI and the Quezon City Public Library were the following barangays of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya namely: 1) Vista Alegre; 2) Sta. Rosa ; and some barangays in Sta. Fe, Ambaguio and Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.

These were taken before and during the program:

The Library and Information Science (LIS) practicum students were tasked to organize the said books donated to the different barangays and will be called "Barangay Reading Center." Dr. Enrique T. Cayaban, SMU Director of Libraries, and Mr. David A. Cabonero, SMU LIS Coordinator gave an assurance that the organization of their mini-library will be taken cared of by the LIS practicum students.

To those who are interested to donate cash, books and other supplies, please coordinate to the following:

1. Dr. Isabelita Rabec, Director of Kalinga Center, Saint Mary's University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

2. Dr. Enrique T. Cayaban, Director of Libraries, Saint Mary's University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

Thank you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

UPSLAA Training on Feb. 6, 2009

UP Library and Information Science AlumniAssociation (UPLSAA)
Diliman Quezon City

January 14, 2009

Dear Colleagues:

The UP Library and Information Science Alumni Association (UPLSAA), in cooperation with Feati University, invite you to attend the “Training and Application of Libro Library System”. This will be facilitated by Mr. Romy Sebastian, librarian and developer of the Libro System. The training will be held in Feati Universityon February 6, 2009, 1:00-4:00 pm. Training fee costs Php 5,000.00 which includes a copy of the Libro System software and certificate.

The Libro System is an integrated library software primarily designed for use by librarians, information specialists and record managers. Its features and modules will enable libraries to automate library functions such as cataloging, indexing, circulation, collection management, etc. Each participant will have an overview of the different modules and features with hands-on tutorial on the installation and application of the system. Mr. Sebastian gave this training to more than 100 schools and organizations from different parts of the country who availed the system such as the Manila Observatory, Ortigas Foundation Inc., Philippine Daily Inquirer, FEU-EastAsiaCollege, St. Jude Catholic School-Manila, Mindanao State University-Maguindanao, and Northern Cebu Colleges.

Reservation is a must to guide us in determining the number of computer units needed for the training. Please send us an email at (uplsaa@yahoo. com) or call Ms. Carina C Samaniego (426-5921) for your reservations and other inquiries.

Kindly disseminate this to those who might be interested.


UPLSAA Executive Board 2008-09

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

MAHLAP 21st National Conference on Feb. 25-27, 2009

Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP)

January 12, 2009

Dear Fellow Librarians, Information
Specialists, Medical and Health Workforce,
Library Staffs, and Colleagues;

The Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP) will be holding its 21st National Congress and Seminar-Workshop on the theme:“The challenge of change: partnerships and developments towards globalization” on February 25 to 27, 2009 at Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay City.

The seminar-workshop will focus on the current practices and perspectives in medical and health libraries as well as uplifting the role of librarians. To this end, we aim to do the following:

· Acquaint the participants to advanced developments and emerging technologies in libraries, medical and health care system;

· Transform conventional services and practices to neo-conventional; and

· Rejuvenate the participants on the utilization of current tools and resources at-hand

We are pleased to invite you to join this Seminar-Workshop. Enclosed is the proposed program and registration form for the said event. The seminar fee is Php 4,500.00 inclusive of 3 days 2 nights accommodation, certificate, program materials, and meals. Participants who will pay by January 31, 2009 will receive a 10% rebate upon on-site registration.

Kindly make your payments to any Philippine National Bank branches under account name: Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines Account no.: 201-506726-0.

Please send us a copy of the deposit slip and registration form by fax or email. If you have any comments or inquiries, please contact the following:

Ms. Lot Dorado, MAHLAP Treasurer <lotdorado@yahoo. com>, +632-7436920

Ms. Gina Canceran, MAHLAP Ex-officio <ginacanceran@>, +632-5265851

There will also be a tour of Tagaytay City on February 27, 2008 for interested participants. We look forward for your presence as our partners in our shared quest for excellence.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Chair, Conference Committee

MAHLAP President
email: mahlap_1988@

MAHLAP Website: http://www.mahlap. org/
yahoogroup: http://groups. group/mahlap_ 1988/
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ASLP Forum & General Assembly on Jan. 15, 2009

Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines

Dear Colleague/s:

The Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines is pleased to invite you to its Annual General Assembly on 15 January 2009, 9 a.m.-12 noon at the National Economic and Development Authority, G/F DIOC, NEDA sa Pasig Bldg., #12 Josemaria Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Following the meeting is a forum on "Continuous Professional Education (CPE) for Librarians." It aims to inform the librarians on the new CPE rules and regulations and to make them aware of the relevance of CPE to their professions.

The expected participants in the forum are librarians, library administrators, teachers and students of Library & Information Science, information specialists and other library personnel.

Forum fee is P 100.00 for members and P 150.00 for non-members . Certificates will be given after the forum.

