Wednesday, April 23, 2014

23 Mobile Things PH SG: Thing #14 Curating

I have no intention of getting our school library a Pinterest or Tumblr account. Not yet.

But, Thing #14 made me go back to my Tumblr account and resurrect it by posting something new.

I use my Pinterest account as a social media tool for my blog posts so that my blog content reaches a wider audience. Since Pinterest looks great with photos, I am compelled to include good photos on every post I make. At least, I think the photos I take are good enough.

Apart from Pinterest, my blog is also linked to which is networked to my Twitter account.

What I plan to do is find a way to link my blog to Tumblr. I can continue using my Tumblr through blogging. But, again, this will have to wait for the time being.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sagada For the Second Time Around

I'll be up in Sagada from April 24-25, 2014 for the MUNPARLAS Bibliocare Conference. I am honored to be in the roster of respected speakers on books, reading and bibliotherapy. Preparing for the conference has been an exciting journey as I have new methods and practices to share with the participants. Part of my workshop is an echo of the 42nd IASL Conference in Bali where in I'll be talking about life skills and how school libraries can set up programs that foster it. I'll also present my insights on the workshops I attended in the Bali Conference. Hopefully, this will elicit discussions that will spark ideas among librarians present there tomorrow.

For sentimental reasons, I am thrilled to be going up Sagada again. My first time there was with Dianne de Las Casas last May 2010. It was when we started working on our book project, Tales From the 7,000 Isles. 

Look back with me by clicking these links:

Sagada Day 1 - First impressions are lasting
Sumag-ing Cave - One of the many life changing adventures I've had so far.
Fidelisan Rice Terraces and Bumod-ok Falls - This trek was like a trip to Middle Earth!

I'll be blogging from Sagada so keep visiting the blog for news and updates.

Librarian as Credible Source

This came from a student's progress report on a research based project. I am overwhelmed. And frightened too. The phrase "...a credible source because she is a librarian" has put a lot of weight on my shoulders. Being a librarian servicing the needs of young people is no joke.

Librarians provide information services and programs. Yes. But what we do is also about INTEGRITY.

So help me, God.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Reading Challenge: Book Review of After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

When I launched the 2014 Reading Challenge last January, Ms. Ledesma, one of our staff in school was one of the more excited readers to join in. She has finished two books so far and here is her review of After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
After The Quake: Stories  
Haruki Murakami 
What's not to love about Murakami? He is such a skilled writer when it when it comes to using a clean writing style to weave elaborate tales. 'After the Quake', Murakami's collection of six short stories about six lives right after the 1995 Kobe earthquake is no exception to his other books. 
He has a way of letting his words work so that they dance in your head and make your heart burn brighter with every page-turn. I would have been happy to have seen each story go on and turn into a full-fledged novel. All, that is, except for 'Honeypie', the last story in the book which ends at just the perfect moment and leaves you satiated.  
If you're looking for a nice weekend read, I recommend grabbing this one. I'm glad a student suggested it for my reading challenge. 

The book was recommended to her by a senior student. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Book List for the 2014 Reading Challenge

As for my 2014 Reading Challenge updateI have not started with Bag of Bones yet for I am still reading Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. Then there's Attachment by Rainbow Rowell. Ah, so many books so little time to read! 

But, here's my reading list for the remaining months of the year. Thank you to students who recommended these titles. I am bent to read the books in the library's collection.

1. Bag of Bones 
2. Code Name Verity 
3. Allegiant 
4. Divergent Trilogy
5. Tikim 
6. The Elegance of the Hedgehog 
7. The Lazy Intellectual 
8. Kafka on the Shore 
9. When You Reach Me 
10. Born On a Blue Day 
11. Gourmet Rhapsody 
12. Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist 

Will publish my reviews as I finish one book at a time. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

23 Mobile Things # 11 and # 12: Augmented Reality & Games

If you missed my post on Thing # 11, here is the link to the Book Love activity I did using ThingLink. It's my second favorite as Flashissue happens to be the first. Overall, what I am having fun with in 23 Mobile Things is the process of creating stuff using things. Ooops. That sounds vague.

I mean, I enjoy learning about the apps introduced every week and I enjoy it even more that I'm capable of creating content using the apps for personal and professional purposes. I have been using Flashissue as the library's e-newsletter for over a month now and teachers reply back to me on resources I recommend and apps I feature in the newsletter.

