16 December 2016

DLSU Librarians Invade PLAI National Congress 2016

(L-R) DLSU Librarians and resource speakers Ms. Cynthia L. Cordova, Ms. Justina P. Garcia, Ms. Roselle S. Maestro, and Ms. Donna Lyn Labangon struck a pose before the opening of the PLAI National Congress 2016.

Seven research papers authored and co-authored by DLSU librarians were presented during the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) National Congress 2016 held on 22-25 November 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City. With this year’s theme, “Library as a Place: Continual Learning in the New Information Landscape”, this annual national conference of Filipino librarians aimed to explore the concept of “Library as a Place” and the different strategies needed to transform libraries as a “Third Place”. The sub-themes covered by the parallel sessions also tackled how libraries can improve their facilities, create new programs, develop collections, and upgrade their services.

Ms. Donna Lyn G. Labangon (Special Collections Librarian and Associate American Studies Resource Center Librarian) was invited as the resource speaker for the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL)-sponsored session on makerspace. In her presentation entitled, “Makerspaces: Making a Difference in Libraries”, she introduced makerspaces and their significance in libraries and shared the initiatives of the DLSU Libraries as it opened its own makerspace last August 2016.

Ms. Cynthia L. Cordova (Catalog Librarian) presented her co-authored paper with Ms. Karen Cecille V. Natividad (Technical Services Coordinator). Their paper entitled, “From Library to Learning Commons”, documented the transformation of the DLSU Libraries from being a traditional place for study to being a learning commons.

Another collaborative work presented was by Ms. Justina P. Garcia (Catalog Librarian) and Ms. Janice D.C. Peñaflor (Collection Development Librarian). Their paper, “Embracing Ebooks : Acquisition and Collection Development Landscape in Philippine Academic Libraries”, aimed to examine the current status of collection build-up of e-books in different academic libraries in Metro Manila.

Ms. Roselle S. Maestro (Information-Reference Librarian), together with her co-author, Mr. John Christopherson L.T. Fredeluces of Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila, presented their paper entitled, “Pages and Aroma: Library as a Place and the Library Café Concept”. Three academic libraries in Metro Manila that ventured into integrating coffee shops to the redefined library experience were investigated. Their adoption of the library café concept and the establishment and management of their respective cafes were examined.

Two research papers were presented by Ms. Marian R. Eclevia (Assistant Director for Support Services). The first one entitled "Who's Next in Line?: Succession Planning Practices in Academic Libraries" is an echo seminar paper first presented at the International Academic Forum - The European Conference on Literature & Librarianship 2016 held in Brighton on July 2016. This co-authored paper with Ms. Rhea Rowena U. Apolinario of University of the Philippines-Diliman examined the profile of current library managers in academic libraries in the Philippines, identified their hiring practices, and investigated their current practices in succession planning. The other paper entitled "What do Faculty Use? Investigating Faculty Research Productivity and Citation Behavior" is also a collaborative work with a UP-Diliman librarian, Ms. Rizalyn V. Janio which investigated the research productivity and citation behavior of the faculty members of the Consortium of Engineering Libraries-Philippines using bibliometrics, particularly citation analysis and co-citation analysis.

The paper of Mr. Joseph M. Yap (Instructional Media Services Coordinator), entitled "Where are the AV Resources?: Bringing Multimedia Services Closer to Users"  on the other hand, presented the acquisition performance and collection usage of DLSU’s Instructional Media Services (IMS) and how it was able to integrate a number of media services programs. Mr. Yap, PLAI-House of Delegates secretary, was also a caucus leader, Fellowship Night emcee, and chair of the Exhibits and Poster Presentations Committee.

