Wednesday, December 24, 2008

thanks 2008!

yesterday, it was the 4rth christmas party, and before the celebration, we have discuss the activities for naga library in 2009. personally, i've learned lessons conceptualizing projects and the possibility that the project will get the 100% approval from my boss.

one lesson is to consider that this will have a general impact /postivie effect to the people of naga city, their benefit. the other lession, is what is the impact or significance of the project from the viewpoint of the decision-maker, the mayor himself. some activities maybe of high importance but not urgent, while the others are not so important but the urgency to implement is necessary in serving the clientiles.... however, as a rule, the activities should be both important and urgent for the clients and from the library management.

as an information center in naga city, we will focus on the following

1. establishment of a resource center for the blinds,
2. developing a child minding center
3. organizing a memorabilia for naga city mayors

together, we will be promoting the library reader card to schools with special emphasis on the launching of the LIBRARY SMART ID. details of the smart id will be laid down this addition, WE WILL PUSH FOR A MORE SUCCESSFULL CELEBRATIONS AND PARTNERSHIP FOR THE Raul S. Roco Day, National Arts Month and the Naga Celebrates Reading.

Summary: 2008 is one of the best year for naga library. we are lucky to have Jollibee for complimenting our children's program for reading, the raul s. roco foundation for the promotion of library among the youth and the unrelenting support of the city administration.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Inquirer Read Along sa Naga

Its been a while since I posted the NBW activities. Last November 22, Raul S. Roco Library served as the venue for the
Inquirer Read-Along which was held simultaneous with other cities in the country. We acknowledged Jollibee and the pupils of Concepcion Grande Elementary School for thier participation during the program. Also, the Inquirer South Luzon for thier decision to hold the activity, the Storytellers, DepEd English Supervisor Mam Selga and the Roco Library STaff.

The reading program boosts and compliments our current storytelling programs such as the Children's Bookfest and Byaheng Bukmubil. For this, I will be pushing for more reading activities sessions, storytelling in particular, for the year 2009.
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Interactive storytelling in Naga City

I did not attend my Saturday class in UP to give way with the Inquirer Read-A-Thon which selects the Naga City Library as one of venue outside Metro Manila. I did not hesitate to accept the request since it will make the library more sensible to the Naga residents, and obviously, this is an opportune time that Raul Roco Library will be features in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Anyway, this is one that I cullred from the Philippine Daily Inquirer writter by Juan Escandor Jr. and Posted date: December 11, 2008

NAGA CITY – For two years now, the Children’s Bookfest Program of the Raul S. Roco Library (RSR Library) in Naga City has been developing the habit of reading among preschoolers in “educare” (education day care) centers and elementary pupils of up to Grade 2.

Federico Vinluan, the librarian, said the program would select readers of children’s books among local officials, academicians and members of the business community and civic organizations. They would then explain the benefits of reading to the young listeners.

So, when the Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.NET) proposed to hold its Read-Along session at the RSR Library inside the City Hall compound, Vinluan gladly welcomed it as a boost to its own book-reading program.

The Inquirer event on Saturday was launched simultaneously in Baguio, Talisay and Davao cities as part of the newspaper’s thrust to develop love for reading among children outside Metro Manila.
Touching hearts, minds“It has touched the hearts and minds of 70 pupils at the same time that it boosted our continuing book reading campaign here, having for its guest readers a beauty queen and a book author,” Vinluan said.

The library’s children’s section on the ground floor was a perfect venue. Its walls are painted with bright-colored murals and illustrations on the wall, including the planetary system.

A raised platform, where the reader’s chair was placed, faced the children, mostly students from the Concepcion Pequeña Elementary School, who were seated comfortably on the blue rubber mats.

The participants enjoyed the hour-long interactive storytelling, answering questions tossed to them for rewards. Judy Ann, a Grade 5 pupil, said she loved the group activity.

When Chito de la Vega, Inquirer Libre editor, laid down the “rules” of the Read-Along – listening, avoiding distractive movements and cooperating to create an enjoyable learning experience for everyone – the children readily responded in unison: “Opo!” (Yes, sir!).

In his inspirational talk, Mayor Jesse Robredo enjoined the children to develop the reading habit so they could learn things that are useful in actual life.

StorytellersKristian Sendon Cordero, a Palanca awardee and Bicol fictionist, poet and book author, read the first story, “Munting Patak Ulan” (“Little Raindrop” by Gloria Villaraza Guzman) about the journey of a tiny raindrop from the clouds to the land, rivers and dams – an allegory on the importance of water to life.

Cordero engaged the youngsters by asking them to raise their hands if they had taken a bath in the rain in their lifetime. Almost all did and answered “Opo!” Nice, another Grade 5 pupil, loved the story, “Emang Engkantada at Ang Tatlong Haragan (“Ema the Enchantress and the Three Brats” by Rene Villanueva),” which was read by Maria Venus Raj, Miss Philippine Eco-Tourism 2008. The reading was “nicely done,” she said.

Raj paused several times to ask for feedback from her audience, giving clues and repeating answers about the story of Pat Kalat, Pol Putol and Paz Waldas, who ran into the beautiful place of the fairy, destroyed and wasted everything on their path until Emang Engkantada punished them.

In the end, the three changed their ways and became responsible children, helping protect and preserve the environment.

ComprehensionAbel, a Grade 6 pupil, said the activity was challenging and tested their ability to comprehend.
Excitement swept the crowd when the Jollibee mascot came in, dancing to hip-hop music. The food chain treated the children to lunch after the Read-Along formally ended.

Vinluan said the presence of personalities and celebrities had been effective in attracting participants and heightening the library’s reading-habit advocacy. Its regular storyteller, Roco’s widow Sonia, reads to children every August and October.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I have been out for a while with studies and work that constitute most of my time, and the blogging, which serve as my avenue to share information on naga library was hampered. However, will not escape the month ends without congratulating the new librarians who passed the recent Librarian’s Licensure Examinations. And of course, without noticing that, some libraries have been busy with the celebration of the National Book Week. The FilipinoLibrarian blogs is one of the useful sites for this year celebration and I’ve read the blogs on READ Pinoy! with the NBW Theme: Ang batang palabasa dalubhasa sa kultura (with different versions and translations in Naga City schools). Naga Library enjoins other libraries with a simple celebration to promote the Library in Naga.

It started in this coming Saturday, November 22, with the support of Jollibee and the Naga City Government, Philippine Daily Inquirer - Inquirer Read-Along program has chosen the Naga Library as the venue for the simultaneous Storyreading sessions along with other key cities in the country.

Some activities will be reset in January and in the celebration of the National Arts Month, where Raul S. Roco Library is the venue for the exhibit of Bikol Materials.... as of the moment, happy library month!

Visiting Masbate

I had a chance to visit the Provincial Library of Masbate as the Secretariat when i coordinated the LGU on the 3rd Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Awards. It is located within the Masbate Provincial Building and, sadly, I missed the Provincial Librarian. Her staff introduced me to the reading areas and its services during my visit and they allow me to get photos of the library. Anyway, I will be back in January 2009 for the formal launching of the 3Rd Youth Achievement AWArds, and will take advantage of my visit to coordinate and share programs with the Masbate Provincial Librarian.

Here's the library:

One of the scene when visitors travel from Pilar Sorsogon to Masbate

Monday, November 10, 2008

Best Practices!

Day after the occasion of the 3rd Raul S. Roco Day is the National Conference of Public Librarians at the National Library. This was on October 27 and 28, where public librarians gather together to bring out issues in public libraries and librarianship, formulate solutions and ideas to improve the library services.

Raul S. Roco Library, on the other hand, was chosen by the National Library to feature in the two-day Conference entitled Best Practices: Raul S. Roco Library. The presentation became more more authoritative and convincing as Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee in Public Service and one of the new inspiring leaders, delivered the lecture attended by 600 public librarians nationwide.

There are more than one thousand public libraries in the country, and being chosen by the National Library, is one of the best thing I can share to my staff and to inspire them to work for the general interest of the Naga City.
AGAIN, Dios Mabalos.

City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo (righmost part) speaking before the National Conference of Public Librarians at the National Library last October 27-28 on Best Practices: Raul S. Roco Library with Public Libraries Division Chief Sancho Domenden, Asst. Director Flora Valmonte and Director Prudenciana C. Cruz .

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

2nd Youth Awardees

On the 4th Raul S. Roco Day, the highlight of the activity is more about the youth -- the youth in the Bikol region -- of whom Senator Raul S. Roco was very proud of. Five finalists will be awarded at the Universidad De Santa Isabel Auditorium, the venue for the awarding ceremonies of the 2nd Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Awards. Students organizations, SK officials, Naga City Scholars, the Naga City officials and the Roco family with Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan, as guest speaker, will attend the occasion at 9:00 in the morning.
The finalists are:

1. Scholars League, Sorsogon State College
2. Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines, Poblacion, Pamplona, Camarines Sur
3. Kabataang Busig-On Organization, Labo, Camarines Norte
4. Society for the Advancement of Management and Agricultural Economics, Cam. Sur State
Agricultural College, Pili, Camarines Sur
5. Young Counselor’s Organization, Camarines Norte State College, Labo Campus
Talobatib, Labo, Camarines

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

4th Raul S. Roco Day Activities

So Raul Roco Day celebration has ended, and I would like to share the activities during the occassion, also, below is the photo of the general program we have distributed to schools and visitors. So here it is.

"from dreamers to world movers" is the theme for this year celebration of 4th Raul S. Roco Day, and I am inviting everyone to be a part of this occasion. The activities are:

October 17 and 24 : READiscovering Raul Roco @ the Library- Storytelling, games, Internet quiz, poster making, film viewing
Venue: Raul S. Roco Library-Children’s Nook

October 25; 7:00 PM : RAUL S. ROCO LIVE ON! Battle of the Bands
Venue: Plaza Quezon

October 26 : Awarding of the 2nd RAUL S. ROCO YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
9:00 AM Venue: Universidad De Santa Isabel Auditorium

This occasion will not be complete without a Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Peñafrancia Basilica Minore at 6:30-7:30 in the morning and to be followed by a Wreath Laying at Sto. Niño Cemetery in Balatas, Naga City.

Naga City Mayor Jess Robredo will lead the celebration with Madam Sonia Roco and her family. Atty. Serafin Arviola and Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan, both close friends of Raul S. Roco, will be the guests during the awarding ceremony of the 2nd Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


I make the title of this post in cap so i will be understand why it is hard for me to post a message or phrase. ALL staff are working for the naga library activities this October. This is the big day for the Raul S. Roco Library. Beside the thesis research, and the Peñafrancia fiesta, we are coordinating for the 2nd Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Awards that include the activities for the Raul S. Roco Day Program.

As of the moment, something a little light for today. Here is the logo of the RAUL S. ROCO YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS. Maybe the new logo of the RSRYAA, the highlight of this year 4th Raul S. Roco Day, will suffice why I am out for a month in this blog.. Again, thanks to Janus Nuñes, 2D animator from the Naga City Creative Media Center.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Naga Library Logo

Janus Nuñez, a 2D animation recipient and who works at the Creative Media Center located at the ground floor of the City Library, provides us with a design intended for the logo of the Raul S. Roco Library. The logo he designed appropriately conveys some essential elements of a library - reading and readers.

Fittingly enough, the figure and shape of the logo shows one thing that Raul S. Roco is identified with- the gumamela flower. Here is the design..

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Naga Library Lecture

As of this writing, I am relieved with the Library Lecture stuff. The occasion draw a positive response to continue advocating the importance of local history materials - the BIKOL references, as the core collection of all libraries in the region.

Thanks to all.. to my guests/lecturers - Mr. Conrad De Quiros, Director Prudenciana C. Cruz, Dr. Danny Gerona and Ms. Cristina Ranche.

I wish to thank also Ms. Gwen Galvez of Anvil Publishing House, the Secretariat - Sorsogon Provincial Librarian Luisa Sincua, Iriga City Librarian Flora Salvadora and Pasacao Municipal Librarian Liezel Evangelista. The Logistics - City Youth Librarian Jerome Perfecto, former library ojt Napthalie Brutas, Ruben Velasco and Roco Foundation Staff Alex Genove.

My classmate in UP - Melvin Chua and Mam Ampy Nieves who were facilitators and moderators during the program. The Naga City Government officials who were present - Vice Mayor Gabby Bordado Jr. Councilors Nathan Sergio, Bernadette Roco, John Bongat, former City Councilor now SP Secretary Joe Grageda. Local writers who is a Palanca winner Kristian Cordero, Mr Joe Barrameda and the Naga City Hall Choir.

Fellow partners in service: Cam. Norte Provincial Librarian Lorenia Tuazon and her staff, Armi Peña of LGU- San Jose, Cam. Sur, Albay Provincial Librarian Amy Bautista and her staff, the Ateneo De Naga University Librarian Edna San Buenaventura, and those people who have helped in this program.

Mayor Jess Robredo and Mrs. Sonia Roco who were unable to attend but were very supportive in the preparation.

My library staff who without them, the activity will not be successful. AND, to all of the participants in the first Raul S. Roco Library Lecture. Salamat po.

I will stay tuned and enjoined others in this similar advocacy. The next stop is the publication of the Library Lecture output-- the uniform bibliographic description of the Bikoliana Materials. Hopefully, it will be finished this year so I can give copies to the participant. To all participants, see you to the second library lecture in 2009. Again, Dios an Mabalos!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Roco Library's Children's Nook

Books from the Naga Library HUB has been transfered to the administration and management of DepED Naga City Division, few lessons have arise. These lessons remind me of the concept of management and organization - seeing those things how they work when its not in your hand. Other things evolve is is the space left previously occupied NOW VACANT, and in which personally I have a big push to transformed into the Children's SEction.

Honestly, since the Naga Library HUB is a good project , I am pressured that this new section will have a similar response, or yet, much better reception from the public. Essentially, I have to start looking for books and book donors along with an appropriate design and activity to boost public attention of the Children's section. The concept of theme rooms and play areas are also included in the plan.

Immediate after the transfer, me and the library staff source out for books and book donors. THANKS to the local residents supports for the book donors that arriveds and Naga 2D animation guys which turned the blank wall into a wonderful murals.

Obviously there are things to finished, but i liked the idea that the space left must be utilized immediately. While we are working for the organization of this section, a three-day activity on August 5-7 entitled Naga Celebrates REading highlight the opening of the Children's Nook to coincides with the library orientation program and National Bookstore Sale and Exhibit... . . Heres the new wall --

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

2007 Outstanding Professional Librarian

I would like to congratulate Ms. Lourdes T. David for being chosen as the Outstanding Professional Librarian of the Year (2007) given by the Professional Regulations Commission last June 20, 2008.

Ms David is presently the Director of the Rizal Library in Ateneo De Manila University. Four years ago, I visited Rizal Library along with my staff, in preparation for library transfer. It was a worthwhile because she gave me advice and materials needed to facilitate the systematic transfer of materials and how to organize those stuff in a new building.

She has become an effective catalyst in the promotion of library, librarianship and library service. Librarians like her are pillars of strength for us, and like me, Public Librarians in Bicol are very grateful for her support and assistance to the cause of library service in the community.

(Photo downloaded from

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

First confab set on promotion of Bikoliana at Roco Library

Six speakers compose the roll of lecturers in the First Raul S. Roco Library Lecture and Regional Conference of Public Librarians at the Naga City Youth Center on June 13, 2008. The whole day activity opens with remarks from: Mayor Jesse M. Robredo on “Libraries’ Benefit from Effective Governance”; Mrs. Sonia Malazarte-Roco on “Changing Paradigms of Bikol Libraries”; Director of National Library Prudenciana C. Cruz on “Local History Materials: Its Impact on Bikol Libraries.” The morning will be capped by the presentation of the Tongues of Fire a book by Conrado de Quiros who will be introduced by Vice Mayor Gabriel H. Bordado, Jr.

The afternoon program proper shall feature three lectures; first, by Dr. Danilo Madrid Gerona, historian, writer and professor of Ateneo de Naga University on “Developing Bikoliana Materials; second, by Cristina Ranche, a genealogist, on “How and Why of Family Research: Prospects of Bikol Genealogy:; thirds, by Edna San Buenaventrura, Ateneo de Naga University librarian, on “The Bikoliana Materials, Redefining the Bibliographic Profile”. Riko Vinluan, acting city librarian of the Raul S. Roco Library and coordinator of this conference, relayed to Bicol Mail that expected participants are librarians, information specialists, archivists, curators, Sanggunian Members and Chair on Arts and Culture, historians, teachers. He said this conference seeks to promote the development and organization of the Bikoliana section as the core collection of Bikol libraries, to strengthen local history, and to identify materials found and written in the Bikol region.

He further said that one of the objectives of this conference is the formulation of a uniform and standard bibliographic citations or descriptions for the Bikol materials in Bikol libraries. To this, he added: the highlight on the role of materials on local history in the archives, in other primary sources and in the Bikoliana section in library services and programs, as a major contribution of libraries in the development of the arts, literature and culture across the Bikol region. To close the day are the remarks from Riko Vinluan.. Masters of ceremony are Dr. Amparo Nieves and Raymond Melvin Chua.

Posted: June 12, 2008 at Bicol Mail Online

Sunday, June 8, 2008

P R O G R A M -1st Raul S. Roco Library Lecture

Theme: Bicol Libraries: Building a Cultural Heritage through Effective Governance



7:30-9:00 am : REGISTRATION

9:00-11:00 am : Part I Opening Program

Philippine National Anthem

Welcome Remarks : Hon. Jesse M. Robredo City Mayor, Naga City
Libraries’ Benefit from Effective Governance

Opening Remarks : Changing paradigm of Bikol Libraries
Mrs. Sonia Malazarte-Roco
President, Raul S. Roco Foundation

Intermission Number : The Naga Central School 1 Rondalla Group

Message : Hon. Prudenciana C. Cruz, Director of National Library
Local History Materials: its impact on Bikol libraries

Part II. Book Launching

Introduction of the Author : Hon. Gabbriel Bordado Jr., City Vice Mayor, Naga City

Presentation of the Book : Tongues of fire by Conrado De Quiros

Part III. 11:00 -4:00 pm PROGRAM PROPER

Lecture 1 : Developing Bikoliana materials
Dr. Danilo Madrid Gerona
Historian,Writer & Profesor, Ateneo De Naga University

Lecture 2 : How &Why of Family Research:Prospects of Bikol Genealogy
Ms. Cristina Ranche , Genealogist

Lecture 3 : The Bikoliana materials: redefining the bibliographic profile
Ms. Edna San Buenaventura
University Librarian, Ateneo de Naga University

Closing Remarks : Riko Vinluan, Acting City Librarian, Raul S. Roco Library

Dr. Amparo Nieves Raymond Melvin Chua
Masters of Ceremony

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

1st Raul S. Roco Library Lecture/ Regional Conference of Public Librarians:

Promoting the development and organization of the Bikoliana Section as the core collection of Bikol Libraries to strengthen the local history and identity of materials found and written in the Bikol Region.



1) To identify, develop and organize local history materials as a core collection of the Bikoliana Section
2) To formulate uniform and standard bibliographic citations/descriptions for the Bikol Materials in Bikol libraries
3) To highlight the role of local history materials (in archives or other primary sources) and the Bikoliana Section in library services and programs, as a major contribution of libraries in the development of the arts, literature and culture across the whole Bikol region.


Librarians, information specialists, archivists, curators, Sangguniang Members and Chair on Arts and Culture, Historians, Teachers

REGISTRATION: Php 1, 000.00 pesos ( meals and hand-outs)


Hon. Jesse M. Robredo, City Mayor, Naga City - Libraries’ Benefit from Effective Governance
Mrs. Sonia Malazarte-Roco - Changing paradigm of Bikol Libraries
Hon. Prudenciana C. Cruz , Director, National Library -- Local History Materials: its impact on Bikol libraries
Ms. Cristina Ranche , Genealogist - How &Why of Family Research: Prospects of Bikol Genealogy
Dr. Danilo Madrid Gerona, Bikol Historian, Professor, Ateneo De Naga University - Developing Bikoliana materials
Ms. Edna San Buenaventura, University Librarian, Ateneo de Naga University - The Bikoliana materials: redefining the bibliographic profile

PROPONENT : Raul S. Roco Library, City Government of Naga
In cooperation with the Raul S. Roco Foundation Inc, National Library ,Philippine Librarians Association, Bicol Region Council


Project Coordinator: RIKO VINLUAN , Acting City Librarian, Raul S. Roco Library (054) 472.7095/909.5377.578

Ana Liza Evangelista, Pasacao, Camarines Sur; CP# 0918.705.7317 ; Flora Salvadora, Iriga City Library, Iriga City; CP # 0927.440.9351 ; Luisa Esparrago- Sincua, Sorsogon Provincial Library, Sorsogon City; CP # 0919.216.0306

LOGISTICS : Raymond Melvin Chua and Alex Christopher Genove

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Library Rewards Kids For Reading-- Series # 1

The library rewards program has been suspended and resched due to bad weather. But when we pushed it last May 23, It was a big day for the Naga Library - Raul S. Roco Library.

I pitched an idea of providing motivation to library borrowers through LIBRARY REWARDS PROGRAM as the best marketing strategy to promote and increase library reader, which in turn, will help increase support for the library programs. With the Library/HUB STaff and City Youth Librarian Jerome Perfecto, it was a wonderful moment for us.

Here is the first library rewards kids for reading at the Raul S. Roco Library, with 100 children participated. These kids were borrowers who have read at least 100 books in the Naga Library. We invite them and designed a program for them. The program started with a storytelling at the Children’s Library HUB, playing base drum at the Wharf Galley Bar and a Kitefest at Naga City EcoPark. My gratitude to Jollibee, Eboy of Wharf Galley and to the parents who joined the program.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Bikol Public Librarians gathering

A MONTH AGO, Director Nani Cruz, inspected the development of the Naga Library HUB project. She is a DepEd consultant and was tasked to evaluate the programs and services of the Naga Library HUB under the Raul S. Roco Library supervision. On the same date, she took the opportunity to meet and made a roundtable discussion with public librarians in Camarines Sur. As a result, she made a suggestion of holding a gathering of public librarians where the issues and prospects for effective library service will be responded.

Responding to her challenge, I talked to provincial librarians in the region and explore the possibilities of holding a regional gathering. The series of meetings turned-out to be a series effort. In the end, they are convinced.

The gathering will be the first regional conference, and the theme is “Bikol libraries: building a cultural heritage through effective governance”. Likewise, the naga librarian along with provincial librarians of Albay, Sorsogon and Camarines Norte united to form the Bicol Association of Public Libraries.

As of the moment, this is the development, will keep you posted for the details, dates and venue of the conference.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Part time work

it has been five months now since I began teaching in college. Indeed, it is a rewarding experience for anyone given the trust and confidence of your students. It is like selling items in the public, convincing them that what you are talking is true. A plus factor for this is that I hold a position and my position emits an authority and good experiences to share in relation to my subjects. However, the reality why I accept the invitation to teach is the difficulty I faced every time I hold programs in the Library. Obviously, it needs appropriate audiences/participants however; it goes down to the idea, that at least, I have audiences/participants. Though it sacrifices the ultimate goal of the programs/projects I am conducting or promoting, I realized that, I could not figure out from the pool of appropriate audiences/listeners the desired output.

If anyone feels that a library program failed because of dwindle attendance of audiences/participants, it’s actually a challenge to think ways to strategize and established networks from the community. A school/college is one.
Again, just sharing my thoughts.

Friday, April 18, 2008

City Youth Officials

Welcome Youth Officials! When I heard the news that the City Youth Month program of the LGU-Naga earned this year Galing Pook Award, I have a strong feeling that it will make the program more relevant to the expectation of the community.

This afternoon, I received an invitation from SK Federation President, requesting all the department heads of the City Government of Naga, to discuss features and orient the newly selected 2008 City Youth Officials of the Office functions and services. So when I attend the program, obviously, a 10-minute idiot presentation is expected from us so I try to deceive them by passing the other 5 minutes covering the questions and forum.

As expected, Naga City Librarian, a position, not as important from any, turned into a place for youth-hopefuls who would least choose na lang to work in the library because of their interest in reading and thier simple apprehension of library works. I wonder how the process in choosing department-head counter part is. But, I will not delve on the issue.
Well, I crossed my finger, and hoping that this time, the City Youth Librarian will consider the profession, something that they will inspire as youth, who are prepared to be community leader.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bikoliana Section@naga library

Two years ago, I joined the local writers in promoting Bikol Language and Literature and organized a one-day Bikol Bookfest. The program highlighted with a lecture-talk on Mainstreaming the Bikol Language and Literature graced by the National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, held at the Ateneo de Naga University Arrupee Hall. I also partnered the Arejola Foundation for Social Responsibility for the 2006 Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon.

The occasion gave me the oppurtunity to met and became acquainted with local writers such as Kristian Cordero, Carlo Arejola, Boboy Aguay, Vic Nierva and Frank Peñones and more (aside of course of Jason Chancoco, Sir Obias and Dan Gerona) whom I helped in the registration in the ISBN and copyright (International Standard Book Number) for their book.

Personally, it enliven my dedication to develop, organize and promote a local history collection - a section for Bicol or Bikol. MOST PROBABLY, I WILL CALL IT BIKOLIANA SECTION. And it will highlight books on local literature, history, and those published by Bikolano authors including the collection of old photos of Naga City.

As of this writing, hopefully i am going to inaugurate this coming June 2008, or when things become easier, this April.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Summer reading program

During my elementary days, if I could remember it right, my mother will leave me and my brothers to the Naga Library and then fetch me an hour. This was during summer days when school is closed.

Today, as summer vacation is approaching. I designed a collaborative program that will promote and encourage reading among children which I guessed, will benefit the children and the mother’s out there who are busy in their house hold chores and their work.

This program aim to encourage the children to read, read, and read. There is no formal classes that will take place and the sessions will not be held in the classroom. Instead, it will be on under the trees, on a trip to Naga City Eco-Park or at the Naga Library.

The Program is BRIGADA BASA. It was conducted two years ago and will be relaunched on March 18, 2008 at the Raul S. Roco Library with Sonia Roco as guest-storyteller. The entire sessions will be in April and May in 5 selected elementary schools. This program is very simple and it were supported by Jollibee which will provide the snacks and entertainment to children throughout the sessions, Mom’s Radio Mommy Club and the Naga City Council Women will facilitate the training of reading tutors. While the tutors are the NSTP students of Datamex Institute of Computer Studies with the Naga Library and the Department of Education as coordinators to the respective schools.

I knew public librarians out there will choose inventory as the best things to do during summer, try doing a reading sessions. It will keep your library clients aware of our presence in the community.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Who are public librarians?

Generally people, will agree that librarians who are working in public libraries, professionally trained to organized information, the care of the library and its clients are public librarians.

In the Philippines, librarians is accorded with a definition from RA9246.

Consequently, public librarians organized an association to promote the importance of the profession, librarianship and the interest of the public to access information. This is the Philippine Public Librarians League (PPLI Inc. formerly Public Librarians Association of the Philippines). A revision of its by-laws to meet and respond to issues of librarianship in the government, is one of the issues pushed by Davao City Librarians on the last day of the conference.

Interesting, a word "descriminatory" was raised during the classification of membership where associate members are given to non-license librarians/para librarians in the association" during the forum.

Obviously, i stand up and corrected. "Librarians define as holder of PRC license, its tantamount to the idea, that if you are a practicing physician, you should be a licence physician". In a forum, i received a response froma government employee designated as librarian and quipped, " Librarian profession lang naman". I believe, these people should know where they are, since most of them only end up working in the public library because of circumstances etc...

Since its lunch time and the forum is going on, I think its better to pack up and ate lunch, coz people who were thinking that its a "librarian profession lang" does not have a placed in the profession.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bicoliana or Bikoliana?

kristian Kordero's book "Pusuanon" is now in the Naga Library. And you can find it in the local materials. But....three of my staffers are asking me, what appropriate label to the reading materials that contains the history, literature, culture and those information about Naga City and Bicolanoes. Is it Bicoliana (spanish termed) or Bikoliana (local dialect) I was a little bit surprised, and I quipped that it should be BIKOL references.

Bicoliana or Bikoliana is a remodel of the Filipiniana concept in Philippine Librarianship (a good source so librarian will understand, click here), which applied to Bikol, consists of books written by Bikolanos and about Bikol region and its people, towns, etc...

Had to be honest, i only had an idea that to use Bicol with the "k" as Bikol, came out when I read an article from a respected Bicol writer Lily Realubit. But I forget where it was and where i will find it. Management decision to use Bikol references for .... it rings a bell --- might be patriotic!

This is also the issue that my fellow librarians in Bicol is facing. What to label, and what to consider and what policies that can be derived out of organizing a local history materials. Thus, my thesis in UP tried to shoot it with " evaluation of archival evidence in building local histories: the Bikol experience", aside that it sought to answer specific aspects of the value system of archival evidences in making a local history, it will also discuss a bit, the use of Bicol with the "k" as Bikol in all of my paper.

am sure, lozada may have other versions ofcourse! until then.

Monday, February 18, 2008

librarian's accountability

i was a frequent reader of the filipino google group, this is one way of sharing views with the librarians. one of the issue is accountability, which came out after a librarian post an inquiry as to what issues are facing by those librarians working in public libraries.

for this issue, i guess plai can help. however, it is public librarians themselves can help. on property acccountability, my thinking, public librarians knew what is the system/procedure on this issue, it has been discuss during the november 2007 seminar where atty santos as resource speaker. there are books which are still in bookshelves, in case in particular. probably because, most public librarians dont consider that the best means of promoting the library is to circulate. for naga library, we allow the readers to borrow a max of 6 books at a time for 1 week, and we never faced any single problem of unreturnd materials despite we are in disadvantage region where typhoons are suggestion to public librarians, is to come up with a study on how to develop a circulation program along with a strong ties with the local barangay officials. etc. also, when the book was recorded in MR, have an internal policy of placing the accountable person in-charge of the section/corner in their library as accountable too. ofcourse, its not easy since most employee in the public are political appointees, it is the administrative and management skills of the pub.librarians are at stake.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Naga Library 2007 Statistical Report

For the year 2007, Raul S. Roco Library has successfully hold and partnered programs to promote the use of the City Library as the primary information center in Naga. Here is the statistical report which reflects how we have directed our energies to meet the increasing demands from our clients.

Library collections : 29, 782
Loans and borrowing activity

a) Total loans and renewals
Loans 5,280
total 6,179

B) Interlibrary loan (loans bet. libraries )

Request received from RSR staff and readers 105
Requests processed 70
Items supplied 5,058

Online services and resources activity

Online catalog usage 2, 668
Internet usages 895

Serving library users
a) information literacy (training in using library and information resources)

Orientation sessions 55
Participants 3,385

b) Inquiries

By telephone 574
By e-mail71
In person 3,995

c) Door count
Registered readers 14,302

To note, there was an increase of readers visiting the library because of promotional activities we have conducted. On the other hand, the decrease of the usage of Internet maybe link to the competitive cafe and for making the second floor a wifi area etc.... figures are figures. Before, I dont understand why I am doing this, but when I took over the administration, there can be no picture of how the library works, without an statistics…

Friday, January 11, 2008

2008 plans

  • After weeks of consultation and meeting with my staff, we have made a plan for 2008. Mostly, we have review the programs and services we have started since 2005.

    These include - -
    1. further improve of the online services; 2. intensification of the circulation services; 3. information dissemination and resource sharing 4. maximum utilization of library resources; 5. mobile information resources support to upper schools in Naga City; 6. greater emphasis on library advocacies and 6. Physical improvement.

    This year, I am going to turned-over the administration of the Library HUB project to the local DepEd office and look forward for a more focus administration and managementof naga library.

    With another year of patience and energy needed, i enjoin fellow public librarians for their will and capacity to survive in all the challenges of work in the government.