Monday, March 26, 2007

Summer has proclaimed its presence. It is warm in the day time but even warmer at night. For most of us, it means trips to the beach and to a coller place like Baguio or Tagaytay. For some, it is a time to take stock for the coming rainy days. Workshops abound, as well as seminars and conferences.

Here are some professional growth activities I've fished around the web and the blogosphere.

ASLP on Records Mnagement. The conference is aimed at increasing one's awareness on the benefits of a well organized record. Venue is at the El Cielito Inn, Baguio City. Conference will run from April 25 - 27, 2007.

PAARL on Emerging Trends in Library & Information Science. The conference will offer wys to deal with the ever changing landscape of library and information service. Venue is at Covelandia du Labrador, Pangasinan from April 25 - 27, 2007.

PLAI STRLAIC on Continuing Professional Education. Speaker is none other than the formidable, Prof. Cora Nera to talk about the importance of CPE for Librarians. Venue is at the Lyceum of Batangas, Le Cafe, Batangas City.

Among the three, I'm attending the one in Batangas because the invite came the earliest. Other than that, the venue piqued my interest. I love going and staying in coffee shops.

Last week, one of my librarians recieved an invitation from PASL to attend its Summer Conference in Teachers' Camp, Baguio City. It's in collaboration with PLAI and though it heralded veritable names in the field of Technical Services, we all found it very academic-library like. Who would be interested to do indexing and bibliography in a school library when our students in the garde school are emergent and beginning readers? Research is introduced in 7th grade and use of bibliography and indexes are taught in the context of a reading skill.

Perhaps, high school librarains may find it more useful since research is more intensive in the secondary level. Learners at that age and stage are being prepared for college life, thus, librarians in high school are more inclined to make indexes and bibliographies.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Boys do READ

Studies for the 21st PBBY National Children's Book Day celebration is being routed by Ani Almario, PBBY Secretariat. For this year, we thought of putting into the limelight, the reading habits of boys and that they too read as much as girls do. The father, or any male role model in the family play an important part in modeling the reading habit. Here are samples of the posters. They are so warm and lovely to look at.

I like this one (below) better though. The boy pointing to his father at something in the book arouses my curiosity. I find it more intimate, really. The boy is also at a more "active" role. The colors are brighter and though going fishing is universal, there is a "Pinoyness" in the rendering of the drawings.

Thanks to Nolo Silayan of Alitaptap for suggetsing this year's theme. Boys do read. It's about time that literacy advocates break the gender divide on reading.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Blograrians in the Philippine Blog Awards 2007

Two Filipino Blograrians, Von Totanes and Arnold Zafra, are in the list of nominees for this year's Philippine Blog Awards. Well, their blogs are there and not their names. But this is an interesting development in the field of IT dominated by the technocrats. One continuing challenge for us librarains is to to make our presence felt. In an ever changing digital environment, the more we are needed to make meaning out of the chaos; to provide sense in a deluge of information from varied resources; and to perserve intellectual rights and cultural heritage of our peoples.

Von's blog is under the Socio-Political category while Arnold's is in the Technology category. To Von and Arnold, good luck! I hope that you both win in your respective category.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Librarian Egroups

Ivan Chew, Rambling Librarian from Singapore, opened a new group over at Google. He describes Librarians in Singapore as an informal networking group for librarians living & working in Singapore. He provides these additional notes to the description - But you DON'T have to be Singaporean or even a librarian. Join us if you're interested/ curious about "Libraries and Librarians".

The last two sentences were words of encouragement for me to join and see what it can offer a Filipino Librarain like myself. I belong to several egoups already and online communities, but all are proudly Pinoy made like Pinoy Teachers Network and Von Totanes' Filipino Librarians Egroup at Google.

Ir would be interesting to see how discussions go in each egroup. For one, I can compare how librarians in Singapore and other parts of the world percieve their work and profession. Are they any different from Filipino Librarians in terms of using the Internet for library related work in particular and life, in general? There will be similarities too. Then again, in a global community, differences and similarities matter a little. It is how one conducts himself or herself that spells the difference.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Secret Life of a Librarian

I got this meme from Janette Toral (5 Things People Don't Usually Know About Me). Go to the link and it's dated December 31, 2006. If not for the tracking system I have in this blog, I would have not known that she tagged me. As the saying goes, better late than never.

People don't usually know that...

1. I won the grand prize of Php 75,000.00 in the 75th PLAI Anniversary Raffle. It was Prof. Agcaoili of UST who picked my name from the "tambiolo". That was in 1997. Now I wonder what luck awaits me ten years after. Don't ask me what I did with the money or how I spent it. I'm never good at saving and investing my finances.

2. I have appeared on TV twice already. The first time was way back in the late 90s when I was still a storyteller for National Book Store. The TV appearance was for a promotional pitch for the Berenstein Bears Chapter books. I read aloud a portion of the story to some studio kids. It was the morning show of Plinky Recto and some newscaster guy. I can't remember his name now. I was so nervous! It was a live show. The second time, I was more relaxed. It was for Augie Rivera's Art Angel. There I met Pia Arcanghel for the first time. Too bad, I didn't get to see myself in both shows.

3. My first published article was for Philippine Star, Family & Life Section. I wrote about kids and the things they can do for summer while school is out. I still keep the clipped article to this day. And if my memory serves me right, it was also in 1997 when the article got published.

4. I was born on the feast of the Assumption. Being Catholic, I consider this a blessing.

5. I was a preschool teacher before becoming a librarian. I had to pass the board exam and when I did, I took the road less traveled. I never looked back since then.

For this meme, I am tagging Peachy (who I miss terribly),Ria (who likes doing memes) and Ian (who is such an interesting person).

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

iBlog 3

'Tis the blogging season again! The link for the 3rd Blogging Summit is here. The program promises to be as interesting as the past two years since it offers bloggers from all ages old favorites and promising new names. There are a good number of women bloggers who will be speaking, but I'm a wee bit disappointed to find none (male or female) in the field of education and librarianship.

Anyhoo, I hope to go even with a full April schedule. See you there!

Monday, March 5, 2007

Be a Pinoy Storyteller!

ALITAPTAP STORYTELLERS PHILIPPINES, whose mission is to promote love for reading through the art of storytelling will have the

(Acting and Reading Techniques In StoryTelling)
on April 21-22, 2007, 9 am – 5 pm at the Executive Lounge, The National Library of the Philippines

Join in as the best storytellers in the country conduct this two-day affair of lectures, exercise – activities and get a chance to tell your own favorite story.

Workshop fee is Php. 500.00
For more details, please contact
Mobile No. 0917-5392630
Office no. 535.4639
Email us at

Pag nagkuwento si tatay, mga Kuwento’y nabubuhay!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Maningning Poetry Writing Contest 2007


TheManingning Miclat ArtFoundation, Inc. (MMAFI)is calling on young poets writing in Filipino, English and Chinese to participate in the 2007 Maningning Poetry Competition.

The Poetry Contestconsisting of 3 divisions -Filipino, English and Chinese – is open toall poets, age 28and below. An entry must consist of at least eight (8) but not more than fifteen (15) poems. Authors may join all the divisions but can submit only one (1) entry in every division. All entries should be original in every language and not a translation of another entry.

All entries should be submitted in four(4) copies, double spaced on 81/2 x 11 inches bond paper with one inch margin on all sides and with ARIAL or TIMES NEW ROMAN size 12 font. Entry should be submitted with pen name only. Real name and pen name should be submitted in a separate sealed envelop together with a biodata, copy of birth certificate and a notarized declaration of originality and authenticity of authorship of the entry.

Entries must be addressed to the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. (MMAFI), 2nd Floor Mile Long Building, AmorsoloSt., Legaspi Village, Makati City(Tel No. 816-7490to91) not later than 5:00 P.M. of April 17, 2007. Entries sent by mail should be postmarked/invoiced not later than April 3, 2007.

Maningning Miclat was a multiawarded artist, trilingual poet and creative writer, translator and teacher. Her trilingual book of poetry, "Voice from the Underworld" has earned raves not only from English and Filipino readersbutalsofrom Chinese readers.Miclathas been anthologized in Beijing in a bookfeaturingthe World'sTop 39women poets writing in Chinese, which included her.

The Maningning Miclat Award has been launchedto honor her short but meaningful life and to encourage, recognize and nurture young talentslike her. Every year since 2003, MMAFI has been awarding outstanding poets during odd numbered years and winning painters during even numbered years. This year's grandwinnerswill receive PhP28, 000.00 cash award for eachof the 3 categories, copies of collector's edition of"Voice from the Underworld" and"Beauty for Ashes : Remembering Maningning"as well as the Miclat family journal, Beyond the Great Walland trophiesby theeminent sculptor, Julie Lluch. Log on to www.maningning.comand email formore information.



1. The contest is open to all poets of all nationalities, age 28and below.

2. There are three divisions in the awards: (a) Filipino (b) English (c) Chinese.

3. An entry must consist of at least eight (8) but not more than fifteen (15) poems.

4. Authors may join all the divisions but can submit only one (1) entry in every division.

5. All entries should be original in every language and not a translation of another entry.

6. A work which has been awarded a prize in another contest is not qualified for the awards.

7. Published or unpublished works may be entered in the contest.If published, the date of publication should be within 2006-2007.

8. All entries should be submitted in four (4) copies, double spaced on 8 ½ x 11 inches bond paper with one inch margin on all sides and the page number typed consecutively, e.g.,1 of 10, 2 of 10,and so on.Font should be ARIAL or TIMES NEW ROMAN, and the font size should be 12.Entry should be submitted with pen name only and not real name.

Real name and pen name should be submitted in a separate sealed envelope together with a biodata, copy of birth certificate and a notarized declaration of originality and authenticity of authorship of the entry.

9. Entries must be addressed to the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. (MMAFI) , 2/F, Mile long Building, Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City not later than April 17, 2007.Entries sent by mail or courier should be postmarked/invoiced not later than April 2, 2007.

10. Entries submitted via e-mail should be an RTF (Ritch Text Format) or a Word Document file and should be sent as an attachment together with the author's biodata and copy of birth certificate and notarized certification of originality or authenticity of authorship of entry.The original copy of the notarized certification should then be sent to MMAFI thru mail.Entries submitted via e-mail should be transmitted not later than April 17, 2007.

11. Submitted copies of winning entries shall remain with and become the property of MMAFI. Copyright of the works remains with the author but the latter grants, assigns and transfers into MMAFI the right without necessity of any payment other than the prize which may have been awarded to publish any winning entry or selection or portion thereof as it may at its discretion determine; to make the work available for downloading on the Internet or other electronic medium; and /or to allow students to make copies for research or in connection with their school requirements.

12. Plagiarism is anathema to the contest and MMAFI has the right of action against the author, if it may be later on discovered that said person is not the creator or owner of the copyright to the winning work. The foundation shall not be liable to any court action if a third party files a case against the winner who plagiarized the work of the said third party.

13. There will only be one Grand Prize winner for each division and the prize is P 28,000.00 and a trophy per winning entry.

14. The Board of Judges shall have the discretion not to award any prize if in its judgment, no meritorious entry had been submitted.

15. MMAFI has the sole right to designate the persons who shall constitute the Board of Judges in each division of the contest.The decision of the majority of the Board of Judges in all divisions shall be final.

16. The names of the winners and the members of the Board of Judges shall be announced on September 29, 2007.
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