31 July 2013

North-South Korea amidst the growing tension

Last July 25, 2013, the American Corner Manila and The Organization for American Studies organized a lecture with resource speaker, Mr. Thomas C. Weber, Career Diplomat at the Embassy of the United States of America in Manila, to discuss about the North-South Relations: The Divided Korea in the Eyes of a Great Power.

Mr. Weber outlined some distinguishing facts on both the North and South Korea, providing historical facts on the political and military interactions between the two starting from their division in 1945 following World War II until today. He also shared his viewpoints on the tensions escalating in the Asian region.

International Studies students eagerly participated in the forum part and asked questions relating to possible threats of war due to North Korea's aggressive actions.

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Frosh Tips 101

I’m now a legit student of DLSU! YAY!
Now what?
What’s in store for me?

Most freshmen take a lot of time adjusting to the various ins and outs of the new, fast-paced life of being a college student. With this in mind, the American Corner Manila, European Documentation Centre with The Organization for American Studies, European Studies Association and Nihon Kenkyu Kai arranged a brief International Studies students’ assembly that is aimed to empower them by discussing practical tips to help them get through their "college" days held last 25th of July 2013 at the 13/F Exhibit Area of the Learning Commons.

As part of the program, Ana Estaniel AB-ISA, Hanelle Murillo AB-ISE and Anton Villanueva AB-ISJ, students from various majorship tracks, gave their testimonies and other survival tips. Course discussion and other tips were also given by Sasa Palaganas AB-ISJ, Regine Sevilla AB-ISE, Clarizze De Guzman AB-ISA. A brief presentation on the services and resources provided at the American Corner and European Documentation Center followed shortly.

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29 July 2013

Trial access to Library PressDisplay [expired]

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Trial access to ISI Emerging Markets - EMIS [expired]

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26 July 2013

His Excellency Harry K. Thomas Jr. delivers his last talk as US Ambassador to the Philippines

The outgoing Ambassador of the United States of America to the Philippines, H.E. Harry K. Thomas Jr. gladly shared his time for a last talk at the De La Salle University last July 23, 2013 on Realizing the Complexities of the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges of Philippine - U.S. Security Relations.

Joining with the Ambassador were Ms. Elizabeth Meza, Cultural Affairs Officer and Mr. Jeff Reppucci, both from the Embassy of the United States of America to the Philippines. Also present to the event were Dr. Julio C. Teehankee, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Dennis D. Trinidad, Chair of the International Studies Department and Dr. Renato C. De Castro, Coordinator, American Studies Program with the rest of the faculty members from the International Studies Department.

The Ambassador profoundly gave his viewpoints regarding the relationship of the US and the Philippines firmly expounding on how the US remains an ally of the Philippines. He further challenged the students by dreaming big for their country and that decision to move forward rests with the Filipinos.

The Lasallian community, specifically the International Studies Department, American Corner Manila and The Organization of the American Studies, expressed their deepest thanks to the Ambassador for the great partnerships and support from the U.S Embassy that transpired during his term.

23 July 2013

Reaching out through reading

In line with the University's community engagement thrust, the DLSU Libraries continue to promote literacy and life-long learning by partnering with the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) to reach out to less privileged communities. Activities such as book donation and storytelling sessions are just some of the Libraries' initiatives to realize this thrust.

For this reason, last July 19, 2013, another outreach activity was held at the Child Friendly Spaces Day Care Center at the Brgy. 718, Malate, Manila. Forty-three (43) preschoolers participated in the fun-filled activities prepared for them by the Libraries. Teachers, parents and other barangay officials were also present during the event.

The activity started off with the formal turnover of storybooks and other English language learning materials, led by Ms. Janice Peñaflor, Public Programs Librarian. From an empty shelf, 90 volumes of children’s books filled its layers, which were enthusiastically received by the teachers and children.

Engagement with the kids followed as the Associate American Studies Resource Center Librarian, Ms. Donna Labangon, started the storytelling session. The story aimed at teaching the children how to appreciate different colors they see around them. After listening to the story, the kids were asked to participate by quizzing them, and those who answered correctly were given prizes. To further reinforce learning, the use of iPad, along with its cool educational apps for kids, was used in the session. The session ended by giving away treats for the children to enjoy.


19 July 2013

Get to know Yugosto Balbas

The Library welcomes Yugosto Alejo Balbas as the new librarian for the College Library at the Science and Technology Complex, Biñan, Laguna.

