Thursday, March 30, 2017

Online Survey: Filipino Librarian Stereotypes

Call for Survey Participants

Hello, my name is Joan Jocson-Singh and I am an Assistant Professor and Librarian at Lehman College, City University of New York. I am conducting research on Filipino Librarian Stereotypes and media. If you are a Filipino librarian or library student residing in the Philippines, please take a moment to participate in my research by taking a brief online survey at:
If you have any questions, you can email me at

Thank you,

Joan Jocson-Singh | ‪Head of Technical Services
‪Lehman College, CUNY | ‪‪Leonard Lief Library

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Call for Entries : 2017 Palanca Awards for Literature

From Sunday Times Magazine of March 25, 2017 issue

The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. has announced its call for entries to the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. This year’s competition is also accepting submissions to the Novel and Nobela categories, which are offered only every two years.

Established in 1950 in honor of Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards aims to continue developing Philippine literature by providing incentives to writers and serve as a repository of our literary treasures for generations to come.

The regular categories for this year are as follows:

•Novel and Nobela categories

•English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;

•Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula;

•Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.
Young writers below 18 years old may also begin crafting their entries to the Kabataan Division with the theme “How can the youth contribute to building interest in Philippine culture and literature?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaambag ang mga kabataan sa pagsulong ng interes sa kultura at panitikang Pilipino?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

The contest is open to all Filipino or former Filipino citizens of all ages, except current directors, officers, and employees of the Palanca Foundation. Published and produced works, which were first published or first produced between May 1 2016 to April 30 of the current year and/or unpublished and unproduced works may be entered in the contest.

Contestants may submit only one entry per category. The deadline of submission is on April 30, 2017. Winners will be awarded at a special ceremony to be held on September 1.

For official contest rules and forms, visit

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Summer Training : Society of Filipino Archivists

ASLP Conference @ CDO

Prepare for the influx of the so-called "Millennials" at your Libraries. 
Wait, are they even interested to use your library?

Join the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, 
as we scrutinize the information needs of this generation.

Together, let's develop strategies to make your library still the most 
preferred go-to source of information. 

Not the Internet. Not Google. Not Facebook 
But YOUR Library. 

See you all in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines 
on April 26-28, 2017.

Link to the MANILA BULLETIN article:…/ejQEI7Oi2JKrjW1PvCAAFT077v9Eh

Program details:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Breaking News : New NLP Director

Heard a news today that a new NLP director was already appointed by President DU30 as one of his latest presidential appointees and will start office by April.

Is it good for our beloved profession that the new NLP head/director is not a Librarian? Is there violations of our RA9246?

Please comment po so that we could have our collective stand as a profession.

DISCLAIMER: I am not posting this as sour graping. I did not apply for the position. I do believe however, that we have a pool of qualified practicing librarian to be named as NLP director without tapping from the other profession.

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue. (rbmanlangit)

NOTE: Posted earlier in the PLAI officers and Members fb group (a public group). Please refer to the fb post for the updated discussion/comments.

MAHLAP Research Writing Workshop @ CDO

Thursday, March 23, 2017

NBS Read Loud Challenge

Do you love reading, and want to share that love with Filipino children? National Book Store invites you to take the #ReadOutLoudChallenge!

Share a video of yourself reading a line or excerpt from a book, then upload it on Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #ReadOutLoudChallenge. Tag @nbsalert and three friends or more.

For every 75 videos uploaded, the National Book Store Foundation, Inc. will setup 1 school library! See posters for full details and check the hashtag to see who has accepted it.

Visit and join the conversation on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @nbsalert.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PLAI Advisory no. 1 s.2017

The PLAI-National Board of Trustees (NBOT) during the 2nd quarterly meeting last 18 March 2017, formally accepted the resignation of Ma'am Susan Pador as PLAI National treasurer due to health reason and subsequently by unanimous vote approved the nomination of Ma'am Emma Rey (NCRLC Vice-President) as the new National Treasurer.

Likewise, accepted the verbal resignation of Ma. Lorna A. Eguia (CeVRLC) aired during said meeting due to her inability to duly perform the responsibilities of the position because of her previous professional commitment of equal importance as being a PRO. The Board then unanimously approved the nomination and election of Christian Acevedo as the new PRO (WVRLC).

