Sunday, December 28, 2008

Librarian Events for January 2009

UPDATED as of 12 January 2009

What :
PLAI-STRLC Oathtaking of New Officers &
Strategic Planning
When :
January 9, 2009 -- Moved to January 20, 2009
Where :
Audiovisual Room 2
San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite
Sta. Cruz, Cavite City

What :
ASLP General Assembly & Forum on CPE
When :
January 15, 2009 ; 9am
Where :
National Economic and Development Authority
G/F DIOC, NEDA sa Pasig Bldg.,
#12 Josemaria Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Fee :
PhP 100.00 (member)
PhP 150.00 (non-member)
Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines

What :
Forum on "Update on Library Standards"
When :
January 16, 2009 ; 8 am - 11 am
Where :
Angeles University Foundation
Angeles City
PLAI-Central Luzon Region Librarian's Council

What :
PAARL 36th Annual General Assembly
When :
January 30, 2009 ; 8am - 12noon
Where :
6th Floor, The National Library Auditorium
T.M. Kalaw St., Malate, Manila
Fee :

Induction of the New Board/Officers and the Awarding
Ceremonies will proceed after the AGM.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

2008 Nobel Prize for Literature

Nobel Prize website had an interesting post which I hope we librarians could relate. It is from the lecture delivered by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, the 2008 Nobel Prize laureate for literature. Click here for the fulltext and here for his bio-bibliography.

Excerpts from that lecture:
Books entered my life at a later period. When my father's inheritance was divided, at the time of his expulsion from the family home in Moka, in Mauritius, he managed to put together several libraries consisting of the books that remained. It was then that I understood a truth not immediately apparent to children, that books are a treasure more precious than any real property or bank account. It was in those volumes—most of them ancient, bound tomes—that I discovered the great works of world literature: Don Quijote,illustrated by Tony Johannot; La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes; the Ingoldsby Legends; Gulliver's Travels; Victor Hugo's great, inspired novels Quatre-vingt-treize, Les Travailleurs de la Mer, and L'Homme qui rit. Balzac's Les Contes drôlatiques, as well. But the books which had the greatest impact on me were the anthologies of travellers' tales, most of them devoted to India, Africa, and the Mascarene islands, or the great histories of exploration by Dumont d'Urville or the Abbé Rochon, as well as Bougainville, Cook, and of course The Travels of Marco Polo. In the mediocre life of a little provincial town dozing in the sun, after those years of freedom in Africa, those books gave me a taste for adventure, gave me a sense of the vastness of the real world, a means to explore it through instinct and the senses rather than through knowledge. In a way, too, those books gave me, from very early on, an awareness of the contradictory nature of a child's existence: a child will cling to a sanctuary, a place to forget violence and competitiveness, and also take pleasure in looking through the windowpane to watch the outside world go by.
Another qoute about books:
In Africa, Southeast Asia, Mexico, or the South Sea Islands, books remain an inaccessible luxury. And yet remedies to this situation do exist. Joint publication with the developing countries, the establishment of funds for lending libraries and bookmobiles, and, overall, greater attention to requests from and works in so-called minority languages—which are often clearly in the majority—would enable literature to continue to be this wonderful tool for self-knowledge, for the discovery of others, and for listening to the concert of humankind, in all the rich variety of its themes and modulations.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

CMO About Libraries

CHED Memorandum Order (CMO)

CMO 53, s. 2006 [see Section 16]
Policies and Standards for Information Technology Education (ITE) Programs

CMO 8 s. 2005
Policies and Standards for Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) Program

CMO 25, s. 2005 [see 4.3, pp. 10-14]
Policies, Standards and Guidelines for Engineering Education

CMO 5, s. 2001 [see Article VII, section 1-9]
Updated Policies and Standards for Dental Education

CMO 6, s. 2001 [see Article VII]
Policies and Standards for Radiologic Technology Education

CMO 27, s. 2001 [see Article VIII, section 21-24]
Revised Policies, Rules and Guidelines for Business and Management Education

