USM BLIS Faculty & Students Attended RDA Seminar

August 29-31, 2013 —- Faculty and students of the University of Southern Mindanao, under the curriculum of Bachelor of Library and Information Science, attended the PLAI SOCCSKSARGEN Region Librarians Council Seminar-workshop held at Maya Pavellion, Paraiso Verde in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. Professors Anita Sornito, Susan Martinez, Ariel Arrogante, Genevive Catulong, Lilian Clarito, and all other faculty members and librarians as well as the students altogether with the other librarians and information professionals from different places in the region, institutions and organizations were gathered to one common goal. The seminar focuses its theme on “Preparing Librarians for new Cataloging Standards and Guidelines focusing Resource Description and Access (RDA) essentials, other informative topics on Library Accountability, Code of Ethics in the Library Profession and re-echo of the CHED Proposed Requirements for Academic Libraries Common to all Programs.”

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The event embarks its 1st day with the opening program held by the St. Alexius Grade School Angklung Ensemble. Participants were able to witness such a prestigious performance. After which was the opening remarks by Dr. Anita C. Sornito, PLAI SOCCSKARGEN Region Librarians Vice President and Conference Chair, followed by the induction of various programs/workshops that were assigned on designated schedules and hosted by numerous speakers and hosts including our very own Dr. Anita Sornito, Prof. Susan Martinez, Mrs. Dielita Garcia and Prof. Ariel Arrogante, all from the beloved USM. The affair highlighted the presence of South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes, conveying her keynote address and addressing her inspirational words to all.

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Dr. Sornito Attends International Congress

To further the interest of the University Learning Resource Center (ULRC) and harnessing her knowledge, skills and capabilities as information professional, the Director of ULRC, University of Southern Mindano (USM), Kabacan, Cotabato. Dr. Anita C. Sornito will attend a leading professional event for the international library and information services sector. The event of which the biggest of this year is, Worl Library and Information Congress 79th IFLA General Assembly to be held at Singapore, 17 – 23 August 2013 with a theme “ Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities“.

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Library Conducts Instruction Program

The University Resource Learning Center (ULRC) Staff, in coordination with the College of Arts and Sciences – Department of English Language and Literature chaired by Prof. Marlon Salvador, Instructor/Professor of English III conducted a series of Library Instruction last June 18 – July 12, 2013 at the ULRC, Viewing Room, USM, Kabacan, Cotabato.

Library Instruction Program

The Library Instruction Program is designed to give freshmen and transferee students an overview of the library, its access to resources and services, teach them the basic skills in the retrieval of books effectively and efficiently using the FOLLET-DESTINY LIBRARY Manager. Other topics include the introduction of general reference sources, access to E-Library, eResources like PROQUEST Central, Directory of Open-Access Journal Databases, ERIC Portal, etc.

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ULRC 10 Years Summary of Library Book Holdings

Ms. Susan Martinez with the approval of Director of Libraries Prof. Anita C. Sornito., presented a graph on the increasing and decreasing performance of the acquisition for the last 8 years due to budget limitation, availability of the requested materials in the market and prioritization.

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USM Library Comparative Statistics of Books Acquired, 2001 – 2011

Moreover, books were acquired through purchase, gifts and donations from other linkages as a result of balance acquisition of printed and non-printed library materials (on-line journals, audio-visual materials, and other electronic sources).

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