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 PeƱones 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.