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ALAP General Assembly and Forum

The Agricultural Librarians Association of the Philippines, Inc (ALAP) holds a Forum today, June 6, 2008, at the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT) Library, UP Los Baños, Laguna. The theme of the Forum and General Assembly is “Open Resources for Librarians in the Digital Age” . A registration fee of Php200 (to cover snacks, lunch, handouts and certificates) will be collected upon start of the program at 8:45am.

Invited speakers are Mr. Chito N. Angeles to talk about “Open Resources for Libraries in the Digital Age”, Ms. Kristine E. Mandigma who will share about “WikiPilipinas: Philippine Encyclopedia” and Ms. Susima L. Gonzales on PLAI Updates.


Updated Librarian PRC ID Cards

Accreditors nowadays (e.g. PACUCOA) and CHED or TESDA verification team for new course(s) offering are routinely asking (verifying) for the updated licensed ID card issued by PRC of the head/chief librarian of the institution they visited.

I am not aware of any MOA between BFL (Board for Librarian) or PLAI to for this new initiative of the accrediting agency or verification team but I welcome this as a timely initiative to police our ranks and “level-up” so to speak, our profession and for our colleagues to be consciously aware to renew their professional license every three (3) years before their birthday. I hope they expand this verification of updated PRC issued ID’s to other registered librarians of the institutions they visited.

Having been exposed to several PACUCOA accreditation of program offerings, and CHED or TESDA new course(s) application for quite sometime now, my educated guess to this new requirement is that it is a result of their accumulated experiences of visiting institutions wherein the Chief Librarian (CL) is not “properly qualified” and thus this new stringent criteria to weed out misfit is a small step in the right direction.

Last week, I also attended a consultancy visit briefing done by Dr. Eric Olivares, a PACUCOA commissioner and VP for Academic Affairs of Olivares College wherein he stated that supporting documents are also needed by registered librarians just like the faculty members for their professional association membership and included in the exhibit folder for the 201 file of the librarian(s).

This keep me thinking of the numerous PLAI-STRLC brainstorming we already had on membership and how to invigorate the association and attract all registered librarians to get involve and be an active member of the association. We, at the PLAI-STRLC is fine-tuning the idea of issuing a membership certificate and ID (atm type) to all active members of the Council as proof (supporting documents) of your membership to the association.

Right now, PLAI Constitution and bylaws stipulated a one-time membership payment of PhP 300.00 and an annual dues of PhP 200.00 to all registered librarians. Collection of the initial one-time PLAI membership fee & due is easy since it is being done right then and there at the oath taking of newly licensed librarians by the PLAI-National officers. The only proof so far of membership in PLAI is the issued OR or the occasional publication in newsletter of name of members who paid their dues.

The difficulty lies on the annual dues collection of every bona fide members and not all have the volunteerism to pay on time and not wait for the treasurer to collect nor the association (or the Regional Council) have enough OR (PLAI Official Receipt) for this annual ritual.

I guess an honest to goodness re-assessment is badly needed in the collection of membership dues and some innovative approaches be implemented soon or tested so that our professional association financial standing could be sustainable in medium and long term basis.

One thing could be explored by the 16 Regional Council is the payment for newly accepted member of one-time membership fee and for 5 years membership due of PhP 900.00 less PhP 100.00 as incentive. The less PhP 100.00 to be taken from the council share, then a rule must be drafted that only the current year dues could be used for operational expenses while the balance could be time deposited in any accredited bank(s) and the share of the national could also be remitted on a yearly basis. Likewise a membership certificate could be issued good for 5 years. In this scheme, colleagues who work abroad are still members of good standing and via the easiness of today’s communication medium could still participate in running the affairs of their Regional Council wherein they are a member.

Partnership with accreditating agencies, CHED or TESDA verification team and other professional organization is a step in the right direction of promoting our noble profession. (RBManlangit).

Happy Easter to all!

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever.
2 Let the house of Israel say, “His mercy endures forever.”
“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power; the right hand of the LORD is exalted.”

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes.
(Psalm 118)

Father, You did not abandon us even though we sinned grievously against You. You sent us Jesus to be our redeemer. Thank You for all of this and help me to live faithfully according to Your will for me.

National Library of the Philippines

As reported in the editorial section of Manila Bulletin issue today, The National Library of the Philippines is celebrating its 107th Anniversary. Our warmest congratulations to all colleagues in the TNL for this momentous events. Full text of the editorial is here.


Early in 1901, the Board of Trustees of the American Circulating Library donated the library’s collection to the Government of the Philippines. The Philippine Commission passed Act No. 96 on March 5, 1901, officially accepting the donation and established the first public library in the country – the National Library of the Philippines.

Succeeding years saw the growth of the National Library of the Philippines. Through Act No. 2572, passed on January 31, 1918, it was merged with two other government agencies – the Executive Bureau’s Division of Archives, Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks and the Law Library of the Philippine Assembly – and became known as the Philippine Library and Museums. Act No. 3477, passed on December 7, 1928, created the National Library and the National Museum as two separate government agencies. In 1947, Executive Order No. 94 renamed the National Library as Bureau of Public Libraries. Then under Republic Act No. 3873, passed on June 18, 1964, the Bureau of Public Libraries was renamed the National Library of the Philippines.

