Thursday, November 26, 2009

5th Booklovers' Club Convention (BLC) T-Shirts

For those interested to get a BLC t-shirt, please provide black shirts with collar and PhP50.00 for printing to the Secretariat. Please contact Arvin Tejada (e-mail:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2009 PLAI National Congress: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability through Libraries and Information Centers

Environmental sustainability is the theme of the 2009 Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) National Congress.  The three-day activity will be held on November 25-27, 2009 at the Heritage Hotel Manila. This year’s congress will be spearheaded by the PLAI and the National Committee on Library and Information Services (NCLIS), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The congress registration conference fee is PhP3,600.00. It covers the kit, conference papers (to be distributed in CDs), lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, certificate of attendance/participation and Librarians’ Day Luncheon ticket.

For further details, please visit the PLAI website or better yet get in touch with the following:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Internet Manifesto Trainers Workshop held for SOCSARGEN Librarians

The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) – SOCSARGEN Regional Librarians Council, in cooperation with the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA) Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), organized the IFLA-FAIFE Internet Manifesto Trainers Workshop on October 26-27, 2009 at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in General Santos City. The theme was: Internet: The Way to the Future.”

The speakers were Prof. Maxie Doreen Leva-Cabarron, Board Member of the PLAI Central Visayas Librarians Regional Council; Dr. Marilou P. Tadlip, Director of Libraries of the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and Executive Vice President, PLAI National and Prof. Lilia Echiverri of the University of the Philippines College of Law Library, incumbent president of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.

The initiative was spearheaded the PLAI SOCSARGEN Regional Librarians Council headed by Mrs. Victoria Santos, Director of Libraries and Chair, PLAI SOCSARGEN Regional Librarians Council

Dr. Marilou P. Tadlip, Prof. Maxie Leva-Cabarron, Ms. Lilia Echiverri, Prof. Victoria R. Santos, and SOCOLA Founder and Adviser Mr. Arturo O. Barbosa.

The workshop was about exploiting current technologies, specifically the internet, to bring information to the wider community. It was also about addressing the challenges that come with free access to information, that is, creating a balance between responsible use of information while at the same time ensuring that all barriers to free access are removed.

Prof. Maxie Doreen Leva-Cabarron gave an overview of the IFLA/FAIFE Manifesto and talked about scenarios and trends in internet use in Philippine libraries.

Dr. Marilou P. Tadlip’s sessions were on barriers to free and open internet access and the how-to’s of implementing the Internet Manifesto.

Also among the highlights of the two-day activity were the focus group discussions where participants reviewed and crafted acceptable internet use guidelines for their audiences.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Two Mindanao Public Libraries Win 2009 NCCA Award

Mindanao Librarian wishes to congratulate the Davao City Public Library for bagging this year's Search for Outstanding Libraries in the Philippines spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Also to the Zamboanga Public Library who made it to the top five.

Thanks for making Mindanao proud!