Marian S. Ramos-Eclevia, Head Librarian of the University Library’s General Reference Section, recently presented her paper, Listen and Learn @Your Library: Development of Instructional Podcasts in the University of the Philippines Diliman University Library, at the Conference on GenNext Libraries 2012.

This international conference, held from 8-10 October 2012 at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei, is a gathering of librarians, archivists, information professionals, knowledge managers and related professionals from around the world to discuss issues that are affecting and will affect the library and information profession.  Participants’ sharing of knowledge, discussion of trends and issues, and informing each other of the developments and innovations  they are doing in their respective institutions is an ideal way of creating a database of knowledge and a synergy in the discipline that will advance and propel the library and information profession forward.

The conference theme, Emerging Technologies: New Direction for Libraries, perfectly reflects the dynamic between the advances in technologies and the library profession’s acceptance of the challenges these bring.  The conference was broken down into various sessions covering different aspects of the profession and Ms. Ramos-Eclevia chaired the session on New Trends in Reference Services.  >>> E.M. Lagrama

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The University Library  recently held  a three-day  workshop  on Basic Digital Photography to library personnel as part of the Staff Training and Development  Program  2012 .  The workshop aimed to provide the participants to learn new technologies in the form of digital photography and digital image manipulation and their application in libraries and library work.

The photography class was conducted by Prof. Jose Alberto Tañedo for three Saturdays (September 8, 15, and 22). Prof. Tanedo is a faculty member of  the UP College of Fine Arts and at the same time a  freelance photographer. The library participants, mostly at their beginner level, were able to gain skills in the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital photography.  All of them were required to bring their own digital/SLR cameras to class.

The first session was a visual presentation on the history of photography, the camera, and digital photography.  Creative lectures on photography as an art, composition, perspective, & elements of design were presented in the second session.  Topics on the  third session tackled lighting demonstration  and  digital workflow. There was no dull moment with Sir Joey in his class as he  brought with him his expertise, humor,  and academic-class  lectures on the basics of photography.

The application of lessons were done through actual photo shoots  and assignments were given at the end of each session. Photographs taken by participants were critiqued by Sir Joey and co-participants.

There will be an exhibit of their photo works this coming November at the Main Library lobby. From the photos submitted, one from each category ( Human activity & Landscape ) will be judged as Best Shots. —- M. M. Omega

          The Staff Training and Development Committee (STDC) is tasked with  conducting training programs, seminars, and workshops for the UP Diliman library staff as part of the University Library’s program of career and personal development.

The Library Wellness Program: Nutrition and Stress Management Training held last 16th of April was STDCs first offering for 2012.   Following are the up-and-coming offerings from the STDC:

  • Resource Description and Access (May 7, 2012)
  • Library Team Building (May 25, 2012) at Sajorda River Park, Zambales.
  • Index to Philippine Periodicals Online (July 2, 2012)
  • Basic Digital Photography for Librarians (September 8, 15 & 22, 2012)
  • Simple Book Repair and care (October 22, 2012)

The members of the STDC are Jocelyn P. Basa of the CHK Library, Nancy T. Beraquit of the CHE Library and Zenaida R. Ponseca of the Foreign Serials Section. The committee is chaired by Modesta M. Omega of the Bibliography and Indexing Division.

For more information, please contact Modesta M. Omega at 9818500 local 2853 or 2857.

***These are in-house workshops for UP Diliman staff.  We do not have workshops open to the public yet and if we do have, we will be announcing all the details in the Library website and UP Library Bulletin Online.

>> A.  Bautista

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            The Staff Training and Development Committee (STDC) held the first training seminar, entitled Library Wellness Program: Nutrition and Stress Management Training last April 16, 2012.

It was aimed to cultivate awareness among library staff of the importance of good nutrition to a healthy lifestyle and how to reduce stress in the workplace with the end goal being a reduction in sick leaves through the reduction of health risks and management of controllable diseases.

           Professor Cecile T. Bayaga of the College of Home Economics was the resource person on nutrition and Francis Carlos “Coach Kiko” B. Diaz of the College of Human Kinetics was the resource person on stress management. Professor Bayaga gave lectures on general nutrition and special nutritional needs for those with hypertension and diabetes. Coach Kiko explained the nature of stress and provided some simple exercises that can be performed in the workplace to help reduce stress. — A. Bautista

For more workshop pictures – click the UP Diliman University Library Facebook Fan Page.

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