Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dear Librarian: Reply to Library Staff Supervisory Program

Dr. Rose Villamater, director of the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation Library, provides Rose Quilantang of Cebu City a reply from her query on library staff supervisory program.

Dear Rose,
 A supervisory program (can be) a computer program that controls the execution of other routines and regulates work scheduling and workflow, input/output operations and error actions in a data processing system.  Here is the URL of one example --
I think I am not the best person to give an advice regarding this topic because this topic needs someone who knew much on computer programs.
But from the simplest point of view when I read this, I was thinking of the Library Staff at supervisory position who plans, organizes, implements and evaluates the school library program(s).
The school librarian need to calendar the special events intended and related to the library with consideration to personnel, facilities, finance, and administrator’s support to the program. 
To share our experiences in MSEUF that can serve as a guide, we started the reading program two years ago and launched it during the National Book Week.  We are hopeful that this program will encourage our Basic Education (BED) students to read and acquire a habit of reading. We were successful in encouraging students to read on the first two years but acquiring a habit of reading had just started.  For this school year, we prepared our calendar of activities with this reading program scheduled towards the early part; we started it last July to celebrate the Childen’s Book Day.  The monitoring of the program was scheduled.  Monitors for the different grade/year levels were assigned.  Recognition, awards and incentives about the program were formulated and scheduled.  Appraisal of the program was also designed and implemented for the improvement of the program and achievement of acquiring the habit of reading.
The guide should provide a broad overview of the content and process of managing a school library program.  A broad overview of the purpose, historical development, and current activities of school libraries and school librarians is presented. Consultation and cooperation between librarians and teachers, administrators, and other staff; public relations and ideas for promoting maximum use of library resources; the production of instructional media; the provision and management of time, personnel, and facilities; the provision and management of library materials; and the assessment and evaluation of school library services. 
The effective school library program supports the classroom program in meeting the learning needs of students. The contemporary school librarian, who orchestrates the major components needed to deliver a total school library program, must fulfill and balance a multi-faceted role and at the same time not lose sight of the benefits to student learners. Systematic planning and effective problem-solving are critical skills for the librarian attempting to set priorities and implement an effective, yet realistic, school library program.  To view the sample guide, check the link.
Happy New Year!
Dr. Rose Villamater, Library Director Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation Lucena City

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