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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. …

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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  • 1. RSR LibraryInnovations in Supportof Local GovernanceRIKO VINLUANNaga Librarian
  • 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. 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. 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. In a snapshot:
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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