21 December 2012

Library awards Top Performing Library Personnel

It has been the yearly tradition of the Library to recognize its employees that have rendered exemplary service to the academic community. Held every December, everybody looks forward to being part of the ceremony either as an awardee, a performer, a judge, a master of ceremonies, or a thrilled spectator of who are going to be the stars of the day.

Barsaga, Alvarez as Best Dressed K-popper 
With the year 2012 theme of K-Popskuhan sa Aklatan, a number of staff came to the awarding ceremonies on December 19 dressed in Korean-inspired costumes. Darling of the crowd Agnes Barsaga, who wore a “Go Ara” attire complete with sunglasses and scarf, won first prize as the Best Dressed K-popper, Female Category. Willian Frias, who dressed as Sandara Park look-alike was awarded second prize for the same category while Josephine Galleon with her sexy “Sistar” get up, placed third. Blue colored hair John Alvarez bagged first prize in the Best Dressed K-popper, Male Category, with Norman Villareal, portraying as “Kim Dohoon”, awarded as second, and John David “Rain” Roasa,  came in as third.
Best Dressed K-Poppers
(from left to right: Agnes Barsaga, John David Roasa,
Josephine Galleon,  Willian Frias, and John Alvarez

Dancalan and Soriente are the STARs! It was a shining moment for Vivian Soriente and Avelino “Bing” Dancalan who won the STAR awards for the Academic Service Faculty and the Co-Academic Personnel categories, respectively. STAR award is given to a library staff who is Service-oriented, a good Team-player, Amiable and Reliable. Joining the roster of awardees were the following:
  • Joseph Yap and May Cajes – Mr. and Ms. Personality
  • Ulysis Balabat – Super CAP
  • Rafael Joseph Del Mundo – Promising New Comer
  • Avelino Dancalan – Most Loved Personnel
  • Yugosto Balbas – Leadership Award
  • Robert Cuenca – Customers’ Choice Award
  • Romualdo Adonis – Support Staff Excellence Award (Security and Maintenance Staff Category)
  • Janssen Arnold Verzosa – Support Staff Excellence Award (Contractual Staff Category)
The Top Performing Library Personnel (TPLP) Awards Committee was chaired by Ms. Elizabeth Padilla, recipient of the STAR award for the year 2011.

16 November 2012

DLSU Librarian's research made it to a Turkish Journal

Joseph Yap, DLSU Librarian assigned at the Graduate School of Business, Makati Extension Campus (MEC), published his latest article titled, “Technical Competencies of Medical and Health Librarians in a Library 2.0 Environment” at the Information World Journal (Vol. 13, No. 2, 2012). The 22-page article was based on his Master's thesis at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.  The same research was also presented during the 4th Rizal Library International Conference in 2010, Quezon City, Philippines.

The research determined the acquired knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of medical and health librarians in the Philippines on the impact of Library 2.0. The study verified the level of awareness and revealed the gaps among medical and health librarians in the use, creation and adaptation of Library 2.0 tools especially in informing, educating and empowering their users.

Information World Journal is a refereed open-access journal published by the University and Research Librarians Association (UNAK)-Turkey. It is indexed and abstracted in the Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA); Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCOHost-LISTA); IndexCopernicus and Turkish Academic Network and Information Center's (ULAKBIM) Social Sciences Database and is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and E-Prints in Library and Information Science (E-LIS).  It is likewise a candidate for Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge (formerly ISI Web of Knowledge) and SCOPUS.

The full text can be accessed at: http://bd.org.tr/index.php/bd/article/view/82/pdf_77

05 November 2012

My 2012 SLA experience

Mr. Yap receiving the 2012 SLA Asian Early Career Award
On March 22, 2012, I eagerly applied for the 2012 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Asian Early Career Award. Upon knowing of such a travel grant, I grabbed that opportunity to become an SLA member and submitted my essay to the Awards Committee. After more than a month, Ms. Kyoko Sato, chair of the Awards Committee, sent me an email confirming my selection as the winner of 2012 SLA Asian Early Career Award!

31 October 2012

American Corner-Manila 2012 U.S Election Watch

In line with the coming U.S Presidential Elections, American Corner – Manila in cooperation with the Arts College Government and University Student Government, organized a two-week long series of activities called, THE 2012 ELECTION WATCH which takes place from 25 October to 09 November 2012 with the end view of promoting and demonstrating democracy, through the U.S electoral process, as it plays a vital role in every society.

To jumpstart these series of events, a lecture entitled, The Road To 270, was interactively discussed by Mr. Al James Untalan, Faculty, International Studies Department on October 25, 2012. The talk clearly explained how voters elect a body called an electoral college, which would then elect the President. This system of government, practiced by America, embraces the idea of indirect democracy.

16 October 2012

Introducing QR codes

As the Library continuously strive to offer quality service to the Academic Community, the Library now uses QR codes for easier data capture of information about the library and its other available resources.
QR Code for the DLSU Webpage
A QR (Quick Response) Code is a type of barcode that can be read instantly by any camera and Internet-ready mobile device (i.e., smartphones, Android, tablets, iOS such as iPad/iPhone/iPod). You may find a QR code embedded in the print handouts, pathfinders and postings available in the Library. At times, it is also pasted on video/DVD cases, linking the data to mobile-friendly video trailers. QR Codes for the DLSU library website, the OPAC and other LORA accounts in social media (Facebook, Twitter and Skype) are also available.

14 September 2012

American Corner-Manila celebrates International Literacy Day

In the words of UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, “Education brings sustainability to all the development goals, and literacy is the foundation of all learning.  It provides individuals with the skills to understand the world and shape it, to participate in democratic processes and have a voice, and also to strengthen their cultural identity.”

Literacy, indeed, is the foundation of all learning.  It equips us with the essential skills needed for life.  With an army of educated people, our society can definitely meet the demands of these generations’ pressing needs for development.

As we continue to affirm our commitment to contribute and support the educational needs of our community, American Corner-Manila in partnership with the Center for Social Concern and Action organized an outreach activity on the 10th of September 2012.  Joining us in celebrating the day were the parents and children from Brgy. 704, Zone 77 of Malate, Manila.