Saturday, February 21, 2009

30th GAB Memorial Lecture Series

from Igor googlegroup email announcement:

Kwentong Pambata, Dr. Luis Gatmaitan
30th Gabriel A. Bernardo Memorial Lecture Series
9:00am, March 11, 2009
UP BALAY KALINAW Conference Hall,
Diliman, Quezon City

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thank You From Gendrano-Anday Family

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Gendrano-Anday families, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your presence, support, kind gestures and prayers you extended to our family during our trying moments.

Mama, Vilma Gendrano Anday, lived a good 58 years of her life and I can not question God why He took her after only 5 years of taking Papa, Abner Aguilar Anday from us because it is God's perfect time that dictates the time for us to come HOME and join our Creator. I know they both lived their lives to the fullest and now they are at peace. Please do continue remember them in your prayers.

May God who sees the goodness of your heart continue to bless you and your families.

Best regards.

Audrey G. Anday, RL
College Librarian
Library, UP Open University
1st Floor UPOU Building
College, Los BaƱos 4031 Laguna, PHILIPPINES
Tel #: +6349 5366001 to 06 loc 721
Fax # +6349 5366012/5365484

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lim Advises Children to Read Books

News about libraries and reading in national newspapers are rare in our country. Seldom we find news mentioning our beloved profession and indirectly our importance in the achievement of a "reading culture". Thus, it is a welcome news that from time to time our elected local officials devoted some of their time in the promotion of public library services. Hopefully in the near future, concrete policy measures about public library services will be undertaken and a sustainable library program will be supported enthusiastically by our local governments.

Daily Tribune in the metro section and penned by Pat C. Santos bannered "Lim advises children to stay away from drugs by reading books".

In his desire to encourage children to appreciate reading, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim will open tomorrow, Feb. 19, the city-owned library in Pandacan and another in Bacood, Sta. Mesa on Feb. 25.

The libraries are stocked with books that were donated by individuals and organizations.

Lim said he expects to open more libraries in the other districts of the city.

“We want to provide children with another form of entertainment while educating them through reading instead of wasting their time in worthless ventures like begging, or worse, even drugs,” the mayor told the department heads during the regular Monday DEHECHO meeting.

The mayor stressed the importance of reading and literacy, especially among the elementary and high school students, to increase their chances of improving their lives when they grow older.

He directed the Office of City Librarian chief, Maria Gracia Gargantiel, to conceptualize a program to encourage children to read and go to the libraries this summer for their full enjoyment and optimum use of their vacation.

He met recently with officials of M/V Doulos led by Felipe Bouchat, the only floating library in the world which is committed to bring new books and its crew to outreach missions in the poorest communities of Tondo, particularly Parola and the Baseco Compound at Port Area.

Doulos seeks to address the growing need to enhance the educational system so that students can cope with modern technology while enriching their reading comprehension skills.

Lim said children who can read well are able to grow up as skilled professionals and responsible citizens in the future.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

LABarkadahan : a Study Tour Activity

LABarkadahan - came from two terms coined together "LAB" and "Barkadahan". The acronym LAB means Librarians Association of Batangas and while the word “Barkadahan” is a Tagalog term used to note a group of people going someplace, for fun or for educational purpose. It's root word is "barkada" meaning group of friends.

Last January 30, 2009, the Librarians Association of Batangas (LAB) had a study/educational tour entitled “LABarkadahan” in pre-selected libraries and museums in Metro Manila namely, Ateneo De Manila University-Rizal Library; Lopez Libraries and Museum; and the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL).

The activity aimed to expose librarians and library personnel to these state-of-the-art libraries in the country and to gain valuable knowledge on the latest trends in organizing their myriad resources and how these libraries are being efficiently managed.

It was participated by librarians and staff from the different libraries in Batangas : (2) from University of Batangas (UB); (2) from Casa Del Bambino; (3) from Golden Gate Colleges; (2) from Batangas Provincial Library; (1) from Regional Trial Court of Batangas; (2) from Lipa City Colleges; (1) from FAITH; and (2) from De La Salle Lipa. Many commented that they learned and discovered many things during the tour. (Lilian C. Rabino)

*LAB is the 4th Provincial Chapter (PC) organized and affiliated with PLAI-STRLC.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

JURN Index

A handy tool for librarians searching the growing list of free scholarly / open-access ejournals in the arts and humanities field is now online. Click here (or the image above) to try it. Quick searching this index shows that Kritika at Kultura (1656-152x) published by the Ateneo De Manila University is included among the indexed journals from the Philippines. Hopefully other scholarly ejournals from our country will be included later. Philippine Humanities Review of University of the Philippines Diliman is not yet included because as of this date, articles are not readable online except the TOC.

From the JURN blog:

What’s not in the mix? The closed “paid-for” ejournals (on Muse, Sage, Blackwell, Intellect, etc) are not indexed. The “buffet style” article-banks, such as and similar, are not indexed. Flash-heavy websites have a hard time being indexed by Google even if they’re in the mix. Some journals are not yet indexed by Google, and some URLs “hide” the actual articles in various ways (e.g. hard image scans of journal pages). Journals in languages other than English are not heavily indexed, and JURN aims to cover only English-language journals. Full-text conference proceedings are not indexed, but may be added at some future date. About six sites were removed during my scrutiny of test searches, since they were of poor quality (dubious art sales sites, fashion mags, etc).

JURN is not accepting submissions, but will track and add new URLs from Intute, DOAJ, and other trusted sources.