Yong, as family and friends call him, is not so new to the university libraries as he started working for DLSU, January of 2001 as a contractual clerk at the Filipiniana and Circulation Reserve Section. It was not a surprise that in April 2002, Yong got his permanency after passing the six (6) months probationary period. It was the start of his romance with the library science world.

Cliché as it may seem, Yong is small but terrible. Father to two cute little girls, Anne and Alia and a loving husband to wife, April, Yong is the epitome of a family man who wants the best for his family. He always look forward to learning new things and strives to find opportunities for growth in his career. Being a team player, he’s always willing to share his ideas and skills to his colleagues to facilitate the improvement of the services of the section he belongs to. 

In his journey in improving himself and pursuing his dreams, he decided to further his studies in Library Science at the Philippine Normal University and in 2004 he successfully finished the program. Unfortunately, because of new rules and provisions in the Philippine Librarianship Law his specialization in library science was not enough to qualify him to take the licensure examination for librarians. Yong, instead of losing hope, decided to enroll for a degree on Masters of Library and Information Science at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. In 2012 he was able to finish the program and successfully defended his thesis titled, Assessment of Book Loan Policy of De La Salle University Library towards Book Loan Delinquency Minimization. It was in November 2012 that Yong passed the licensure examination for librarians.

After 10 years of his good service as Co-Academic Personnel, Yong was reclassified as Academic Service Faculty this AY2013-2014. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Yong feels like he is living a dream.

15 July 2013

Lasallians mean business

The De La Salle University has been known in producing graduates who excelled in their fields. Among other domains, Lasallians are known to be exemplars in business and finance. The combination of holistic curriculum and values inculcated among the minds of their students is a perfect formula in molding responsible and principled entrepreneurs.

As a mark of respect to these Lasallians and in line with the Philippine Business Week, the Learning Commons put up an exhibit entitled “Lasallians Mean Business”. The exhibit features DLSU alumni who excelled in business and other related fields.  On display are books and journals on business as well as undergraduate theses of and articles about the featured alumni. The exhibit is housed at the 10th floor of the Henry Sy Sr. Hall and will run until 31 July 2013. 

Among the display are Top 15000 corporations: the Philippines as emerging market (standing), various journals on business (scattered and piled) and undergraduate thesis of Ambassador Jose L. Cuisa Jr. (red), Mr. Deogracias N. Vistan (blue), Mr. George T. Yang (brown) and Mr. Martin P. Bonoan (green)

10 July 2013

Trial access to Taylor & Francis Online [expired]

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06 July 2013

Ms. Cajes & Mr. del Mundo attends PAARL's National Training on RDA in Cebu

Technical Services librarians Ms. May Cajes and Mr. Rafael del Mundo attended a National Training-Workshop on RDA with the theme “Resource Description and Access (RDA) Essentials: Preparing Librarians for New Cataloging Standards and Guidelines. This was conducted by the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians (PAARL), Inc. in cooperation with the NCCA-NCLIS, National Library of the Philippines, and National Committee on Resource Description and Access and was held last June 26-28, 2013 at the Montebello Villa Hotel in Cebu City.

The seminar sought to achieve the following objectives: give an overview of RDA, emphasizing the core elements in RDA and other elements identified as core for the Library of Congress Classification scheme; recognize the changes from AACR2R to RDA; learn the guidelines in recording attributes of FRBR entities; understand the conceptual entity-relationship module FRBR and its relationship to RDA; learn how to use the RDA toolkit; and lastly, apply the new cataloging standard RDA in practice exercises to create bibliographic records for monographs according to RDA rules encoded in the MARC21 format.

05 July 2013

LGBT Pride 2013

American Corner Manila observed June 2013 as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [LGBT] Pride Month. An awareness forum was held last June 28, 2013 to fairly understand the issues faced by LGBTs, its impact to their individuality and to generally recognize what they all have been fighting for. De La Salle University professor and an active member of the LADLAD political party, Mr. Anastacio Marasigan, Jr., graced the event as the resource speaker.

Mr. Marasigan stated that LGBTs are generally tolerated within the Filipino society but a widespread discrimination remains. He touched on controversial issues from discrimination, religion, same-sex marriages, violence and sexual abuse. He noted that while some companies in the Philippines already have an existing “safe” workplace programs for the LGBTs, the country still has a huge room for improvement to achieve the current status of LGBT safe spaces within America and Europe.

The forum was actively participated by the members of the DLSU Queer Archer’s Alliance, an organization whose mission is to provide safe haven for LGBTs as they raise questions to the issues related to the topic.

03 July 2013

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