Sunday, April 30, 2017

17th International Paper Contest for LIS Professionals in Developing countries

Dear All,

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) hereby announces the opening of its 17th International Paper Contest for LIS Professionals in Developing countries, for the 2017 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Washington DC (Crystal City, Virginia) from October 27- November1,  2017. annual-meeting/annual-meeting- 2017/.

The theme of the Annual Meeting is: “Diversity of Engagement: Connecting People and Information in the Physical and Virtual Worlds.” This theme provides an opportunity for information science researchers – including academics practitioners, to discuss the impact of their research on industry, government, local/national/global community groups, individuals, information systems, libraries/museums/galleries, and on other practice contexts. It highlights the focus on Applied Research, which recognizes that basic research in information science is also inspired by, and/or connected to, information practice contexts. Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme from a local and/or international perspective.

Topics include, but are not limited to the following core areas:

•Impact on Individuals: information behavior, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, social media use, information literacy, etc.
•Impact on Society: digital citizenship, cultural engagement, archival preservation, policy development, copyright, intellectual property, infometrics, information access, etc.
•Impact on Organizations: information architecture, knowledge management, competitive intelligence, linked data and big data, digital curation, records and archives management, etc.
•Impact on Systems & Technology: cloud computing, digital libraries, automatic indexing, social tagging, classification, semantic web, database design, web usability, etc.
•Impact on Information Contexts: health, education, law; environment, agriculture, business, etc.

A panel of judges will select three winners. The panel is composed of Innocent Awasom (Texas Tech University, USA), Shimelis Assefa (University of Denver, USA), Premila Gamage (Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka), Devendra Dilip Potnis (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA) and Fatih Oguz (UNC Greensboro, USA)

Judging criteria:

The papers will be judged on the following:

 - Originality of paper in the developing world and global information ecosystem
 - Relevance to the paper contest theme and
 - Quality of argument, presentation and organization

Eligibility & Information for authors:

Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of, and resides in a developing country are eligible. Winners of the 2010-2016 contests are not eligible. The papers should be original, unpublished, and submitted in English. We encourage submissions from librarians, information and network specialists, and educators involved in the creation, representation, maintenance, exchange, discovery, delivery, and use of digital information.

The first-place winner will receive a minimum of $1,000 towards offsetting the costs of attending the 2017 ASIS&T Annual Conference in Washington DC. In addition, all three winners will receive a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In case of multiple authors, the principal author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership.


The international paper contest committee requires that submissions follow the International Information and Library Review instructions to authors. Detailed information is available under the heading, Guide for Authors at: action/authorSubmission? journalCode=ulbr20&page= instructions#.VOw5ZUex4k0

ASIS&T Copyright Policy:

ASIS&T will have the non-exclusive right to publish any of the papers submitted on its web site or in print, with ownership and all other rights remaining with the author.
Deadline for submission of full papers:

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5,000 words, by May 31st, 2017 via email to, [awasomdotafuh@ttudotedu] preferably as Microsoft Word or PDF attachment.

Thanks and we look forward to receiving your papers. Please distribute wisely to LIS professionals in Developing Economies.

International Paper contest Team
Innocent Awasom
Shimelis Assefa
Premila Gamage
Devendra Dilip Potnis
Faith Oguz

Saturday, April 29, 2017

PLAI-NCRLC : Librarian Leadership Camp

PLAI NCRLC presents LibLeaders: 
The Librarian Leadership Camp

Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna
5-7 July 2017

With pending CPD approval

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ASEAN Summit Traffic Advisory

Traffic advisory for the 30th @ASEAN Summit. Plan your routes ahead. 

Call for Nominations: 36th National Book Awards

Info Source: NBDB website

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) are pleased to announce the opening of the 36th National Book Awards.

All NBDB-registered publishers and self-published authors are invited to submit their nominations for the best books published by Filipinos in 2016. Deadline for submission is May 31, 2017, (Wednesday), 5:00 pm. Nominations mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted if postmarked May 31, 2017.

A book is eligible if it complies with all of the following:

i. has an ISBN;
ii. published by an NBDB-registered publisher or self-published by an NBDB-registered author (valid until April 30, 2018); and
iii. published in 2016 (if in English or Filipino) or from 2014 to 2016 (if in Waray).

For complete information, the 2017 National Book Awards Nomination/Selection Criteria can be downloaded here.

Among the revisions in this year’s guidelines are the following:
· Young adult and children’s literature entries are excluded from the awards;
· NBDB-registered authors may nominate independently only self-published titles with ISBN;
· Titles submitted this year may only be in the following languages: English, Filipino, and Waray;
· Titles nominated for the Graphic Literature category will not be categorized according to language;
· Publishers of titles chosen as finalists shall be required to submit an additional two (2) copies of the books to the NBDB.

Steps in nomination:

1. Accomplish a letter of nomination (see template here) and nomination form (download here) and email to

(Subject Line: 2017 National Book Awards – Nomination)

2. As supporting document, attach evidence of agreement by the author. This can be a conforme signed by the author* (see conforme template here) or a notarized warranty/affidavit by a responsible officer of the publishing house stating that permission from the author* whose work is nominated has been obtained (and affidavit here).

*For titles nominated for Anthology, replace “author” with “editor.”
*For titles nominated for Translation, replace “author” with “translator.”

4. Attach a copy of NBDB Certificate of Registration;

5. Provide eight (8) copies of each book;

6. Submit all requirements to:

Office of the Executive Director
National Book Development Board
Unit 2401 Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road,
Ortigas Center, 1605 Pasig City
Subject: The National Book Awards 2017

For the succeeding years of the NBA, the following are the regional languages to be featured:
2018 – Maranao; and
2019 – Maguindanaon.

For further inquiries, please contact the NBDB Secretariat through Debbie or Gretel at telephone number (02) 929-3887 local 804 or e-mail

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

KinaBOOKasan : Our Future in Books

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From NBDB fb page

Shoutout to all Pinoy students in high school and college! Join us next Thursday as we show you some of the coolest jobs in the book industry. This career day session will feature the worlds of book design, comics, illustration, writing, translation, bookselling, publishing, and more!

Speed-geek with our professionals in groups at the Philippine International Literary Festival on April 27, 2:45-4:15 pm, at the QCX Events Center, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

Pre-register by following these steps:
1. Send an email to with the subject title "Sign me up for Kinabookasan."
2. Include the student's name, school, age, and year/grade level. (For students aged below 18, pre-registrations should be made by a teacher or parent/guardian.)
3. Wait for an email from confirming your reservation/pre-registration.

Admission is free but slots are limited. To find out the rest of the sessions at the festival, check out our programme here:…/

You may also pre-register for the other festival sessions by filling out this form…/1FAIpQLSfjJn3djnZfpl9-UQ…/viewform and waiting for a confirmation from

See you there!

Monday, April 24, 2017

SFA Summer Training

The CPD Council for Librarians has approved our upcoming program/seminar as an accredited CPD program. Participants will have an opportunity to earn a maximum of 15.75 points.
For more info, follow this link:

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See also the CHED Memo

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Note from the CPD Council Chair for Librarian

Info source: Ma'am Lourdes T. David fb post as of 21 Apr 2017

To all Librarians:

The CPD Council would like to inform you that the CPD points approved for the programs are only the maximum provisional points that you may acquire when you attend the program. Your actual points acquired will depend on your performance and attendance.

Performance is based on the learning that you acquired after listening to the speaker. You will be asked to answer question (s) after the talk. There will be no numerical grade but the speaker will determine if learning has occurred. If he says you learned then you are given the CPD point if not then the corresponding point will be subtracted from the provisional total. This implies that you must refrain from talking to each other so that you can listen and learn from the talks. Of course during workshops you must speak your mind because each one of us have good ideas to contribute to the discussion.

Attendance means you must attend and listen to all the sessions.

When you attend a CPD program, please remember that CPD has been made mandatory so that you will gain new knowledge and upgrade your competitiveness as a librarian. It is not just acquiring points for purposes of renewing your IDs. It is a requirement to make you better librarians so that you can serve the public better and be at par with our ASEAN and international counterparts.

Thank you.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Palarong Pambansa 2017

Palaro Banner 2017

Theme “Palarong Pambansa 2017 : Converges Youth Power, Builds Sustainable Future
San Jose de Buenavista City, Antique
April 23-29, 2017

From Rappler

Thousands of student athletes from elementary and secondary schools in the 18 regions of the country will converge in San Jose de Buenavista City from April 23 to 29 for the 60th edition of the Palaro. The biggest inter-school competition organized by DepEd is expected to gather more than 12,000 participants.

In Antique, the Palaro will introduce new experiences to the participants, according to Umali.

- Former demonstration sports like wushu, wrestling, futsal, and billiards will be turned into regular sports to be included in the tally that determines the overall champion for Palaro.

- Aero gymnastics and dance sports have been put under the demonstration sports category.

For the first time since 1948, DepEd will give the "Palarong Pambansa Parangal," an award for a Palaro alumnus or alumna who can inspire young atheletes to excel in the field of sports.

Based on Republic Act No. 10588 or the Palarong Pambansa Act of 2013, the elementary level would have to compete in 15 games and the secondary level 17 games and 4 former demonstration sports.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ASEAN Digital Library

Info Source: CDNLAO Newsletter no. 88 (April 2017)

The ADL is a regional project that aggregates and connects the digitised resources of national libraries in the ASEAN region. The project is led by the National Library Board, Singapore (NLB), with support from the ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (COCI), and in partnership with the ASEAN national libraries.

The ADL pilot website was launched during the Regional Country Representatives Meeting held from 17-19 May 2016 in Singapore. The event was hosted by the NLB and attended by representatives from the other nine ASEAN national libraries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Charo Santos-Concio Launches Leadership Book

from Sunday Times Magazine April 1, 2017 issue

Santos-Concio said that her memoir is aimed at inspiring women to for their dreams no matter how impossible they may seem.

As such, using her personal journey as guileless country lass to beauty queen, from award-winning actress to one of the most powerful women in Philippine media, Santos-Concio merges memoir with leadership advice.

My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader spans the author’s simple childhood in Mindoro up to her retirement as ABS-CBN’s first woman president.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sunday, April 09, 2017

PLAI-CARLC Seminar-Workshop

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Registration Fees

3000 for 2017 Paid PLAI Annual Due
3500 for 2017 Un-Paid PLAI Annual Due
3500 for Non-PLAI Participants
1500 for Undergraduate Students

Register online:

Download Invitation and Program:

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Libraries, Development and the UN2030 Agenda

Info source: IFLA website

IFLA’s consistent position is that access to information is essential in achieving the SDGs, and that libraries are not only key partners for governments but are already contributing to progress towards the achievement of the 17 Goals.

For this reason, IFLA launched the International Advocacy Programme (IAP) in 2016, a new capacity-building programme designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

The objectives of the IAP are to:

Raise the level of awareness on the SDGs of library workers at community, national and regional levels, and to promote the important role libraries can play in development by contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs;

Increase the participation of library associations and public library representatives in advocacy work at national and regional levels to secure sustainable public access to information through library services and programmes.

ICOMOS Philippines One-Day Conference

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The theme of this year's International Day for Monuments and Sites is "Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism." ICOMOS Philippines will be organizing a one-day conference on April 29, 2017 at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Please e-mail for more information.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Call for Papers : IFLA Journal

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- The development and role of professional ethics in creating privacy norms within libraries and information organizations
- Legislative rights and constraints on privacy in libraries and information organizations
- Internet technologies and privacy
- Privacy standards and norms in new information professions
- Public perceptions and behaviors regarding privacy, information access, and communications
- Education programs to inform public of issues regarding privacy and information access
- Privacy policies and practices of specific organizations
- Library interactions with public policy on privacy
- Collection, preservation, and safeguarding of digital data
- Confidentiality of services and usage information

Thursday, April 06, 2017

PRC Online Registration for eServices

If you visit the PRC website nowadays, the above image will appear as pop up window informing the visitor that only those with online appointment will be accommodated for 1) Application for examination 2) initial registration and 3) PRC ID renewal.

Walk-in without online appointment will be directed to register online. There are a number of computer shops will internet access in front of the PRC main office catering for a fee for this new online registration procedure. If you have a smartphone with internet connectivity, you could use instead your cellphone to register online. Uploading an ID picture is a must to complete the registration process and before you could book any transactions (e.g. PRC ID renewal). 

In the online registration form, there is a field asking for the email address and password. Do not enter your yahoo or gmail password. Instead create a new password merely for assessing your PRC account. 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Government Workers : Update PDS by April 30

From the Civil Service Commission webpage

The PDS is the official information sheet for all government officials and employees and is used as a main supporting document for all appointments in the government service. It requires truthful disclosure not only of an employee’s personal information but also his/her civil service eligibility; work experience; voluntary work or involvement in any civic, non-government, people, or voluntary organizations; learning and development interventions or training programs attended; and other pertinent information.

ALPS National Conference

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

PNU-LISAA Seminar-Workshop

To our dearest colleagues in the profession,

Warmest greetings!

The Philippine Normal University Library and Information Science Alumni Association (PNU-LISAA), Inc. will hold a seminar-workshop with the theme, “Beating the Traffic : Prioritizing Collection Development and Information Services in the Hybrid Library Environment”, to be held on May 24-26, 2017 at Balay Indang, Indang, Cavite.

This seminar-workshop is designed to provide participants an emphasis on the collection development function as strategic tool that contributes to information services and other library activities in the attainment of overall library goals. Participants from different hybrid libraries will engage in hands-on activities, guided discussions, and other expert-led exercises intended to help them.

At the end of the sessions, participants will be able to:

1. Better understand the strategies behind the creation of Patron Driven-Acquisition (PDA) and its implementation;
2. Weigh the difference, and pros and cons of using the library space as a repository of print collection and as a social learning space;
3. Update themselves with modern ways of preservation and digitization that are used in various hybrid libraries;
4. Provide useful models and detailed approaches to weeding culled from a wide range of hybrid library settings;
5. Strengthen their skills on modern indexing and abstracting techniques;
6. Examine information through collaborative efforts on document delivery and information services.   

A seminar fee of P5,500.00 will be charged per participant to cover registration fee, accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights, meals, snacks, kits, and certificates of attendance and participation.

Please find attached invitation and programme for specific details. You may share it to all your colleagues and friends who may be interested in joining this learning event.

If you wish to join this event, kindly register on this link.
For inquiries, you can contact us at 09159605373 / 09257141203 or email us at
Thank you very much and we're looking forward to see you in Balay Indang!

(Note: if you're having difficulty accessing the link above, please copy and paste this address to your browser: d/e/1FAIpQLSfb8gbgVKJwNc0ezj7w V1gqlMtQjPRsCwh369-LRIXwnHAjLg /viewform)

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Little Free Library Philippines

Little Free Library Philippines is a volunteer organization dedicating itself to developing the culture of reading in the Philippine Context.

LFL Philippines is managed by a core of volunteers led by Miguel Z. Patolot with Jean Karl Gaverza, Zenaida Brandares, Chic Victoria, Flordeliz Patolot, Rose Nishikawa, Troy Lacsamana, Michelle Agas, Julie Aparato, and Portia Padilla, experts in the field of education and literacy.

LFL Philippines has to-date 27 stewards and 20 partners’ organization. The goal is to break the 1,000 LFLs target before the end of 2016, including pledges and commitments.

The LFL Philippines aims to be registered as an enterprise early in 2017 drawing from the experience of LFL in the last two-and-a-half years with sustainability as a goal.

LFL units are conceived to operate on their own taking into account location, resources and literacy needs.

The LFLs are mostly self-built with designs that adhere to the culture of where they are posted. An example of this trend is the LFLs built in the Philippine island of Batanes where the Ivatans, the indigenous people of Batanes, created their own LFLs based on the culture of the island.
Public and private schools likewise play a vital role in enhancing the LFL growth through the building of little libraries both in the classrooms and homes of the students.

The school serves as hubs for receiving books, grassroots publishing, storage centers, knowledge transfer, and forum among others. The school also serves as community center for adult learning.
This trend is expected to grow as schools, more than local government units, enhance their role as learning hubs for senior citizens, persons with disability and children in areas of conflict.

Contact us for details on how you can put up a Little Free Library in your community!

Children's Book Day

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer

According to the AAP, reading with children “stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.”

A 2015 U.S. study found that books are more effective in increasing the quantity and quality of language in young children than modern electronic toys that produce lights, words, and songs.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Filipino Librarian Featured at Adarna House

Click HERE to read the full feature at Adarna House website.

Mother and professional Rochelle Silverio works as a librarian at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, a government-ran higher education institution in Metro Manila and as a lecturer on children’s and young adult books at the University of the Philippines’ School of Library and Information Science.

After finishing a bachelor’s degree, she had a training stint in a children’s library inside a shopping mall. Seeing how delighted children were in exploring the books available in their library made her decide to pursue librarianship as her profession. She then got her license, worked in a private school, and took a master’s degree in library and information science. And throughout her career, she is really glad that children nowadays have access to a variety of books, including those that reflect their own culture, such as Adarna House books.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

BFL-CPD Council Advisory

March 28 at 10:51pm 

Dear librarians,

I would like to inform you that there are programs conducted by CPD providers that are not accredited due to 1) lack of time between submission of the program for accreditation and implementation. The PRC requires 45 days lead time in approving CPD programs; and 2) Programs submitted for approval are not advanced (They are already covered in library school). In such cases, the program becomes a self-directed program which could be given points by the CPD Council upon evaluation.

May I also remind you to attend programs where you will acquire new information that will enable you to advance in your career and not just to gain CPD points. Attendees are now required to pass tests before they are given the certificate of attendance or completion. They are also monitored regarding the sessions they attended. The CPD points vary from person to person depending on their performance and attitude.

Thank you.

Lourdes T. David