Last week, I had a ball exploring ThingLink. I discovered it as a cool tool to feature books I've read and recommend these to library readers. I like these two the best, so far, since I found the apps so easy to use. I learned making the e-newsletter in an hour with all the basic bells and whistles. The same with ThingLink. But, content really matters big time. While these apps allowed me to blend technology, content matters.

Now that Thing 12 has been up since last week, I'm trying to figure out how to use games in the library. One thing I know for sure, this is one Thing in the 23 Mobile Things that I need to put aside for now and go back to during the summer. The apps recommended for Thing 12: Games look easy to learn. No coding needed. But, a certain degree of logic and a knowledge of basic design, plus a clever story is needed to put one end with the other.

My list of to dos for 23 Mobile Things is getting longer. Just saying. Time management is the key here. I have learned in the past that technology use and integration must be well thought out. Never jump into the tech bandwagon immediately. Study. Strategize. Experiment. Assess. Evaluate. And yes, I'll bog to document my learning experiences in 23 Mobile Things.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Annotating Videos Using

Since my participation in 23 Mobile Things PH SG, I've been having fun using apps and websites for my personal and professional work. One of these apps and websites is It was a recommended website during Thing #6: Photos. allows you to annotate videos. You can pause and annotate or go back to scenes and segments for review. All you need is the URL of the video, your Gmail address and you're good to go. Annotating is one skill that allows you to see or visualize thinking. By writing or taking down notes as you watch and listen to a video, you document learning.

Here is a sample annotation I did for a grade 10 class. The film is Blade Runner and Steven Benedict did the analysis. This is for the Philosophy class and the teacher allowed me to show the class how to use the website.

Monday, April 7, 2014

NBDB Booklatan in Malabon and Then Some

A week long Booklatan was held in the last week of March by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in Malabon National High School. I was there last weekend as an invited speaker on library marketing. The event had several surprises for me.

Surprise number 1: Ken Spillman

Who would have thought Ken Spillman, author and literacy advocate, would be there? He flew to Manila to award a grant of PHP 10,000.00 to a Filipino author as additional funds for him/her to attend the Asian Festival of Chidlren's Content in Singapore this May 2014. That lucky author happened to be Genaro Gojo Cruz. When he learned that NBDB set up a Booklatan, he volunteered to tell stories to the kids there.

When we met, we had a book swap. I gave him copies of my book since the last time we saw each other, he gave me copies of his books. And yes, Ken, I still owe you a neat write up and a book review. Before he left Malabon, he handed to me his book donations to Sambat Trust UK's next school library project. I hope the next time we meet, I'll be able to take Ken to the schools that Sambat Trust UK has adopted.

Surprise number 2: Mayor Lenlen Oreta, the storytelling mayor of Malabon

I saw how Mayor Lenlen Oreta read aloud an Adarna Big Book for kids aged 4-7. Seated on straw mats, they eagerly listened to the mayor read aloud the story of two puppies, siblings who have opposite personalities. Mayor Oreta is a pro. He has questions prepared for pre, during and post reading. I learned later on that he visits schools once a week to do storytelling sessions. Now that's a literacy initiative worth emulating.

Surprise number 3: Malabon Teachers don't know who Augie Rivera and Christine Bellen are.

Two authors born in Malabon and Malabon teachers must know who they are and the contributions these two talented authors have given to Philippine Children's Literature.

Surprise number 4: Audience were all teachers

I expected to speak to Malabon librarians, but I was the only librarian in the room. So I had to adjust my stance to cater teachers' needs and interests. It's a good thing that reading and literacy are two concepts that teachers share with librarians. It was not at all difficult for me to make adjustments. However, the absence of librarians in a workshop meant for them is a cause of alarm. While the local LGU and the DepEd division they're sent out memos, librarians were excluded from attending. I learned about this from one of the participants.

Thinking about this, I feel that advocacy initiatives of librarianship in the political, educational and cultural aspects of Philippine society must be in place. What do I mean by this? I'll reserve a separate post on library advocacy. For now, it is good to talk about the relevance of libraries and the important roles librarians do. Those who are given this opportunity should do more than talk about topics, trends and issues that concern librarians  and the profession. It is essential to emphasize integration and collaboration with allied professionals. Teachers can set up reading and literacy centers. True. Librarians are there to sustain these reading centers and transform them into learning hubs where readers can critically think on their own, make well informed decisions and be useful citizens who can contribute to the growth of the community.

Filipino librarians, our work is cut out for us.