Sunday, August 8, 2010

Emerging Concepts for Libraries as Learning Spaces

Both libraries and bookstores display reading stuff, but where would most people rather go to? The bookstore would likely be a resounding choice.  There is something about bookstores that attract clients and lure them to linger inside.  This is what libraries are now learning from. 

As libraries of this century transform and re-engineer services and programs in response to changing times, so should library space management and design. Libraries today are user-centered learning spaces. Thus, "libraries need to make themselves special places (for people) to meet and to have conversations....(Library) buildings need to inspire communites of learners". This, according to Les Watson,  an expert on technology-enhanced environments and Library As Learning Space Champion. 

Mindanao librarians, even if perennially constrained by lack and absence of resources, can think of ways to learn from existing and emerging designs. They can identify ideas which can be adopted and tweaked to fit the budget and to suit local needs and clients.  If libraries are to be learning spaces that encourage collaboration and exchange of ideas, there is no other way but move forward and embrace emerging trends. Here are a number of online resources for library designs: 

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Making a Difference: Koronadal City Schools Library Hub Advocates for School Libraries

There is hope for the advocacy for public school libraries, at least in Koronadal City.

This, according to Ms. Luz Lalli I. Ferrer Department of Education (DepEd) Koronadal City Schools ES-I English Supervisor and Library Hub Coordinator and Mr. Arvin M. Tejada, Library Hub Division Librarian, is what they hope to demonstrate through the Division Library Hub. For the two, the vision is for the Division Library Hub to be a space for more creative pursuits for the advancement of the advocacy for school libraries instead of just remaining to be just a transitory warehouse for books waiting to be loaned to public schools on a rotation basis.

The DepEd Koronadal Library Hub is lucky. OIC-DepEd Division Superintendent Ms. Adelfa N. Espartero is very supportive. Ms. Luz Lalli Ferrer, Library Hub Coordinator being an English Supervisor, understands how important it is for a child to first acquire the habit of reading, and comprehending. Both educators understand that reading must start with the printed word. Arvin Tejada, on the other hand, has always been a staunch advocate for public libraries, mobilizing teams of volunteers students to help schools start their libraries while he was still moderator of the Books and Information Technology Society (BITS) at the the Notre Dame of Marbel University, also in Koronadal City. His move to the public school system early this year as the new Division Librarian is expected to render more meaning and credence to this advocacy. With the right combination of people, the advocacy for school libraries can be pushed to greater heights.

And so, on June 26 June 2010, the Division Library Hub convened for the first time a pool of  teacher-librarian designates from all fourty-four (44) public elementary and secondary schools in Koronadal City. The objective was to (a) orient them on the intentions of the Library Hub Project, (b) set the direction of the Divison Library Hub, and culminated in a planning session to (3) to chart the future of their school libraries.

I felt privileged to have been invited to this kick-off activity where I shared highlights of a baseline research paper I delivered at the 34th International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Conference in Hong Kong, China on the state of public and school libraries in the Provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. Although I talked of dismal figures taken in 2005 and noted that no movement has changed five years hence, I guess it paid to have laid down the cards once again so that current and future actions can take off where it is most needed. Like the convenors, I share the advocacy and am one with them in their long-term vision which is the development of school libraries in the Philippine public school system. Specifically for DepEd Koronadal City Schools, the Library Hub is envisioned to take a more proactive role by spearheading the initiative to assist public schools within the city in establishing/building school libraries and the development of collections. This challenge undoubtedly requires more stakeholder participation and complex interventions but there is clear commitment to this advocacy from key and influential personalities in DepEd-KC. This is what is crucial.

A planning workshop held on the same day propelled this initiative to motion. In the future, there will be more venues for capacity-building and skills development for school library and media center management. This is where the DepEd Library Hub-Koronadal City Schools Division hope to make a difference. This is how the advocates hope to get to their vision of seeing more children reading and more school libraries built for the public school system.


Get Hold While on Open Access Period! FREE Resource Description and Access (RDA) Toolkit

Resource Description and Access (RDA)  is on an open-access period. This privilege is up until the end of August 2010. For the benefit of librarians and information professionals who have heard of RDA for the first time, RDA is a cataloger's newest tool. It provides guidelines on cataloging digital resources, and as such, is intended to replace the 2nd Edition of the Anglo-American Rules (AACR2). The strength of the RDA lies on the strong emphasis it places on helping users find, identify, select and obtain the information they want. 

RDA is a result of a collaborative work led by the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) and overseen by the Committee of Principals representing American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, British Library, and National Library of Australia. 

The video below introduces RDA Toolkit in a clearcut manner.

RDA Toolkit -- A Guided Tour -- 02/09/10 from ALA Publishing on Vimeo.

A more comprehensive information on the RDA and details on signing up can be found in

Friday, August 6, 2010


Philippine Librarians Association Incorporated (PLAI)
SOCCSKSARGEN Region Librarians Council

in coordination with the

SOCCSKSARGEN Librarians Association (SOCOLA) and
Cotabato Libraries Information Network (COLINET)

invite you to a

Seminar Workshop on
Information Analysis in the Digital Environment

This 2-day activity coincides with PLAI-SOCCSKSARGEN'S 2nd Annual General Assembly and will be held on August 19-20, 2010 at the Tierra Montana Hotel, National Highway, General Santos City.

There will also be an election of officers for PLAI SOCCSKSARGEN Region Librarians Council during the Annual Assembly. Registration Fee is PhP 2,500.00 (PLAI members/non-members) and PhP 1,200.00 (Library Science Students). The fee covers lunch and snacks for 2 days, conference kit, certificate and fellowship dinner which highlights the Oath Taking Ceremony of newly elected officers of PLAI-SOCCSKSARGEN Region Librarians Council  and COLINET officers as well.

For further inquiries, please contact any of the following:

Anita C. Sornito
cellphone: 09208085902

Victoria R. Santos
cellphone: 09175011042

PLAI members are reminded of their annual dues for FY 2010 of Pp300.00 which may be paid during the general assembly. Official PLAI ID will be issued upon payment.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

2010 National Book Week Theme

The National Book Week is being celebrated annually in the 3rd week of the month of November which also coincides with the National Book Month.  This year's theme is:

"Pandaigdigang Pakikipag-ugnayan sa Pamamagitan ng mga Aklat at Impormasyong Teknolohiya at Komunikasyon"

We enjoin fellow librarians/information professionals, educators, and advocates for libraries to support this annual celebration by hosting events that mainstream love for reading and surface the value of libraries and information centers and the role they play in individual transformation and the development of communities.

Upcoming: PLAI National Congress in Cebu

This year's PLAI National Congress will be held at the WaterFront Cebu City Hotel on November 17-19, 2010 with the  theme:  "National Congress on International Librarianship : a Path Ahead".

The objective of the Congress are as follows:  

Athe end of the three days conference, the participants should have been able to:
  1.  be more cognizant in the promotion of global and international cooperation;
  2. know the other dimensions and importance of international librarianship;
  3. make the public aware of the importance and benefits that can be derived from international librarianship thru international understanding and cooperation;
  4. promote service to clients in an international scale;
  5. gain knowledge on international librarianship; and
  6. know the current status and inter-relationship of different types of libraries and librarians

Topics include the following: 

Session 1 - Global Librarianship : Issues and Trends the Philippine Experience 
Ms Salvacion M. Arlante, Library Director, University of the Philippines Diliman Library

Session 2 - Legal Issues Affecting Philippine Librarianship 
Prof. Antonio M. Santos, Law Librarian, UP Law Library

Session 3 - Legal Issues Affecting Global/International Librarianship
Prof. Jules Winterton, President, International Association of Law Libraries

Session 4 - Access to Information : Barriers and Responsibilities
Dir. Barbara Jones, University Librarian

Session 5 - Partnership in Professional Development for Librarians
Dir. Barbara Ford, Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

Session 6 - Global Linkages : Challenges an Opportunies by Ms Ngian Lek Choh
Immediate Past President, Library Association of Singapore

Session 7 - Pathfinders Database : National Library Board (NLB) Experience

Session 8 - Trends in Curriculum Development : The Philippine Experience
Dean Vyva Victoria M. Aguirre, UP-School of Library and Information Studies

Session 9 - Library International Outreach Program
Mr. Michael Dowling/Prof. John Latham, ALA/SLA, Director, International Relations Office

Session 10 - PLAI and CPE Updates
Mrs. Lilia F. Echiverri, President, PLAI

Registration Fee: PhP 4,500.00 (no hotel accommodation). 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Upcoming Events for Librarians and Information Professionals

July 28-30, 2010
Philippine Librarians’ Association, Inc.  (PLAI) National Conference  
(in cooperation with the  Cagayan Valley Region Librarians Council (CaVRLC)
Sacred Heart Center
Saint Mary’s University 
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. 
 “Enriching the Culture of Collaboration Among Educational Institutions and Their Libraries” 
Conference Fee: P3,800.00 (live-in participant) and P3,000.00 (live-out participants). Fee includes 3 lunches, 6 snacks and certificates and other incidentals.

Other Information:
A site seeing tour to Banaue is being planned. Please prepare for an additional amount of P350.00 for this activity.

29-31 July 2010

An Intensive Course on the Conservation of Books and Paper

25-27 August 2010
A Conference on the theme of Preservation: Trends and Challenges

25-26 October 2010
4th Rizal Library International Conference
“Library Spaces: Building Effective and Sustainable Physical and Virtual Libraries”