Photo credits: PLAI Congress National Committee and Rizalyn Janio

15 December 2016

Opening of Application: ​STEAM Upcycling Program 2017

The Libraries  in partnership with  US Embassy in the Philippines and Makerspace Manila  announces the call for application for STEAM Upcycling Program 2017.
STEAM Upcycling (employing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) skills in repurposing, reusing, or turning of an item into something greater than its present quality, monetary value, or function) is a comprehensive six-month course designed to:
  1. Introduce Filipinos to the global maker movement and the positive impact it brings to education (STEAM and non-STEAM), business, and society
  2. Educate Filipinos about being makers and utilizing makerspaces
  3. Promote Entrepreneurship and Environmental Protection using a platform and tools via makerspaces
  4. Celebrate Filipino ingenuity through tinkering and making
  5. Support various opportunities for a better quality of life that can be born out of upcycling
  6. Bring together local makers and makerspace organizations, non-government entrepreneurship and environmental organizations, Philippine and US government agencies, upcycling experts and gurus in the Philippines and the U.S., and alumni of U.S. government exchange programs
  7. Deliver different in-person and or virtual makerspace learning workshops and activities that will promote upcycling as a way to protect the environment, and as a viable and sustainable source of livelihood. 
Coverage of the Program

The program will cover design thinking, illustration, 2D/3D design, robotics, programming, and electronics and will cover the following tracks:
  • Track 1, Robotics – a branch of engineering that covers conceptualization, design, manufacturing, and operation of robots. This track overlaps with electronics, computer science, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and mechatronics
  • Track 2, Fabrication – the process in which an item is made (fabricated) from a raw or semi-finished materials into a finished product that’s ready for use. This track deals with design thinking methodology, invention cycle, and traditional and modern fabrication techniques. Skills are expected to be applied to develop upcycling projects by the participants.

Applicants must possess the following:
  1. Must be currently enrolled student (senior high school or undergraduate) of DLSU Manila and STC and have at least one term left after the program.
  2. Must guarantee continued enrollment with the University in the entire duration of the program.
  3. Must have no failing marks.
  4. Must have the means to travel and attend sessions at the following venues:
    a.  Makerspace Manila, Solenad 3, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
    b.  The Learning Commons, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila
  5. Must be able to bring his/her own laptop every session.
  6. Must be committed to attend ALL sessions and complete the 6-month program.
  7. Must be willing to enter into an agreement with the Libraries.
  8. Must be a team player and be able to submit deliverables as required by the program.
  9. Must demonstrate communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills.
  10. Must pass the screening procedures.
  1. Accomplished online application form
  2. Letter of intent (in English language) detailing relevant hobbies, interests, skills, previous experiences and expectations if successful in this application, addressed to:
    Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido
    Director, American Corner-Manila
    De La Salle University Libraries
    2401 Taft Avenue, 0922 Manila, Philippines
  3. Supporting documents 
    a. Parent/guardian’s consent (for minors)
    b. Original copy of EAF
    c. True copy of grades
    d. Certificate of good moral character
  4. Signed conforme to program terms and conditions (for accepted applicants)
Please submit all the requirements to  

Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido
Director, American Corner-Manila
De La Salle University Libraries
6th Floor, Henry Sy. Sr. Hall

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of requirements
6 January 2017
Evaluation of application
9-20 January 2017
Interview of qualified applicants
27 January 2017
Release of the results of application
3  February 2017
Start of the program
March 2017
Culminating Event (Maker Fair)
September 2017

For inquiries, you may Chat with LORA, send an email to library@dlsu.edu.ph, or contact Ms. Donna Lyn G. Labangon, Special Collections Librarian at local 265.

13 December 2016

A Well-Attended Human Library Session 6

The DLSU Libraries held its sixth session of the Human Library on 08 December 2016 (Thursday), 1:00PM-4:00PM at the Learning Commons. This session covered human books on the following subjects:​ bisexual, hunk and fashion designer librarians, Lasallian brother, person with deformity, person with depressive disorder, queer lovers, scholar, student athlete, and senior citizen call center agent.

Dr. Aime T. Guarino, Director of Office of Counseling and Career Services (OCCS) gave the opening remarks. Mr. Joseph Yap, Chair of the Human Library introduced the 11 human books. The descriptions below were prepared by Ms. Roselle Maestro, Readers’ Services Librarian.

The hunk librarian, Mr. Edward Vincent Guevarra, is a former athlete, fitness instructor, nutrition and sports enthusiast. He trains to inspire and motivate people to live a healthy and happy life. All of these he does while being a full time librarian at the Ateneo de Manila University Rizal Library.

