Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Thing 18: Productivity Apps

If you're an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows user, you've probably considered ways the device can make your life a little more fun.

Yes, you can read books, play games or watch movies, but what about using your Mobile device to organize your life?

So, what are your personal productivity challenges?  Being busy does not necessarily equate to being productive. 

"Productivity is spending your time on working towards your goals."

App developers have seized on the iPad, Mac, Android, Windows as a tool that's portable and flexible enough to accomplish the many different things people need to get done, organize task and schedule activities.

In this Thing, we’d like to look at few of these tools.


  • GTasks  is a simple and efficient to-do / task management app with both local and google account modes. You can customize your to do list, set reminder, share tasks with your friends, family members or colleagues and sync with your google tasks perfectly. With it, you will never miss a task and focus more on real things.

  • Wunderlist  Wunderlist is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether you’re running your own business, planning an overseas adventure or sharing a shopping list with a loved one.

  • The Pomodoro technique is a productivity system that breaks work down into 25 minute chunks to improve concentration.  There are a variety of Pomodoro apps available for both iOS and Android.

  • Lift  is a goal setting app, helping you to set goals, monitor progress and tap into support groups (iOS and web versions available)

Follow Rhodora Valdez's board Productivity on Pinterest.


  • Find a timer app for your mobile device, you might choose a different one depending on the tasks you have in mind (eg. running a library activity game, timing intervals in an information literacy session).
  • 30/30 is a combination of task manager and timer (Android app and iOS app )


  • How can you use these apps in your library?
  • Could you use a tool like Wunderlist as a mobile project management aid?
  • Could you display a timer on a tablet to count down during games as part of a library activity program?
  • Can you share lists with your colleagues, friends and family to collaborate on anything from team projects to group dinner?
  • Can you add Comments and start a conversation with your teammates about any of your to-dos. You can leave feedback, ask a question or add some extra insight all from within Wunderlist?
  • Are there some repetitive tasks that require focus and regular breaks (like filing, shelf reading and reshelving) – could you Pomodoro them?
  • Could Lift  be used as part of a lifelong learning library program for adults to allow them to set their learning goals and monitor their progress?

Remix from the original Mobile Things:



Thursday, February 20, 2014

What Does a Librarian Do?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

23 Mobile Things PH and SG: Free Online Course for Media Savvy Librarians

Are you a media-savvy librarian? 

Do  you want to explore the potential of mobile tools for delivering library services?

This course is for you!

This year, we have the first 23 Mobile Things course for the Philippines and Singapore which will commence in January and will run until June 2014. 

Come and join in this learning journey! Register [Register here]

The 23 Mobile Things course is a self-paced, self-exploratory online course that brings together media-savvy professionals to share about different mobile tools and applications under a defined set of 23 Mobile Topics. 

Lessons and activities are designed to give an opportunity for participants to interact with one another and to understand mobile tools and applications to help them in their practice of the profession.

I will be mentoring the Thing-18 (Productivity Tools)

Completion of all 23 Things activities entitles the participant to be included in the 23 Mobile Things Wall of Fame. 

Should you have any questions, please email Karryl Kim Sagun (Philippines) or Joan Wee (Singapore) or 23mthingsphsg@gmail.com.

This is a FREE ONLINE COURSE. so what are you waiting for? JOIN and REGISTER NOW

For more information, check out 23 Mobile Things social media links:

Official website: http://ntuprojects.com/23mobilethings/
Twitter #23mthingsPhSG
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1392520944330410/

Thursday, January 16, 2014

36th PASLI General Assembly and National Conference: Envisioning the 21st Century School Library

The Philippine Association of School Librarians, Inc. (PASLI) in cooperation with Bicol College, will conduct its 36th General Assembly and National Conference entitled “Envisioning the 21st Century School Library” on April 23-25, 2014 at the Regional Education Learning Center (RELC), Rawis, Legazpi City, Albay. 

