Friday, November 18, 2016

Upcoming Event: Human Library (Session 6)

The Libraries, is holding its sixth session of the Human Library on 08 December 2016 (Thursday), 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Learning Commons, Henry Sy Sr. Hall.  


The Human Library is a concept that originally started in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is composed of human books that a "reader" can interact with. Human books are people who are subjected to stereotyping and prejudices. They have volunteered to be public representatives of their respective groups so they could share with others their personal stories to break down stereotypes and prejudices. As part of the Libraries' aim to cultivate an image of sensible and sensitive community of Lasallians towards social issues, this activity is an alternative way of learning, which may promote dialogue, reduce prejudice and encourage understanding of people from different walks of life. 

The first ever human library event in the Philippines was successfully held here at the DLSU on 14 August 2014. More about these sessions can be read HERE. 

Interested participants are requested to kindly fill out this Online Registration Form to register. Registration ends at 5:00PM on Friday, 02 December 2016.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

LORA, the Librarian Gives a Lecture on Media and Information Literacy


As DLSU Libraries continues to promote media and information literacy (MIL), a free half-day lecture was conducted to 15 teacher-librarians affiliated with the Department of Education Division of Imus City held at the Ortigas Room, The Learning Commons, 13th floor, Henry Sy Sr. Hall on 10 November 2016, 9:00AM to 11:30AM.

Louie Zabala (Readers' Services Librarian), Joseph Yap (Instructional Media Services Coordinator), and Donna Lyn Labangon (Special Collections Librarian) as resource persons provided an overview and introduction of the basics of media and information literacy. They discussed the MIL modules based from UNESCO's initiative, young people as consumers of media, how to interpret media, integration of media culture and technology, and cooperation and sharing of ideas. 

LORA, the Librarian is one of the community extension activities of the Libraries, which aims to provide training on the different aspects of library work, and guide librarians from public primary and secondary schools, community libraries, etc. in sourcing for free library resources.

Lectures may be downloaded here.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Libraries Conducts Workshop on Online Surveys and Excel Tricks

The Libraries conducted reskilling and upskilling workshops for faculty and graduate students held on 12 November 2016 at Phinma E-Classroom, Room 303, Miguel Building. Ms. Janice Peňaflor, Collection Development Librarian of DLSU Libraries conducted two workshops on (1) Surveys 101: tips on improving your online surveys and, (2) Excel tricks for managing and analyzing data. A total of thirteen participants attended the said workshops. 

Ms. Peňaflor discussed the step-by-step processes in creating online survey forms, including how to apply aesthetics to personalize the online forms. She tackled the different types of survey questions from questions that require short answers to questions that are answerable through multiple choice grid, and how to create them in Google Forms. 

Also, Ms. Peňaflor systematically presented the different features of MS Excel that would help the participants manage and analyze their data.  She further taught them how to use different formula, like the measures of central tendencies and extracting percentages. Because the participants were so interested to learn new Excel tricks, the workshop went beyond the two-hour schedule. All participants expressed their thanks and appreciation for this Libraries’ new offering.

Friday, November 11, 2016

J. Yap Speaks at the Global MIL Week

The fifth annual global celebration of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week took place from 31 October to 5 November 2016. The Global MIL Week 2016 includes the Sixth Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference and the First General Assembly of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), which took place from 2-5 November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Global MIL Week activities and conference share the latest research, projects, new ideas and information with a diverse gathering of stakeholders involved in information and media literacy, and in print, screen-based and digital media. 

More than 68 papers were accepted and presented including the paper of Joseph Yap entitled, “Defining understanding and promoting cultural diversity through the human library program.” The theme for this annual event is “Media and Information Literacy: New Paradigms for Intercultural Dialogue.”

The four-day conference was sufficient enough to learn new things from the media and information literacy field. The first day was a kick start of the youth agenda held at the British School of Creative Arts. More than 150 participants joined the pre-conference. On the second day, the opening ceremony was welcomed by Marco Antonio Zago, Rector of the University of São Paulo. He mentioned that “universities have the difficult task of educating for times of uncertainty. We don’t know which technologies will be available, but we know they will be different than today”. He added that “we need to look into strengthening the behaviors and abilities to take decisions, to communicate and argue and to train for the future. This conference also provides us with responsibility, to think critically about the purpose of MIL and what kind of society we want to live in."

Yap's presentation was scheduled in the session “Ever-evolving MIL competencies: The changing role of libraries, museums and community spaces (case studies, best practices)”. He was privileged to speak together with Dr. Albert Boekhorst, a renowned library personality and is an active member of IFLA. In the audience was also Dr. Jesus Lau, a well-known librarian in Mexico and is a multi-awarded librarian. He talked about the human library program and how it became an effective MIL program to reduce discrimination and address the differences in us especially in our multi-cultural situation. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Libraries Launches its Learning Lunch Program

As it focuses on the learners by providing different pathways to different library patrons to explore, learn and through collaboration and participatory learning, the Libraries launched its learning lunch program, dubbed as "Lunch 'N Learn at the Libraries," on 28 October 2016Friday12:00PM- 1:00PM at the European Documentation Centre, The Learning Commons, 13th Floor, Henry Sy Sr. Hall. Similar to brown bag session, the Lunch 'N Learn program aims to provide a learning space for meaningful conversations combined with the opportunities to build a network over lunch.
Similar to a comfy restaurant where tables with a look of freshly picked pink and lavender flowers on glass vases set the tone for a relaxing mood among those who joined the activity over a sumptuous lunch. Although it took only an hour, the topic “Taking Control: Managing Debt Wisely” was interestingly discussed by Richmond Bermudo, Business Manager of Security Bank and Edelyn Sales, Area Sales Head of FWD Life Philippines. They shared meaningful insights on how to manage personal finances and debts. Tips on how to stick to your budget, like, keeping receipts, analyzing your spending and balancing your check book were just a few discoveries to take hold of one’s finances. Ways on how to save, according to Richmond, include prioritizing needs and minimizing your wants. On one hand, a good way to manage debt is to learn how create a debt reduction plan. In addition, before buying, self assessment should be considered to include questions like, “Do I really need it? Is my income enough to pay this?, Can I afford this? How should I borrow? How much do I have to pay every month and how long? Moreover, Edelyn conversed on how to accelerate one’s income through examples of long investments tools.