Unveilling of wall marker

After 16 long months of renovation works, the ground floor of College of Engineering Library I was officially re-opened on July 19, 2010 with a simple program led by Dean Rowena Cristina L. Guevara and the College Executive Board.

Ms. Annie G. Dee, our generous donor

Coinciding with the event was the unveiling of the wall marker to recognize Ms. Annie D. Gee (IE ’77), an alumna of the College and President of Teresa Marble Corporation, who donated elegant marble tiles used to enhance the flooring of the area.  Her donation sealed the series of improvement activities carried out by the Library to realize its vision for the ground floor – a modern library with an atmosphere conducive to learning and equipped with state-of-the-art amenities.

new reading area

For the longest time, this part, not originally built to house an information center, has always been a problematic portion of the Library. It contains many innate architectural flaws such as inadequate lights and too many columns which made it looked dark and crowded.

As a remedy, the walls and ceilings were painted in light colors to create an illusion of height and space while the former dark red flooring was replaced with light-hued marble floor tiling which made the area to appear roomier. Energy-efficient T5 incandescent lamps were also installed to brighten up the place.

To cool the area, Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air-conditioning units were also installed. These “smart” air-conditioners can detect the ambient temperature of its effective area and adjust its cooling capacity as necessary.

new discussion room

The ground floor now boasts of new furniture akin to the ones found in the College of Engineering Library II.  Reading carrels have been provided for students who want solitude in their studying while discussion room with full size tables are also provided for those who want to engage in communal learning with their peers.

new internet room

Another highlight of the new ground floor is the Internet and Computing Facility. Equipped with 10 new PC terminals, this area aims to provide the Library’s clientele with e-resources as well access to all electronic journals on engineering subscribed by the College.  Moreover, these terminals can be used to serve as workstations for word processing and other activities required for the students.

The serials and theses sections were moved to the ground floor to decongest the upper floor. New furniture, including shelves, were also supplied for housing the theses and serials collections. Local databases were also provided for the easy access and searching of the Library’s available theses and serial titles.  To satisfy the study and research needs of the college faculty, a private Faculty Lounge has been designated.  This is an exclusive area where faculty may brew and drink coffee while doing their stuff.

new theses section

Now that the Library has successfully provided excellent physical facilities to its patrons, it is imperative also to give the best services to them.  And the staff are not shunning away from this challenge.  In fact, several projects are currently in the offing to further improve the services of the Library.

With the on-going renovation activities for the upper floor, the Engineering Library I is getting closer to becoming a truly modern information resources gateway. (BBD & HCC)


College of Engineering Library's The Learning Commons Facility

Further strengthening its commitment to provide world-class facilities and services in support of research and teaching, the College of Engineering Library will be inaugurating the Learning Commons Facility on March 18, 2010. Creation of the facility was made possible through funding from UP Diliman and the Department of Science and Technology – Engineering for Research and Development for Technology (DOST-ERDT) Project.

The Learning Commons is a product of COE Library’s commitment to provide world-class research facility, collections, and services to help the students and faculty produce outstanding research outputs and relevant teaching methodologies. It will offer innovative services and resources for students, faculty, and alumni to support and enhance learning, writing, research, and use of technology.  Using the “one-stop shop” concept, it will be a central venue for access to information housed within the library and beyond.  It also aims to be a central gathering place for students to study and dynamically engage in shared learning.

The TLC, as the latest addition to the Library’s services, will be dedicated for the exclusive use of students and faculty of the College of Engineering. It will be providing state-of-the-art equipment and services in support and promotion of collaborative learning. The Learning Commons (TLC) will be offering innovative services and resources for our engineering students, faculty, and alumni through the provision of various facilities which will enable social learning.

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30 iMac stations will be available for multimedia editing and access to internet/online resources
8 dedicated portals to access e-journals, e-books and other databases
5 powerful PCs for collaborative group work

3 Kindle Readers to read electronic books (soon!)
2 Podcast stations
Interactive multimedia room equipped with multimedia projector, interactive board and state-of-the-art television can be used to view video materials, conduct lectures and group discussions.

The following is the complete list of services to be offered by the Learning Commons Facility:
* Access to the internet
* Access to online and local databases
* E-Journals
* E-Books
* Access to podcasts and vodcasts
* Audio / Video / Photo editing
* Collaborative workstations
* Interactive multimedia viewing room
* Audio visual collection
* Printing
* Scanning
* CD / DVD burning

For more details, please contact:
Sharon Ma. S. Esposo
Head Librarian
UP College of Engineering Library II
Tel: 434-8638; VOIP 3252

Invitation (Cover & Programme)

CM’s College Librarian Ms. Florinda Santos, shows off library annex.

The U.P. College of Music Library opens more room to accommodate its growing number of readers. The extended space – adjacent to the Archives/Special Collections Area and Filipiniana Section (the former home of the Dr. Jose M. Maceda Collection), located at the right wing (facing the Camerata Court) of the Abelardo Hall – now serves as the faculty/graduate students’ browsing area and Serials Section of the Music Library.

Construction of the newly-built annex began in December 2005 and was completed in January this year. The College would like to thank Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. for his generous donation that made this improvement a possibility. –FSantos