31 January 2013

DLSU librarians elected as officers of PAARL

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Learning Commons is proud to have two of its librarians, Ms. Marian S. Ramos-Eclevia (Associate Librarian, Information Reference Section) and Mr. Jorge Erwin A. Rada (Librarian, Periodicals Section), to have been elected as Board members and officers of  Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL). They were inducted Vice-President and Board of Director of the Association, respectively. The induction of elected officers coincided with the 40th General Assembly of PAARL which was held last 25 January 2013, at the Technological Institute of the Philippines, Aurora Blvd., Quezon City.

PAARL is an association of librarians from different schools that supports scholarly researches and/or formal education on the collegiate level and above. The objective of the association is to encourage and promote the collection, organization and dissemination of information on research and academic library work. It also aims to develop the usefulness and efficiency of the library profession and enhances the professional well-being of its members. The association is willing to cooperate with other organizations having the same objectives.

24 January 2013

Upcoming event: MOA signing with Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

The DLSU Library and the DLSU-DasmariƱas Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo have partnered with the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), a human rights organization, advocating and supporting social structures and actions that promote human rights nationally and globally, on the digitization of its primary sources of information (mostly Martial Law documents). Through this, the two libraries will be allowed to keep copies and provide access to the digitized documents.

The MOA signing is scheduled on January 29, 2013 at exactly 10:00 AM, to be held at Multi-Purpose Room of the European Documentation Centre, 13th floor of the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. 

The invitation and the program to the said event can be viewed below:

23 January 2013

Access Osiris : Financial information on companies worldwide

The Learning Commons is happy to announce access to Osiris Database through this link: http://osiris.bvdep.com/ip.

Osiris is a compilation of financial information on more than 70,000 listed, delisted, and unlisted companies worldwide. Below are the data sets that can be displayed and extracted from the database for academic research:
  1. Contact Information – Trading address, telephone number, website etc.
  2. Business Description – Detailed, textual overview of the company covering topics such as history, activities, countries the company operates in, main products and services
  3. Industry Classification – Internationally recognized classifications such as US SIC, NAICS, NACE, and NACE Rev. 2
  4. Detailed Financial Data – Comparable financial information on companies
    1. Income Statement

    2. Balance Sheet
    3. Cash Flow Statement
    4. Pre-calculated ratios
  5. Stock Data
    1. Security & Price Information
    2. Current and Annual Stock Data
    3. Current and Annual Stock Valuation
    4. Monthly, Weekly, and Daily Pricing Series
    5. Summary Earnings Estimates
  6. Ownership Data - BvD proprietary information on company ownership structures with over 27 million active and direct links
    1. Shareholders (upto 4 levels up)
    2. Subsidiaries (upto 10 levels down)
  7. Ratings Section - Company and country ratings from the three main agencies, S&P, Moody’s and Fitch
  8. Corporate Actions - Details of company meetings, dividends and changes in listing status
For more details, please call ext. 620 or email library@dlsu.edu.ph.

Thank you.

22 January 2013

Mobile augmented reality in the Library

Printed materials with
this logo have AR
The Learning Commons now uses Augmented Reality (AR), which provides easy and interactive access to information concerning the library and its resources.

AR is a type of virtual reality that combines a view of the real world with computer generated objects to augment the scene with additional information. Initially, AR is being used with The Learning Commons’ printed subject guides/pathfinders. What it does is to link users to the online version of the subject guides/pathfinders as well as to the web videos included in the list of sources. AR also allows posting and sharing of comments and suggestions through Twitter and Facebook.

21 January 2013

Academic Services Group Sponsors On-The-Spot Poster Making Contest

Participants display their nature-inspired artworks
In celebration of the Environment Week, the Academic Services Group headed by Mr. Edwin P. Santiago, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Services, in partnership with the American Corner-Manila, organized an on-the-spot poster making contest on 19 January 2013, held at the 13th floor of the Learning Commons.

Themed as Befriend Nature for A Bright Future: Kaibiganin ang Kalikasan para sa Magandang Kinabukasan, the contest aimed to impress in the minds of Filipino children the love for Mother Nature and the important role they play in nurturing nature.

18 January 2013

59th General Assembly and Induction Ceremony of the ASLP

(L-R) Hon. Corazon M. Nera, Chair, BFL;
Mr. Joseph Yap, ASLP President;
Ms. Elizabeth R. Peralejo, President, PLAI;
Ms. Alicia S. Paraiso, Ex-officio, ASLP
16 January 2013, De La Salle University (DLSU), Learning Commons - The new set of officers of the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP) for 2013 was inducted.  The Learning Commons takes pride as this year's president elect is a librarian from DLSU, Mr. Joseph Yap, who is currently assigned at the DLSU Makati Extension Campus (MEC). The event was graced by Ms. Corazon Nera, Chairman, Board for Librarians (BFL), and was attended by members of ASLP and librarians from DLSU.

The inducting officer was no less than Ms. Elizabeth Peralejo, Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) President.   In her inspirational message, she challenged library professionals to become more proactive by learning the language of the new generation-- “digital natives” or “millennials,” -- the ones who have grown up with the Internet.  Further she posted a suggestion to change the title “special librarian” to “special library professionals.”

Ms. Ana Maria Fresnido, Director of the DLSU Library, in her opening remarks, welcomed the participants to the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, the new home of the Learning Commons.  She also mentioned that despite being an Academic/Research Library, DLSU fully supports ASLP in its endeavor as DLSU likewise houses and manages various special collections.

Ms. Alicia Paraiso, the outgoing president, gave highlights on the achievements of the ASLP 2012 Board.  One remarkable accomplishment was the successful renewal of the organization's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration thru the efforts of Ms. Shirley Ingles-Cruz. She also enumerated the various seminar-workshops, forums, outreach programs, and library tours that the Association organized and conducted. The signifcant increase of membership of up to 101% is credited to the hard work and efforts of Ms. Mercedita Servida and Mr. Joseph Yap.  Likewise, the quarterly ASLP Newsletter was published on time accessible on the ASLP wiki.

