RDA Implementation Training/Workshop, UP Diliman,

There will be a 2-day training/workshop on “Implementing RDA Rules and University of the Philippines RDA Core Elements and Policy Statements (UPRCEPS) for Monograph Materials” from 14 to 15 August 2014 (Thursday – Friday) at the Conference Room, Main Library. This is open only for the catalogers/librarian representatives of the Main Library sections and College/Unit Library.

This event marks the fourth series of the library’s RDA Initiative and Implementation Program. The workshop will explain how to build description of monograph resources using RDA (Resource Description and Access) and RDA Core Elements and Policy Statements (UPRCEPS), highlighting the major changes and transition to RDA. It also aims to improve the skills and knowledge on RDA and to enhance the cataloging process at the University of the Philippines Diliman University Library.

We are honored to have Mrs. Elvirita E. Estampador as one of our speaker for the AM session on August 14, 2014.  She will be discussing with us how L.C. implemented RDA, their challenges and best practices in cataloging Filipiniana materials as well as answer our frequently asked questions regarding RDA. Mrs. Elvirita Estampador Gildea (BLS, 1962), a retired cataloger/librarian from the Library of Congress and currently serving under the Gratuitous Service Policy and Standards Division Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access Directorate Library Services, Library of Congress. She is also the speaker for the UPSLIS’ Seminar on Resource Description and Access on 12 to 13 August 2014.

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Dr. Josephine Estampador Tan for sponsoring the librarian from U.P. Iloilo, Dr. Nerita Estampador Ulep for sponsoring the librarian from U.P. Tacloban and the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) for sponsoring the librarians from Cebu and Mindanao. They will also sponsor the UPSLIS’ Seminar on RDA mentioned above. Thank you so much!




Participants for the UPD RDA Implementation training/workshop





Lectures on the U.P. Library History

Last March 18, 2013, the University Library recently gave two lectures for library staff  with the theme  “The U.P. Library History” in commemoration of the 91st Founding of the U.P. Library. The lectures aimed to enhance the consciousness of the many new library employees who have precisely little knowledge of the origin and development of the U.P. Library. It was a full house response as 90 professional librarians and  staff attended the event which was held at the Main Library.

The March 18, 2013 event was only the third commemoration of a historical milestone of the U.P. Library.  The first was on March 8, 1989, during the 67th founding anniversary;  the second was on March 7,1997,  the 75th Diamond Jubilee of the UP Library; and the third took place on March 18, 2013.

sir rod history opening

The program began as Mr. Rodolfo Y. Tarlit, the University Librarian, cited that the lecture will be handled by two of the pillars of the University Library. He once again commended the efforts of the Library Staff Training and Development Committee (STDC) in organizing this event to celebrate the establishment of the University Library. Furthermore, Mr. Tarlit emphasized that the STDC’s training programs coincide in achieving his vision which is “University Library employees molded into world class information workers.”

Ms. Modesta M. Omega, STDC chairperson, delightfully introduced the first speaker of the occasion. Through STDC’s chairperson, all efforts were made to invite Ms. Namnama P. Hidalgo for she befitted being one of the speakers of the event.  Ms. Hidalgo served the U.P. Library for 45 years thereby making her a credible person to share her perspective regarding the roots of the University Library. Ms. Hidalgo shared her vast experience as a librarian through her lecture on “The University of the Philippines Library: a Third World Perspective.”  She emphasized that her lecture was not history but a perspective.

Ms. Namnama P. Hidalgo

Ms. Namnama P. Hidalgo

It was like a walk through history, as Ms. Hidalgo presented the University of the Philippines Library Timeline that contains a chronology of events pertaining to the University Library’s  history from 1922 up to 1999.  She  showed detailed facts contributing to the establishment and development of the University Library. The timeline also included inputs, even during the Spanish colonial era up to 1999,  showing therein the development of Philippine librarianship. Ms. Hidalgo presented an impressive lecture by providing information to the participants on important events and providing them awareness on how the University Library came to its present state. It was a comprehensive and clear perspective on the history of the University Library and librarianship in the Philippines. The timeline was a real revelation of the history of librarianship in the Philippines. The lecture ended with Ms. Hidalgo giving some recommendations concerning the following: National bibliographic control, staff professionalization and development, structure, and leadership.


