18 December 2013

Introducing the League of Information Assistants (LIA)

In November 2013, the DLSU Libraries launched the League of Information Assistants (LIA), virtual subject librarians of different satellite libraries or sections of the Learning Commons. Library patrons may connect with LIA  for real time online help for discipline - and course-specific research assistance during library opening hours. Through chat reference facility, LIA answers ready-reference and research questions and provides online bibliographic and technology instruction. As such, LIA will not answer questions related to: (a) computer configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting; (b) provision of investment, legal, or medical advice; (c) tutoring or homework help; and, (d) job interview preparation.

09 December 2013

Trial access to Business Monitor International (BMI) [expired]

The trial access to Business Monitor International (BMI) is now available until 31 December 2013. Business Monitor International (BMI) is a leading source of market intelligence encompassing Country Risk, Financial Markets and Industry Research. It combines cutting-edge fundamental views formulated through in-depth assessment of country risk, with innovative technical analysis to forecast movements and set specific price targets for market instruments across asset classes. 

To access the database in and off campus, please visit the Library's homepage at http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/library/.

When you have tried Business Monitor International (BMI), please click and accomplish this Online Feedback Form (indicate BMI in the 'Name of online article/journal/ebook database and/or tool' field).

Your feedback/recommendations/comments will truly be helpful in deciding whether or not the Libraries shall subscribe to this database. Thank you.       

05 December 2013

IamInfoSMART Poster-Making Contest winners

One of the activities conducted in the Libraries’ “IamInfoSMART” campaign last November was the on-the-spot poster-making contest using the theme of “Making Every LaSallian Information Literate”, held on 28 November, 2013 at the 6th floor lobby of the The Learning Commons, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. Said contest aims not only to increase students’ awareness on the importance of information literacy as a vital component of lifelong learning, also it seek to consolidate and showcase students’ understanding of information literacy through creative arts. 

There were seven students who participated in the on-the-spot poster-making contest, namely Ms. Suzana Chimelle Resar (COE); Ms. Dejeannie Tieng (COE); Shera Marie Pausang (COS); Mr. Abdul Jhariel Osman (CED); Mr. Basil Andres (CLA); Ms. Regina Riyal Rafael (CED); and Ms. Marnel Rae Castillo (COS). 

The board of judges consisted of the Libraries’ Ms. Christine Abrigo, Assistant Director for Operations, Mr. Perseus Rex Molina, Assistant Director for Support Services, and Ms. Marian Eclevia, Reader Services, Coordinator. Entries of participants were judged by relevance to the theme, creativity, presentation and originality. 

Three winners were announced the following day, 29th November 2013 at the 6th floor lobby of the The Learning Commons, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. The 1st Place went to Mr. Abdul Jhariel Osman, College of Education; 2nd Place Ms. Regina Riyal Rafael, College of Education; and 3rd Place Ms. Marnel Rae Castillo, College of Science. All three poster entries including the non-winning entries may be used for future activities involving Information Literacy advocacy.

03 December 2013

The IamInfoSMART forum: Ms. Ramos demystifies information literacy

As part of the IamInfoSMART campaign of “Making Every Lasallian Information Literate”, The Libraries conducted a forum entitled “Demystifying Information Literacy” last 26 November 2013 at the 6th floor lobby of The Learning Commons, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.  

The resource speaker was no less than Ms. Marian R. Eclevia, Coordinator for Readers’ Services of the DLSU Libraries, who has more than a decade of experience in the field of reference and information service. She has earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Library and Information Science from the University of the Philippines.

Ms. Eclevia began her lecture by defining information literacy and its importance and relation to lifelong learning. She then discussed the information literacy cycle, which is a series of steps involving (1) defining questions; (2) identifying sources; (3) searching information; (4) locating information sources; (5) evaluating information; and (6) using and sharing information. After delving into each step, Ms. Eclevia gave a short quiz so that the participants can assess their information literacy skills themselves. The six skills that were assessed relate to the six steps in the information literacy cycle. The scores garnered in the quiz showed that two of them were in the advanced level. Most of them were proficient, few were novice and no person fell under the not-evident level. There was a short question-and-answer forum regarding the talk afterwards.

Aside from DLSU students and staff, many attendees of the free forum belonged to nearby universities like UP-Manila, FEU-Manila and Sta. Clara Parochial School. There are also some who came from the provinces close to Manila. All participants received a treat and snack from the organizers as well as certificate of participation. After this interactive event, they went forth inspired to be more fulfilled information-literate life-long learners.