Category Archives: open access

PLAI STRLC Blog cited in Health Information and Libraries Journal

What a joy and honor it is to be cited in one of the latest article in Health Information and Libraries Journal, a peer reviewed journal published by the Blackwell-Synergy. Modesty aside, the citation validates our earlier contention that “open access” pays and exposes our colleagues to larger audience and recognition (or critics?) beyond Philippine shores if they post their paper or ppt presented in seminar-workshop online. We are very happy for this development and just like the powerpoint presentation of Ms Fides Datu-Lawton, we will persevere and be a trailblazer.

The keynote address of Ma’am Versoza during the PLAI-STRLC Seminar-Workshop last October 9-10, 2007 posted immediately after the seminar-workshop, elicited a remark from Mr Andrew Booth, the citing author said:

Ironically, given that our previous feature article took a somewhat critical swipe at blogs and other Web 2.0 technologies, a valuable insight comes from the blog of the Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Council (STRLC) of the Philippine Librarians Association (PLAI).2 A search on ‘research’ and ‘libraries’ on the Google Blog Search tool retrieved the full text of a keynote address delivered by Ma’am Fe Angela M. Verzosa at the PLAI-STRLC Seminar-Workshop on ‘Research in Librarianship: Challenges, Competencies, and Strategies’. Somewhat improbably, this workshop was held less than a month (i.e. 9–10 October 2007) before I sat down to write this article, meaning that I was able to read this offering significantly earlier than a typical print output from a similar workshop in the UK.” (emphasis supplied)

Read the complete article here.

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UPLSAA Newsletter

The UP Library Science Alumni Association (UPLSAA) has released its May-Nov 2007 issue of the UPLSAA Newsletter. Click here for the e-copy.

PLAI-STRLC is honored to be mentioned in the article entitled “Open Access Resources @ the SLIS Lecture Series” because they were able to access Ms. Lawton’s presentation online. Its almost the same lecture given during the IRRI Seminar on Open Access.

Open Access Helps

Von of Filipino librarian blog and googlegroups shared an interesting tidbits during the “getting-to-know you” part of librarians present at Zarah MIBF forum and in between picture takings. It is worth sharing/repeating it here to add more weights to the “open access initiatives”. We believed it is very timely to consider (or brainstorm) by the different library association in the country with regards to the presented powerpoint presentation (or outline) to be uploaded in their website/blog for viewing of other colleagues not able to attend such activity. Also helpful for the participants to review at their own pace and in the comfort of their institution, a bonus if viewed with other colleagues and interactions/sharing of ideas occurred at that level.

The incident happened during the open access forum of Ms. Fides Datu-Lawton at the UP School of Library and Information Studies last August 15, 2007. For some unexplainable reasons or unexpected contingency, the start of the forum was delayed for 10-15 minutes because the usb (thumb drive) of Ms Fides could not be open/read in her laptop or to any of the laptops in the institute. According to another colleague who was also present at the forum attended by about 60-70 participants, Von then “fixed” Ms Fides laptop and had written in the white board the URL of Ms Fides open access ppt posted at the PLAI-STRLC blog for the participants to check later. The said ppt was presented last May 2007 at IRRI. [the most plausible explanation for the noted increase coming from University of the Philipines IP addresses checking the blog recently ].

Moral of the story? Allow your seminar/forum ppt presentation to be uploaded in the PLAI-STRLC blog or to any of the other library association websites/blogs for that matter. You can never tell when you might need it. Besides, ecopy of ppt or outline can be informally shared already to colleagues not able to attend such seminar/forum for various reasons via email or usb (e.g. check out Talakayan Board under Libraries and librarianship forum for this informal sharing traffic). Why not instead be proactive, generate goodwill and regard it as our “collective investment” for the bright future of our beloved profession. It’s no use then to keep it buried when it is already being informally shared. The uploaded ppt or outline could be the springboard for a more comprehensive presentations next time around a similar topic will be held in the future.

Is this “open access initiatives” will discourage participants from attending future seminars/fora when ppt could be easily viewed online? We don’t think so for the simple reason that the ppt or outline must only shows the topic and subtopics discussed but paying participants have that luxury of listening to the resource speaker expound more on the topic/subtopic. Also, the ability to networks with other colleagues not seen for quite some time. This pro activity will also help resource speakers improve their craft and not merely “read” what they have written in the ppt. By uploading it, we may one day see a bulleted presentations rather than being shortchange to reading a complete paragraphs after paragraphs being passed as the lecture already without added explanation whatsoever.

Besides, certificate of attendance/appearance/participation is still much needed as formal evidence of “professional growth in our profession” or in home institution of the participants for purposes of salary upgrade/position re-classification. Accreditation purposes also add value to the issued certificates and personal attendance of such activity.

Open Access Helps

Von of Filipino librarian blog and googlegroups shared an interesting tidbits during the “getting-to-know you” part of librarians present at Zarah MIBF forum and in between picture takings. It is worth sharing/repeating it here to add more weights to the “open access initiatives”. We believed it is very timely to consider (or brainstorm) by the different library association in the country with regards to the presented powerpoint presentation (or outline) to be uploaded in their website/blog for viewing of other colleagues not able to attend such activity. Also helpful for the participants to review at their own pace and in the comfort of their institution, a bonus if viewed with other colleagues and interactions/sharing of ideas occurred at that level.

The incident happened during the open access forum of Ms. Fides Datu-Lawton at the UP School of Library and Information Studies last August 15, 2007. For some unexplainable reasons or unexpected contingency, the start of the forum was delayed for 10-15 minutes because the usb (thumb drive) of Ms Fides could not be open/read in her laptop or to any of the laptops in the institute. According to another colleague who was also present at the forum attended by about 60-70 participants, Von then “fixed” Ms Fides laptop and had written in the white board the URL of Ms Fides open access ppt posted at the PLAI-STRLC blog for the participants to check later. The said ppt was presented last May 2007 at IRRI. [the most plausible explanation for the noted increase coming from University of the Philipines IP addresses checking the blog recently ].

Moral of the story? Allow your seminar/forum ppt presentation to be uploaded in the PLAI-STRLC blog or to any of the other library association websites/blogs for that matter. You can never tell when you might need it. Besides, ecopy of ppt or outline can be informally shared already to colleagues not able to attend such seminar/forum for various reasons via email or usb (e.g. check out Talakayan Board under Libraries and librarianship forum for this informal sharing traffic). Why not instead be proactive, generate goodwill and regard it as our “collective investment” for the bright future of our beloved profession. It’s no use then to keep it buried when it is already being informally shared. The uploaded ppt or outline could be the springboard for a more comprehensive presentations next time around a similar topic will be held in the future.

Is this “open access initiatives” will discourage participants from attending future seminars/fora when ppt could be easily viewed online? We don’t think so for the simple reason that the ppt or outline must only shows the topic and subtopics discussed but paying participants have that luxury of listening to the resource speaker expound more on the topic/subtopic. Also, the ability to networks with other colleagues not seen for quite some time. This pro activity will also help resource speakers improve their craft and not merely “read” what they have written in the ppt. By uploading it, we may one day see a bulleted presentations rather than being shortchange to reading a complete paragraphs after paragraphs being passed as the lecture already without added explanation whatsoever.

Besides, certificate of attendance/appearance/participation is still much needed as formal evidence of “professional growth in our profession” or in home institution of the participants for purposes of salary upgrade/position re-classification. Accreditation purposes also add value to the issued certificates and personal attendance of such activity.

Open Access Helps

Von of Filipino librarian blog and googlegroups shared an interesting tidbits during the “getting-to-know you” part of librarians present at Zarah MIBF forum and in between picture takings. It is worth sharing/repeating it here to add more weights to the “open access initiatives”. We believed it is very timely to consider (or brainstorm) by the different library association in the country with regards to the presented powerpoint presentation (or outline) to be uploaded in their website/blog for viewing of other colleagues not able to attend such activity. Also helpful for the participants to review at their own pace and in the comfort of their institution, a bonus if viewed with other colleagues and interactions/sharing of ideas occurred at that level.

