Philippine eLib

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 Libraries in the constituent units (CUs) are involved in the Philippine eLib Project launched in April 2005, an information resource-sharing consortium that is operational nation-wide. It seeks to leverage information and communication technologies (ICT) to bring government services closer to the citizenry. Eleven (11) huge multidisciplinary electronic databases determined by the UPD University Librarian as Chair of the Collections Development Committee at the cost of Php 16 million can be accessed via the eLib website (

Having a budget of Php 166,700,000, the eLib is one of the eleven projects funded by the government through the former Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (ITECC) now the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT). A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the heads of the five participating government agencies of the project on 4 February 2004 at ASTI, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman and was formally launched in April 2005.

The five participating agencies include the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), The National Library (TNL), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Agriculture (DA), and the University of the

These agencies agree to share their library and learning resources and products, skills and technologies in library management and networking; and subscription to expensive electronic databases and making these available to a wider audience.

The University’s contribution to the eLib is the digitization of UP publications, theses and dissertations, scholarly researches and other Filipiniana materials from the autonomous campuses including bibliographic records and indexes to the digitized special and archival collections, totaling 29 million images, which are made accessible to the partner institutions as well. Said project totaling P12 million were paid by eLib funds.

As of December 2005, the project has produced 32,432,754 microfilmed images and 15,867,847 digitized JPG images.

As mentioned earlier, UP contributes library materials determined by the University Librarians of the various CUs and coordinated by UP Diliman. The materials uploaded to the Union Catalog of the project consist of the following: bibliographic records of the holdings of the University Libraries of the CUs; selected publications/materials from the various CUs that have been digitized; and, international online databases with full-text journals on subscription.

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The pre-paid cards may be used on or off campus kiosks. For on campus use of pre-paid cards, user has to log out from the IP-based website. All downloaded materials will be assessed chargeable against the pre-paid cards account (Php5.00 per page downloaded). Pre-paid cards are available at the Cashier and General Reference Section of the UP University Library.

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