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  1. 1. 24 NLP NEWSLETTER Community News Community News Community News ISSN 2244-1719 Community News Staff Development Mrs. Fl ordel i za T. Quiñones, former head of the Serials Section, Filipiniana Division and TNLECO chairman for two consecutive terms, has been promoted to Librarian IV and 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 Baliuag University. Mrs. Eusebia M. Accad of the Catalog Division and incumbent TNLEA president, was promoted from Librarian III to Librarian IV and has been transferred to Bibliographic Services 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 Publications 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 T 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. Editorial Consultants Contributing Writers Antonio M. Santos Ana Fe B. Azuela Joan DJ. Milañez Director Dolores D. Carungui Michael S. Paris Yolanda E. Jacinto Maricel M. Diaz Melanie A. Ramirez P.O. Box 2926 Assistant Director Jennifer B. Dimasaca Chona F. San Pedro T. M. Kalaw Street, Ermita 1000 Manila, Philippines Editor-in-Chief 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 (NLP) Phone: (632) 310-5035 / 336-7200 Fax: (632) 523-4054 E-mail: do@nlp.gov.ph web.nlp.gov.ph Associate Editors Managing Editor Ginalene M. Magallano Layout Artist/Photographer Marviluz O. Gocoyo various activities. 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 Developing Competency Standards for Filipino Librarians 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. July-September 2013 Issue 5 Vol. 3 FEATURED STORY Driven by the Aquino Government‘s overarching goal to make the country's human resources more competitive, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is fast-tracking Continued on page 10 Inside this Issue: On-Going Projects Page 2-3 KOHA Retrofitting of the NLP Building RDA th NLP 126 Anniversary: Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) Status Still Going Strong By: Anton C. Lecaros By: Farrah Lyn P. Serrano This past August th 12 , 2013, the NLP closed its doors to celebrate its anniversary. 126 years ago, the Museo Biblioteca, the predecessor of the current National Library, The National Library Employees Association (TNLEA) accomplished its Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) after Continued on page 4 Community News Page 21-24 R.A.C.E. To serve 2013 Staff Development TNLEA News NLP-CL in Surigao Client News Page 4-8 Ninoy Aquino Day NLP @ 126 Buddhist ISC in PPL Microfilm rewashing Continued on page 22 Librarian News Page 9-20 Standards for Philippine Special Libraries Revised IFLA WLIC ALA Conference Fake journals Developing Competency Standards for Filipino Librarians Cultural Stats Cultural Statistics
  2. 2. On-Going Projects On-Going Projects On-Going Projects KinOHA! On-Going Projects On munity News On-Going On-Going 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 donation. 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: 1. Simple, clear interface for librarians and members (patrons) 2. Various Web 2.0 facilities like tagging, comment, Social sharing and RSS feeds 3. Union catalog facility 4. Customizable search 5. Circulation and borrower management 6. Full acquisitions system including budgets and pricing information (including supplier and currency conversion) 7. Simple acquisitions smaller library 8. Ability to cope with any number of branches, patrons, patron categories, item categories, items, currencies and other data 9. system for the Serials system for magazines or newspapers 10. Reporting 11. Reading lists for members Source: http://koha-community.org 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 Lucena City Library arrived to receive upgrades to their KOHA server, as well as additional programs, digital content, and more 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 local ordinances and 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 librarians underwent software training for monitoring, 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. training336- 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 Librarians (PAARL). 2 NLP NEWSLETTER The 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. Community News Community News Community News NLP NEWSLETTER Understanding C.N.A. 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 conditions. 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 Grandstand 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 honor. 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 law. 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) Soure: http://excell.csc.gov.ph/PSU/ primerCNA.pdf 23
  3. 3. Client News Client News Client News Client News Client News Client News From page 1 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. th 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. 4 NLP NEWSLETTER Community News Community News Community News Community News NLP NEWSLETTER 21 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 or shine. 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 employee. She passed an examinati on for 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.