The incident happened during the open access forum of Ms. Fides Datu-Lawton at the UP School of Library and Information Studies last August 15, 2007. For some unexplainable reasons or unexpected contingency, the start of the forum was delayed for 10-15 minutes because the usb (thumb drive) of Ms Fides could not be open/read in her laptop or to any of the laptops in the institute. According to another colleague who was also present at the forum attended by about 60-70 participants, Von then “fixed” Ms Fides laptop and had written in the white board the URL of Ms Fides open access ppt posted at the PLAI-STRLC blog for the participants to check later. The said ppt was presented last May 2007 at IRRI. [the most plausible explanation for the noted increase coming from University of the Philipines IP addresses checking the blog recently ].

Moral of the story? Allow your seminar/forum ppt presentation to be uploaded in the PLAI-STRLC blog or to any of the other library association websites/blogs for that matter. You can never tell when you might need it. Besides, ecopy of ppt or outline can be informally shared already to colleagues not able to attend such seminar/forum for various reasons via email or usb (e.g. check out Talakayan Board under Libraries and librarianship forum for this informal sharing traffic). Why not instead be proactive, generate goodwill and regard it as our “collective investment” for the bright future of our beloved profession. It’s no use then to keep it buried when it is already being informally shared. The uploaded ppt or outline could be the springboard for a more comprehensive presentations next time around a similar topic will be held in the future.

Is this “open access initiatives” will discourage participants from attending future seminars/fora when ppt could be easily viewed online? We don’t think so for the simple reason that the ppt or outline must only shows the topic and subtopics discussed but paying participants have that luxury of listening to the resource speaker expound more on the topic/subtopic. Also, the ability to networks with other colleagues not seen for quite some time. This pro activity will also help resource speakers improve their craft and not merely “read” what they have written in the ppt. By uploading it, we may one day see a bulleted presentations rather than being shortchange to reading a complete paragraphs after paragraphs being passed as the lecture already without added explanation whatsoever.

Besides, certificate of attendance/appearance/participation is still much needed as formal evidence of “professional growth in our profession” or in home institution of the participants for purposes of salary upgrade/position re-classification. Accreditation purposes also add value to the issued certificates and personal attendance of such activity.

Promoting Research and Scholarship through Open Access and e-Publishing

The UP School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) and the UP Library Science Alumni Association (UPLSAA) will be having its third lecture, as part of the SLIS 2007 lecture series, entitled “Promoting Research and Scholarship through Open Access and e-Publishing” on August 15, 2007, 10:oo am at the Computer Laboratory, SLIS, 3/F Gonzales Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

The speaker will be Ms. Fides Datu-Lawton (BLS 1971) who is currently the Director of the Library Resources Unit of the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Below is an abstract taken from an email communication sent by Ms. Mila M. Ramos to PLAI-STRLC yahoogroups dated 27 July 2007 :

The lecturer will provide an introduction to Open Access (OA), the major OA initiatives worldwide and some key imperatives that underpin them. In addition, she will discuss its benefits to researchers, parent institutions and to the society in general by opening up research and scholarly outputs.

Drawing on her experience in developing their own publishing programs in the University of Technology, Sydney, the lecturer will demonstrate the ways in which OA and online publishing can facilitate access to research and scholarship. Also, she will discuss the impacts of implementing digital repositories and online programs on librarians, academic and research staff and editorial teams.

Key implementation issues and policies will also be highlighted to open discussion with delegates.

*Note: There is a previous posting related to this topic, to view it, click here.

IRRI Seminar on Open Access

There will be a seminar on Open Access today, May 17, 2007, 3:00pm at Havener Auditorium, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Laguna.

For the speaker and presentation coverage, refer to the slides.

(*Note: Invite taken from plai_strlc@yahoogroups.com, email from Mila M. Ramos dated 17 May 2007).

UPDATE 2 as of 25 May 2007

With the permission of the author, and Ms Kathie Lopez of IRRI as the organizer of this activity, below is the complete ppt presentation of Ms. Fides D. Lawton for the benefit of those who were not able to attend. In addition, see also Ms Mila M. Ramos post regarding this OA activities/initiatives at IRRI.