CMO 30, s. 2001 [see Article VII]
Updated Policies and Standards for Nursing Education

CMO 36, s. 2001 [see Article VII]
Updated Policies and Standards for Medical Education

CMO 7, s. 1998 [see Article VII, section 1-7]
Updated Policies and Standards for Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Education

CMO 2, s. 1996
Grant from the Higher Education Development Fund (HEDF) to the State Colleges (SCs) Listed in the Body of this Order for Institutional Support Upgrading and/or Development Including, but not Limited to, Improving Library Facilities and Buying and/or Updating Laboratory Equipment, and Setting the Requirements and/or Conditions therefor

CMO 23, s. 1996
Grant from the Higher Education Development Fund (HEDF) to the State Universities (SUs) Listed in the Body of this Order for Institutional Support, Upgrading and/or Development Including, but not Limited to Improving Library Facilities and Buying and/or Updating Laboratory Equipment and Setting the Requirements and/or Condition therefor

Sunday, December 07, 2008


December 15, 2008

Ooops ... forgot to publish this post earlier as drafted. Better late than never! Thank you vhic for your comment posted last December 10, 2008 about the existence of PLAI-EVRLC blog. You see as of December 7, 2008 we have prepared the update of Regional Council Blogs but due to confluence of events this merry season of December, peer reviewing of draft articles (an internal blogsite rule we adopted as form of quality control) takes a back seat due to task of equal importance at our own individual institutions. Below is the abridged version of that draft article deleting the other paragraphs that requires colleague's peer review before publication.

December 7, 2008

Received an email today informing me among others that PLAI : Eastern Visayas Region Librarians Council has a blog presence since January 2008. In view of this information, we are revising our post of of November 25, 2008 regarding PLAI Regional Council Blogs and PLAI-EVRLC is the 5th Regional Council with online presence and PLAI-ZPRLC as the 6th using the date of the first posted article as point of reference of online/blog presence.

The online presence of Regional Councils (RC) provide a real-time dissimination of their activities within and outside the region. Colleagues from other RC could benchmark their planned activities, duplicate/replicate/re-echo events based on what been done (or not being done) in other council. The accrued benefits of this horizontal approach (insted of top-to-botttom) to effecting changes in our beloved association is now bearing fruits. More & more younger & IT literate colleagues are connected at the grassroot level and in due time, its impact will be felt at the national level of our beloved PLAI.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Review : Philippine Journals Online

Doing scholarly research about the Philippines is never an easy task. Just locating the needed background materials or simply learning what researches have already been done require numerous trip to the big academic/university libraries and/or the National Library of the Philippines. Reading publications especially serials published in the country (traditionally has a limited printed copy published due to exorbitant publication cost) can only be found in this big academic libraries. Now comes Philippines Journals OnLine (PhilJOL) to the rescue. Initiated in May 2008, "it aims to promote the awareness and use of Philippines-published journals in all disciplines by providing access to tables of contents (TOCs), abstracts and full text on the Internet".

PhilJOL facilitate an instant worldwide access to Philippine researches and a great potential to increase the readership base of Philippine based scholarly journals. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages of using this publishing model.

Librarians from less funded institutions in the country have now a chance to serve Filipiniana Serials to their clientele/institution researchers with a minimal library investment of computer unit and a DSL internet connections to be able to access this database on a 24/7 basis. Others scholarly journals are also available for free reading/downloading via the DOAJ initiative to complement this online Filipiniana serials.

Currently there are 26 journals listed on PhilJOL and we fervently hope other university based scholarly journals in the country will follow their footstep on this Open Journal System (OJS) publication model. Congratulation to PhilJOL for this initiative of bringing Philippine scholarly researches to a much wider audience.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

UPLSSA Newsletter

The UPLSAA Executive Board 2008-09 announce via yahoogroup email the latest issue of the UP Library Science Alumni Association (UPLSAA) Newsletter, May-Nov 2008 issue is now available. Click here to download the pdf copy.

Likewise let's help build the UP-SLIS Building!