Thursday, December 15, 2016

Opening of Application: ​STEAM Upcycling Program 2017

The Libraries  in partnership with  US Embassy in the Philippines and Makerspace Manila  announces the call for application for STEAM Upcycling Program 2017.
STEAM Upcycling (employing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) skills in repurposing, reusing, or turning of an item into something greater than its present quality, monetary value, or function) is a comprehensive six-month course designed to:
  1. Introduce Filipinos to the global maker movement and the positive impact it brings to education (STEAM and non-STEAM), business, and society
  2. Educate Filipinos about being makers and utilizing makerspaces
  3. Promote Entrepreneurship and Environmental Protection using a platform and tools via makerspaces
  4. Celebrate Filipino ingenuity through tinkering and making
  5. Support various opportunities for a better quality of life that can be born out of upcycling
  6. Bring together local makers and makerspace organizations, non-government entrepreneurship and environmental organizations, Philippine and US government agencies, upcycling experts and gurus in the Philippines and the U.S., and alumni of U.S. government exchange programs
  7. Deliver different in-person and or virtual makerspace learning workshops and activities that will promote upcycling as a way to protect the environment, and as a viable and sustainable source of livelihood. 
Coverage of the Program

The program will cover design thinking, illustration, 2D/3D design, robotics, programming, and electronics and will cover the following tracks:
  • Track 1, Robotics – a branch of engineering that covers conceptualization, design, manufacturing, and operation of robots. This track overlaps with electronics, computer science, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and mechatronics
  • Track 2, Fabrication – the process in which an item is made (fabricated) from a raw or semi-finished materials into a finished product that’s ready for use. This track deals with design thinking methodology, invention cycle, and traditional and modern fabrication techniques. Skills are expected to be applied to develop upcycling projects by the participants.

Applicants must possess the following:
  1. Must be currently enrolled student (senior high school or undergraduate) of DLSU Manila and STC and have at least one term left after the program.
  2. Must guarantee continued enrollment with the University in the entire duration of the program.
  3. Must have no failing marks.
  4. Must have the means to travel and attend sessions at the following venues:
    a.  Makerspace Manila, Solenad 3, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
    b.  The Learning Commons, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila
  5. Must be able to bring his/her own laptop every session.
  6. Must be committed to attend ALL sessions and complete the 6-month program.
  7. Must be willing to enter into an agreement with the Libraries.
  8. Must be a team player and be able to submit deliverables as required by the program.
  9. Must demonstrate communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills.
  10. Must pass the screening procedures.
  1. Accomplished online application form
  2. Letter of intent (in English language) detailing relevant hobbies, interests, skills, previous experiences and expectations if successful in this application, addressed to:
    Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido
    Director, American Corner-Manila
    De La Salle University Libraries
    2401 Taft Avenue, 0922 Manila, Philippines
  3. Supporting documents 
    a. Parent/guardian’s consent (for minors)
    b. Original copy of EAF
    c. True copy of grades
    d. Certificate of good moral character
  4. Signed conforme to program terms and conditions (for accepted applicants)
Please submit all the requirements to  

Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido
Director, American Corner-Manila
De La Salle University Libraries
6th Floor, Henry Sy. Sr. Hall

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of requirements
6 January 2017
Evaluation of application
9-20 January 2017
Interview of qualified applicants
27 January 2017
Release of the results of application
3  February 2017
Start of the program
March 2017
Culminating Event (Maker Fair)
September 2017

For inquiries, you may Chat with LORA, send an email to, or contact Ms. Donna Lyn G. Labangon, Special Collections Librarian at local 265.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Well-Attended Human Library Session 6

The DLSU Libraries held its sixth session of the Human Library on 08 December 2016 (Thursday), 1:00PM-4:00PM at the Learning Commons. This session covered human books on the following subjects:​ bisexual, hunk and fashion designer librarians, Lasallian brother, person with deformity, person with depressive disorder, queer lovers, scholar, student athlete, and senior citizen call center agent.

Dr. Aime T. Guarino, Director of Office of Counseling and Career Services (OCCS) gave the opening remarks. Mr. Joseph Yap, Chair of the Human Library introduced the 11 human books. The descriptions below were prepared by Ms. Roselle Maestro, Readers’ Services Librarian.

The hunk librarian, Mr. Edward Vincent Guevarra, is a former athlete, fitness instructor, nutrition and sports enthusiast. He trains to inspire and motivate people to live a healthy and happy life. All of these he does while being a full time librarian at the Ateneo de Manila University Rizal Library.

Ms. Tiffany de la Cruz is currently taking up AB Philosophy and BS Legal Management at the De La Salle University. She is an apprentice at the DLSU Harlequin Theater Guild and the general manager of AT: The Vape Shop. While leading a normal life as a student and a young entrepreneur, she is suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and has been seen signs of Bipolar Disorder.

Mr. Thomas Bienvenida is one of the members of the pioneer batch of the Vaugirard Scholarship Program. He is currently taking up Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In AY 2015-2016, he was the President of the Lasallian Scholars Society, the sole organization for undergraduate scholars of DLSU under the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.

At a young age, Ms. Kriemhilda Talavera found comfort and solace to printed volumes. Books were her friends; they were her mates until she eventually got a family of her own. Her fascination to the world of knowledge and information has not yet found a full stop as she still thirst for advancement. She is a graduate student in Fine Arts major in Literature. Her abilities are on display in the pieces of literature she wrote and on her being a BPO customer service representative. 

Mr. Ernani Agulto is always on the lookout for professional and personal development. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree from the Philippine Normal University in 2013, he took up a certificate course in Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue under the sponsorship of the United Nations and Athabasca University in 2015. Now working as a licensed teacher-librarian at San Beda College Alabang, he is, at the same time, pursuing his inclination in Fashion Design as a student of Fashion Design and Marketing at the SoFA Design Institute under a full-scholarship program. During the recently-concluded Manila Fashion Festival Design, he was one of the finalists at the BOBSON Japan’s #RedefineDenim Design Competition.

Br. Mark Salvan FSC, is a Lasallian brother. He studied in La Salle since kinder, ended up being a Brother. He is now working harder to be a better teacher.

Queer lovers Mr. Paolo Aguas and Ms. Heart Diño met at Tinder. Paolo is a Reports Analyst for AFDigital while Heart is an Actuarial Analyst in Manulife. It took Paolo three tries before Heart finally said “Yes” to their first date at the Promenade in Greenhills. Paolo was in awe when he first saw Heart as her beauty was all that he could see. After a rocky first date, Paolo and Heart started going out more and the rest is history.

In 2013, Ms. Ana Alexandra Castro earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and graduated Cum Laude at the University of the Philippines Diliman. At present, she is completing her second degree at the UP College of Law. While she excels academically, she has also worn and is wearing many hats as an officer and member of various student organizations. To name a few, she served as the University Student Council Chairperson (2013-2014), League of College Councils Convener (2012-2013), MagKaisa CSSP Chairperson (2011-2012), and UP Law Debate and Moot Court Team Member. A self-confessed bisexual, she was the founder and coordinator of the Proud to be LGBT Campaign.

Ms. Ian Lariba has made a name for herself as the first ever table tennis Olympian from the Philippines. Before her stint at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she had consistently emerged in her sports, being undefeated in her five-year UAAP career . She was Season 74 Rookie of the Year, Seasons 75, 77, 78 Most Valuable Player, and Seasons 77 and 78 Athlete of the Year. Apart from being the team captain of the DLSU Table Tennis, this pride of the Green Archers is a Dean’s Lister and a Gawad Mag-aaral Awardee, taking up Bachelor of Science in Management of Financial Institutions.

During her undergraduate years at the University of Santo Tomas, Ms. Kayla Juanzo was one of the top performing students. At present, she is taking up her master’s degree at the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies, specializing in Law Librarianship. She is a librarian and a 21st century educator honing Ateneo High School students into globally competent and media and information literate individuals. As such, she is the current moderator of the Ateneo de Manila Junior High School Loyola Book Club. Her other talents include dancing and writing. Her credentials merit her as an achiever consistently bordering on excellence. Though, there are two things that make her peculiar above all of which: she has Christ at the center of her life - passionately serving Him, and she was born with no hands.

Ms. Heart Diño gave a response on behalf of all the human books. A total of 47 readers attended the session with 89% of them as first time attendee. Almost 98% respondents said that they would love to be participating as readers again in the next sessions to come. Ms. Donna Labangon, Co-Chair of the Human Library ended the event with closing remarks. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Upcoming Event: Human Library (Session 6)

The Libraries, is holding its sixth session of the Human Library on 08 December 2016 (Thursday), 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Learning Commons, Henry Sy Sr. Hall.  

The Human Library is a concept that originally started in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is composed of human books that a "reader" can interact with. Human books are people who are subjected to stereotyping and prejudices. They have volunteered to be public representatives of their respective groups so they could share with others their personal stories to break down stereotypes and prejudices. As part of the Libraries' aim to cultivate an image of sensible and sensitive community of Lasallians towards social issues, this activity is an alternative way of learning, which may promote dialogue, reduce prejudice and encourage understanding of people from different walks of life. 

The first ever human library event in the Philippines was successfully held here at the DLSU on 14 August 2014. More about these sessions can be read HERE. 

Interested participants are requested to kindly fill out this Online Registration Form to register. Registration ends at 5:00PM on Friday, 02 December 2016.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

LORA, the Librarian Gives a Lecture on Media and Information Literacy

As DLSU Libraries continues to promote media and information literacy (MIL), a free half-day lecture was conducted to 15 teacher-librarians affiliated with the Department of Education Division of Imus City held at the Ortigas Room, The Learning Commons, 13th floor, Henry Sy Sr. Hall on 10 November 2016, 9:00AM to 11:30AM.

Louie Zabala (Readers' Services Librarian), Joseph Yap (Instructional Media Services Coordinator), and Donna Lyn Labangon (Special Collections Librarian) as resource persons provided an overview and introduction of the basics of media and information literacy. They discussed the MIL modules based from UNESCO's initiative, young people as consumers of media, how to interpret media, integration of media culture and technology, and cooperation and sharing of ideas. 

LORA, the Librarian is one of the community extension activities of the Libraries, which aims to provide training on the different aspects of library work, and guide librarians from public primary and secondary schools, community libraries, etc. in sourcing for free library resources.

Lectures may be downloaded here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Libraries Conducts Workshop on Online Surveys and Excel Tricks

The Libraries conducted reskilling and upskilling workshops for faculty and graduate students held on 12 November 2016 at Phinma E-Classroom, Room 303, Miguel Building. Ms. Janice Peňaflor, Collection Development Librarian of DLSU Libraries conducted two workshops on (1) Surveys 101: tips on improving your online surveys and, (2) Excel tricks for managing and analyzing data. A total of thirteen participants attended the said workshops. 

Ms. Peňaflor discussed the step-by-step processes in creating online survey forms, including how to apply aesthetics to personalize the online forms. She tackled the different types of survey questions from questions that require short answers to questions that are answerable through multiple choice grid, and how to create them in Google Forms. 

Also, Ms. Peňaflor systematically presented the different features of MS Excel that would help the participants manage and analyze their data.  She further taught them how to use different formula, like the measures of central tendencies and extracting percentages. Because the participants were so interested to learn new Excel tricks, the workshop went beyond the two-hour schedule. All participants expressed their thanks and appreciation for this Libraries’ new offering.

Friday, November 11, 2016

J. Yap Speaks at the Global MIL Week

The fifth annual global celebration of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week took place from 31 October to 5 November 2016. The Global MIL Week 2016 includes the Sixth Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference and the First General Assembly of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), which took place from 2-5 November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Global MIL Week activities and conference share the latest research, projects, new ideas and information with a diverse gathering of stakeholders involved in information and media literacy, and in print, screen-based and digital media. 

More than 68 papers were accepted and presented including the paper of Joseph Yap entitled, “Defining understanding and promoting cultural diversity through the human library program.” The theme for this annual event is “Media and Information Literacy: New Paradigms for Intercultural Dialogue.”

The four-day conference was sufficient enough to learn new things from the media and information literacy field. The first day was a kick start of the youth agenda held at the British School of Creative Arts. More than 150 participants joined the pre-conference. On the second day, the opening ceremony was welcomed by Marco Antonio Zago, Rector of the University of São Paulo. He mentioned that “universities have the difficult task of educating for times of uncertainty. We don’t know which technologies will be available, but we know they will be different than today”. He added that “we need to look into strengthening the behaviors and abilities to take decisions, to communicate and argue and to train for the future. This conference also provides us with responsibility, to think critically about the purpose of MIL and what kind of society we want to live in."

Yap's presentation was scheduled in the session “Ever-evolving MIL competencies: The changing role of libraries, museums and community spaces (case studies, best practices)”. He was privileged to speak together with Dr. Albert Boekhorst, a renowned library personality and is an active member of IFLA. In the audience was also Dr. Jesus Lau, a well-known librarian in Mexico and is a multi-awarded librarian. He talked about the human library program and how it became an effective MIL program to reduce discrimination and address the differences in us especially in our multi-cultural situation. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Libraries Launches its Learning Lunch Program

As it focuses on the learners by providing different pathways to different library patrons to explore, learn and through collaboration and participatory learning, the Libraries launched its learning lunch program, dubbed as "Lunch 'N Learn at the Libraries," on 28 October 2016Friday12:00PM- 1:00PM at the European Documentation Centre, The Learning Commons, 13th Floor, Henry Sy Sr. Hall. Similar to brown bag session, the Lunch 'N Learn program aims to provide a learning space for meaningful conversations combined with the opportunities to build a network over lunch.
Similar to a comfy restaurant where tables with a look of freshly picked pink and lavender flowers on glass vases set the tone for a relaxing mood among those who joined the activity over a sumptuous lunch. Although it took only an hour, the topic “Taking Control: Managing Debt Wisely” was interestingly discussed by Richmond Bermudo, Business Manager of Security Bank and Edelyn Sales, Area Sales Head of FWD Life Philippines. They shared meaningful insights on how to manage personal finances and debts. Tips on how to stick to your budget, like, keeping receipts, analyzing your spending and balancing your check book were just a few discoveries to take hold of one’s finances. Ways on how to save, according to Richmond, include prioritizing needs and minimizing your wants. On one hand, a good way to manage debt is to learn how create a debt reduction plan. In addition, before buying, self assessment should be considered to include questions like, “Do I really need it? Is my income enough to pay this?, Can I afford this? How should I borrow? How much do I have to pay every month and how long? Moreover, Edelyn conversed on how to accelerate one’s income through examples of long investments tools.