Congratulations to the new PLAI National Officers for 2017-2018.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

7th Rizal Library International Conference

Save the date! Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Rizal Library by joining us at the 7th Rizal Library International Conference, 16-18 November 2017, with Ambeth R. Ocampo as one of the keynote speakers.

Additional information will be posted in the future at

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PATLS Lecture Forum and General Assembly

The Philippine Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science (PATLS), in cooperation with the UST College of Education, invites you to a Lecture Forum and General Assembly on March 27, 2017 (Monday) from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the 1st Floor, SPED Room, Albertus Magnus Building, University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila.

The topic for the Lecture-Forum is “Global Collaboration Across the Information Community.” We have invited Prof. Sonia M. Pascua of UP School of Library and Information Studies as Resource Speaker.

Registration for the lecture forum is free but we are encouraging LIS faculty members to apply for or renew their membership to PATLS. Please pre-register online at Your presence will be very much appreciated.

Monday, March 13, 2017

2nd MGDLS on Libraries and the Internet of Things

PAARL cordially invites you to its 2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017 with the topic “Libraries and the Internet of Things” on 30 March 2017, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, at the Asian Institute of Management, 123 Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Invitation letter may be downloaded from here: or Click HERE

UPDATES as of 5 April 2017

For those who missed this event, you can download the presentation from this link

Friday, March 10, 2017

Library Book Donation

1st EB Library Donation!

Please come on March 21-22, 2017.
9:00am to 4:00pm only.

"First come, first serve"

Just bring your own big carrier bags/boxes.
Grab as many as you can!


For inquiry 6517800 local 2954. Look for Ms Mary Rose Espeña

Thursday, March 09, 2017

117th Philippine Public Library Day

From the Manila Bulletin

Public Library connects, builds communities
Published March 9, 2017, 10:00 PM

THE nation observed the 117th Public Library Day on March 9, 2017, led by the National Library of the Philippines (NLP).

NLP, the premier public library and repository of Philippine history and culture, is the keeper of printed and recorded cultural, intellectual, and literary materials. Its wide Filipiniana collection, books, bibliographic services, journals, databases, maps, stamps, drawings, and manuscripts are rich sources of information and knowledge for Filipino students and researchers.

There are 1,238 public libraries affiliated with NLP, consisting of one regional public library, four congressional district, 49 provincial, 101 city, 577 municipal, and 506 barangay or community libraries. Sharing of information and materials between NLP and public libraries is through computer link-up eLib. NLP provides public libraries with book allocations.

More public libraries were built with the enactment of Republic Act 7743 on June 17, 1994, mandating the establishment of congressional, city, and municipal libraries and barangay reading centers nationwide.

Public libraries bring NLP services in the regions; bookmobiles or mini-libraries make available books, magazines, and reading matters to barriofolk and rural pupils in remote communities. Books on wheels, forming an integral part of the library system, serves as vital link between local governments and community members, provides access to underprivileged segment of population, facilities various government programs, and stimulates reading habits in rural areas where there are no libraries or reading centers.

Public librarians undergo training and seminar by the NLP to update them in their work and to keep them abreast of latest development in the field of librarianship. The NLP is holding this year as part of Public Library Day a four-day national conference of librarians in Davao City on March 14-17, 2017, with the theme, “The Emerging Libraries: Connect, Collaborate, and Build Strong Communities.”

The country’s first public library was the American Circulating Library (ACL) established in Manila on March 9, 1900. On March 5, 1901, the American Military Governor in the Philippines, through Public Act No. 96, accepted the ACL as a donation of ACL Association to the American Insular Government. Public Law Act No. 1935 consolidated all libraries and created the Philippine Library. In 1916, the Philippine Library, Division of Archives, Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks of Executive Bureau, and the Law Library of the Philippine Assembly were merged and called Philippine Library and Museum (PLM). Twelve years later, the Philippine Legislature separated the museum from the library; Public Law No. 3477 in 1928 changed the name from PLM to National Library.

