Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Call for Papers - ReCALIS 2016

2nd PLAI-STRLC Research Congress for the Advancement of Library and Information Services (ReCALIS 2016)

9-10 August 2016
Queen Margarette Hotel
Domoit Diversion Road, 4301 Lucena City, Philippines

Theme: Re-examining the Future of Philippine Libraries and Information Centers : What Does Research Says?

We cordially invite you to submit a paper/abstract/poster to the 2nd PLAI-STRLC Research Congress for the Advancement of Library and Information Services (ReCALIS 2016), 9-10 August 2016. These could be accounts of original research, unique viewpoints, case studies, trend analyses etc.

The conference will consider, but not be limited to the following topics/themes:
  • Bibliographic Control : Trends & Challenges
  • Changes in Learning, Research and Information Needs and Behavior of Users
  • Comparative Studies in LIS Education
  • Conceptual and Organizational Perspectives of Knowledge Communication
  • Copyright, Electronic Publishing & Creative Commons
  • Data Mining, Development and Assessment of Digital Repositories
  • Digital Archives, Digital Preservation & Digitization
  • E-research, E-science, E-Learning
  • Information Management & Knowledge Management
  • Information Literacy & Lifelong Learning
  • Information Retrieval
  • Leadership and Change in LIS Profession
  • Library Cooperation: Problems and Challenges
  • Library Performance Measurement and Competitiveness
  • Library Science, Archives Science, Museum and Gallery Studies
  • Records / Document Management
  • Semantics, Semantic Web, Software, Distance learning
  • Technology & Innovations in Libraries and their Impact on Learning, Research and Users
Paper proposals should be submitted in the form of a structured abstract (500-600 words). The format/contents of the abstract should be based on the 'Emerald' description available here <http://www.emeraldinsight.com/authors/guides/write/abstracts.htm?part=1#2>. Submit your proposal to mbatiancila@gmail.com.
Important dates for the call for paper: 
  • 18 Apr - 20 May 2016 – Paper proposal/abstract or full paper submission
  • 30 May 2016 – Notification of acceptance 
  • 15 June 2016 – Closing date for the submission of the conference presentation and final paper

Thursday, March 03, 2016

DepEd Book - What Happens in Disasters

Read HERE the Philippine Daily Inquirer news article. 
While HERE to download an ecopy of the book.

The DepEd book entitled What Happens in Disasters "contains interviews with 120 people from Metro Manila, Bohol, Zambales, Samar and Legaspi City—site of the worst natural calamities in the country’s history and  shares the accounts of young survivors in order to teach others how to act when disasters strike"

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

MGDLS on Collection Analysis and Evaluation

2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2016

Collection Analysis and Evaluation : Fundamentals of 
Collection-Centered Assessment Techniques

March 11, 2016, 1-5 pm
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, QC

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

37th Gabriel A. Bernardo Memorial Lecture

The Gabriel A. Bernardo Memorial Lecture is the premier and longest running lecture series in the Philippines pertaining to library and information studies. Now on its 37th year, the lecture continues to celebrate the life, work, and vision of the Doyen of Philippine Librarianship.

Following the leading scholars and practitioners of the profession and in allied fields that have graced the series in the past, this year’s lecture will be given by no less than the Hon. Lourdes David. Her lecture will be on "Education and Leadership in the LIS Profession."

This event is open to the public and will be held on the 16th of March 2016 (Wednesday) at the U.P. Main Library lobby from 9:00am to 12:00nn.

March is National Women's Month

from PCW website

Theme: "Kapakanan ni Juana,
           Isama sa Agenda!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 to Thursday, March 31, 2016

The theme resonates the call for gender-balance in leadership and decision making positions both in public and private sector; inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda; and capacitating and preparing women and girls to reach their ambitions.