  4. 4. Client News Client News Client News Client News 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 journals with impressive titles like ―International Journal of XYZ‖ to print their papers. Highly-qualified academics are fooled Client News 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, very difficult. 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 publishing operation. 1. Publisher produces journals which cover a broad and unrelated spectrum of subjects. 2. Ridiculous number of journals (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 6 NLP NEWSLETTER 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 brarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News NLP NEWSLETTER 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 Walker. 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 19
  5. 5. Client News Client News From page 6 Client News Client News Client News 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. 8 NLP NEWSLETTER brarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News NLP NEWSLETTER 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 statistics. 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 collaboration. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 17
  6. 6. Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News 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/ news/view/2201). 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” 10 NLP NEWSLETTER Librarian News Librar ian News Librarian News Librarian Librarian Librarian News Librarian News NLP NEWSLETTER 15 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 Proposed C o m p e t en c y - B a s e d Standards for Librarians as a frame of reference. 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 states). 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.
  7. 7. Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News From page 1 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 very day. 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. CONGRATULATIONS 2013 PRC—Most Outstanding Professional Librarian of the Year Awardee, Ms. Nora Fe Hilojares Alajar. Davao City Library 12 NLP NEWSLETTER Mr. Warren S. Tuazon, BML Municipal Librarian Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News NLP NEWSLETTER 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. 13
  8. 8. Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News 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 within IFLA. 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 Governing Board. * 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) 14 NLP NEWSLETTER Librar ian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News NLP NEWSLETTER News 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 Librarians. 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 sectors. 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 and re-assessment. The attendees were divided into 5 groups, each focused on formulating competency standards in a particular domain. Group 1 - 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 11
  9. 9. Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Li 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 16 NLP NEWSLETTER Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News NLP NEWSLETTER 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. Librarian News 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 barrel scam. 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 and monitoring their implementation. 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 more if needed. The panel consists of the The BFL following: prioritized the Ms. Nerissa review and Aguas (GMA7 refinement of Network), existing SpeMs. Carmelita cial Library A u s t r i a Standards to (Christian re fl e ct the School Interchanging role national), Ms. of libraries in Daisy Dalina the di gi t al (Fortun, Narworld. Amend- The Task Force and the Panel of Reviewers with Atty. Antonio Santos, NLP Director vasa, Salazar ments were Law Offices), proposed at Ms.Gladys 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), Ms. Elaine E. Joshi 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), Mr. Roger Vejerano study and add to the proposed revisions. (Palafox Associates), Ms. Princess The Task Force members, listed below, Wooden (Thomas Jefferson Library), and represent various special libraries in the Ms. Sharisse Lim (the National Library). country. 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. 9
  10. 10. Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News IFLA Congress 2013 through the Eyes of a Children's Librarian Li Client News Client News Client News 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 once. 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, 18 NLP NEWSLETTER NLP NEWSLETTER 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! Client News 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 (ATDO), hosted the discussion on ―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. microfilm- 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 staining. 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 syndrome. 7
  11. 11. Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News Librarian News 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 20 NLP NEWSLETTER Client News Client News Client News Client News NLP NEWSLETTER 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). Li- 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, 1995). 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 needed. 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 Marcos. 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 see Aquino's response to the Pl aza M i r a n d a bombing of which he was nearly a victim. Another interesting 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 dictatorship. Finally, there is also ―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 the National 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. 5
  12. 12. Community News Community News TNLEA News From page 1 Community News Community News Community News The CNA was intended to achieve three important points. First was the conception and contrivance of the provi- On-Going Projects On-Going Projects NLP NEWSLETTER 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. NLP NEWSLETTER On-Going Projects Projects Community News Projects Community News 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 2013-2015. 22 Com -Going Projects Update: NLP Retrofitting Ground Floor Columns and Affected Areas By: Michael S. Paris / Joan DJ. Milañez Three (3) Coordination Meeting (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 & Associates Inc. 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. 3

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