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STV Libraries’ Director Elected to Lead the Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Council

 

Marcial R. Batiancila, Director of the St. Thomas of Villanova Libraries, was elected Regional Chair of the PLAI- Southern Tagalog Regions Librarians Council (PLAI-STRLC) at its recent general assembly in Laguna on October 9-10, 2007.   The Association is a regional council of librarians and information professionals under the umbrella of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. Membership is open to all licensed librarians from the provinces of Aurora, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Marinduque, Rizal and Romblon. 

 

Also elected to the PLAI-STRLC board are:  Vice-Chair : Audrey G. Anday (UPOU); Secretary , Rene B. Manlangit (San Pablo Colleges); Treasurer : Rosario A. Villamater (Manuel S. Enverga University); Auditor :  Rosita Masangkay (Batangas Prov’l Library); Board of Directors:  Jocelyn Haling (St. Michael’s College) and Freya Faye Perez (CSJ de Letran-Calamba); House of Delegates: Jhenny P. Encina (CSJde Letran-Calamba), Michael John Tolentino (Imus Institute) NOMELEC Chair : Ms. Charity Mahusay (SSC-R de Cavite), Members: Ms. Rowena Andaya (IRRI), Louella Bagis (CSJ de Letran-Calamba), Jennalyn Pancho (Quezon Prov’l Library) and Joyce Pascua (Olivarez College).

 

On the other hand, in the recently concluded election of the Cavite Librarians Association, Inc. on December 7, 2007, Mrs. Chairty R.. Mahusay was also elected as Member of the Board of Directors and Mr. Batiancila as Ex-officio Officer. 

 

Recoletos de Cavite Libraries Renamed 

 

On August 31, 2007, the school board unanimously approved the proposal of the Library on the renaming of the Recoletos de Cavite Libraries to St. Thomas of Villanova Libraries.  The renaming of the Library is a fitting tribute to St. Thomas for his promotion of studies and missions in the Order of Saint Augustine, and for his love and care for the poor.  

 

The launching of the renaming of the Libraries took place on November 26, 2007 during the opening ceremonies of the 2007 Library and Information Services Month and the 73rd National Book Week celebration.  The ceremony started with the unveiling and blessing of the statue of the saint installed at the Main Library and was then followed by a “Forum on the Life and Spirituality of St. Thomas of Villanova” with Rev. Fr. Alden V. Alipin, OAR (VP-Academics) as the resource speaker.   Present during the inauguration were the following— Rev. Fr. Emilio P. Jaruda, OAR (College President) and several school authorities, librarians and faculty.

 

It is praiseworthy and noteworthy that the Library was renamed in honor of St. Thomas meriting his contribution to the Order of Saint Augustine and recognizing his life of virtue and for his service to God and the Church.  

 

IMC Policies Revised… New Facility Inaugurated

 

Effective July 2007, a newly revised Instructional Media Center’s Policies and Guidelines was implemented in order to ensure equity and to better serve the Sebastian community.  Thus, reservation on the AV resources, equipment and facilities are limited to twice a week with a maximum booking period of 4 times a day.  

 

Reservation of the Center’s resources, services and facilities are made available on “first come, first serve basis for the following purposes:  a) class viewing of videotapes, filmstrips, slides or opaque materials; b) computer-assisted instruction; c) meetings called by the administration and/or those whose topics are confidential in nature; d) activities initiated by teachers such as pupil/student orientations, debates, contests, project/paper presentation, symposia and panel discussions); and, school-sponsored activities that are non-income generating.  Alternatively, class viewing of videotapes, filmstrips, slides or opaque materials will be held either in the classrooms or in designated viewing rooms—AVR 2 & AVR 3 (Cañacao Campus) for the high school department and for all computer-assisted instruction will be held at former’s AVR 1 and IMC Viewing Room  1 and 2 (Main Campus) for the college department. 

On the other hand, three (3) rooms have been converted as AV Rooms in order to cope up with demand of the academic community considering that AV/IMC facilities are always fully booked and many of the requests on the use of the facility were denied.  Of these three (3) AV Rooms, two (2) of which are located at the Cañacao Campus serving the basic education department and one (1) at the Main Campus for the college department.

Then, on September 21, 2007, the newly constructed IMC Viewing Room 2 (Main Campus) was officially blest by Rev. Fr. Emilio P. Jaruda, Jr., OAR (College President).    The said event was attended by the library faculty and some invited guests.

SSCR de Cavite Faculty at the Book Fair

The Association of Booksellers for the Academe and the Professions (ABAP) held its 11th Philippine Academic Book Fair last July 25-29, 2007 at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City and the 28th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) on 29 August-2 September 2007 at the World Trade Center organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. in partnership with Asian Catholic Publishers, Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., and Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines.  

These two events has become an annual activity for members of the book industry to showcase their products and an occasion proved to be an excellent venue for students, librarians, faculty members, professionals and book enthusiasts to acquire the latest, relevant, quality books and other materials on almost all disciplines.  The race to search for publications needed in their home institution instruction, curricular, research, recreational, even personal and other needs is the embodying goal of everyone.  Thus, the faculty and librarians participated in these two events having a goal in mind to acquire books of value and relevance. The table below presents the number of materials acquired during the said fairs:

 

 

Subjects

AV Materials

Books

Total

Foreign Pub.

Filipiniana

Title

Vol.

Title

Vol.

Title

Vol.

Title

Vol.

Generalities (Research, CS, etc)

-

-

51

51

13

17

64

68

Philo. & Psychology

4

5

16

16

20

20

40

41

Religion

10

10

31

31

93

93

134

134

Social Sciences

4

4

99

103

11

13

114

120

Language

2

2

5

5

7

7

14

14

Pure Sciences

17

17

15

16

52

67

84

100

Applied Sciences*

35

35

340

371

3

3

378

409

The Arts

1

1

5

5

3

3

9

9

Literature

1

2

12

12

36

39

49

53

History & Geography

12

47

6

6

23

26

41

79

Fiction

-

-

11

11

-

-

11

11

Total

86

123

530

566

261

288

877

977

* Applied Sciences (Engineering, Allied Health, Management, Accountancy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The said events were participated by academic department head/coordinator from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Commerce, Criminology, Engineering & Computer Studies, Nursing, the Graduate School, and librarians.

 

Library Management, Services and Information Delivery: Current Trends & Updates, April 19-20, 2007 

 

The Cavite Librarians Association, Inc. in coordination with Department of Education-Region IVA – Cavite Province Division Office organized a two-day retooling seminar for school teacher-librarians on the topic  “Library Management, Services and Information Delivery: Current Trends & Updates” held at Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo National High School, Palico IV, Imus, Cavite.  On the said seminar, Mrs. Charity R. Mahusay (Readers Services Librarian) served as the conference chair and Mr. Marcial R. Batiancila (Director of Libraries) as one of the seminar speaker on the topic, “Managing Public School Libraries in a Changing Environment.”

 

Museum Tour, February 13, 2007

 

The Library Department in coordination with the Campus Outreach Ministry Office conducted an outreach activity to fifty (50) indigent pupils of Barangay 10-B (Kingfisher), Cavite City through a museum tour at the Museo Pambata (Roxas Blvd., Manila) and Aguinaldo Shrine  (Kawit Cavite).  The activity was conducted as part of the celebration of the institution’s 41st foundation anniversary on February 14-16, 2007.

 

Book Caravan, January 22, 2007

 

The Mass Communication Department in coordination with the Library Department launched a “Book Caravan” and “DEAR Time.”  

 

Signing of MOA on the Establishment of Bibliotheca de Sta. Cruz, Jan. 2007

 

On January 18, 2007 the SSC-R de Cavite and the Sta. Cruz Elementary School enter in an agreement on the establishment of the Bibliotheca de Sta. Cruz.   The School, through its Outreach Ministry Office and Library Department will be responsible in establishment of the said community library.  Bibliotheca de Santa Cruz, a community-based library, envisioned to be a premier community information center in promoting the love of reading in children, upgrading literacy skills and providing a venue for research and professional growth to barangay members.   Present during the signing of the MOA were the following: Rev. Fr. Emilio P. Jaruda, Jr. OAR (College President) as the college representative, Dr. Cresenciana Fancuvilla (DepEd Superintendent - Cavite City) as the division representative, Mrs. Divina V. Bartolome (RC-COM Director), Mrs. Ruperta Pinto (SES Principal), Mr. Marcial R. Batiancila (Director of Libraries), Mrs. Soledad T. Tubay (SSC-R Press Relation Officer), Mrs. Charity R. Mahusay (College Librarian), Mr. Danilo Magayam (IMC Custodian) and some invited SES faculty and staff.

 

Forum on Library Advocacy: Making A Difference, Dec. 6, 2006

 

The Cavite Librarians Association, Inc. in coordination with Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo conducted a one-day “Forum on Library Advocacy: Making A Difference” and General Assembly at Luis Aguado Viewing Room of Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo, De La Salle University, Dasmariñas, Cavite on December 6, 2006. The forum was focused on the librarian’s role in educating our communities about why libraries are essential in an information society.  It also aims to develop the skills necessary to promote the services of the library within the school complex, the community, and beyond.  The topics include: The Role of Libraries in the 21st Century; Library Marketing: Promoting Library Programs and Services; and Libraries Go Live: Libraries and ICT.  It was attended by four (4) SSC-R de Cavite librarians, namely: Ms. Lyn D. Arenas (Grade School Librarian), Mrs. Charity R. Mahusay (Readers Services Librarian), Mrs. Cresenciana V. Salonga (High School Librarian) and Mr. Marcial R. Batiancila (Director of Libraries).

 

Seminar-Workshop on Audio Visual Archives Collection Management, Dec. 5-9, 2006

 

The Southeast Asia Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association in cooperation with the Society of Filipino Archivists, Inc., the Society of Film Archivists, Inc. and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts conducted a 5-day Seminar-Workshop on Audio Visual Archives Collection Management at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay Cit. The said seminar-workshop was attended by Mr. Danilo Magayam (IMC Custodian).         

