Fl ordel i za
Quiñones, former head
of the Serials Section,
Filipiniana Division and
TNLECO chairman for
two consecutive terms,
has been promoted to
assigned as the new Assistant Chief of
the Reference Division. She is a
graduate of St. Paul University and
attained her Masters Degree in
Education with specialization in Library
Science in Philippine Normal University.
The Children‘s Section has a new Head
in the person of Mrs. Melanie A. Ramirez. Her dedication, talent and abilities
earned her promotion.
She is a graduate of the
University of the East
and attained her Masters
Degree in Library and
Information Science in
Mrs. Eusebia M. Accad of the Catalog
Division and incumbent TNLEA president, was promoted from Librarian III
to Librarian IV and has
Division as its new
Assistant Chief. She is a
graduate of Philippine
Women‘s University and
attained her Masters
Degree in Library Science in MLQU.
Ms. Ira Albalos is the
new Head of the Government
Section. She is a graduate of the Philippine
Normal University and
attained her Masters of
Arts in Education Major in Library
Science in National Teacher‘s College.
National Library of the Philippines Newsletter
Bamban Municipal Library Saved!
By: Blesila P. Velasco
he continued existence of
public libraries depends on
many factors. One of the most
important is that they do not generate
income, making them easy targets for
LGU budget cuts.
Such was the case of Bamban
Municipal Library (BML). On the night of
August 6, 2013, head librarian Warren
S. Tuazon sent the NLP a text message
requesting aid to stop the Sangguniang
Bayan's planned abolition of the BML.
Fortunately, NLP staff had recently
visited and conducted ocular
inspections on July 26, 2013, and had
made positive assessments of BML's
Republic of the Philippines
Office of the President
National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
It is permitted to quote from this publication.
Antonio M. Santos
Ana Fe B. Azuela
Joan DJ. Milañez
Dolores D. Carungui
Michael S. Paris
Yolanda E. Jacinto
Maricel M. Diaz
Melanie A. Ramirez
P.O. Box 2926
Jennifer B. Dimasaca
Chona F. San Pedro
T. M. Kalaw Street, Ermita 1000
Archie D. Galo
Mila M. Ramos
Maricel M. Ureña
Kristin E. Jacinto
Farrah Lyn P. Serrano
Pietro Anton C. Lecaros
Cecil A. Umali
Pietro Anton C. Lecaros
Sharrise Rae T. Lim
Blesila P. Velasco
Sharisse Rae T. Lim
Melody M. Madrid
Fe Angela M. Versoza
National Library of the Philippines
Phone: (632) 310-5035 / 336-7200
Fax: (632) 523-4054 E-mail:
Ginalene M. Magallano
Marviluz O. Gocoyo
On August 7, 2013, the NLP sent
a letter commending BML to Bamban
Mayor Jose Antonio T. Feliciano and
Vice-Mayor Salvador L. Pascual,
Continued on page 12
Standards for Filipino
By: Fe Angela M. Versoza
The NLP Newsletter (ISSN 2244-1719), is an official publication of
the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), published quarterly.
Issue 5 Vol. 3
overarching goal to make
the country's human resources more competitive,
Continued on page 10
Retrofitting of the
NLP 126 Anniversary: Collective Negotiation
Agreement (CNA) Status
Still Going Strong
By: Anton C. Lecaros
By: Farrah Lyn P. Serrano
This past August
12 , 2013, the NLP
closed its doors to celebrate its anniversary. 126
years ago, the Museo
Biblioteca, the predecessor of the current National
The National Library
(TNLEA) accomplished its
Agreement (CNA) after
Continued on page 4
NLP-CL in Surigao
Ninoy Aquino Day
NLP @ 126
ISC in PPL
Continued on page 22
Developing Competency Standards for
On munity News
By: Ana Fe V. Azuela
Koha is an open source Integrated
Library System (ILS), used world-wide by
public, school and special libraries. The
name comes from a Maori term for a gift or
Koha is a web-based ILS, with a
SQL database (MySQL preferred) backend
with cataloguing data stored in MARC and
accessible via Z39.50. The user interface is
very configurable and adaptable and has
been translated into many languages. Koha
has most of the features that would be
expected in an ILS, including:
Simple, clear interface for librarians and
Various Web 2.0 facilities like tagging,
comment, Social sharing and RSS feeds
Union catalog facility
Circulation and borrower management
Ability to cope with any number of
branches, patrons, patron categories,
item categories, items, currencies and
Serials system for magazines or newspapers
11. Reading lists for members
3rd Quarter KOHA activities:
ITD was busy as
usual this quarter. KOHA
training was conducted
for various librarians
that graced the NLP. On
July 5, staff from the
arrived to receive upgrades to their KOHA
server, as well as additional programs, digital
training. On August 2,
librarians from Olivares
College, Paranaque, appeared unannounced at
the ITD, where they
learned all they could
about KOHA. On August
27 ITD entertained staff
of the Imus City Public
Library, and the 2 institutions collaborated with
the Imus LGU to digitize
resolutions. From September 2 to 6, ITD assisted the Ilocos Norte
Provincial Library, which
happens to run its own
version of elib which
they call ―ihub‖. Their
maintenance, and management
of their 200+ computers. On September 56, AIMS visited ITD for
the 2nd time since July
17 to receive comprehensive KOHA training.
In their previous visit,
they received KOHA installation and orientation.
NLP offers free Koha ILS installation/orientation and training-workshops. Call ITD at 336-7200 loc 201 for inquiries.
NCRDA Policy Statements on RDA to be Implemented
By: Chona S. San Pedro
The National Committee on
Resource Description and Access
(NCRDA) a body established by the
NLP, convened once again on July 19,
2013 at the NLP Conference Room. This
followed the conclusion of the ―RDA
Train the Trainors‖ workshops and the
nationwide RDA trainings of the
Philippine Association of Research
meeting focused on the
creation of RDA policy statements for
Philippine libraries, which finalized the
Proposed Cataloging Policy Statement
for Philippine Libraries that were
drafted and refined during the RDA
Train the Trainors workshops at the
DLSU Learning Commons on April 3-5,
Davao on April 22-24, Cavite on May
15-17 and Cebu on June 26-28.
Grievance machinery will provide a systematic and peaceful way to resolve disputes. And third, composition of the
merit promotion plan. In Article IX, Section 2, NLP shall adopt and implement
the duly approved NLP Merit and Promotion Plan (MPP) pursuant to MC No.
3, s.2001. It will be subject to periodic
review and revision in consultation with
TNLEA to keep abreast of the current
At present, the Association is revising its Constitution and By-Laws, as well
as filing with SEC for a change of its
name from TNLEA to NLPEA pursuant to
R.A. No. 10087.
Run for Fun at Quirino
By: Cecil Umali
The Civil Service Commission
celebrated its 113th anniversary this
September. To commemorate the
event, one of the activities held was
the R.A.C.E. (Responsible, Accessible,
Courteous and Effective) To Serve Fun
Run III, held on September 7, 2013,
at 5am at the Quirino Grandstand in
Manila. The theme was ―Tatak Lingkod
Bayani: Isabuhay, Ipagmalaki, Ipagbunyi‖. Vice President Jejomar Binay
graced the event as the guest of
This year, 35 NLP employees
comprised of regular, non-librarian
staff joined the run in the 3km category. The participants all enjoyed the
event, and while the NLP staffers
weren't among the top finishers, they
were all able to finish. They are looking forward to next year's Fun Run IV!
What is a Collective Negotiation Agreement?
Collective Negotiation Agreement or CNA is a contract negotiated between an accredited employees‘ organization as the negotiating unit and the employer/
management on the terms and conditions of employment and its improvements that are not fixed by
Who can enter into a CNA?
An accredited union and the
employer/management can enter
into a Collective Negotiation Agreement.
When can a union start negotiation with management?
Within one year of issuance of
a certificate of union accreditation,
the union shall submit its CNA proposal to management.
When shall a CNA take effect?
The CNA is effective upon its
signing by the concerned parties
and ratification by majority of the
rank-and-file employees in the negotiating unit to be done within
ninety (90) calendar days. Finally it
must be approved by the SEC.
Otherwise, the application for registration shall be denied. (PSLMC Res.
No. 02, s. 2007)
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NLP 126th Anniversary: Still Going Strong
was founded by the Spanish government. Its goal
was to collect as much Filipiniana as possible and
make it available to readers. This library folded
with the Spanish regime. It would later be
succeeded by the American Circulating Library, a
private institution which was donated to the
Philippine government under the condition that it
be used to serve the public. The remains of the
Biblioteca's Filipiniana would later be added to
the Circulating Library, and thus was born the
institution which, in one way or another, has continued til today as the National Library of the
Philippines – neither a Spanish nor American, nor
even an indigenous institution, but a Filipino one.
At last year's milestone 125 anniversary
the NLP looked to honor the past while preparing
for the future. This year, the work which will
make that future a reality is in full swing. Retrofitting continues at a brisk pace, discussions for
the redefinition of the public library system are
progressing, and reader service has changed for
the better. The Reference Division General Book
Section is now self-service -- readers may enter,
browse, choose their books, and check them out
on their own. They can then enjoy them in the
lounge, or search for more books with the brandnew computers in the reading area. Another
major improvement is the new operating
schedule of 8am-7pm from Monday to Saturday
which will hopefully make research at the NLP
more convenient for students and other researchers with full schedules.
As time marches on, the NLP will continue
its efforts to collect and preserve Filipiniana, and
to provide the best and most widely-accessible
service possible for its readers.
Catalog Division Chief Bows Out
By: Chona F. San Pedro
NLP had Ms. Moreno for 32 years!
It has been a singular source of satisfaction for the Catalog Division to serve under Ms.
Moreno, and it gives us particular pleasure to
be able to join everyone in sending her our
best wishes as she leaves the Library.
Ms. Moreno or Ma'am Lina to her
friends, started working at the Catalog Division
in 1981 as a Junior librarian. She was promoted to Chief of the Catalog Division and
held the position for 10 years, from 2003 to
2013. Her major accomplishments at the Catalog Division could be seen not only in the modernization of the Division's facilities but also in
the trained and disciplined staff she has left to
continue her hard-work for the development
and progress of the Division.
As chief of a division, she was a tough
but fair taskmaster. She was most impatient
with tardiness. Often, she could be seen continuing to work on tedious tasks at the Division
though she was already its head. She was the
kind of employee who would go to work, rain
In 2010, she was appointed as the
chairman of the NLP's Bidding and Awards
Committee (BAC). The BAC, with Ms. Moreno
Ate Bel bids farewell
as Chair, was instrumental
in the creation of the NLP
BAC Procurement Manual,
Vol. 1, the guidelines for the
NLP's establishment of procurement systems and organizations. It was also during her tenure that the
honorarium for BAC members or Budget Circular No.
2007-3 (guidelines on the grant of honoraria
and overtime pay to government personnel involved in government procurement) was released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and implemented at the NLP.
Because of her effective leadership at
NLP's BAC she was appointed Chair of the Gender and Development (GAD) Committee in
2012. In her stint, one of the projects of GAD,
the Fitness and Gym facility for NLP employees, materialized.
Ma'am Lina made significant contributions to the service while keeping a quiet
proﬁle within the NLP. On the occasion of her
birth anniversary and retirement, we in the Library salute this woman and gratefully acknowledge her contributions to the NLP's
growth and development.
By: Maricel M. Diaz
Mrs. Isabella M. Bernabe
started her career at the
NLP in 1979 as a casual
Library Assistant in 1981
and in 1988 she was promoted to Librarian I. Ms. Bel - or Ate Bel
to most of us - graduated with a Bachelor
of Science in Medical Technology from
PWU and added 21 units toward a Masteral
Degree in Library Science.
She attended a 2-month training
course in conservation and preservation of
library materials in Singapore in 1991. She
was also one of the participants in Consal
XIII in 2006. She attended many seminars
on conservation were she was exposed to
new techniques for handling library materials, learned more ideas and concepts in
contemporary library science, and made
new friends from many different countries.
She met her husband Mr. Leonardo
Bernabe Jr. in 1983 and they have been
married since 1986.
