RSR Library Innovations in Support of Local Governance


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Initially presented at the National Conference of Public Librarians on the theme "Public Libraries: Moving on for more effective services" held at The National Library, 27-28 October 2008, by Hon. Mayor Jesse M. Robredo, City Mayor, Naga City (also presented by Riko Vinluan at the PLAI- Bicol Region Librarians Council (BRLC) Seminar on the theme “Reinventing Library Management in the 21st Century” held at Divine Word College of Legazpi, Legazpi City, 18-20 April 2012)

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RSR Library Innovations in Support of Local Governance

  1. 1. RSR LibraryInnovations in Supportof Local GovernanceRIKO VINLUANNaga Librarian
  2. 2. Presentation Outline Brief history of RSR Library The Library and the Naga City Road Map The Library and the Naga City Governance Model RSR Library Best Practices Lessons Learned
  3. 3. Brief history One of the eight libraries initially set up in the country in 1921, then called the Camarines Sur Branch Library. Coordinated other libraries in the province Nearly abolished by the provincial board a few years after the city gained its charter. Management handed over to the city government in 1954, was reorganized and renamed the Naga City Public Library
  4. 4. Brief history Housed in rented buildings in downtown Naga City Transferred to its own two-storey building in 2005 and renamed the Raul S. Roco Library upon the latter’s 64th birthday Aside from the usual library sections, it now has an internet kiosk, a memorabilia room of the late senator, the DepEd library hub, a local governance section, and AV and electronic resources
  5. 5. In a snapshot:
  6. 6. 2005 2015 PERFORMANCE MEASURE BASE YEAR TARGETProportion of pupils starting Grade 1 whofinish Grade 6 (MDG) 78% 90%Proportion of school age children in school(MDG) 100% 100%Proportion of first year high school studentswho finish high school 69% 85%Prevalence of underweight children under 5 less than less thanyears of age (MDG) 1% 1%
  7. 7. Naga City Road Map The RSR Library contributes to the attainment of our vision by engaging in programs and projects that will encourage the youth to finish their education:  at least 90% of Grade 1 pupils finish Grade 6 and  at least 85% of first year high school enrolees finish fourth year.
  8. 8. 2005 2015 PERFORMANCE MEASURE BASE YEAR TARGETProportion of programs and policiesformulated, implemented, monitored andevaluated with citizen or civil society 80% 99%participationProportion of randomly surveyed city residentswho have an understanding of the city’s history, n.d. 90%culture and artsPercentage of households practicingsegregation at source 50% 99%
  9. 9. Naga City Road Map The RSR Library contributes to the attainment of our vision by engaging in programs and projects that will encourage the promotion of good governance and responsible citizenship
  10. 10. THE NAGA GOVERNANCE MODEL Progressive development perspective. Seeks prosperity-building tempered Progressive by an enlightened perception perspective of the poor Functional partnerships. Vehicles that enable the city to tap community resources for priority undertakings Good urban governance Participation. Mechanisms that ensure long-term sustainability of local undertakings Partnerships Participation
  11. 11. Governance Model Progressive Leadership – Seeks to harness the Library as a tool for the city’s overall development..  for attaining the city’s MDG on education  for promoting good governance and responsible citizenship  for attaining the city’s targets on poverty alleviation
  12. 12. Governance Model Functional partnerships –enables the RSR Library to tap community resources for its programs  Jollibee Foods Corporation extends its popular menu free of charge in all official activities of the Library  MNCCI and KBP for story telling activities  Universities (e.g. DLSU) and foundations as source of library materials
  13. 13. Governance Model Functional partnerships:  Local computer schools (STI, Datamex, CCDI, PCFC) as source of student volunteers  Local school libraries (Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, AMA Computer College, CCDI, PCFC) as a partner for exchanging library resources  Naga City Scholars Guild as source of volunteer manpower for day-to-day library operations
  14. 14. Governance Model Participation:  Engages Library stakeholders in planning and implementation of its programs, projects and activities  Generates community support and helps ensure sustainability of its programs  Helps align library activities with the city’s road map
  15. 15. Innovations Library Rewards Program.  Books are given points  Higher points for Bikol and Filipiniana materials and those given national awards  Borrowers who collect certain points are given rewards (mugs and T-shirts) and special privileges (more number of books that can be borrowed)  Promotes awareness of Philippine and Bikol history and culture
  16. 16. Innovations Annual Library Lecture Series –  Promotes awareness and appreciation of local writers and historians and their role in promoting Bikol culture and history  Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera - mainstreaming Bikol language and literature  Ms. Eugenia Apostol - responsible journalism, effective communication and transparent governance
  17. 17. Innovations Annual Library Lecture Series  Bikol historian Dr. Danny Gerona - importance of understanding local history  Columnist Conrado de Quiros - literature and governance  Poet Alan Popa – changing paradigm of Bicol Poetry  Mrs. Prudencia C. Cruz - impact of local history materials in public libraries
  18. 18. Innovations Children’s Bookfest.  Targets pre-schoolers from the city’s educare centers and elementary pupils up to Grade 2.  Select individuals from City Hall, the academe, the media, business community and civic organizations take turns in reading children’s books and amplifying them for the benefit of their young listeners.  Jollibee provides free food and gift items for the participants
  19. 19. Innovations “Be a reader: Rediscover Raul S. Roco @ the Library”  Encourages students to rediscover the ideals of Raul S. Roco, a distinguished leader and public servant.  Students research his life at the library and join in an inter-school speech competition centering on the former senator’s principles and ideals.  Thru this activity, the youth are encouraged to be good and responsible citizens
  20. 20. Innovations Byaheng Bukmobil – • Deploys the city’s Book Mobile to public schools in far-flung barangays. • Enhances learning in public schools and inculcates love for reading. • To generate more readers, a local personality is brought in to do story-telling. • Beneficiaries of this project are 10 schools located in the city’s upland and agricultural barangays whose distance from the Library makes commuting expensive for their pupils.
  21. 21. Innovations Databank Exposition –  The library’s collection of books on Bicol history, arts and culture as well as old photos of the city are exhibited during historical celebrations and other events.  Makes key resources of the library more accessible to a larger audience  Recent expositions:  15 Bikol Martyrs,  1920-1950 Bikolano writers and photos of Naga City  Bikol Book Collections.
  22. 22. Innovations Inter Library Resource Sharing Program –  Regular exchange of books between RSR Library and the libraries of:  Holy Rosary Minor Seminary  Philippine Computer Foundation College  Computer Communication Development Institute  AMA Computer College
  23. 23. Innovations Inter Library Resource Sharing Program –  Collection of all partners are multiplied  Directs available funding for the acquisition of other priority books  Minimizes duplication of library materials  Encourages sharing of good practices among the different librarians.
  24. 24. Lessons Learned A library, particularly those operated by a local government unit, must be harnessed in support of local development A public library can multiply its resources by recognizing the unique interests of potential partners Participation of library stakeholders in planning and implementation is essential for the success and sustainability of its programs