2016 Theme in Local Languages
BikolKarahayan ni Juana, Iibá sa Pag-uurulayan!
ChavacanoBien estar di Juana, pone na Adyenda
HiligaynonKaayohan ni Juana, Iupod sa Adyenda!
IbanagPappakapianan ni Juana, Ivulun ta Adyenda!
IfontokEnkhawisan Juana, Itapi Taku iska Adyenda!/Itapi
taku iska adyenda nan enkhawisan Juana
IlokanoPagsayaatan ni Juana, Ikuyog iti Pagsaritaan
Pan-gawisan Juana, Itapi Taku isan Adyenda!/Itapi 
taku isan adyenda san pan-gawisan Juana
KapampanganIng Kapakanan nang Juana, Iyabe ya king Adyenda!
MasbateñoKaayuhan ni Juana, Iintra sa Adyenda!
MёranawKamapiyaan ni Juana, Irakёs sa Bitiyara
PangasinanPangkamaungan nёn Juana, Ipila ёd
Adyenda/Ipilad Adyenda
SebwanoKaayuhan ni Juana, I-apil sa Adyenda
SurigaononAn Karajawan ni Juana, I-apil sa Adyenda!
WarayKatungdanan ni Juana, Ig-upod ha Adyenda

Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988, the annual conduct of the National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) aims to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in our society. 

Specifically, this year’s celebration aims to: 

1. create an avenue for women and women advocates to celebrate the gains of the current administration with regards to closing gender gap, as well as to call on the next administration to continue supporting the advocacy and prioritize women’s issues in various agenda;

2. present the achievements of the Aquino administration in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, through the Report on the State of the Filipino Women;

3. gather public perception on what women’s issues should be prioritized by the next administration through crowdsourcing of “agenda ni Juana”; and

4. strengthen public advocacy on National Women’s Month, with emphasis on women’s issues that still need to be addressed.

Please visit the website of the Philippine Commission on Women for more information about the month-long celebration.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Beyond Access Philippines Infographics

Congratulation to all Star Libraries of 2015 with special mention to Cavite Provincial Library, Imus City Library, Silang Municipal Library, Rizal Provincial Library, and Batangas Provincial Library from Southern Tagalog region.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

National Rare Disease Week

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Presidential Proclamation No. 1989 s. 2010 declaring the 4th week of February of every year thereafter, as National Rare Disease Week (NRDW) to conduct a national information campaign in order to create awareness among health professionals about the nature and medical management of rare diseases; and instill awareness among the public about rare diseases to generate full support for the special needs of children affected by rare disease from both public and private sectors.

The theme of this year 7th NRDW campaign is “Patient Voice: Join Us in Making the Voice of Rare Diseases Heard”.

Let's us post this poster in our libraries as our contribution in raising national awareness and to generate support for the special needs of children affected by rare disease.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Importance of Reading Aloud to our Children

"While it is critical that parents talk to their children, reading aloud to them is just important. Kids hear most words when they are exposed to conversation. But in many cases, we tend to speak in verbal shorthand infused with jargon.

But books, like magazines and newspapers, contain sophisticated and complex language that use complete sentences. So it makes sense that a child who hears more sophisticated words has a giant advantage over a child who hasn’t heard those words.

In their own right, electronics have had a disturbing impact on reading. For many kids, when the choice is between a book and the Internet, the Internet wins. Screens are magical and the instant gratification they provide is addictive. The fact is, the more time spent in front of a screen, the less likely a child will be to open a book.

But when parents set limits on device time — and include themselves in that limit — there is more time for personal interaction, using board games or sharing a book together.

Books provide kids with literary opportunities to travel outside their small worlds to become aware of how others live. By reading books, children learn about others who don’t have the things they come to expect — people with real disadvantages. Books offer a wider worldview than most of us can ever hope to achieve in our daily lives. The more they read, the stronger the empathy concept becomes."

Read the full text of the article HERE.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Call for Papers : PLAI National Congress 2016

Theme: “Library as a Place: Continual Learning in 
the New Information Landscape”

The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS) and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), will be conducting its Annual National Congress on November 22-25, 2016 in Davao City.


1. To explore the concept of “Library as a Place” and the different strategies needed to transform libraries as a “Third Place”;

2. To examine how libraries can improve their facilities, create new programs, develop collections, and upgrade their services to meet the changing information needs of a multi-sectoral society;

3. To recognize the role of libraries as agents of development by implementing formal, informal, and lifelong learning programs;

4. To identify strategies on how libraries can work effectively with different stakeholders of society to develop, deliver, and sustain its programs, services, and access to information;

5. To identify functions and areas of collaboration for libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) as venues to promote personal, intellectual, cultural, and social development.

The Conference Committee invites submission of proposals for paper/oral (professional category) and poster (professional and/or student categories) presentations. The proposals should be in line with the general theme and based on the following sub-themes/topics:

I. Infrastructure (Space and Design)
Library building design, green technologies in libraries, spaces for social interactions and intellectual fora, community place, experiencing culture, disaster resilience/preparedness(building)

II. Collection and Services
Digital library, blended/hybrid collection, online collection, innovations, resource management, storage of print and digital collections, ICT, special collections, use and access, standards and accreditation

III. Users
Profiling programs, special groups, user expectations, information literacy programs

IV. Management and Role of Librarians
Project management, partnerships, collaborations, directions, changing functions and roles of libraries and librarians, CPD for librarians, staff development programs, support of library/librarians associations, mentoring

V. Valuation, Marketing, Promotion, and Advocacy
Market research, social valuation, impact indicators, social marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Return of Investment

VI. Cultural Heritage and Preservation
Heritage preservation; restoration and conservation projects, preventive conservation

Paper/oral presentation (Professional Category): 20-30 minutes presentation, with 10-15 minutes for questions during the plenary session.

Poster presentation (Professional and Undergraduate Student Categories): Presentation describing the research project with the aid of the text and visuals in the poster (size: 2 ft wide and 5 ft tall). Author(s) must be present to interact and respond to the questions from the participants. 

Proposals for paper and poster presentations should be submitted using the following format:
1. Title of Paper (in capital letters, Times New Roman font size 14)
2. Name of Presenter/s. Use * for the presenting author
3. Institution/Company Affiliation (including official designation and office address)
4. Contact details: email address and mobile number
5. Paper abstract (not more than 300 words, Times New Roman font, size 12) 
6. Keywords (2-5 words)
7. Regional Council to which the member belongs
8. Author's short bio (not more than 100 words for each author)

Proposals must be sent to:
PLAI Conference Committee
nbot@plai.org.ph; plainbot2015@gmail.com

Indicate PLAI Congress Proposal Submission [Paper or Poster (Professional or Student Category)] in the subject line.

Please be informed that only upon the acceptance of the full paper (for oral presentation) by the Committee that you will be invited to present your paper at the conference.


May 30, 2016 - Submission deadline of proposals

June 20, 2016 - Notification of accepted proposals (paper and poster)

August 15, 2016 - Submission deadline of full papers (oral presentation)

August 30, 2016 - Final notification of acceptance and invitation for paper presentation

November 22-25, 2016 - PLAI National Congress 2016


Paper presenters: One author per approved proposal for paper presentation will be provided with airfare transportation subsidy (maximum of P3,000), free registration, and accommodation.

Poster presenters: One author per approved poster will be provided with 50% discount for registration only.

The Best Poster presentation will be awarded with P3,000 cash prize for professional and P 2,000 for undergraduate student category (with minimum of 5 entries for each category).


All selected abstracts will be published in the PLAI National Congress 2016 Book of Abstracts. Full papers (oral presentation) will undergo peer-review for possible inclusion in the PLAI Journal.


Proposals not selected for paper presentation may be considered for poster presentation due to the limited number of available slots. For the poster presentation, each Regional Council is encouraged to have submissions for both professional and undergraduate student categories. Regional eliminations may be conducted by the Regional Councils.