 

Library & Information Month, Nov. 20-25, 2006

 

The month of November is declared as Library and Information Month, it’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.  All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special are encouraged to participate along with the chosen theme: “Bata, Bata…Halina’t Magbasa.”  In celebration of this event and of the observance of the Library Book Week, the Library Department held a library trivia, storytelling activity for grade school pupils, campus book fair, book shower, bookworm quiz, and conducted an information drive on the value books and reading through the “Drop Everything and Read” program. Also, gave recognition to outstanding library users for their frequency and continuous use and patronage of the library and its resources. 

 

First Meeting of Philippine Experts on Cataloging, Nov. 16-17, 2006

 

The Board For Librarians of the Professional Regulation Commission hosted the “First Meeting of Philippine Experts on Cataloging” which was held on November 16-17, 2006 at the National Library of the Philippines, T.M. Kalaw, Ermita, Manila.  The central objective of the meeting was to discuss cataloging practices in the academic, school, special and public libraries and to come up with a national cataloging policy for Philippine materials and also to review and comment the draft Statement of International Cataloging Principles created by the European, Latin American and Caribbean, Arabic-speaking and Asian participants for the 4th IFLA Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloging Code. It was attended by Mr. Marcial R. Batiancila (Director of Libraries).

 

Conference on Promoting Information Literacy for Lifelong Learning, Sep. 25 - 26, 2006

 

The Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Council held its 3rd General Assembly and Conference at the Capuchin Retreat Center, Barangay San Sebastian, Lipa City, Batangas.  The conference aimed to bring lifelong learning back onto the agenda of library and information services and to provide an avenue to exchange ideas or address the challenges in providing lifelong learning opportunities for all and in designing information literacy programs for the 21st century.   The conference was well attended by librarians and information professionals and attendees from SSC-R de Cavite were the following: Ms. Lyn D. Arenas (Grade School Librarian), Mrs. Charity R. Mahusay (Readers Services Librarian), Mrs. Cresenciana V. Salonga (High School Librarian) and Mr. Marcial R. Batiancila (Director of Libraries) as one of the conference speaker on the topic, “Library & Information Literacy Initiative: the SSC-R de Cavite Experience” and co-conference chair.

 

Seminar on Book Publishing, Sept. 16, 2006

 

The Recoletos de Cavite Library in cooperation with C&E Publishing conducted the 2nd Library and Information Literacy Education Seminar Series for Faculty at the Main Library. The seminar has placed "Book Publishing” at the heart of its program and it aims to educate and promote healthy book publishing through cooperative efforts among book writers and publishers. The topics include: Guidelines in Book Publishing; Obtaining Copyright, Plagiarism and Other Legal Issues; Book Sales and Marketing, Promotion and Advertising; and Publishing Royalties and Remuneration. The said activity were participated by faculty members from all levels.

 

Catholic Faith Quiz, Aug. 16, 2006 

 

In the celebration of the Feasts of Sts. Ezekiel Moreno, Augustine and Monica, the Academic Quiz Committee conceptualized the 2006 Catholic Faith Quiz.  Catholic Faith Quiz (CFQ) which was designed to help students develop a love for the Bible and have a deeper understanding of the teaching of the Catholic Church.   Catholic Faith Quiz offers a fun, exciting way to motivate students to understand the all-important truths in God’s Word and of the teaching of the Church. The contest was facilitated by the Library Department.

 

Book Fairs, Jul. & Aug. 2006

 

In our desire of building a well-balanced and more updated collection, the Main Library and the School Libraries participated in the 2006 Academic Book Fair (ABAP) on July 10, 2006 at PTA Tent, Intramuros Manila and the 27th Manila International Book Fair which was held at the Manila World Trade Center on August 30, 2007.  Library materials selected during the fairs were subject for evaluation and consideration for purchased based on the funding and needs of the academic community.  The said activities was well participated by faculty members of all levels.

 

Library & Information Literacy Education, Jun. – Jul. 2006

 

The Main Library in coordination with the Communication Arts Department conducted library and information literacy education for freshmen students both in the undergrad (Jul. 3-7) and graduate levels Jul. 25). This is a special course offered to the library students as an attempt to provide them quality services and the latest information on the library and to assist customers in information seeking and researches.  Meanwhile, at the School Libraries orientation activities were undertaken during the first week of the opening of classes facilitated by the school librarians and staff.

 

Renovation & Expansion of the Main Library, May 16 – Jun. 19, 2006

 

The Main Library underwent renovation and expansion project to its existing facility. The renovation/expansion plan focused on creating spaces that increase our students' access to resources and enhance their ability to research, study, and learn. Most importantly is to accommodate the library collection's future growth, a majority of the newly created spaces will be devoted to new working and learning environments for students. Was blest on June 19, 2007 by Rev. Fr. Enrico A. Silab, OAR (former VP for Academic Affairs).