Tags: 17th Public Library Day, Manila Bulletin,, National Library of the Philippines, Public Library connects builds communities

Going Green : Sustainable Practices and Solutions for Your Libraries

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

38th Gabriel A. Bernardo Memorial Lecture

The Librarian Reloaded: Evolving Roles in Health Informatics
March 14, 2017
UP Diliman Main Library Lobby
8:30 AM – 12:00 NN

The UP School of Library and Information Studies will be holding the 38th Gabriel A. Bernardo Memorial Lecture, with Professor Iris Thiele Isip-Tan of the UP Manila Medical Informatics Unit to discuss about the evolving roles of librarians in health informatics. The lecture is free and open to the public. For inquiries, contact Mark Anthony Santos at 981-8500 loc. 2869-2871 or through email mark [AT] slis [DOT] upd [DOT] edu [DOT] ph.

PAARL 2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017

PAARL cordially invites you to its 2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017 with the topic “Libraries and the Internet of Things” on 30 March 2017, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, at the Asian Institute of Management, 123 Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi Village, Makati City.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Accredited CPD Providers

From Mam Lourdes T. David fb post (Chair of the PRBFL CPD Council)

The following librarian associations are now accredited CPD providers: 


Note: As per earlier agreement with the CPD Council, all Regional Councils (RC's) of PLAI need not apply as a separate CPD providers for they are deemed part of PLAI approved application.

UPDATES as of 18 March 2017

AS of our March 15 meeting, the following were approved as CPD providers: [from Ma'am Lourdes T. David]

UST Miguel De Benavides Library
National Library of the Philippines
Society of Filipino Archivists
Assosasyon ng Aklatan at Sinupan ng Diliman, Inc.

UPDATES as of 24 April 2017

Here is a list of newly approved CPD providers:

San Pedro College

Those whose applications were disapproved may resubmit their applications as soon as they complete the requirements for CPD provider. Our next meeting is on May 18. Thank you.

Shop for Books for Free

The Chinben See Memorial Library would like to invite teachers, librarians, students and reading enthusiasts to SHOP FOR BOOKS FOR FREE! This will be on March 04, 2017, Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM at 32 Anda corner Cabildo Streets Intramuros, Manila.

Books ranges from fiction, business, inspirational, education, psychology, sciences, mathematics and many more. Thousand of books to be given away.

For more information, feel free to send a private message or call us at 527-6083, or email us at

See you! And enjoy your BOOK SHOPPING!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

ASLP #ModelLibrarian Stories Project

Are you an ASLP-member librarian who's making a difference in your workplace and community?

Be part of 2017 Humans of #ASLP - #ModelLibrarian stories project

We’re looking for an ASLP #ModelLibrarian who can be an inspiration to the ASLP community through his/her success stories, positivity, and overcoming challenges in the workplace and in the community as librarian/information professional.


1. Be a current member of ASLP
2. Candidate should reside and work in the Philippines


1. Self-nominations are encouraged and/or nominate your fellow ASLP member-librarian/information professional. 
2. Send your success story to us including your brief bio, professional career and activities at with a subject: #ModelLibrarian
3. All nomination should be in the ff. format: Arial, size 12, color black font, .doc file.
4. Please be informed that ASLP committee will review and select your story to be featured in our ASLP social media and newsletter monthly/quarterly.
5. At the end of this year, ASLP committee will compile all the nominations and we will encourage the community to support the nominees by voting for their favorite ASLP Humans of #ASLP stories. The People’s choice will be given a special award.

We hope for your support. Nominate your #ModelLibrarian now for the Humans of #ASLP — #ModelLibrarian stories project.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Infographics: How to Spot Fake News

IFLA has made this infographic with eight simple steps (based on’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News)  to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you.

2017 National Women's Month Celebration

2017 National Women's Month Celebration
Theme: We Make Change Work For Women

From the PCW website, 2017 celebration aims to:

1. inform and engage women as stakeholders of government programs and services to promote citizen-centric governance and make “change” a conscious effort to know, understand, and provide what ALL citizens need;

2. create and facilitate platforms to discuss good practices, gaps, challenges, and commitments in pursuing gender and development (GAD) – to strengthen implementation of the Magna Carta of Women; and

3. inspire and empower women and girls to be agents of change – to contribute in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of all women.

All agencies, local government units (LGUs) and other instrumentalities of the government shall organize their own activities and other initiatives that contribute in the attainment of these objectives.