Ms. Tiffany de la Cruz is currently taking up AB Philosophy and BS Legal Management at the De La Salle University. She is an apprentice at the DLSU Harlequin Theater Guild and the general manager of AT: The Vape Shop. While leading a normal life as a student and a young entrepreneur, she is suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and has been seen signs of Bipolar Disorder.

Mr. Thomas Bienvenida is one of the members of the pioneer batch of the Vaugirard Scholarship Program. He is currently taking up Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In AY 2015-2016, he was the President of the Lasallian Scholars Society, the sole organization for undergraduate scholars of DLSU under the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.

At a young age, Ms. Kriemhilda Talavera found comfort and solace to printed volumes. Books were her friends; they were her mates until she eventually got a family of her own. Her fascination to the world of knowledge and information has not yet found a full stop as she still thirst for advancement. She is a graduate student in Fine Arts major in Literature. Her abilities are on display in the pieces of literature she wrote and on her being a BPO customer service representative. 

Mr. Ernani Agulto is always on the lookout for professional and personal development. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree from the Philippine Normal University in 2013, he took up a certificate course in Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue under the sponsorship of the United Nations and Athabasca University in 2015. Now working as a licensed teacher-librarian at San Beda College Alabang, he is, at the same time, pursuing his inclination in Fashion Design as a student of Fashion Design and Marketing at the SoFA Design Institute under a full-scholarship program. During the recently-concluded Manila Fashion Festival Design, he was one of the finalists at the BOBSON Japan’s #RedefineDenim Design Competition.

Br. Mark Salvan FSC, is a Lasallian brother. He studied in La Salle since kinder, ended up being a Brother. He is now working harder to be a better teacher.

Queer lovers Mr. Paolo Aguas and Ms. Heart Diño met at Tinder. Paolo is a Reports Analyst for AFDigital while Heart is an Actuarial Analyst in Manulife. It took Paolo three tries before Heart finally said “Yes” to their first date at the Promenade in Greenhills. Paolo was in awe when he first saw Heart as her beauty was all that he could see. After a rocky first date, Paolo and Heart started going out more and the rest is history.

In 2013, Ms. Ana Alexandra Castro earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and graduated Cum Laude at the University of the Philippines Diliman. At present, she is completing her second degree at the UP College of Law. While she excels academically, she has also worn and is wearing many hats as an officer and member of various student organizations. To name a few, she served as the University Student Council Chairperson (2013-2014), League of College Councils Convener (2012-2013), MagKaisa CSSP Chairperson (2011-2012), and UP Law Debate and Moot Court Team Member. A self-confessed bisexual, she was the founder and coordinator of the Proud to be LGBT Campaign.

Ms. Ian Lariba has made a name for herself as the first ever table tennis Olympian from the Philippines. Before her stint at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she had consistently emerged in her sports, being undefeated in her five-year UAAP career . She was Season 74 Rookie of the Year, Seasons 75, 77, 78 Most Valuable Player, and Seasons 77 and 78 Athlete of the Year. Apart from being the team captain of the DLSU Table Tennis, this pride of the Green Archers is a Dean’s Lister and a Gawad Mag-aaral Awardee, taking up Bachelor of Science in Management of Financial Institutions.

During her undergraduate years at the University of Santo Tomas, Ms. Kayla Juanzo was one of the top performing students. At present, she is taking up her master’s degree at the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies, specializing in Law Librarianship. She is a librarian and a 21st century educator honing Ateneo High School students into globally competent and media and information literate individuals. As such, she is the current moderator of the Ateneo de Manila Junior High School Loyola Book Club. Her other talents include dancing and writing. Her credentials merit her as an achiever consistently bordering on excellence. Though, there are two things that make her peculiar above all of which: she has Christ at the center of her life - passionately serving Him, and she was born with no hands.

Ms. Heart Diño gave a response on behalf of all the human books. A total of 47 readers attended the session with 89% of them as first time attendee. Almost 98% respondents said that they would love to be participating as readers again in the next sessions to come. Ms. Donna Labangon, Co-Chair of the Human Library ended the event with closing remarks.