The Director of Libraries, Mr. Michael A. Pinto has been elected as the Executive Vice President of the Philippine Librarians Association Inc., the only recognized association of registered librarians in the country. As the second highest official of the association, he is also the Chairman of the Conference Committee that is in charge of the National Congress every year. The election was held last November 29, 2012 at Family Country Hotel in General Santos City. Prior to that, the DOL was elected as President of the PLAI-Cagayan Valley Librarians Council last September 26, 2012 giving him the right to run for a high position in the national election of the association.
In line of a phenomenal day 12-12-12, which some would consider as the "End of the World", the University Libraries took the opportunity to start a new beginning as it introduces the National Geographic Magazine Online last December 12, 2012 at the 2nd Floor, College Library. The event started with a simple program with Dr. Delailah Valencia, the VP PDQAA giving the opening remarks after which, Mr. Michael Pinto, the Director of Libraries had a simple discussion how the said online resource was able to be included in the library’s resources. A video presentation was also viewed by those present in the event featuring the National Geographic Magazine’s history and its contents and a presentation of other online resources linked in the University Library’s website. Also present in the event were the different Deans and Vice Presidents of the University. The National Geographic Magazine Online includes issues from its first publication in 1888 until present, except for the last two months. The acquisition of such was done through the CICM Consortium which includes the four CICM schools in Luzon. In fact, only the members of the consortium have this database on the country, making it a momentous event in the history of CICM schools in the Philippines.
In support of the annual Library and Information Services month every November, the USL Libraries celebrated in particular, the National Book Week last November 24-30, 2012. Various activities and contested events were done in different departments. The Grade School library in partnership with Young Readers Club (YRC) had book exhibit, book donation drive, slogan making, poster making, poem writing and storytelling with book character parade participated by pupils in the department. In the high school, storytelling, book marathon, movie marathon, and big book making, book talks, globe tour and classical books festival were participated by students in the department.
In the college department, the School of Engineering, Architecture and Fine Arts (SEAFA) bagged the most “first” in various contested events. The activities were initiated by the Student Organization of Library and Information Science (SOLIS) in partnership with the College Library. Contested events includes: doodle writing, poem writing, tandem telling, storytelling, original declamation, haiku marathon, pencil poster and story knifing.
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