Friday, February 06, 2009

DepEd Memo No. 417 s. 2008

While Googling today, I was surprised to find DepEd Memo no. 417 s. 2008. All along we thought our application for DepEd endorsement of PLAI-STRLC "Regional Conference on Empowering Librarians in the 21st Century" and Annual General Assembly last September 24-26, 2008 was unacted for lact of time among other plausible reason(s) we can think of.

Almost on a weekly basis before the said conference, officers alternately followed up via a long distance phone call & check of the DepEd website for the endorsement to no avail. We just consoled ourselves before the start of the conference that we have the CHED and CSC endorsement anyway.

Our lesson learned from that application are as follows:

1) sending the application for endorsement of the conference via "snail mail" works.

We mailed our applications to the different government agencies via registed mail at the same time. The 2 agencies acted on time for us to include the endorsement in the emailed invitations and posted a pdf copy in our blog. I vividly recall at that time that we debated the merits of sending the application via mail vs personally handing it to the concerned agencies. We settled on the first option because we have 3 more months before the conference and I agreed to personally follow it up after a month of mailing the application.

2) personal follow up is still necessary.

As agreed, I went to CHED Head Office at Ortigas only to be told by the lady security guard that the office I need to visit for the endorsement transferred to the new CHED building at UP Diliman yesterday. Before I went to CHED, I was earlier at UP-SLIS and nobody informed me that CHED had a new office building within the campus. I decided to follow up first at DepEd before returning to UP Diliman at the new CHED building.

At DepEd, I hopped from one office to another tracking the whereabouts of the application letter until I was directed to visit the central mail processing office. Here, they have a database software tracking all the letters/communications received by DepEd. I saw sacks of letters being encoded to this database. No wonder even with a database system, the volume of mails being processed would truly create backlogs in encoding or being routed to concerned offices.

3) file (or mail) the request for endorsement at least 3-4 months before the activity.

This will allow reasonable time for the concern government agencies to act on the application and enough time for the association to include in the invitation letters the endorsement(s).

Monday, February 02, 2009

Librarian Events for February 2009

UPDATED as of 09 March 2009

What :
Forum on "Assessment Techniques & Principles In
Standards for Academic Libraries"
When :
February 5, 2009
Where :
FEATI University Library
Hon. Corazon M. Nera
Dr. Teresita G. Hernandez
Ms. Fe Angela Verzosa
Update :
Click here for the speakers ppt (uploaded at PAARL Wiki)
Click here to view/save photos taken by Ms. Elvie Lapuz

What :
When :February 6, 2009
Where :
PLAI National Headquarters
The National Library of the Philippines

What :
ALL General Assembly & Fellowship
When :
February 9, 2009 ; 1 PM
Where :
Collegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba
Association of Laguna Librarians

What :
PLAI-STRLC Regular Meeting
When :
February 17, 2009 : 9 am
Where :
De La Salle - Lipa, Lipa City, Batangas

What :
Acting and Reading Techniques in Story Telling
(ARTIST) Workshop
When :
February 21-22, 2009 (Sat-Sun) ; 9 - 5 pm
March 21-22, 2009 (Sat-Sun) ; 9 - 5 pm
Where :
6th Floor,The National Library of the Philippines
T.M. Kalaw Avenue, Ermita, Manila
Fee :
PhP 500.00
Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines
The National Library of the Philippines

What :
LibSpeak 2009
A LIS Conference / Inter-LS Essay Writing Contes /
Junior LIS Wizard
When :
February 23, 2009
Where :
UP Balay Kalinaw
University of the Philippines Diliman
Diliman, Quezon City
Speakers :
Vernon Totanes
"The Road Less Taken : The Future of LIS Graduates"
Zarah Gagatica
"Blog It! : Impact of the Blogging Phenomenon to the Field
of Library and Information Science"

Fee :
Free Conference Admission
UP Future Library and Information Professional of the
Philippines (UP-FLIPP)

What :
Forum on "Risk Management in Libraries"
When :
February 27, 2009
Where :
Mother Angela Menemann Hall,
College of the Holy Spirit of Manila
Fee :
PhP 200.00
Mendiola Consortium

What :
21st National Congress & Seminar-Workshop on the theme
“The Challenge of Change : Partnerships &
Towards Globalization
When :
February 25-27, 2009
Where :
Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay City
Updates :
Click here to view/save photos taken by Igor.

What :
LIS Congress 2009
When :
February 28, 2009 ; 8-5 pm
Where :
College of Education Auditorium
University of the Philippines
Diliman, QC
Updates :
View/save photos taken by Igor, AM & PM here.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Notice of Regular Meeting

Philippine Librarians Association Incorporated (PLAI)
PLAI - Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Council

STRLC-NRM-001 s. 2009

January 31, 2009

TO:All Council Officers

SUBJECT :PLAI-STRLC Regular Meeting for 2009

Please come to our 1st Regular Monthly Meeting for 2009 on February 17 (3rd Tuesday of the Month) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at De La Salle-Lipa, Lipa City, Batangas .


Strategic Plan, 2009-2010

2. Plan of Activities for 2009

3. Nominee(s) for the PRC Outstanding Professional Librarian of the Year

4. Application to PRC as CPE Provider


6. Annual Membership Dues

7. PLAI Updates

8. Provincial Chapter's (PC) Updates

9. Other Matters

Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to the secretariat: plaistrlc_secretariat(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)ph. Also please email other items you wish to include in the agenda for the other matters.

Hope to see you all. Thank you.

(sgd.) Rene B. Manlangit