The Dark Side of Online Publishing
Journals are the backbone of any academic community. It is through journals that
one finds out about the research and breakthroughs going on in a given field of study.
Scholarly journals have editors and reviewers that are experts in the subject matter.
The editors check the general content of the
work, and the reviewers or ―referees‖ do it
more rigorously. Once the author's work is accepted for publishing, the journal pays him.
Funds for this and for publishing come from
journal subscription payments. However, this
traditional business model is no longer the
only way to publish academic papers. A more
recent and growing business model is called
OA or Open Access, which, as its name implies, is free to use.
The OA business model reverses the
payment scheme: instead of the journal paying the author, the author must pay the journal to publish his work. This way, no subscription fees are necessary and the journal can be
read for free online. If the journal is wellknown and widely-read, the researcher more
than makes back his investment as the journal will help his research reach all the other
experts in his field. It is also a cheaper option
than publishing a book, and will reach more
people in the short term than, say, a conference presentation.
Unfortunately, the anonymity and intangibility allowed by the internet have resulted in the ever-increasing problem of ―fake‖
publications. Fake publications use the OA
model to trick researchers into paying bogus
―International Journal of XYZ‖ to print their
papers. Highly-qualified academics are fooled
By: Jennifer B. Dimasaca & Anton C. Lecaros
into joining the editorial staff to make it appear legitimate, and if there is no one gullible
enough, the journal lists them as editors anyway, or simply invents phony academics in
the hope that no one notices. Peer review is
either of substandard quality or non-existent,
so that review and acceptance can take only a
few days (or less!) even if a paper's contents
are rubbish. Once accepted for publication,
the author is asked to pay. If not enough papers are contributed, the publisher pilfers
other journals with the vaunted ―copy+paste‖
and ―save page as‖ techniques. The fake publisher's only concern is to convince you of its
legitimacy and take researchers' money. While
there may be real editors, real contributors, or
real papers, fake publications always have inauthentic credibility.
Unfortunately, since many honest academics are fooled into joining these publishers, and since online publishing can be nighimpossible to trace and verify, and since it can
be difficult to distinguish between intentionally
malicious and unintentionally incompetent
publishing, determining whether or not a publisher is sincere and respectable can be very,
The following criteria can help subscribers and researchers alike when deciding
whether to deal with a publisher. If the publisher you are investigating fits one or more
the following criteria, they're probably a fake
1. Publisher produces journals which
cover a broad and unrelated spectrum of subjects.
(dozens, hundreds or thousands)
Continued on page 8
Iranian Studies Corner in Philippine Public Libraries
The National Library of the Philippines
(NLP), one of the five agencies attached to
the National Commission for Culture and the
Arts (NCCA) maintains cultural cooperation
with other countries in the field of library and
information science by sharing publications
and experts. NLP and its partners also establish multicultural sections in their institutions
to house publications and learning materials
By: Dolores D. Carungui
accessible to all library users.
Thus in 2009, the Iranian Studies
Section (ISS) was launched in the NLP. The
ISS provides materials for learning Persian,
as well as reference materials on Iran. After
four successful years of the ISS, NLP has
embarked on a project to extend similar
services throughout the country through
NLP Employees Attend ALA Conference
By: Anton C. Lecaros
This past June 27 to July 2, 2013,
four NLP staffers joined almost 28,000
other librarians at the annual conference of the American Librarians Association (ALA), themed ―Transforming
Our Libraries, Ourselves!‖. The event
was held at the McCormick Place
Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Throughout the convention, committee meetings, executive meetings,
and many talks and seminars were
conducted in parallel at various locations. The NLP representatives attended
the talks held by Jaron Lanier, Ping Fu,
Congressman John Lewis, Temple
Grandin, Giada de Laurentiis, Ann
Patchett, Oliver Stone, and Alice
Despite the disparate backgrounds
and intentions of the authors, all of
them shared a desire to support libraries in one way or another. ALA executive director Keith Michael Fiels explained that the various areas of interest of the speakers are all undergoing
distinct changes which will affect both
the nature of a librarian's duties and the
way that said duties are performed.
Communities, for instance, are
constantly in flux because of immigration. While libraries are traditionally
passive (waiting for traditional demographics to make use of them), they
need to become more proactive. They
need to engage with elected officials
and community members in order to
determine what is needed. In this way,
library and citizen become partners in
community development. Furthermore,
the use of the physical space of the
library is changing for similar reasons--many are implementing flexible designs
to allow the library to be used as every-
thing from a community meeting hall to
a classroom to an office. Almost any
creative or collaborative use is encouraged.
Libraries also need to provide materials such as e-books, e-journals, and
other digital content. They are expected
to have websites and even online
services. Social media such as Twitter,
Facebook, etc also keep libraries and
clients updated. That said, customer
expectations have changed a great deal.
Accustomed to the internet and other
mass media, they expect services to be
available 24/7. Furthermore, the interminable amount of information available
is difficult for regular people to navigate, resulting in a greater emphasis on
personal assistance from librarians (a
―concierge‖ model of librarian service, in
which the librarian is like a research assistant).
Whether serving immigrants or
people with autism, as a book warehouse or a community hall, an internet
cafe or a day-care center, libraries are
in a very volatile state and no-one
knows quite how they will appear in 20,
10, or even 5 years. One thing is clear:
it is only with the continued support of
those who continue to see value in them
that libraries can carry on.
“Over the last decade, a fundamental shift has occurred in
how students perceive and utilize libraries. No longer seen as
traditional book warehouses, libraries are now collaborative
environments where individuals and groups converge to
study, socialize and gain access resources. The library was
once a place to find and check out books. But today, the
library is a center of interactive learning”
-Angelina Maria Pereira
From page 6
The Dark Side of Online Publishing
despite the publisher only opening for business several years ago.
3. Editorial boards contain names of non-academics or academics in unrelated fields,
or there is simply no editorial board. A respectable, legitimate publication would not
only have well-known editors, it would take every effort to remind you of it.
4. There is a very quick review of your paper (a few days).
5. Journals are published without peer review.
6. The journal has very poor English and yet claims to be based in the United States,
Canada, or other 1st world English-speaking countries. They claim headquarters in
offices around the world whose existence they can never verify.
7. They have fake addresses in their web site (check on Google Maps, or even Google
Earth. You may find that the address they have given for a massive publishing operation is actually a residential building).
8. Publisher sends ingratiating spam e-mail to experts in their fields, asking them to
become editors or contribute papers.
9. Research topics are absurd or are mostly non-mainstream (ie, history journals full of
articles about Rizal's sexuality, physics journals mostly concerned with different values for the speed of light, etc.).
10.Of course, you could always call or email the publisher and see if they are people
you want to do business with.
Even with this advice, distinguishing legitimate and fake journals can be a chore even
for an expert. The uninitiated should start with the blog of Jeffrey Beall of the University of
Colorado who maintains a list of suspect publishers producing fake journals.
In the end, these episodes point to problems in the world of academic journals in general. Intense criticism (marked by numerous staff resignations) of the absurd subscription
costs charged by scholarly publication giants such as Elsevier has greatly contributed to the
growth of the OA business model. But the model as it currently exists is very easily abused,
creating a breeding ground for corruption among researchers, publishers, referees... in fact,
anyone involved in the publishing process. When and how these problems are going to be
solved is unclear, but the process must begin with awareness and integrity.
For a list of suspect publishers, visit the blog of University of Colorado librarian and associate professor Jeffrey Beall at http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/. Some of his links to
fake, or, as he calls them, ―predatory‖ journals, are so bad that it's funny, while others are so
well put-together that it's frightening.
For a source of instantly-generated bogus papers you can send to journals or conferences to test their legitimacy, visit SCIgen at http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/#examples.
ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is a counterpart of ISBN. While ISBN
is assigned to books, ISSN is assigned to periodicals/serials, or even CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs
which are issued on a continuous basis. It is a unique identification number recognized the
world over, and is useful for publishers, suppliers, librarians, scholars, and so forth as each
ISSN is completely unique and unaffected by national boundaries, language, or foreign convention, thus making it indispensable for keeping track of inventory or updating files.
The ISSN is not connected with ownership of the journal, nor does it confer copyright or
protect the title of the serial from use by other publishers.
IC 2013 Experience
with population density?‖ The first
question can be answered by overlaying
the data of locations of all public libraries
in the Philippines on the map. The
second question can be answered by
overlaying the data about population
density on the map. The third question
can be answered by combining both
layers of data. Now, by simply looking at
the map with different layers of data,
you can quickly deduce some new information from it such as areas with the
highest population density tend to have
a high number of public libraries. Then
statistical analysis can be done to confirm the significance of correlation from
the multiple layers of data on the map.
Since the inception of CRS‘s GIS
program 4 years ago, they have slowly
sustained the service, and since then
they have been flooded with requests
from policy-makers and researchers in
general. Several key factors have been
attributed to the success of the program
and this applies to any library programs
and services: communication with users
or clients, the appropriate place of GIS
program in the organizational structure,
and performance measurement through
This kind of research service is
unique and non-traditional since most
libraries often work primarily with textbased documents and reports. In an
environment where information is ubiquitous, policy-makers and decisionmakers do not have enough time to read
voluminous reports on complex issues,
or if there is, will most likely experience
information overload. The GIS services
might be the solution to these problems.
One of the most important things
about joining an international convention
is the new information that you will learn
from different librarians around the
world. They give different perspectives
and methods for tackling different
problems, but their problems are the
same as ours and from that you get
fresh ideas. Building connections is also
as important as learning. The mere fact
that just by making friends and talking
to these librarians, you feel proud for
your profession, it makes you think that
you are not alone and we are here to
share our triumphs, and that you can do
accomplish what other librarians have in
their respective libraries. Consequently,
it opens-up communication for future
International Federation of Library Associations
and Institutions (IFLA)
World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)
Developing Competency Standards for Filipino Librarians
From page 1
a multi-sectoral consultation on the
Philippine Qualifications Framework
(PQF) and the ASEAN Qualifications
Reference Framework (AQRF).
The PQF defines qualifications
awarded in the Philippines to ensure
that they are of a high enough level to
be recognized both domestically and
abroad. (See an in-depth explanation
of PQF by Labor Secretary Rosalinda
Baldoz at http://www.dole.gov.ph/
The ASEAN Regional Qualifications
Framework (ARQF) aims to improve
higher education by sharing best practices for standards and qualifications in
the international community.
The consultation seeks to prepare
Filipino professionals for the 2015
ASEAN Economic Community by providing a deeper understanding of the
concept, principles, and processes of
the PQF and ARQF.
As part of these initiatives, PRC
Chair Teresita Manzala urged the creation of roadmaps of competitiveness in
“In most situations in life, the librarians’
effectiveness is enhanced by clear
communication, strong relationships, ethical
behavior and the flexibility to be a leader,
team player and lifelong learner”
Librar ian News
International Federation of Library Associations
and Institutions (IFLA)
World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)
every profession to prepare for FTA's
(Free Trade Agreements) by 2015.
In pursuit of these objectives, the
Professional Regulatory Board for
Librarians conducted a July 5, 2013
workshop to formulate the standards
and competencies of the library
profession, using Dr. Numeriana M.
Villareal‘s doctoral dissertation A
C o m p e t en c y - B a s e d
Standards for Librarians as a frame
The workshop, held on July 5,
2013 at the National Library of the Philippines, was attended by members of
the Board for Librarians, Chairman
Corazon M. Nera, members Arabella M.
Ananoria and Mila M. Ramos, the
Director of the National Library, Atty.
Antonio M. Santos, presidents of library
organizations led by the Philippine
Librarians Association‘s President
Elizabeth R. Peralejo, library school
faculty led by UP School of Library and
Information Science Dean Johann F.
Cabbab, Dr. Juan Buenrostro, and Dr.
Teresita H. Calma, and about forty (40)
librarians representing academic public,
special, and school libraries.