Congratulations to the 2013 ASLP Board composed of the following:

Joseph M. Yap, De La Salle University.
Vice President
Ma. Luisa R. Madlangbayan, Supreme Court of the Philippines
Gladys Joy E. Entico, Makati Medical Center
Avelina T. Sayson, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
Maria Cecilia I. Ayson, Filipinas Heritage Library
Huwaran Mapalarin-Sinag C. Galora, STI Caloocan
Teresita R. Casio, National Statistics Office
Mercedita B. Servida, Lopez Museum and Library
Alma Mila D. Prosperoso, World Health Organization
Rey E. Pacheco, Manila Bulletin.
Alicia S. Paraiso, Goethe-Institut Philippinen
Jesusa C. Manhit, Office of the Press Secretary (Ret.)
Milagros S. Ong, Supreme Court of the Philippines
Valentina T. Tabayoyong, Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Shirley Ingles-Cruz, Commission on Appointments

14 January 2013

A new librarian at the Reference Desk, ready to serve!

Ms. Yani Ramos-Eclevia
Marian Ramos Eclevia (aka Yani) is back to where she first started her career as a licensed librarian about twelve years ago- De La Salle University Library. She is now one of the associate librarians at the Information-Reference of The Learning Commons.

Same with many other librarians in the field, Library and Information Science is not Yani's first choice. During her younger years, she dreamt of becoming a bank manager, a farmer, or a Math teacher. But fate has taken its course to make this resilient person into an innovative and proactive reference librarian of her generation. It was during her stint in DLSU Archives when she finally decided to fall in love with librarianship as she placed 7th in the Librarians Licensure Examination 2000. Since then, she has committed herself to excellence with a personal motto of "just love every little thing you do and give your best shot."

Yani, who has more than one decade of extensive experience in information-reference services in academic library environment, has earned her Bachelor of Library Science (2000) and Master of Library and Information Science (2005) from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She previously held positions of College Librarian and Senior Lecturer on the same University.

An advocate of information literacy and open access information resources, she participated in a three-month international training called the Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries: an Active Training Environment (STIMULATE) held in Brussels, Belgium in June-August 2005. As research-oriented librarian, she has published works including Outsourcing Library Technical Services Operations: Practices in Academic and Special Libraries in Metro Manila, Reference 2.0 in Action: an Evaluation of the Digital Reference Services in Selected Philippine Academic Libraries, The Reference Librarian is Now Online!: Understanding Librarians’ Perceptions of Quality Chat Reference Using Critical Incident Technique (for printing). Her research interests include use and user studies, digital reference services, collection analysis, citation analysis, and digital access to information/knowledge.

She has been a speaker in various seminars and conferences for information professionals specializing reference and information services, electronic resources, information literacy, library instruction, and access to information. She also has presented papers at the Conference on GenNext Libraries 2012 in Brunei; 5th Rizal Library International Conference 2012; and, 77th International Federation of Library Associations World Library and Information Congress 2011 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A UP Gawad Chanselor 2012 awardee and an accredited KBP broadcaster, Yani was one of the anchors of the LibRadio: Librarians sa Radyo, DZUP 1602. She is also currently the Vice-President of the Philippine Association of Research/Librarians, Inc. (PAARL).

Inspired by her mentors and loved ones, Yani is ready to take big steps forward to grow professionally and contribute to the further development of The DLSU-Learning Commons where the future begins for life-long learners.

11 January 2013

Smithsonian Institution team visits American Corner-Manila

The U.S. Department of State, as a part of its public diplomacy strategy, manages a wide network of American Spaces across the globe, which now sums up to about 850 diverse spaces (i.e., in terms of sizes, audience, partners and quality of collections, services, programs and physical set-up). These spaces allow people to come together to learn about the United States, explore opportunities, take classes, and develop and observe social experiences. 

The State Department, as it tries to embark upon a strategic process of improving and standardizing the quality of the spaces and their core programs (which focuses on English language learning, Education USA advising, alumni activities, cultural programs, and provision of information about the United States), has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to get the help of the experts specifically in the fields of architecture, space design, exhibitions, programmatic strategies (i.e. how to best use spaces for specific types of activities), IT and mobile capabilities, and international project management in the conduct of a global review of selected spaces in view of developing concrete recommendations for improvements based on best practices and on-the-ground realities.

From among the many spaces around the world, only seven spaces will be visited to serve as sampling of the different American spaces. AC-Manila was privileged to have been selected as one of the seven. These seven spaces will have the potential to become “model spaces” representing the vision of the State Department for dynamic, hi-tech, and innovative places where local audiences may be engaged.

07 January 2013

Joseph Yap, here to stay!

With an eventful three year-career at DLSU and having been speaker to various seminars and trainings for librarians, the Permanency Board approved the permanent position of Joseph Yap beginning Term 2 of AY 2012-2013. 

In 2010, Joseph joined De La Salle University as a Catalog Librarian. July of the same year, he was assigned at the Graduate School of Business, Makati Extension Campus (MEC). The MEC Library caters to the graduate students and faculty members of program Masters in Business Administration, Juris-Doctor Degree (MBA/JD). The collection of the library spans from management, economics, marketing, finance, accounting, statistics and law.  

Early in his career, he served as the Information Resource Officer of the Asian Collaborative Training Network for Malaria (ACTMalaria) in 2006.  He was in-charge of the ACTMalaria Information Resource Center (AIRC) and was an active member of Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP) and became its PRO in 2008.

Mr. Yap is the current president of the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP).