AUTOMATION OF LIBRARIES


 

UP Integrated Library System (OPAC module)

UP Integrated Library System (OPAC module)

The UP iLib, UP’s campus-wide integrated library system, was issued a Certificate of Copyright Registration and Deposit by the NCCA of The National Library (the country’s copyright office) on 16 July 2008, with UPD University Librarian SALVACION M. ARLANTE and CHITO N. ANGELES, UPD Library’s Information Technology Officer as authorized agents. The granting of this copyright duly protects the iLib from abuse and infringement.

The UP Integrated Library System (iLib) is an in-house, web-based integrated library system using Open Source technologies. It was deployed last 09 June 2007 for pilot testing in the Diliman libraries and became fully operational last 11 February 2008. Read HERE to know more about the system. –CMAbrigo

The open source system UP iLib, which has been pilot-tested for quite a while, will finally be operational in all 33 college and unit libraries (CUs) of UP Diliman beginning Monday, 11 February 2008. An announcement is posted onto the UPD University Library website.

The new system requires all members of the University to have an activated UP Webmail account to enable a UP member to access his/her library account. Should a member encounter log-in problems in using the iLib, we advise him/her to please update his/her Webmail account at the UP Computer Center, UP Diliman. –CMAbrigo

 

The UP Integrated Library System (iLib) — an in-house, web-based integrated library system using Open Source technologies, was deployed last 09 June for pilot testing in the Diliman libraries.

The iLib is a system that integrates all library processes initially intended for the 33 unit libraries of UP Diliman. To know more about this project, see related article.

Training-workshops have been lined-up for all Library staff beginning June 13 to 15, 2007 at the Diliman Interactive Learning Center (DILC). –CMAbrigo for CNAngeles

The web-based version of the Index to Philippine Newspapers (IPN), U.P. Diliman Main Library’s index to nine locally published newspapers, is now available online for free access.

 

Dubbed as the Index to Philippine Newspapers Online, the database is an offshoot of an earlier IPN automation undertaking of the UPDML, which began in 1991. It was later on revived by Mr. CHITO N. ANGELES when he joined the Library in 2001. This venture likewise became his Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) thesis project and was finally completed in the last quarter of 2006.

 

In a lecture series held at the UP Institute of Library and Information Science (UPILIS) last February 14th, Mr. Angeles talked about how the project was conceived, has progressed, up until it has become fully operational. He then gave an overall demonstration of the IPN Online’s main features before his audience of information professionals, and entertained inquiries by way of a discussion forum which followed afterwards.

 

Angeles is currently the Information Technology Officer and Head of the Computer Services Section of the University Library, U.P. Diliman. He also teaches Information Technology (IT) courses, specializing in database design and web development, at the UPILIS.

 

To know more about the project, navigate the site by clicking HERE. –CMAbrigo


Academic Librarian of the Year: FLORENDA D. MALLARI.

The Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL) proclaimed UPD Main Library’s Mrs. FLORENDA D. MALLARI as the 2006 Academic Librarian of the Year — a major award bestowed on select librarians “for their outstanding national contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development in the Philippines”. Mrs. Mallari was commended for her various contributions to the field, one of which was serving as Project Leader behind the construction of the Filipiniana Books for College Libraries (book core collection), a selection tool for librarians fitted for college libraries in the Philippines. She also served as Vice-President 2004-2005 Executive Board of the PAARL.

 

Mrs. Mallari is one of two recipients of this distinguished award given by the PAARL every year. Ms. LINDA L. MONDOÑEDO, Director of Libraries of the Liceo de Cagayan University, is her fellow-awardee.


Members of the Philippine eLib Team receive the plaque from Ms. Fe Angela Verzosa and Sr. Ignatius Tal Placido of the PAARL, together with CEU President Dr. Ma. Cristina D. Padolina (far right).

Meanwhile, the 2006 Outstanding Library Program of the Year was conferred to the Philippine eLib, a government-funded project collaborated by five partner agencies of which the University of the Philippines Library System and the The National Library of the Philippines are both members. The project was hailed for its “strong impact on the library community” and its significant contribution to Philippine academic librarianship.

 

Selection of awardees is done through a search and screening process conducted by the Scholarship and Awards Committee of the PAARL, and then approved by the Board.

 

The awarding ceremony was held during the PAARL’s General Assembly at the Tech Center, Centro Escolar University, Mendiola, Manila on 26 January 2007. –CMAbrigo

The Digitization Project of the BOR Minutes of Meetings amounting to Php 280,000 was funded by Central Administration covering 1925 to 2006. A total of 29,849,074 records were microfilmed and digitized by Microdata Systems and Management Inc. at the University Library until September 2004. The minutes will be preserved page by page in electronic format with a searchable index.

 

Using the new equipment (Minolta PS 7000 Book Scanner and Kodak 2400 DSV Film Scanner) from the Philippine eLib Project, the University Library continues to digitize the BOR Minutes starting October 2004 onwards.

 

The policymakers in the University stand to benefit from the digitization of the Minutes of the Meetings of the Board of Regents from 1925-2006. Not only will the minutes be preserved page by page in electronic format; they will also be provided with a searchable index. Digitization of said minutes for Php 330,000 commenced in October 2004 from funds appropriated by System Administration with the approval of President Nemenzo.

The UP Integrated Library System (iLib) is a web-based integrated library system using Open Source technologies to cater to the specific needs of Diliman’s 33 unit libraries. As compared with previous library systems implemented in the different library units, this system integrates all library processes, is portable and configurable, accessible anytime and anywhere, more reliable and secure, more manageable, less data redundancy and more consistent, more user-friendly and can be remotely managed.

 

To design and develop a distributed library information system using open source tools and applications for UP Diliman, two committees were created by then Chancellor Emerlinda Roman on 29 June 2004. The project, known as iLib, has an Advisory Committee chaired by then VCAA Amelia P. Guevara, and a Technical Committee chaired by Director Rommel P. Feria.

 

Operating on a budget of Php 791,000 for 2004, the Committee started developing the iLib on 15 July 2004 and was implemented in June 2005. Pertinent needs and requirements of the UP Diliman offices were gathered through the iLib Development Project Survey. Some features expected of the iLib are the capacity to make inventory and periodical indexing, including newspapers.

 

The iLib has six application modules with a Web-based program language and Java-based browsers, as follows: circulation, cataloging, Web OPAC, serials, acquisitions and administration. As such, the iLib can run on any platform and can be accessed anywhere.

 

The proposed system, in its pilot stage, will be centralized in the Main Library server and mirrored to eight clusters as follows: 1) Business Administration (server site), Economics, Law, Asian Center, Institute of Islamic Studies; 2) Engineering (server site), Architecture, Statistics, NCTS, Human Kinetics, AIT; 3) Mass Communication (server site), Music, Center for Women Studies, Social Work and Community Development; 4) Public Administration (server site), Urban and Regional Planning, Institute of Small Scale Industries, Center for Integrative and Development Studies, Film Institute; 5) Science (server site), Marine Science, Geological Studies, Engineering Satellite, Technology Management, Mathematics; 6) Fine Arts (server site), NISMED, Population, Third World Studies, Archaeological Studies, Arts and Letters, International Studies, Vargas Museum, Architecture; 7) Main Library (server site), Education, Home Economics; 8) UP Integrated School; 9) UP Extension Pampanga.

 

With this clustered structure, the whole system will not be down if one server is down. Transactions will also be synchronized between local cluster servers and the central server. Some innovations of the iLib are: receipts for library transactions; new acquisitions list and statistics of holdings in real time; user classification and privileges.

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