Atty. Vyva Victoria M. Aguirre

Atty. Vyva Victoria M. Aguirre was the second resource speaker of the lecture entitled, “Work Ethics : U.P. Diliman Library.”  The topic was timely and it drew  its rationale on the need to impart learning on work ethics among librarians.  She was introduced by Miss Fidela Abrea, Head Librarian of the School of Statistics.  Atty. Aguirre was the former Dean of the U.P. School of Library and Information Studies (UPSLIS) from 2008 to 2010. She retired as dean in 2010 but she still works after retirement as senior lecturer status at the UPSLIS.

Atty. Aguirre started her talk by first defining work ethics as “a set of values based on hard work and diligence” and “a belief in the moral benefit of work and its ability to enhance character.”  She focused on four major characteristics of good work ethics, namely: 1) reliability, 2) positive or helpful character, 3) proper communication and 4) altruistic or goal oriented.

Atty. Aguirre discussed that the important elements of reliability were attendance and punctuality. Moreover, an employee should come to office ready to work and follow through on his tasks. A positive or helpful character, the second quality of good work ethics encourages staff to show a positive attitude and willingness to help others in the workplace.


“A staff must always give his full attention or 100% at work.”– Atty. Vyva Victoria M. Aguirre

Another characteristic is proper communication which states that an employee should possess strong interpersonal skills. He should know how to communicate effectively. She pointed out that everyone should know the difference between constructive and destructive criticism. Lastly, on the fourth characteristic-  altruistic and goal oriented –  Atty. Aguirre stressed that personal goals should be linked to the goals of the organization. Initially, an employee has his own personal goals that will eventually be transformed to organizational goals. Also, a staff must always give his full attention or 100% at work.


Atty. Aguirre stressed that personal goals should be linked to the goals of the organization

She also discussed the importance of dressing up in the workplace and emphasized that “How you are dressed tells something about you”.  At the last part of the lecture, Atty. Aguirre discussed the lapses in work ethics or bad habits and suggested to refrain from doing so. These are: use of office supplies, using computer for personal use, submitting substandard work, and claiming credit for other people’s work.

Reminiscing the past was the theme of the lecture as Atty. Aguirre shared her experiences as a librarian working under the then University Librarian Ms. Marina G. Dayrit. Others joyfully followed in the recollection and shared their own experiences. Nevertheless, according to Atty. Aguirre, the tough times during Ms. Dayrit’s leadership molded each and everyone’s character to follow strong work ethics.



The awarding of certificate of appreciation to Atty. Aguirre and Ms. Hidalgo with Prof. Rodolfo Y. Tarlit, Elvira Lapuz (Host) and Modesta Omega (STDC Chair).



Event participants consist of University Library Staff, retirees, and guest/friends of the library.

>>>M.M.Omega and E.G. Pascual.

echo 2012 pictures

Last December 3, 2012, a generous number of UP Library staff trooped to the Main Library Audio-Visual Room to listen to a whole-day sharing of experiences, an activity called Library Echo Seminar.

The Echo Seminar was the first echo seminar of the UP Library under the leadership of Mr. Rodolfo Tarlit, the University Librarian. Mr Tarlit directed the Staff Training and Development Committee (STDC) to implement the policy into action. The STDC, through its Chair, Ms. Modesta (“Ching”) Omega also responded and did not leave any stone unturned just to make the Echo-Seminar successful.
The aim of this Echo-Seminar was to provide a venue where library personnel who attended conferences and seminar-workshops outside UP either as paper presenters or as participants would share what they have learned from these occasions with fellow personnel back in the home turf.