For reservations and inquiries, please contact the following ASLP officers:

Cefy I. Andaya (PNB) Tel.No.526-3131 loc. 4411

Edith Dumo (NEDA) Tel. No. 631-3757

Celia Cruz (Ortigas Foundation) Tel. No. 631-1231

Tess Casio (NSO) Tel. No. 713-7090

Fidel Ian A. Flojo (BSP) Tel. No. 524-9217

An induction of the newly elected ASLP officers for 2009 shall also be conducted.

We will be grateful if you can extend this invitation to our colleagues or post it on your bulletin boards.

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

Sincerely yours,

Vice President/Conference Chair

Noted by:
Publish Post


Saturday, January 10, 2009

PAARL 2009 Officers and Board Members

Congratulations to the 2009 PAARL Board!!!

President: Elvira B. Lapuz -University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD)

Vice President: Christopher C. Paras -Southeast Asian College (SACI)

Secretary: Lourdes Roman -San Beda College

Treasurer: Jocelyn T. Balangue - De La Salle University

Auditor: Veronica Jose -Mapua Institute of Technology

PRO: Roderick B. Ramos -Philippine Normal University (PNU)

Directors: Victoria Baleva -Centro Escolar University (CEU)

Sr. Ma. Gloria B. Pasamba, SPC -St. Paul College Manila

Aisa de la Torre -Ateneo Professional School (APS)

Ex-Officio: Loreto T. Garcia - Jose Rizal University

Both outgoing and incoming Boards are still finalizing the details of the Annual General Assembly. It will definitely be held on 30 January2009, Friday, at The National Library Auditorium. Please wait for further announcement.

PAARL normally holds two national conferences or seminar-workshops a year: the first is during the summer break (April to May), and the second one is during the semestral break - late October. There are normally four forums held every year - one in March, in July during the ABAP Book Fair, in September (Manila International Book Fair), and the last is in November during the National Book Week.

PAARL 36th Annual General Assembly on Jan. 30, 2009

Rm. 301, The National Library Building, T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita
1000 Manila, Philippines

08 January 2009

Dear Members:

Notice is hereby served that the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians, Inc. will hold it 36th Annual General Assembly on the 30th of January, 2009, Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at 6th Floor, The National Library Auditorium, T.M. Kalaw St., Malate, Manila, with the following agenda:

* Call to order
* Determination of Presence of Quorum
* Approval of the Minutes of Last Year’s Annual General Meeting
* Annual Report of the President
* Treasurer’s Report
* Report on the Election of the Board of Directors for the Year 2009
* Other Business as may properly be brought before the Meeting
* Adjournment

The Formal Induction of the new Board and its Officers for 2009 and the Awarding Ceremonies will proceed immediately after the general meeting or about10:00 a.m. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. There will be no registration fee but renewal or application for membership fees for 2009 will be welcomed. Snacks will be served after the induction.

For inquiries, please call the undersigned, or any of the Association’s officers/directors. Kindly post a copy of this invitation on yourbulletin board, or inform other librarians of this event. We will greatly appreciate your sharing this information with others.

We look forward to your presence. Just in case you are unable to attend, please fill out and return to us the attached Member’s Proxy form.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Outgoing President


Monday, January 5, 2009

PLAI-CaVRLC 2008 Financial Report

Cagayan Valley Region Librarians Council (CaVRLC)
c/o Director Libraries' Office
Saint Mary's University
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

Seminar Financial Report

October 24, 2008

Membership fee of 20 members P 4,200.00
P 35,000.00
P 700.00
TOTAL P 56,700.00

Seminar expenses:

P 30, 250.00 Hotel function and room accommodation
P 11,000.00 Honorarium of speakers
P 350.00 Handouts
P 3,000.00 Bags (25 bags @ P120.00 each)
P 118.00 Snacks during the General Assembly
P 98.00 Photo printing
P 179.50 Token for Dr. Nena Valdez
P 4,339.00 Expenses during the preparation (please see separate sheet)
P 49,334.50 Total Expenses

Total Collection P 56,700.00
Less Total Expenses P 49,334.50

Net Income P 7,365.50

Less Nov. 16, '08 Lunch meeting P 956.00

Total Collection During the Seminar P 6,409.50

Cagayan Valley Region Librarians Council (CaVRLC)
c/o Director Libraries' Office
Saint Mary's University
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

Financial Report

Total Collection of PLAI Region 02

From Membership Fee 2006-2008 P 10,550.00

Net Income From Seminar Fee on Sept. 05, 2007 P 4,839.00

Net Income From Seminar Fee on Oct. 24-25, 2008 P 6,409.50


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Noted by:


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Library and Information Science Research Abstracts in the Philippines

Library and Information Science Research Abstracts
This can be accessed at:

This blog contains abstracts of theses and dissertations in Library and Information Science (LIS) in the Philippines. The following are its objectives:

1. to facilitate the searching of researches or theses on LIS;
2. to provide free access to research materials for LIS students;
3. to serve as a verification tool for research conducted in the Philippines.

This is also a good source of literature in library science but there is a need to verify the original document to check the veracity of information on your thesis or research paper.