Learning to learn

The Association of Laguna Librarians (ALL) formerly known as Laguna Librarians Association (LLA) is organizing a half-day forum entitled, “Learning to learn: major competencies to help young and adults” on February 29, 2008, Friday, at 8:00 am, at the University of the Philippines Los Baños Main Library, with Ms. Mary Ann Ingua of the UPLB Main Library as the resource speaker.

Forum fee is PhP 100.00 per participant to cover snacks, certificates and handouts and an optional ALL membership fee of

PhP 100.00 for those interested to join the Association.


here to download the invitation.
Thank you.

Season’s Greetings!

As we remember the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, let us recall in mind all our blessings and give thanks then share the love, joy and peace that comes from Him, to others. And as a new year will start, may we be blessed another year and continue to be united in our endeavors to built a better future, serve as good models and leave great legacy, to those who will come after us.

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Pathfinders: Philippine Libraries

UPDATED as of 03 March 2008

To document freely available materials of paper presented (with full text) about Philippine libraries, Filipino librarians and library association published abroad or sponsored by international librarian association, we compiled this sort of a “pathfinder” arranged by the name of the author(s). We encourage anyone who finds these materials useful to exercise proper attribution/citation in the use of the materials. Thank you.

Arlante, Salvacion M. 2005. Preserving national heritage for the future. Paper presented at the ICOL 2005 (International Conference on Libraries) “Towards a Knowledge Society” held last 14-16 March 2005, Malaysia.

Bolos, Adoracion M. Library development and future trends in the Philippines : a country report. Paper presented at the CONSAL IX Conference

Caña, Mercy B., Cueto, Quiza Lynn Grace G., de Guzman, Allan B., Fuchigami, Kaori B., Manalo, Leona Rica T., and Yu, Jake Cathleen U. 2007. Clientele recognition of library terms and concepts used by librarians : a case of an academic library in the Philippines. Paper presented at the 3rd Rizal Library International Conference on “From Classroom to Career : Roadmaps to a Library’s Success.” held last 22-23 October 2007, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

David, L. T., & Perez, D.R. (2006). An assessment of the perception of licensed librarians about their academic preparation and satisfaction in their job as librarians. In: C. Khoo, D. Singh & A.S. Chaudhry (Eds.), Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education & Practice 2006 (A-LIEP 2006), Singapore, 3-6 April 2006 (pp. 416-422). Singapore: School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University.

de Guzman, Allan, Custodio, Sheena Mai B. and Garcia, Melissa Angela P. 2007. Surfacing Filipino school children’s images of librarians through doodling. Paper presented at the 3rd Rizal Library International Conference on “From Classroom to Career : Roadmaps to a Library’s Success.” held last 22-23 October 2007, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

Garcia, Perla T. 2004. De La Salle University library system migration : a strategic decision. Paper presented at the Paper presented at the Rizal Library Conference on “Library Management in the 21st Century” held last 29-30 March 2004, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

Hernandez, Vicente S. 1999. Trends in Philippine library history. Paper presented at the World Library and Information Congress : 65th IFLA General Conference and Council held last 20-28 August 1999, Bangkok, Thailand.

Hickok, John. 2004. International best practices of service-friendly librarians : fresh perceptions from a yearlong comparative analysis of U.S. & Asian-Pacific libraries. Paper presented at the Rizal Library Conference on “Library Management in the 21st Century” held last 29-30 March 2004, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

Samaniego, Carina C. 2007. An analysis of the data archiving practices of selected scientific agencies in the Philippines. Paper presented at the World Library and Information Congress : 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council held last 19-23 August 2007, Durban, South Africa.

Santos, Antonio M. 2005. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program for registered librarians in the Philippines. Paper presented at the 25th Anniversary Workshop of the Indonesian Library Association “Issues and Challenges on Developing Professional LIS Education and Training in Indonesia within the ASEAN Region” held last 11-13 July 2005, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Santos, Antonio M. 2003. The professionalization of librarians in the Philippines: the role of library associations. Paper presented at the World Library and Information Congress : 69th IFLA General Conference and Council held last 1-9 August 2003, Berlin.

Verzosa, Fe Angela M. 2004. Increasing access to archival knowledge through archival cooperation and partnerships : a proposal for enhancing networking and linkage capabilities among academic archives in developing countries. Paper presented at the seminar 10 years of SUV : Past Achievments – Future Strategies held on 20-21 August 2004, at Vienna Technological University, Austria.

Notice to Readers

Information in this pathfinder was obtained primarily from publicly available sources from the Internet and where possible, was double checked from available printed copy(ies).

The information was up-to-date as of Nov 2007. Every effort was made to ensure that provided URL are active and in case no longer available, feel free to contact us for a copy of the pdf we downloaded earlier for offline access. This pathfinder is an unedited, unfinished and will evolve as we go along.

The compiler or PLAI-STRLC officers/members accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily represent the views of the association.

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