The program began with the opening prayer and the singing of the national anthem. Mr. Tarlit, then delivered his welcome message – receiving warmly those who came inside the Audio-Visual Room for the occasion was meant for everyone’s benefit.  The STDC Chair herself, Ching Omega, rose to the occasion by delivering a short message about staff training policy.  As one of  the program’s emcees  together with Ms.Nancy Beraquit,  they delivered their  witty and wacky ad libs, thus injecting thrill and excitement to the affair.

The Echo Seminar had an array of speakers.  The speakers and the topics they respectively shared as scheduled were:

Echo Seminar 2012 Presenters

AM session
1. Corazon B. Ras, Eustaquia G. Landa, Rizalyn V. Janio, and Reina R. Lomerio (“Planning, Developing, and Managing Digitization & Research Projects for Libraries and Information Centers”),
2. Lyle D. Manaay (“Conflict Management”),
3. Rheabelle R. Recalde, Graciela T. Villalonga (“Beyond Librarianship: Information as a Way of Life”),
4. Rhoel E. Rondilla, Elija John F. Dar Juan (“CE-Logic Trending Now), and
5. Elvira B. Lapuz (“Library 2.0 Environment:  Challenges and Opportunities”)

PM session
1. Arsenia J. Barrientos, Reina R. Irinco, Evelyn O. Laxamana, Annelyn C. Lim (“Libraries, Archives and Museum:Common Challenges, Unique Approaches”),
2. Marian Ramos-Eclevia (“LibRadio, Librarians sa Radyo:  Marketing UP Diliman University Library from Online to On Air” and “Listen and Learn @ Your Library:  Development of Instructional Podcasts in the University of the Philippines Diliman University Library”),
3. Eimee Rhea C. Lagrama (“Preventing Disasters:  Quantifying Risks at the UP Diliman University Library”), and
4. Chito C. Angeles (“Mobile Services at the University of the Philippines Diliman Library:  Future Plans and Challenges”)

Mr. Manaay shared his learnings from the seminar which he attended last July 10-13, 2012 in Cagayan de Oro titled “Conflict Management.” In his sharing, he gave out pointers on how to manage conflicts and identified steps to resolve issues.  He posed the question at the end of his sharing if a Library Grievance Committee had already been formed.  If there was already one such, he proposed that it be reactivated.
The duo of Rhoel E. Rondilla and Elijah John F. Dar Juan attended the conference on “CE-Logic Trending Now” at Subic Bay on August 16, 2012.  Mr. Rondilla chose to share the topic on “Personal Fashion Styling at Work” while Mr. Dar Juan echoed on “The Learning Commons.”

Ms. Elvira Lapuz, Head Librarian of the Social Sciences Section, stressed in her sharing that librarians need to be proactive and to tap available resources so as to provide a more efficient and effective library service to readers.  She also identified the challenges faced by librarians to survive in a continuously changing information environment.

Ms. Marian Ramos, Head Librarian of the General Reference Section, echoed on two papers that she presented in two conferences.  One was presented at the Ateneo de Manila University, the other was at the University of Brunei.  In her sharing, Ms. Ramos discussed on how to market the resources of the University Library.  She also informed the audience on the latest trends and developments in the library and information sciences.

Mr. Chito Angeles, Head of the Computer Services Section, revealed that text messaging services will be integrated with the CRS and iLib so that it would be easy for the students to know the latest updates or news within the campus.  He hoped that this plan will materialize by the third quarter of this year, 2013.

The Echo Seminar was the STDC’s last offering for 2012.  Definitely, judging from the initial reception of the activity, and the positive feedback it generated the day or days after, more echo seminars will be planned and implemented this year and in the next years to come – God be willing! – as a way of instituting a cycle of continuous learning among the library staff and personnel.

Be that as it may, many thanks to the organizers of the Echo-Seminar, primarily to the University Librarian, Mr. Rodolfo Tarlit for conceptualizing and planning the idea of the Echo Seminar.  Without the Echo-Seminar, how could librarians and library personnel make a difference in their lives?  To those who spoke to share their learnings, the Echo-Seminar made a great difference. And to those who attended the Echo-Seminar, December 3, 2012 made their day!

— (STDC team; Nazareth, K & Pascual, E.)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Staff Training and Development Committee (STDC) of the University Library, U.P. Diliman, conducted two workshops in a row last October 22, 2012 at the computer room of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), 3rd Floor, Gonzalez Hall.

Sixty library staff attended.

The morning workshop was on simple book repair and care.  The resource person was Mr. Rogelio Estrada, former Book Binder IV of the Library Bindery who retired in 2008. This workshop introduced the participants to proper book repair and restoration, and bookbinding procedures and techniques.

In the hands-on training, Mr. Estrada guided the participants through the various stages of the book repair process, starting from the taking the book apart stage, to sewing, casing, lettering, and pasting. He also introduced the participants to the various equipment and machines used in the book repair process, such as the trimming machines, bucking and rounding machine, hammers, pliers, bucksaws, paper cutters, and stamping machines.

The afternoon workshop was about the recovery and conservation of water damaged paper-based collections.  The resource person was UP SLIS Professorial Lecturer Yolanda C. Granda, a retired librarian for 41 years in U.P. Diliman and archivist for 39 years.

The hands-on training enabled the participants to gain basic conservation skills in preserving paper-based collections.  She also dwelt on disaster preparedness which will be of importance in establishing a network and in organizing a disaster response and recovery team composed of UPD libraries. >>> STDC Team

Two UP Diliman librarians presented their papers at the 5th Rizal Library International Conference held at the Ateneo de Manila University on 25-26 October 2012.

Marian Ramos-Eclevia, Head of the General Reference and Electronic Resources Section, presented her paper, LibRadio, Librarians sa Radyo: From Online to On Air on the first day of the conference, under the Marketing and Promotions Session.  Her paper discussed the perceptions of her respondents regarding LibRadio: Librarians sa Radyo, the University Library’s radio program on DZUP1602.  Her study revealed that despite the limited audience of the program, LibRadio was able to project a positive image and effectively market the services and resources of the UP Libraries, as evidenced by the increased usage of its resources both online and print since the program started in 2010.

Eimee Rhea Lagrama, Head of the University Archives and Records Depository, presented her paper, Preventing Disasters: Quantifying Risks at the UP Diliman University Libraries on the second day, under the Disaster Planning and Management Session.  Her paper revealed the risks found in the libraries of UP Diliman and presented a method of rating these using a semi-qualitative approach.  The results provided the means to determine the risks to be addressed first.  It also provided the librarians with a risk profile which summarizes action plans on how to prevent, respond and monitor these risks.

The Rizal Library International Conference’s theme for this year, Libraries, Archives and Museums: Common Challenges, Unique Approaches, showcased how these cultural heritage institutions form strategies and develop unique practices on

  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Preservation and Conservation
  • Disaster Planning and Management
  • Digitization
  • Libraries and Research
  • Cultural Heritage Preservation

This year’s conference drew almost 300 attendees, including several librarians from various UP Campuses all over the country, and 27 speakers from all over the world.  One of the few international conferences organized locally, it has become an anticipated event not just by librarians, but other cultural heritage professionals as well.  As with many international conferences, it allows participants to update themselves on the trends and best practices in their respective professions.  Speakers, on the other hand, are given the opportunity to present their studies, thereby strengthening the research culture of their institutions and further solidifying the foundations of librarianship and other related professions.

A biennial event, the next Rizal International Conference will be held in 2014.

Marian Ramos-Ecclevia

Ms. Eimee Lagrama and Ms.  Marian Ramos-Ecclevia

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

Conference website link :

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

Next Page »