I t w a s d e ci d e d t h a t t h e
Professional Competencies would be
formulated following the four domains
under the SLA model, while Personal
Competencies would be based on
Villareal's thesis and SLA‘s Competencies for Information Professionals
of the 21st Century and Competency
Index for the Library Field compiled
by WebJunction (compiled in June 2009
using competency sets from ALA, SLA,
PLA, and library associations in various
IFLA WLIC 2013: an Overview
By: Sharisse Rae Lim
An estimated 3750 librarians from
over 120 countries, including 75 from
the Philippines, gathered together at the
Suntec Convention Centre for the 79 th
World Library and Information Congress
(WLIC) 2013 held last August 17-23. The
event, organized by the International
Federation of Library Associations and
Institutions (IFLA)--the leading international association of library associations
and global voice of the library and information profession—is an annual conference dedicated to providing librarians
with a venue to convene and share
thoughts, experiences, and various issues with one another.
The theme for this year‘s conference was ―Future Libraries… Infinite Possibilities‖, and with Singapore as the
host country, the delegates certainly felt
that anything was possible, including the
notion that information is always readily
available at the press of a button or the
touch of their fingertips. Real-time updates of the congress were available
through the IFLA Express—a web portal
which collated news, updates, interviews, and everything WLIC-related even blog posts and tweets from the
delegates (a first for IFLA Conferences).
In addition to the online connectivity of
participants, the hosts also boasted of
their library innovations, including the
use of Quick Response (QR) codes, Book
Apps for smartphone users, 3D printers,
and so forth, all for the sake of promoting reading in their country.
Highlighting the theme of the Congress in her invitation to IFLA WLIC
2013, Elaine Ng, Chair of the IFLA
WLIC 2013 National Committee,
stated the following: ‗Libraries have the
power to be a positive force for change
on multiple fronts. Libraries empower individuals with the resources to be lifelong learners, while engaging families
and communities in collaborative reading
and learning pursuits. To touch the
minds and hearts of communities, librarians and information professionals must
be connected to the local communities
they serve, providing services that are
relevant to local needs, and connect citizens to the world’s knowledge and creativity.‘
The venue for the 80th WLIC (2014) is
Lyon, France, and President-Elect Sinikka
Sipila has announced during the Closing
Ceremonies that the 81st WLIC (2015)
will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Bamban Municipal Library Saved!
informing them that BML had met
and exceeded NLP's expectations.
Head librarian Tuazon was praised
for his dedication and commitment
toward literacy in their community.
Collaboration with nearby school libraries led to BML's awarding by the
Department of Education as 2007's
Most Functional Community Learning
Resource Center in Region 3.
The letter was emailed to Mr.
Tuazon before 9:00 a.m. At 10:00
o'clock, he texted that the library will
not be closed anymore. NLP staff
rejoiced as if a life was saved that
Incidentally, Mr. Tuazon was
accepted as a participant at the
Korean ASEAN training for children's
librarian which was held in Korea on
October 13 – 30, 2013.
Professional Librarian of the Year
Awardee, Ms. Nora Fe Hilojares
Alajar. Davao City Library
Mr. Warren S. Tuazon,
BML Municipal Librarian
Public Libraries Corner
National Conference of Public Librarians held in Bacolod
The National Conference of Public Librarians, jointly sponsored by the NLP and the Association of
Librarians in the Public Sector, Inc (ALPS), was held in Bacolod, ―The City of Smiles,‖ on August 28-30,
2013. The theme was ―The Role of Public Libraries in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage‖. It was
attended by more than two hundred public librarians, and as the evaluation reveals, was considered a
big success. The conference was funded partly by the National Committee on Libraries and
Information Services (NCLIS) of NCCA.
IFLA International Leaders Programme Associates in Singapore
The International Leaders
Programme is a three-year
Programme designed to increase
the cohort of leaders who can
effectively represent the wider
library sector in the international
arena, and to develop leaders
Now in their second year,
Leaders Programme Associates
selected to participate from 2012The 12 IFLA Leader Associates with mentors & resource persons
2014 represent every major
library sector and geographic region and bring a range of international experiences
to the projects that Associates will be attached to during the Programme. They
participated in eight days of activities in Singapore, including: seminar and workshop
sessions on issues with a global impact led by leaders in the sector and related
fields; participated in specific/specialized business meetings; attended specified
professional programme sessions; worked within groups to prepare presentations or
reports; participation in mock Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and Standing
Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) sessions; a session to develop
negotiation and strategy in national and multi-stakeholder forums; and liaison with
IFLA Governing Board members.
The Leaders Programme Associates also gave project presentations during the
Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) Session. At this session,
participants presented results from their first year of the programme including
results of research into Open Access in development countries, strategies for
regional collaboration for advocacy, challenges to access to digital content, and findings from representation at major events such as the Internet Governance Forum.
Leaders Programme Counsellors from across IFLA‘s membership provide support and
guidance to Associates throughout the Programme, which include representation
from all IFLA official languages.
The Programme is administered by ALP under the general direction of the IFLA
* Director Antonio Santos of the National Library of the Philippines is the Philippine
representative to the IFLA Leaders Programme.
Picture and article taken from the IFLA Express (http://express.ifla.org/node/6144)
Librar ian News
The working papers produced by
the attendees were given to the
National Competency-based Standards
for Librarians (NCBSL) Task Force
Coordinator (this writer) for consolidation, editing, and review.
The draft of the Standards was
subjected to further discussion and
review at a second workshop on
September 5, 2013. This writer, the
NLP Director, and representatives from
different library sectors and organizations attended.
The first paper presented, and by
consensus approved in principle, was
the Personal Competencies Statement
drafted by the members of the Board of
Remaining presentations will be
subjected to further review before
submission. Meanwhile, the draft
presentations will be disseminated
online through various social networking media for discussion and feedback.
Hopefully, other avenues for open
discussion will be explored and availed
of, and more input may be generated
from other interested groups or
Because librarianshi p as a
profession is viewed as dynamic and
continually evolving, the NCBSL Task
Force views the final document to be
presented to the Commission as a
guide to career-long learning, and
therefore, subject to periodic review
The attendees were divided into 5 groups, each focused
on formulating competency standards in a particular domain.
Managing information resources under
Dr. Juan Buenrostro as team leader
Group 2 - Managing information services under Susan
Pador as team Leader
Group 3 - Managing information tools and technologies
under Ed Quiros as team leader
Group 4 - Managing information organizations under
Salvacion M. Arlante as team leader
Group 5 - Personal Competencies under Chairman
Corazon M. Nera as team leader
Bits and Pieces from the IFLA WL
One session that I enjoyed
concerned knowing one's leadership
potential. Ms. Eva Revitt seemed to be a
seasoned lecturer with her effective and
precise delivery. I learned that there is a
difference between a leader and a
manager, and that a manager may not
always be a leader. She said that leadership is a choice at any age and happens
at all levels of organization. Many tend
to try to overcome their weaknesses or
conquer them, but it can be just as
important to focus more on improving
your strengths than your weaknesses.
Contrary to the belief that leaders
should know everything, emotional intelligence is of the highest importance.
Leaders are not promoted or not
appointed; they are self-appointed. Most
importantly, effective leaders support
Standards for Philippine Special Libraries Revised
By: Mila M. Ramos
By: Archie Galo
Most of the sessions I attended
felt like they were set in a classroom --they took place in a large hall where we
listened patiently to a presentation
before asking questions. To be honest, I
often fell asleep in the middle of presentations (as I always did during my
college days), mainly due to lack of
interest in the topic or due to hard-tocomprehend English of non-native
English speakers, or due to the overlycozy ambiance of the ―classroom‖
setting. Fortunately, the presentations
are available for download from the IFLA
website. Nevertheless, some sessions
that intrigued me as they taught
material that can be applied at the office
and in daily life.
and empower others.
Another session concerned the
sustainable GIS (Geographic Information
System) services of the Congressional
Research Service (CRS). The topic revolves around the assumption that a visual explanation is often stronger than a
verbal one, and that visualization of information tends to lead to a faster and
improved understanding of multidimensional policy issues. One classic example
of visualization of information is a map.
A map has a lot of data on it, but is relatively easy to understand quickly, and
comparisons are particularly quick as
compared to tables of data or text. Another popular example of visualization of
information is the network analysis done
by researchers at the National Institute
of Physics to visualize the complex connections of pork donors, legislators, and
bogus NGOs allegedly involved in pork
GIS can be used to analyze,
visualize, and interpret data. Each new
data can be overlaid on a map or on top
of the other data to create another piece
information through the process called
―geocoding‖, thus creating ―layers‖ of
data. The GIS is particularly useful for
research questions concerning macro
and micro level policy that has a
geographic element such as ―Which city
in the Philippines has the highest
number of public libraries? Which city
has the highest population density? Are
the number of public libraries correlated
The Road Map of Philippine
Librarianship is intended to improve
the image and status of Filipino Librarians. A chief strategy to address this is
updating and revising existing standards
The final consultation took place on
August 1, 2013 at the National Library
Conference Room. The Task Force was
joined by a selected Panel of Reviewers,
to review the proposed revisions and add
consists of the
existing SpeMs. Carmelita
A u s t r i a
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School Interchanging role
of libraries in
di gi t al
(Fortun, Narworld. Amend- The Task Force and the Panel of Reviewers with Atty. Antonio Santos, NLP Director vasa, Salazar
the International Conference of Asian Entico (Makati Medical Center), Mr.
Special Libraries held at the Philippine Eugene Jose Espinosa (House of RepreInternational Convention Center on April sentatives),
11, 2013. Response was favorable, so (Philippine Rice Research Institute), Ms.
the BFL created a Task Force on the Re- Emerald Lansangan (Mapua Institute of
vision of Philippine Library Standards to Technology),
study and add to the proposed revisions. (Palafox Associates),
The Task Force members, listed below, Wooden (Thomas Jefferson Library), and
represent various special libraries in the Ms. Sharisse Lim (the National Library).
Mr. Stephen Alayon, SEAFDEC
Prof. Rowena Rhea Apolinario, UPSLIS
Ms. Nelia Balagapo, ADB
Ms. Maria Teresa Cabance, DOLE
Hon. Corazon M. Nera, BFL
Hon. Mila M. Ramos, BFL
Hon. Arabella Ananoria
Virtually all the amendments to
come out of the discussions were incorporated in the revised document.
The workshop participants deliberated on all aspects of the revised standards and came up with a more concise,
yet comprehensive and practical set of
standards. The final version will be presented by ASLP President, Mr. Joseph
Yap, at the 3rd National Congress of Special Librarians, organized by the ASLP,
which will be held on October 24-25, at
the H2O Hotel in Manila. A resolution for
its adoption will be drafted by the BFL
after the assembly.
IFLA Congress 2013 through the Eyes of a Children's Librarian
A Spotless (Historical) Record
By: Kristin E. Jacinto
IFLA's children's librarians recently collaborated to produce and publish ―The
World Through Picture Books‖, a catalogue of highly-recommended picture books from
around the world. The books are available in native tongues and in English, intended to
promote children's literacy, intercultural awareness, and library collaboration all at
I can honestly say that this was the most productive session i attended because
they showed their children's services through video presentations that gave the
participants ideas for dealing with children.
My First IFLA Congress Experience!
By: Dolores D. Carungui
Many sessions with interesting topics were held in parallel different venues,
and while all were fascinating, I chose to
attend talks on PWDs, children‘s services
as well as on resource sharing and
multicultural activities. It is worth noting
that many developing countries' libraries
do not yet have children‘s services, and
Filipinos should be proud of all the
libraries and organizations promoting
children's literacy, including the Philippine
Board on Books for Young People,
By: Jennifer B. Dimasaca
be tended to by re-washing the film.
―The World Through Picture Books‖ and ―Sister Libraries‖ talks presented on
August 21 at the IFLA Congress 2013 focused on the development of library services
for the youth. They advocated children's right to information and encouraged international networking between professionals and researchers supporting that right.
It was a long wait, but worth it!
After 15 years as a professional librarian,
my dream to attend the International Federation of Library Associations Congress
came true on August 18 – 23, 2013 in
Suntec City, Singapore. My attendance at
this prestigious gathering of librarians
from all over of the globe made me realize my role in the international society as
an agent for development. That said, I am
inspired to continue developing my skills
and exploring more to see the infinite possibilities our libraries can offer!
Children‘s Literature Association of the
Philippines, Book Talk Society of the
Philippines, Council for the Welfare of
Children, and of course the NLP, which
works with all of the aforementioned
organizations and many others.
The Standing Committee of the
Library Services to People with Special
Needs Section together with the Assistive
Technology Development Organization
―Accessibility: Hi Tech for Access —
Library Services to People with Special
Needs‖ which consisted of discussions and
demonstrations of the different devices for
PWDs held in the National Library Board of
Singapore. It was just an amazing experience to see what ATDO was able to
develop so that the rights to information
of PWD's would not be deprived.
To conclude, it was a very tiring week,
but worth the effort, and I am just so
happy and proud to be a National Library
of the Philippines librarian!
A microfilm-washing machine and its components.
The NLP's most valuable collections – its rare books and serials - area
available to use as microfilm. Microfilm is
much more durable than print books and
manuscripts, but it is nevertheless
vulnerable to wear and degradation.
Even when used with care, it can be
damaged by dirt, abrasion, fingerprints,
and harmful atmospheric pollutants.
However, probably the greatest threat to
acetate microfilm is vinegar syndrome, a
condition in which the acetate backing of
the film degrades, releasing acetic acid
and making microfilm smell like vinegar.
The smell is a signal that the images are
going to fade and the film is going to
curl up like a strip of bacon, become
brittle, and tear. This process is greatly
accelerated in hot, humid environments
such as the Philippines', where the expected lifespan of microfilm is a fraction
of that in a temperate country. Not much
can be done about vinegar syndrome
aside from keeping it in a controlled
environment, but the other problems can
affiliated public libraries. NLP and the Iranian
Embassy are collaborating to open Iranian
Studies Corners in Philippine Public Libraries
(ISC-PPL). The project will be implemented
beginning late 2013 until 2014. The ISC's will
be established in selected congressional,
provincial and/or city libraries among the 3
major island groups. Hopefully, our 2 cultures
will grow closer from these efforts.
In July 2013, NLP subcontracted a
private company to re-wash 3798 rolls of
microfilm, a process that has to be
undertaken every 3 years. The process
uses chemicals to separate undeveloped
silver halide (the material that forms the
image on the film), which is then washed
off along with any dirt using fresh water
in countercurrent and spray systems.
The water is then removed from the film
using squeegees to prevent sticking and
The film is finally dried.
Throughout the process, everything from
the squeegees to the air used to dry the
film are kept clear of dirt particles and
harmful chemical dusts. Even the
mineral content and temperature of the
water are controlled.
Microfilm potentially lasts longer
than print, digital, or any other medium.
Properly maintained acetate microfilm
can last 100 years, and polyester microfilm, which doesn't suffer from vinegar
syndrome, can last up to 500 years.
Compare these to DVD's and hard drives
which won't even last half a century, and
it is easy to see why microfilm is still
considered a useful archival medium.
Unfortunately, due to cost of production,
most microfilm is of the acetate variety
and therefore susceptible to vinegar
NCCA conducts Consultative Workshop for Cultural Statistics
A Focused Group Discussion (FGD) on
Cultural Statistics was first set by the NCCA
and the TWG on on May 22, 2013 to meet with
the cultural agencies under the management of
the NCCA with the following objectives: (1) to
discuss the status of cultural statistics in the
culture sector; (2) to examine how available
cultural statistics / indicators may reflect cultural policy and vice versa; (3) to determine
gaps in statistics and policy; (4) to draw recommendations to refine the cultural statisticspolicy-development interconnection.
After the FGD drew to a close, it was decided that it was not enough for only the Cultural agencies under the NCCA to be involved.
In order to fully develop the cultural framework
advocated by UNESCO, the inclusion of other
government agencies was suggested.
Thus, the NCCA called for a consultative
workshop with the following agencies: Department of Tourism (DOT), Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Philippine Sports
Commission (PSC), National Statistical Development Board (NSDB), National Statistics Office (NSO), National Economic Development
Authority (NEDA), Department of Education
(DepEd), Philippine Information Agency (PIA),
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technology Education Skills Development Authority
(TESDA), Commission on Higher Education
(ChEd) and National Commission for Culture
Ninoy Aquino Day
By: Anton C. Lecaros
By: Sharisse Rae T. Lim
The Interagency Committee on Education
Statistics (IACES) created the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Cultural Statistics to address current statistical issues and concerns
pertaining to culture. The TWG will also provide
a forum for the identification of key indicators
of culture and to recommend measures to improve the generation and reporting of these
indicators. It is being chaired by the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
and the Arts (NCCA) plus the six (6) cultural
agencies under the NCCA‘s management. (NLP,
NM, NAP, NHCP, KWF, and CCP).
The objectives of the workshop were to define cultural statistics, localize the definition of
stages in culture cycle and localize the UNESCO
Framework for Cultural Statistics.
The TWG is using the 2009 UNESCO
Framework for Cultural Statistics, which proposes measuring culture ―through the identification and measurement of the behaviors and
practices resulting from the beliefs and values
of a society or societal group‖.
The role of culture in development is very
important – both as means and ends. Culture
can generate revenue and contribute to the
sustainable development of a country. At the
same time, it influences people‘s behaviour,
well-being, and contribution to processes of
economic and social development (UNESCO,
Culture as a broad concept has an encompassing nature that makes it difficult to
simply package in numbers. However, associated behaviors and practices can be measured.
These associated behaviors and practices pertaining to culture are embedded in the concrete
translation of policies. In order for evidencebased policies to be formulated and for their
impacts to be measured, reliable information is
The NLP took the day off to celebrate Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21, in
accordance with Presidential Proclamation
13, issued on September 13, 2010.The
husband of former President Cory Aquino
is often remembered for his martyrdom,
but before becoming a quasi-mythical figure, he was known as a talented senator
and orator, probably the only politician
who could match wits with Ferdinand
In the NLP's Special Collections section, together with materials on former
president Corazon Aquino, one can read
select writings and speeches of Benigno
―Ninoy‖ Aquino, an important, sometimes
controversial, but always brilliant historical figure. In his 1968 speech, ―A Garrison State in the Make‖, Aquino expresses
fears that the Philippines may soon fall
under militaristic rule, though martial law
was still 4 years away. In ―Jabidah! Special Forces of Evil?‖, Aquino controversially exposed the Jabidah Massacre.
Read ―Black Saturday, Plaza Miranda,‖ to
M i r a n d a
which he was
nearly a victim. Another
read is ―The
Philippines: Post Martial Rule?‖ delivered
by Aquino in 1981 at the LA Hilton, in
which he predicted the fall of the Marcos
―Testament From a Prison Cell‖, which
Aquino wrote, as the title suggests, while
imprisoned during Martial Law.
As a country , we spend a lot of
time on hero worship, but we might also
try to understand our predecessors, and
find out why they are considered great.
The speeches of Benigno Aquino are a
great introduction to the public persona
he cultivated, as well as to the era in
which he lived.
BUDDHIST ENCYCLOPEDIA DONATION
By: Melody M. Madrid
Officers and staff of Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple, headed by editors
Venerable Miaoyi, Venerable Miao Geng, and Assistant Head Abbess Youlin and Master
Jielin pose for a picture during the turn-over of the Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts to
Library of the Philippines (NLP). The series of 20 volumes introduce
Buddhist architecture, grottoes, sculptures, paintings, calligraphy and crafts in 28 categories, blending the ancient and modern, in full-colored illustrations and detailed
descriptions. During the turnover ceremony held
at the Director's Office of the NLP on August 1,
Director Antonio M. Santos expressed his gratitude
for the generosity of the Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay
Temple and the order of Fo Guang Shan (FGS)
(Buddha's Mountain of Light), for choosing the
NLP to be the first recipient of the encyclopedia in
the Philippines. FGS is based in Taiwan and has
almost 300 temples in major cities worldwide.
From page 1
The CNA was intended to achieve
three important points. First was the
conception and contrivance of the provi-
PROJECT: CONSTRUCTION FOR THE RETROFITTING OF NATIONAL LIBRARYOF THE PHILIPPINES BUILDING
dent fund for Association members.
Article V, Section 4, stated that the NLP
shall set up a Provident Fund pursuant
to DBM Budget Circular No. 3, Series of
2008 to serve as a savings and loan facility for government employees; and to
provide supplementary welfare benefits
from the Fund. Second is the establishment and implementation of grievance
machinery. Based on Article IV, Section
2, for the purpose of resolving grievances, the LIBRARY and the ASSOCIATION agree to adhere to Rule XIV of
Executive Order No. 180, s.1987.
NLP - CHILDREN'S LIBRARY CONDUCTS WORKSHOP IN SURIGAO DEL SUR
By: Melanie A. Ramirez
Staffers of the Children's Library were invited to the Surigao del Sur Public
Library and Research Center in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, on August 7-9, 2013,
to conduct a workshop on Effective Storytelling and Puppetry.
The opening ceremonies were led by Head Librarian Reynilda Palma-Cosare
and Vice Governor Manuel O. Alameda. CL staff then delivered a lecture on storytelling theory and practice and conducted exercises to hone the participants' storytelling abilities. Tandem and chamber storytelling were introduced, with special
emphasis on voice modulation, facial expression, acting and reading skills.
The second day was devoted to storytelling through puppetry. Participants
were taught how to make cost-effective sock and plastic bottle puppets, and how to
use them in a live show.
On the final day, a final practicum test was conducted: the participants
performed storytelling and puppet shows themselves before an audience of children.
The participants all received certificates during the closing ceremonies.
Community News Projects
several months of thorough amendment. The Association's President
Eusebia Accad, chairman of the board
Jilven Amar, and PRO, Eliezer Dames
defended the CNA proposal and it was
approved by NLP Director Santos. The
notarized CNA will be submitted to the
Civil Service Commission this coming
October and will be in effect for the year
Com -Going Projects
Update: NLP Retrofitting Ground Floor Columns and Affected Areas
By: Michael S. Paris / Joan DJ. Milañez
(formal/informal) were held on August 6, 13
and 27, 2013, attended by representatives
of NLP, DPWH-BOC PAD II and NLP
Structural Consultant Angel Lazaro &
Various matters arose from the
minutes of previous meetings. Specifically,
in Coordination Meeting #14 on July 13, it
was discovered that the supposed flush
beam as approved located at the second
floor of the
National Archives of the
Philippines (NAP) area at Grid Line 1-2-E-F
is non-existent as a result of a test
conducted, thereby generating unspecified
amount and requested the Engineer
Consultant for its redesigning. NLP received
a billing statement from Global V Builders &
from Angel Lazaro & Associates Inc., as
requested three (3) copies of drawing plan
of Phase 2 NLP retrofitting. Mr. Bienvenido
R. Masangkay, Co-Chair of the NLP Task
Force for Retrofitting Project sent a letter of
The RDA Policy Statement will be
used to guide Philippine libraries in the
use of Resource Description and Access
(RDA), interpreting RDA rules for use in
the Philippines. The policies will be
subjected to public hearings which
PAARL proposed to NCCA/NCLIS for
funding in 2014.
request for Bureau of Construction (BOC)
PAD II to prepare a certified Program Of
Work for Php6.2M generated amount &
suspension order of work at Archives area
from July 16 – August 7 for approval.
In Coordination Meeting #15 on
August 6, NLP requested DPWH to submit a
cost estimate for the mezzanine of NAP
area. Partial time suspension of retrofitting,
four (4) columns in front of NLP Building
was approved effective July 2, 2013. Nonexistence of the supposed flush beam at the
second floor level at Grid line 1-2. Actual
accomplishment for the project as of August
5 is 33.43% as against the schedule
accomplishment of 33.20%, resulting in a
positive slippage of 0.23%.
Also in Coordination Meeting #16
dated August 27, 2013, Architectural Design
for a project proposal from the Japanese
International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
This project is a joint project of
National Commission for Culture and
the Arts ( NCCA), the National
Committee on Library and Information
Services (NCLIS), and the National
Library of the Philippines (NLP) with
PAARL as conduit/implementer.