30 August 2013

Green Spine Book Fair 2013

The Libraries' booth in the book fair
where passers-by were invited to
like the Libraries' FB pages
The Green Spine Book Fair, now on its second year, is an activity organized by De La Salle University Libraries and is envisioned as an annual major event to be held every August. This year’s Book Fair activity with the theme “The Libraries = S.P.A.C.E (Shaping Possibilities for Access, Collaboration, and Education)” is quite special since the main university library, now called The Learning Commons, is celebrating this year's Green Spine in its new home at the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.

The Book Fair primarily aims to promote the culture of reading for better education and self-empowerment by bringing the books closer to the academic community. The Green Spine 2013 also endeavors to support the Turn 1 into a Million book drive project of the Libraries.

One of the lucky winners
of Like Us & Win
During the 3-day event, apart from great finds of books and other library materials, the Green Spine 2013 also highlighted activities to further promote the Libraries such as: Like Us and Win - passers-by/DLSU Library users/visitors were invited to like or follow The Libraries' social media pages (in Facebook and Twitter) and play to win different prizes; and Board Game Mania – a marketing campaign composed of different activities each day of the Fair to encourage playing of board games in The Learning Commons through game demonstrations amongst students/faculty/staff, like Taboo, FUNglish, Battleship, Game of the Generals, Last Words, etc.

Ms. Zazah Gagatiga
signing one of her children's books
There were also book-signing and lectures during the Fair. Survive and Thrive: Marketing Ideas for Libraries was presented by Ms. Janice Penaflor; From Tablet to Tablet: a Symposium was organized by DLSU Publishing House; Ms. Milagros S. Ong, on the other hand, gave a book talk on Legal Research and Legal Citations in the Philippines and Ms. Zarah Gagatiga talked about Writing and Publishing Children’s Books. Both authors graciously signed copies of their books at the end of their lectures.

Accessing information today comes in many different ways, thanks to the ushering in of the digital era. Book fairs may not be too popular for some, but the culture of reading is cultivated by bringing books closer to the DLSU community. The Libraries are grateful to the community for the success of this activity. Until next year!

Gallery from the DLSU-Manila University Library Facebook page:

27 August 2013

Get to Know Justina P. Garcia

The DLSU Libraries would like to introduce one of its newest librarian, Ms. Justina P. Garcia. She is currently assigned as the Coordinator of the STC Libraries and at the same time handles the Integrated School Library located at the DLSU-STC Campus in BiƱan, Laguna.

Tina graduated from University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies in Diliman. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science in 2004 and her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science in 2009. 

23 August 2013

Yap speaks at the 7th Philippine Book, Information Science and Technology (Phil-BIST) Conference and Fair

The Davao Colleges and Universities Network (DACUN) celebrated its 10th Year Anniversary last August 13-15, 2013 at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) Gymnasium and Cultural Center, Bo. Obrero, Davao City. DACUN spearheaded the 7th Philippine Book, Information Science and Technology (Phil-BIST) Conference and Fair with the theme “The Mindanao Summit on Excellence, Service, and Professionalism (ESP) in Philippine Librarianship: National Agenda and Global Realities after RA 9246 and Beyond.”

Mr. Joseph M. Yap, Associate Librarian, Information-Reference, DLSU Libraries and President, Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP) gave a presentation on Strategic Planning: Renewing / Reviewing the Association’s Vision. This session is sponsored by DACUN Library Committee under the sub-theme The Library and Information Science Professional : Excellence, Service, and Professionalism (ESP) for National Agenda and Global Realities.

Through this conference, the ASLP, with the concerted efforts of its past presidents, current officers and the DACUN library committee paved the way in envisioning the paths to advance the future of special librarians in the country.

(Photo credit: DACUN Library Committee)

09 August 2013

German Photo Book Award exhibit opens at the Learning Commons

The Goethe-Institut Philippinen opened the exhibition of the German Photo Book Award 2013 with an art talk and ribbon cutting last August 7, 2013 at The Learning Commons, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University.

The opening ceremony featured a lecture on New Philippine Photography which was presented by Mr. Estan Cabigas, a professional photographer and a well-known travel blogger. Also, Dr. Petra Raymond and Ms. Alicia Paraiso of the Goethe-Institut shared the stage to provide the audience some interesting facts regarding the exhibit. On the other hand, the ribbon cutting ceremony was lead by Mr. Edwin P. Santiago, Vice President for Administration of DLSU and Dr. Petra Raymond, Director of Goethe-Institut.

The German Photo Book Award is being given annually by the Association of Publishers and Booksellers in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. The Award is divided in three categories, namely: photo/illustrated books, photo-textbooks and photo history/photo theory.

Among the criteria being used to evaluate each piece of work are photographic quality, aesthetic overall impression, as well as technical photographic and historic performance. The German Photo Book Award is awarded in three categories: Gold, Silver and Nominee. 

The exhibit highlights the 5 gold winning titles and 17 silver titles as well as the 170 nominees and will run until the end of August 2013.

Photo Gallery:

02 August 2013

CO.NX Webchat : Islam in America

The American Corner Manila joined a live video webchat last July 24, 2013 from CO.NX, a digital diplomacy team with the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) at the U.S. Department of State.

The central theme for the session is about, “Islam in America” with Imam Khalid Latif, University Chaplain, New York University (NYU). He is the first Muslim appointed chaplain at NYU and is deeply committed to interfaith dialogue and an exemplary Muslim in a modern, multicultural world.

Students participating in the live webchat eagerly asked about the extent on which they can practice their religion in the US. Questions relating to the various ways of celebrating the Ramadan were also asked.

The conversation can also be followed on Twitter through hashtag #Ramadan and @KLatif.

Photo Gallery from American Corner De La Salle University - Manila Facebook Page: