Monday, January 29, 2007

Crash Course Program for Librarians

I got this announcement from my inbox today.

1. The duration of the Crash Program: 8 hours a day, 6 days a week, or a total of 48 contact hours for one core subject equivalent to 3 units.
2. Methods of conducting the course: Lectures, review and practice
3. To be conducted by: UP ILS
4. Date of implementation to be announced later.

Ref .BFL Resolution No. 12, Series 2006

Here is the description of the Crash Course Program:

The Institute of Library and Information Science (ILIS) will hold a Crashed Program for non-passers of the Board Exam for Librarians and non-librarians working in the library with 18 units of Library Science taken before 1990 on the first week of February 2007 at 3rd Floor Gonzales Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon.

Transcript of Records (TOR), Certificate of Employment and Service Record and contact details should be submitted to the ILIS for evaluation as soon as possible to be included in the final list of participants. The participant may not have to attend all 6 sessions, as the ILIS will recommend the subject/s each participant will take so as to concentrate on the subject he/she is weak. Course fee is P1500 per week, wherein one subject will be covered each week. In addition, all requirements to be submitted to apply for the Board Exam for Librarians at the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) should be ready before the end of the course. ILIS will certify their attendance and completion of the Crash Program and endorse their application.

For more details, please contact Mrs. Josefina Cervas at (02) 921-8500 loc 2869/2870/2871 or email her at or

PLAI Matters

The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. has a new set of Board of Trustess. If you are a Filipino Librarian who is an active member of the profession, you'd read familiar and respected names from the profession. Below is the PLAI NCR Council members.

Congratulations to the Board and to the Council!


President -------------------- Susima Gonzales, NCR

Vice Pres. ------------------- Thelma Kim, CAR

Secretary -------------------- Shirley Nava, NCR

Treasurer--------------------- Zoraida Bartolome, Region 3

Asst. Treasurer------------- Fe Abelardo, NCR

Auditor ----------------------- Belen M. Vibar, NCR

PRO --------------------------- Marilou Tadlip, Region 7

Myrna Acedera, Region 10
Rosemarie Ante, Region 5
Salvacion Arlante, NCR
Jane Bebeng, Region 4
Marianita Dablio, ARMM
Hinnie Gonzales, Region 6
Rebecca Napiere, Region 8
Rosario Ruiz, Region 12
Illuminada Yap. Region 11


Chairman ------------- Lilia F. Echiverri
Vice Chairman ------ Belen M. Vibar
Secretary -------------- Jocelyn Ladlad
Treasurer -------------- Fe Abelardo
PRO --------------------- Nora Claravall
Directors: -------------- Salvacion Arlante
Rodolfo Tarlit

Friday, January 26, 2007

New Year! New Books!

New books always get kids excited. By keeping library shelves stocked with new acquisitions and book display carts brimming with new titles, the bars in library circulation statistics will always look like the Makati skyline. School librarians are thrilled to see kids reading. To know that they frequently borrow and read from the library is an assurance that the school library budget is put to good use.

The GS LRC, in its continued effort to promote a genuine love for books and reading, provides the community with brief reviews of good reads to take home and enjoy. Note that the books included in this review can also be relished by an adult reader. And if the grown up takes great pleasure at reading the children’s book, then it has met the bar of a well written literature for children. Children’s literature after all, mirrors the stories of our childhood.

Funke-y Reads!

When J.K. Rowling allowed Harry Potter to step out of her imagination and into the pages of a book, one by one, fantasy writers followed her wake. Classics of this genre like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Narnia Chronicles, to name a few, have gained popularity too. Suddenly, fantasy is in and it has slowly and solidly built a great following among young readers age 8 to 18.

Two writers have emerged from the world of fey to regale readers, young and old, with stories of the fantastic. Cornelia Funke, a German and Jonathan Stroud, a British, have both published novels for kids and young adults that merged fantasy and reality into one stream lined story frame. Their approach is reminiscent of Roald Dahl, however, their styles at crafting fantasy stories differ very much from each other and to Dahl’s magic realism.

Funke made a splash in the children’s literature circle upon publication and translation to the English of The Thief Lord. A band of orphaned street children prowling the streets and water ways of Venice is led by a young thief named Scipio. The young rascal hides behind a mask to conceal his face as well as his true identity. The vagabonds escape the police and the hoodlums of the streets but not the diligence of a private investigator and the compassion of a benefactor. In the end, every one turns out happy, even the mean Barbarossa who was magically reduced and restored back to youth.

The book’s message that all children, no matter what they are or who they are must be accepted and looked after does not quite agree with older readers. Critics of the book complain about the saccharine turn of events. But, parents, teachers and professionals working with and for children can identify with this conviction. There are splendid treasures of this world and one of the greatest is childhood. Funke made sure that child readers seize the opportunity to cherish it and for adult readers, she gave the responsibility to nurture and nourish it.

After The Thief Lord, she came back with Ink Heart, Dragon Rider and Ink Spell, the sequel to Ink Heart. All novels bespeak of the child hero and the heroic image that comes with it.

Stroud also has a strong belief in the child hero. In his The Bartimaeus Trilogy, he successfully conjured Harry Potter’s antithesis. Rowling’s
Potter has Dumbledore and friends. Stroud’s Nathaniel has Bartimaeus, a thousand year old djinn whose endearing qualities are his sense of humor and knowledge of history. Take him away and Nathaniel is but a snotty, conceited, arrogant brat. He is selfish and apathetic. He is ambitious and would do anything to reach his goals. It is not until the last book that Nathaniel was able to redeem himself. In the process, he saved his friends, London and the world.

Reading all three books is like a roller coaster ride to ancient history and to an altered London with a parliament littered with magicians, good and bad. This is Nathaniel’s world, one where he is often challenged to make the decision on how to use his talents of magic. Children, particularly young adults contend with the same dilemma. While adults guide and protect them as much, like Nathaniel, they will find ways to save themselves and learn what life is really all about.

After The Thief Lord, she came back with Ink Heart, Dragon Rider and Ink Spell, the sequel to Ink Heart. All novels bespeak of the child hero and the heroic image that comes with it.

It’s Raining Series!

Primary readers find enjoyment with books that come in series. The Hardy Boys has established quite a reputation though new stories in series form are being published every year. These are The Magic Tree House, Spiderwick Chronicles, Geronimo Stilton, Captain Underpants and Series of Unfortunate Events to name a few. Such titles appeal more to the child reader of this day and age. Stories in the series are fast paced, adventure packed, amusing, fun and empowering.

The Deltora Quest Series tells of a kingdom invaded by a malevolent Dark Lord. Redemption is seven to ten years in the making. It rests on the hands of two teenagers, Leif and Jasmine, to face adversaries of the Lord’s making and theirs too. Accompanied by Barda, warrior disguised as the village idiot, they scour the Land of Deltora for the seven missing gems of a magical belt. Once restored, peace will rule the land.

The series comes in eight books. Readers who are familiar with the movie version of the The Lord of the Rings can easily make connections that will lead to a better appreciation of the books.

Aside from the fantasy genre, concept books have taken the route to series land. The Cat in the Hat Library is an example. The GS LRC currently has four titles; Oh say, can you say Di-no-saur?, Fine Feathered Friends, Oh say can you seed?, On beyond Bugs.

Inspired by the Dr. Seuss Classic, The Cat in the Hat Library carries the same narrative style and playful illustrations. This time around, writers of the series present facts and information of interest to readers age 5-8. The characters are resurrected back to life with the intrepid Cat playing the role of teacher to the siblings. What a complete turn around from Dr. Seuss’s version! It could be that the Cat has stashed away his penchant for mischief even for a while.

The market is full of books for kids and young adults to taste and devour. Some are candy; many are filling and a few can be chewed on like gum. To offer a guided reading of the good ones that are digestible satiates the reading appetite. With these recommended reads, the GS LRC hopes to see more kids reading and more adults reading for them and with them too.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Fun Librarian

Taken last Christmas by a colleague, I posed for the camera Dream Girls style. The wig was my best accessory last Christmas Party in school.

Everyone thought I was up for a performance. They were disappointed. I just wanted to be fun, and to have fun at my own expense that day. It's been a while sine I let my guard down. Administrative work can be very stressful. My 2006 was tough and tremulous besides. For all the blunders and bloopers committed last year, I needed to humor myself. A lot of people got the joke. Good for them.

As for the school administrators, they were lenient enough to allow me this display of humor. Though I know for a fact that my school director found the "act" so circus-like, he did give me credit for my ability to laugh at myself. That's one of the many reasons why I admire and respect the Jesuits so much.

Thanks to Baby Alfonso for lending me the afro wig. To Ria Marifosque too, for the fab photo.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Updates on Philippine Children's Literature

Every year, new books for children are being published. Most are launched during the National Children's Book Day in July. This early, I got several news on a book launch, a new Young Adult book, a Filipino Artist winning the Noma Concours and a Children's Literature workshop. Details are as follows -

Book Launch


The Trojan Horse. Odysseus and the Cyclops. Melampus and the Snakes.
These three well-loved classics mined from the ancient treasure trove
of Greek mythology come alive as splendid bilingual flipbooks just out
from Tahanan Books for Young Readers. The three books—retold by Peggy
Manuel, vibrantly illustrated by Rita Badilla-Gudiño, and translated
into Filipino by Rene O. Villanueva—will be launched on Monday,
February 5th at Powerbooks (Greenbelt 4) from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

With this series Tahanan introduces an innovative flipbook
format designed to showcase a story in two languages. The first half
of each 32-page picture book is a dedicated English edition, the last
half is flipped upside-down and bears the Filipino edition. Each
center spread features trivia gleaned from Greek mythology.

Tahanan's full-color flipbooks are available singly (P225) and
as a set (P675) in all major bookstores. For more information, please
contact Frances Ong at 818-2482 or send an email to

New Young Adult Book

KUTING's first anthology of short fiction for Young Adults (age 13 - 19). Available at the UP Press Bookstore in Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman. Edited by Carla Pacis(English) & Eugene Evasco (Filipino). Cover design by May Tobias-Papa.

Noma Concours
Artist and Children's Book Writer, Jomike Tejido, is runner up winner in the Noma Concours

Children's Literature Workshop

The Tamaraw Writeshop for Children's Literature calls for applications to a 12-day writing fellowship to its second national writeshop to be held in Iloilo City.
As its target tradition, the writeshop tours around the country as part of its objective of enrichment of regional cultures and literatures. Thus, this year, the writeshop goes to Iloilo with three fellowships open for Hiligaynon or Kiniray-a languages.

Fifteen fellowships are open nationwide. Applicants may send entries in English, Filipino, or Hiligaynon. Entries written in Hiligaynon/Kiniray- a must bear Filipino or English translation.

Applicants must submit the following:
(1) two unpublished short stories for children;
(2) one copy of each story plus digital file (12-point, Times-New-Roman font, double spaced in 8.5x11 bond paper with one inch margin all sides); (
3) cover letter address to the writeshop director;
(4) two 2x2 recent colored photo; and
(5) applicant's bionote with complete contact information.

The fellows will undergo series of lectures and writing sessions based on the syllabus designed by their respective mentors. The two-week activity will primarily work on the objective of finishing a writing project which is the main target output. A first national conference on Philippine children̢۪s literature will also be held side by side the writeshop. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2007. The same is the postmark date for entries that will be sent through mail. Email submissions are accepted with the entry and necessary documents as attached files wynion@gmail. com; tamaraw-writeshop@


I am not leaving the country for greener pastures. Not now. Not yet. I have, however, migrated from the Old Blogger to the New Blogger. What is so special about it? Let's just say that technology, like everything else in life, changes. My response to change, as far as my blogs are concerned, is to go with the flow and see how things will pick up from there.

I am enjoying the New Blogger, mind you.

For one, I found the new Blogger easier to navigate. The interface is smoother and it allows a blogger to label each posts. While most blogger I know have switched or upgraded, I found some interesting blogs by Filipino Librarians around blogosphere.

I have mentioned about PLAI STRLC's blog sometime last year and it gave me a sense of good things to come in terms of blogging and Philippine Librarianship. Today, I visited the blog of PLAI Cagayan Valley Region . I am particularly pleased because, I trace my roots in Catagaman, Tuguegarao. It would be interesting to visit and touch base with librarians there.

It gives me more reason to plan a trip back home.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Big 6 Lesson for Grade 4

This week has been a flurry of library instruction lesson observations, staff reporting and initial evaluation, brainstorming for Big 6 lessons, justification for books that the library will acquire and submission of statistical reports. Each is as interesting as an episode in a Filipino or Korean telenovela. I do intend to blog about it since few is written or talked about regarding (Philippine)school library management in the Internet. Only I'll do it one at a time because work never cease to subside at this time of the year.

For starters, allow me to share with you a PowerPoint on the Big 6 lesson made by Mrs. Jane Diaz, GS Librarian for grade 3 and 4.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Developing a Children's Library

Here is the slide presentation of my seminar-workshop for PBBY Workshop series. Held last November 25, 2006 at Powerbooks Greenbelt, I was fortunate to have 25 participants from private and public school libaries.

This morning, Ani Almario, PBBY Secretariat, sent me the evaluation of the workshop. It helped me determine what to improve and remove next time I do a similar seminar-workshop. What struck me was the suggestion that I write a book on school library management.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

2006 In Retrospect

Happy New Year to you all! My apologies for not informing you of my where abouts last holiday season. Blogger is going bonkers for reasons I can't tell. I am a mere mortal blogger and I have not reached super blogger status. Anyways, I'm back blogging! This is my first post for 2007 and like Filipino Librarian, I'm posting in retrospect the "first posts" this blog had in 2006 with the first sentence and/or paragraph for each. Note that I'm starting with the most recent and that, I'm doing this on the 2nd of January and not the 1st. But the slight changes (in the meme) can be forgiven, I'm sure.

Looking back, it provides me with a good view of my blogging life last year. In general, it is giving me a a bigger perspective of how I have been as a librarian in 2006.

December: Turtle's Tale by Gerald Brown
I was with Gerald Brown, Honorary Ambassador of IASL, in the National Book Week Fellowship Night. The following day, we met again to discuss his next trip to Manila sometime next year. Apparently, Gerald, has touched base with PATLS for a conference addressing library education in the Philippines. Plans are still tentative and everything else is still floating on air but, given the time and the resources, it may just be possible.

November: Creating Classroom Libraries
Below is the PowerPoint presentation of my workshop session for the Petron Programang Kaakbay Conference. Delivered on October 28, 2006, I shared with public school teachers the importance and rationale of setting classroom libraries.

October: Children's Art Exhibit of Hope
From Ms. Nina Lim-Yuson of the Museo Pambata

*All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World Philippines*, an international non-government organization, invites you to view an Art Exhibit of Hope to commemorate October 17, the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty.

September:NCBD, Book Awards Season & The Manila Intl. Book Fair 2006
I would like to think that the campaign-for-a-reading-culture season begins in July. With the advent of National Children's Book Day, moving on to Buwan ng Wika and ending with the Manila International Book Fair. Busy months for all concerned with books, reading, publishing, writing, teaching and learning.

August: Librarians Can Challenge the Administration
I owe it to my readers (though few and selected) to tell them more about last July's NCBD, however, management and administrative matters drive me away from polishing the article. So, before you start thinking where I've been the past few days, I asure you that I'm still blogging and I'm still sane. Allow me to veer a little far away from NCBD to share with you a white paper, also known as a position paper I wrote on the issue of centralizing the library's AV services (and programs) with the Information Technology Services.

July:Salaysayan 2006 Eliminations
This picture was taken right after the Filipino Division of the Salaysayan Contest at the National Library last July 1, 2006. There were 31 contestants! A marathon! Ms. Dolly Soriano and I were judges and though it was a big contingent, the experience of seeing, hearing and engaging with 31 storytellers, all hoping to be in the Top 8 final list was spectacular.

June:Helping Libraries
I have been interviewed recently by AHON, a foundation that will help libraries in support of literacy development. Headed in collaboration by Filway Marketing and Harvey Keh, the brainchild behind Pathways to Education, it shall be holding training sessions for library personnel in the public school library system. Last I heard about AHON, it is pooling its resources to donate boook sto spublic school libraries

May:Blogs As Teaching Tools
This paper will discuss the characteristics of blogs that make it possible for teachers to use it in teaching and instruction. Techniques and strategies on how blogs can enhance the teaching and learning experience will also be identified, as well as, issues and limitations of its utility in the classroom setting. Examples of blogs used for educational and instructional purposes will be presented to give participants an idea on how it can be done.

April:2nd iBlog Philippine Blogging Summit
Go to iBlog 2 , the Philippines’ 2nd Blogging Summit. Attendance is FREE. Register now to save your seat!

March:Perceptions, Philosophy & Paradigms
As a take off from my post last February 27, 2006, I wrote about school libraries falling under Student Services or the Academic Program. I find it odd when school libraries affirm their role as the hub of the school and to articulate their goals, objectives and functions as supporting and supplementing the curriculum when all the while falling under Student Services. It does not sound as auxiliary nor ancillary services to me. This gives me the impression that the school administration perceives the school library quite differently the way the school librarian does.

February:Updates On Information Literacy in the SEA
Some news and insights on the recent Information Literacy workshop I attended last January 30-31, 2006 at the Ateneo de Manila University.

January:BEST of SLIA 2005
I've categorized the posts and entries I wrote last year in five divisions. These are Philippine Librarianship, Technology and IT Integration, Reading & Literacy Advocay, Events & Book Reviews and Information Literacy. The entries very well describe the route that this blog has taken and what will its direction be in 2006. Honestly, I have not seriously thought about it yet. Although a redesign is in the works, I still have to evaluate my content.
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