Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ripple Effect: Follow Up Action from the Pre CONSAL ASEAN School Library Workshop

Two weeks ago, I was in Bangkok for the pre CONSAL Workshop on ASEAN School Library Development. It was a brief stay but a meaningful one. I have blogged about it and you can read the posts here: Back in Bangkok;  Action Plans and Afterthoughts on the Pre CONSAL ASEAN School Library Workshop

Inspired to continue the work that started out in Bangkok, an ASEAN School Library group in Facebook has been set up. I am one of the administrators and we hope to get participants and group members from the ASEAN countries. Members are school librarians of course, but Library and Information Professionals interested and involved in school library development are also welcome to join. If you fall under this membership category, visit the FB group here.

And here's an email from Carol Sheppard, delegate from Laos that put a smile on my face.
Dear Zarah,
I attended the Pre -CONSAL School Libraries workshop in Bangkok two weeks ago as part of the Lao delegation and was very impressed with your presentation about School Libraries in the Philippines.
There was one particular area that I was interested in that I was hoping you could help me with.  I think you mentioned during the presentation that there was a published "Standard" for the recommended growth of school library collections and even that it was detailed according to the Dewey system.
I may be completely mistaken (quite possible!) but I would really appreciate it if you could provide any further information on this as it would be of great assistance when advocating for more resources.
Thank you so much for your assistance and please don't hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
Kind Regards
Since the School Library Standard is available online, I sent Carol the link. Knowledge shared is knowledge gained, so they say. Here's to more linkages and future collaborative endeavors among librarians in the ASEAN!


Sharol said...

Hi Zarah

Thank you for sharing, it is very useful information to us. I would like to know more in details about professional librarian development in school at Filipina. As u mentioned in workshop all of them have to go through special examination, and is there any special training for them to work in school. Any working paper on this, as Im working with our national library and Educational technology to develop professional librarian in school. Hope you can advise me. And I would like to have your slides presentation on that day.

Thank You

Shamila, Malaysia

Zarah C. Gagatiga said...

Hi Shamila :-)

Sorry for this late reply. I have been very busy preparing for the Book Fair during the 32nd National Children's Book Day.

To answer your concerns, there are courses of study on school library and librarianship in the Library and Information Science degree, both bachelor and masters. Through library organizations in the Philippines, like the school librarians organization, PASLI, continuing professional growth is addressed to school librarians.

Hope this helps.

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