Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Rizal Day 2015

Today is the 119th death anniversary of our National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

Download. Print. Create a scale model of the Rizal Monument at

Re-read the Rizal monument centenary at

Know the Rizal Day 2015 Activities HERE

Monday, December 28, 2015

37th Manila International Book Fair

37th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)
September 14-18, 2016
SMX Convention Center
SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas From Your PLAI-STRLC Family

I would
like to put
up a tree in my
heart, and instead
of hanging presents,
I would like to put the
names of all my friends.
Close friends and not so close
friends. The old friends, the new
friends. Those that I see every day
and the ones that I rarely see. The ones
that I always remember and the ones that
I sometimes forget. The ones that are always
there and the ones that seldom are. The friends of
difficult times and the ones of happy times. Friends
who, without meaning to, I have hurt, or without meaning
to have hurt me. Those that I know well and those I only know
by name. Those that owe me little and those that I owe so much.
My humble friends and my important friends. The names of all those
that have passed through my life no matter how fleetingly. A tree with
very deep roots and very long
and strong branches so that
their names may never be
plucked from my heart. So
that new names from all
over may join the existing ones. A tree with a very
pleasant shade so that our friendship may take a
moment of rest from the battles of life. "May the
happy moments of Christmas brighten every day 
of the new year". These are our sincere wishes.

A Blessed CHRISTmas everyone! Wishing you and your family Health
Happiness, Peace  and Prosperity this holiday season!!! May the magic
of  Christmas abundantly fill our heart with all Warmth, Joy and Love 
in 2016 and beyond!!! Merry Christmas from your PLAI-STRLC Family!!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach -- Miss Universe 2015


Miss Universe 2015 : Top 15 Candidates

Pia Wurtzbach (Philippines)
Miss Universe 2015

Ariadna Gutierrez  (Colombia)
1st Runner Up

Olivia Jordan (USA)
2nd Runner Up

UPDATED as of 10:30am 21 Dec 2015
UPDATED as of 10am 21 Dec 2015

The top 15 contestants are:

Brazil—Marthina Brandt

Australia—Monika Rudolovic (5) (4)

Indonesia—Anindya Kusuma Putri

Dominican Republic—Clarissa Molina (6)

Philippines—Pia Wurtzbach (9) (3) (3)

France—Flora Coquerel (7) (1)

USA—Olivia Jordan (1) (5) (1)

Curacao—Kanisha Sluis (8)

Belgium—Annelies Toros

Japan—Ariana Miayomoto (3)

Venezuela—Mariana Jimenez (10)

South Africa—Refilwe Mthimunye

Colombia—Ariadna Gutierrez (2) (2) (2)

Mexico—Wendy Esparaza

Thailand—Aniporn Chalermburanawong (4)

Legend: In yellow - Top 10 Candidates (with the corresponding # when they are called)
Legend: In orange - Top 5 Candidates , Final 3 Candidates

Info source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mendiola Consortium Forum on Effective Customer Relations

Mendiola Consortium
Committee on Libraries

December 14, 2015

Dear Colleagues:


We would like to invite you and your staff to attend the forum with the topic “The Library At Its Best: A forum on sharpening integrity towards effective customer relations” on January 13, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 n.n. to be held at the Pamanang Bedista, San Beda College, Mendiola, Manila.

The forum aims to:
1. Redefine the library as a research haven for conducive study and discovery;
2. Reorient the library staff and customers on the value of silence and discipline;
3. Demonstrate positive customer service through improved library attendance, use of resources and feedback forms.

Participants will be charged two hundred pesos (P200.00) to cover certificates and snacks. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

We look forward to seeing you and your staff at the forum. Please contact any of the following for reservations.

Victoria P. Baleva (CEU) 735-9406
Rosette E. Nuera (CHS) 735-6021 loc 210
Claire Flores-Pascua (LCCM) 736-02-35
Rose Robles (SBC) 735-60-11 loc 6135
Arnulfo O. Junio (SJCS) 735-6393

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Arnulfo O. Junio
Chair, Committee on Libraries, 2015-2016

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

PAARL Board of Directors and Officers for 2016

Congratulations to the incoming PAARL Board of Directors and officers for 2016.

Michelle A. Esteban
Far Eastern University

Vice President
Ana Maria B. Fresnido
De La Salle University-Manila

Melquiades I. Alipo-on
Olivarez College

Aniline A. Vidal
University of Perpetual Help System

Editha A. Alamodin
National University

Juan Martin R. Guash
Asian Institute of Maritime Studies


Kaori B. Fuchigami
University of Santo Tomas

Grace A. Garcia
University of the Philippines-Diliman

Vernon R. Totanes
Ateneo De Manila University

NLP Holiday Schedule

In line with the Christmas season, the library presents its holiday schedule for December. Please be informed that we will be closed on the ff. dates:

December 18 (Friday) to give way to our annual get-together.
December 24-25 - Christmas 
December 30 - Rizal Day
December 31 - January 1, 2016 - New Year's

We are open from Mondays to Fridays INCLUDING December 21 - 23 and Dec 28 - 29. 

For the new year (2016), Library operations will resume on January 4, 2016, Mondays to Fridays 8:00 am to 5:00pm.

Please be guided accordingly.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Word of the Year for 2015

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph, officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy" or emoji.
Digital communication is the sign of our times. And emoji functions extremely well in that medium, often in language-like ways. And for this reason, it is surely not a stretch to consider an emoji to be, if not a word in the conventional sense, at the very least, having language-like properties.
While selected IDENTITY as the Word of the Year for 2015. has updated a handful of terms to reflect the new ways that people are speaking about the concept of identity explicitly. These include a new sense at the word identify to account for the common construction identify as and the addition of the term gender expression, defined as “the external expression of gender roles, as through socially defined behaviors and ways of dressing.” Further edits were made to the entry code-switching. Originally a linguistic term, code-switching has expanded in meaning in the recent past to encompass all aspects of identity beyond just language or manner of speech. The sociolinguistic definition is “the use of one dialect, register, accent, or language variety over another to project a specific identity.” The less technical sense is “the modifying of one’s behavior, appearance, etc., to adapt to different sociocultural norms.” Over the last few years, code-switching has emerged as important terminology for framing our multi-faceted identities.
Today, Merriam-Webster announces that ISM, a small but powerful suffix as the Word of the Year for 2015 following the selection of the word "CULTURE" as the Word of the Year for 2014.
But not just any ism. The top isms to earn high traffic spikes and big bumps in lookups on the dictionary company’s website in 2015 over the year before are socialism, fascism, racism, feminism, communism, capitalism and terrorism.

UN releases comic book explaining climate change

from Philippine Daily Inquirer
by Kristine Angeli Sabillo

PARIS — In a bid to explain the issue of climate change to children, the United Nations has released a comic series that features the adventures of two superheroes attempting to address the effects of global warming.

Comics Uniting Nations, a partnership of the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef), PCI Media Impact and Reading with Pictures, launched the series “Chakra The Invincible,” based on an Indian animated film. Chakra is a character created by Stan Lee and Sharad Devarajan.

The third comic released by the group, Chakra climate change starts with a group of students from various countries attending a Model UN activity.

The students share their experiences on pollution, drought and other effects of climate change.

Mayumi, a student from the Philippines, talks about the changing weather patterns, which result in stronger typhoons devastating her country.

Read the full article HERE and HERE to read / download the comic series pdf.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Use of Social Media by the Library

"Social media has the potential to facilitate much closer relationships between libraries and their patrons – wherever users are based, and however they choose to learn about and access library services and resources. Current usage of social media by the library community generally remains ad hoc and somewhat experimental, but the uptake of these tools is accelerating, and they will likely play an increasingly important role in library service provision and outreach in the future".

Click HERE to read the fulltext  / download the pdf of the white paper.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Claretian Bookstore Christmas Sale

Christmas is coming! Enjoy your Christmas shopping and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones! The Claretian Bookstore CHRISTMAS SALE is ongoing until December 29, 2015! Hurry! Drop by the Claretian Bookstore at 8 Mayumi St., U.P. Village, Diliman 1101, Quezon City. Call Cito at +63 2 924 6835 for more details.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

2015 National Human Rights Consciousness Week

National Human Rights Consciousness Week is observed from December 4-10 of every year pursuant to Republic Act No. 9201. This year celebration is with the theme “Karapatang Pantao: Igalang, Ipagtanggol, Isakatuparan”

As per DepEd memo no. 152 s.2015, it encourages the hanging of the No To Bullying banner as part of the NHRCW celebration.

Let us joins the celebration by posting a copy of this No To Bullying banner in our Library Bulletin Boards.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Sunday, December 06, 2015

How Social Media Changed the Way We Read Books

Paulo Coelho observed, “My bonds with my audience have never been stronger. Now I can really interact with readers,” but added, “I believe books in the future will change totally, and I need to be ready for this.”
Click HERE to read more. 

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Book Review: Notable Children's Books of 2015

Click HERE to read the full article from New York Times.

Do We Still Need Librarians?

“Librarians should recognize their important role not just in supplying and recommending texts, but also in their understanding and use, and in thinking across the many curricular areas.”
Click HERE to read more. 

Friday, December 04, 2015

2016 LLE Schedule

LLE schedule for 2016 : September 20-21. 
Read HERE for more of the 2016 Scheduled examination.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

PNULISAA 15th Annual General Assembly

Dearest alumni,

We are coming home! smile emoticon
You are cordially invited to the 15th Annual General Assembly with the theme, “Moving Forward to Continued Excellence and Renewed Passion for Service”, happening on December 12, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm at Philippine Normal University Alumni Hall, Taft Avenue, Manila.

This is free for all alumni of PNU Library and Information Science programs. Registration starts at 9:00am. Lunch will be served after the program.

Please send your RSVP on or before Tuesday, 08 December 2015.

Thank you and we really hope to see you there! 
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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Old banknotes good up to December 31, 2015


Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo today reminded the public that the old banknote series launched in 1985 can still be used for daily transactions up to December 31, 2015.

From January 1, 2016 up to December 31, 2016, the old banknotes can still be exchanged in authorized agent banks and the BSP Cash Department. However, starting January 1, 2017, the old banknote series will be fully demonetized or without monetary value.

This means that the New Generation Banknotes introduced in December 2010 will result in the circulation of a single currency series in the country. The New Generation Banknotes have more and enhanced security features to protect the safety of the public against counterfeiters.

The demonetization process of the old banknotes is in line with the provisions of Section 57 of Republic Act No. 7653, otherwise known as the New Central Bank Act, which authorizes the BSP to replace banknotes that are more than 5 years old. The old banknotes have been in circulation for almost three decades.