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WMSU joins celebration of National Book Week, launches new library database
November 30, 2014
WMSU officials and college deans witnessed the ceremonial ribbon cutting signifying the opening of the exhibit, led by VP for RESEL, Dr. Roberto B. Torres.

WMSU officials and college deans witnessed the ceremonial ribbon cutting signifying the opening of the exhibit, led by VP for RESEL, Dr. Roberto B. Torres.

The University Library exhibited newly acquired books for public reading.

The University Library exhibited newly acquired books for public reading.

Students flocked to the library to check out the new books available.

Students flocked to the library to check out the new books available.

University officials like BIDANI Chair, Prof. Eulyn H. Tangalin, check out some books available at the library.

University officials like BIDANI Chair, Prof. Eulyn H. Tangalin, check out some books available at the library.

Dr. Roberto B. Torres, VP for RESEL, graced the occasion as he shared an inspirational message.

Dr. Roberto B. Torres, VP for RESEL, graced the occasion as he shared an inspirational message.

University Librarian, Mr. Benhur Asid, presents the award as best library user (student category) to Mark Ian Aurestila from CET.

University Librarian, Mr. Benhur Asid, presents the award as best library user (student category) to Mark Ian Aurestila from CET.

University Librarian, Mr. Benhur Asid, with the best library user (faculty category), Ms. Rodita Silva.

University Librarian, Mr. Benhur Asid, with the best library user (faculty category), Ms. Rodita Silva.

Mr. Benhur Asid with the best library user for the admin category, Mrs. Fini Joy P. Buenafe (Director of the Career and Placement Office).

Mr. Benhur Asid with the best library user for the admin category, Mrs. Fini Joy P. Buenafe (Director of the Career and Placement Office).

The University Library actively took part in this year’s celebration of the National Book Week, themed “Philippine Libraries: Future Possibilities” which lasted from November 24 to 28 at the WMSU Library.

The celebration of the National Book Week is pursuant to former President Manuel L. Quezon’s proclamation no. 109 in 1936 which duly recognizes every third week of November as the National Book Week.

During the kickoff program of the week-long celebration, Dr. Roberto B. Torres, Vice President for Research, Extension Services and External Linkages (RESEL) mentioned how the library is the center for resources for knowledge and advanced study.

Mr. Benhur Asid, University Librarian, in his welcome remark inspired the university officials, faculty, students, teacher-librarians from External Studies Units of WMSU and other library stakeholders to get involved in the celebration of the availability of knowledge found in books. The Library prides itself of its contribution to the development of the university, especially in the recent evaluations of accrediting agencies that have assessed the programs and services of the university in the past months.

With the full force of the staff of the University Library, activities lined up for the book week pushed through successfully.

November 24, Monday saw the launching of the new E-Library database, maintained by Mr. Roy Vincent Geonzon, system administrator of the library website. According to Mr. Geonzon, the website shall cater to students and faculty of the university. It features online services such as book reservations, announcements, OPAC, 24/7 service information from selected contact library personnel, and guidelines and policies of the library. Further, a list of the newly acquired books is also made available for the public (www.wmsu.edu.ph/library).

Other activities were the Kapihan sa Bibliotheca where the main library staff and ESU librarians sat down and discussed some issues and concerns surfacing in libraries of WMSU; book exhibit where the library opened its doors to students, faculty and guests who were welcomed to read newly acquired books of different fields and genre; forum for library personnel and ESU teacher-librarians with topics ranging from “Revisiting Library Standards and Policies in Organizing Library Resources” by Mr. Asid to “Records Management in Libraries” by Mrs. Ethel A. Villanueva, Head, Technical Services; film viewing; and a logo making contest.

The celebration concluded with a program held on Thursday, November 27, where awards and recognition were given to the top library users, for the faculty, administration and student categories. The winners for the logo making contest were also announced during the program. Further, the University Library has also conducted a raffle draw whereby regular library goers and book borrowers dropped off coupons they got from borrowing books from the library prior to the week-long celebration. Prizes were given to the lucky winners.

The top library users for 2014 were Mrs. Rodita Silva from the College of Liberal Arts (Faculty Category), Mrs. Fini Joy P. Buenafe, Director of the Career and Placement Office (Administration Category) and seven students to wit: Mark Ian Aurestila, John Ernest Doronio, Bernardo Geyte, Riz Khan Tahil and Nurhamin Tangkaan from the College of Engineering and Technology; and Spencer Bello and Anie Palalon from the College of Liberal Arts.

For the logo making contest, the following were the winners and their corresponding ranks: Mark Chelon Dumasig (BSCS, ESU Molave), 1st place; Aldrin Vallespin (BSCS, ESU Molave), 2nd place; Jhunel G. Amantiao (BS Psychology, CLA), 3rd place; Danny Medallo (Engineering, CET), 4th place; and Arellano Laping, Jr. (AB Asian Studies, CAIS), 5th place.

All these endeavors of the University Library is aimed at encouraging all researchers, students, faculty and all members of the WMSU family to go back into reading and continue supporting the library as it is the source of information and knowledge that can bring about innovations and development for the university—innovations that the library is starting to adapt with, especially in the fast-pacing change in information and technology.

(Mandy Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)