The seminar-workshop aims to help administrators, professional librarians and non-professionals working in both public and private school libraries to:

1. prepare the foundations for the establishment of a 21st century school library;
2. upgrade their knowledge and skills in performing library-related tasks and services consonant to the information needs of the K-12 curriculum;
3. update themselves on the latest trends and goals for competitive and cooperative librarianship as envisioned in the ASEAN 2015;
4. observe and promote love of the Philippine culture and history.

Registration fees of Php 3,900 for live-in participants and Php 3,700 for live-out participants will cover expenses for board and lodging, handouts, certificate  and other administrative expenses. Reservation is required to ensure a slot.

For reservation and more information, please visit the PASLI website: http://paslinews.wordpress.com

Click to here to register online : PASLI 2014 Online Registration

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Blogging in Education : Presentation and Reflections on 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit #2LaBS

The 2nd Laguna Social Media and Blogging Summit (#2LaBS) was held at the Cultural Center of Laguna last November 14-15, 2013

Powerful speakers who were armed with their strong & revolutionary topics to share, empower & teach the participants about Online Marketing, Social Media Ethics, Passion, Responsibilities and on how to become a catalyst for change were invited.

For this year, the event became bigger and louder. The participating students are from Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), STI, AMA, University of the Philippines and De La Salle Zobel Ayala Alabang

I am not a professional blogger but blogging is my passion and I want to share my passion to the students since most of the participants are students so I talked about blogging in Education.

Here's my slide presentation. Blogging in Education. Feel free to download my presentation, the first slide are my active online social media accounts so feel free to connect with me. I'd love to hear from you and exchange ideas.

I am the adviser of Green Bloggers Club in De La Salle Zobel. This is a new club in the school. Before organizing it, I checked if there are Bloggers Club in School/College here in the Philippines but there is NONE. There are Groups or Community Blogs but there is no Bloggers Association. 

There are Professional Bloggers who I talked to and asked advise with regards to my Bloggers Club. Thanks to Ms. Janette Toral, Mr. Eyriche Cortez, Ms. Grace Bondad Nicolas and to Filipino Bloggers Worldwide. They are my inspiration!

Mini Blogging Summit at De La Salle Zobel

The club is so fortunate for the support system. From the SCAO, LFMD Director, HS Vice Principal,  Brother President and of course the Parents of the students.  

The 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit organizers even mentioned our school in different medias like Radio (DZIQ, Magic 89.9) TV, Websites, Blogs and other Social Media, broadsheet and newspapers like Philippine Star, Ronda Balita, Tribune Post and The Kliping Times

Organizing and preparing for the activities is not that easy too. From the Approval of the Activity Plan Sheet, Transportation, Excuse Letter for TL, Adviser and Teacher, Parental Consent, Talking, Texting and calling… (I was flooded by calls) Meet the Parents (assuring them about their son/daughter is okay). It was stressful but the experience is wonderful and fulfilling. I am also thankful for Ms. Louie Embudo,Head of the SCAO for being supportive and guiding me in everything I do for the club.

We have lots of activities in this term. The more I prepared for the activities, the more the club members are excited to attend. For me, teaching them on blogging is like I am their parent and the club members are my babies who are learning to crawl… learning to stand on their own feet… and finally learning to walk.

Handling them is like a journey. A journey where I am guiding them on the right path or direction on using social media responsibly.

Our journey is not that easy. The road is not smooth, there are rocks along the way but we will walk slowly but surely.

Green Bloggers club of  De La Salle Zobel at 2LaBS

The club members are cooperative and they are very eager to learn. They are open for suggestion and they are also open for changes. 

I read their blogs and they are improving. After attending mini blogging summit and 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit I think the students are using social media responsibly.

The parents of the club members are very supportive too. They are the no.1 fan and reader of their son/daughter’s blog. Sometimes I thought if I could invite one of the parents to talk about Parenting in time of Social Media. Is there a generation gap? (Anak, pakiexplain! Labyu!)

I can sense that I am handling future leaders of our country.

To the 2LaBS organizers, continue your advocacy. We gain new insights. I am very honored that I am one of your speakers in the event. 

To the bloggers, continue blogging. Be responsible blogger. Let your voices be heard not only to the bloggers but also to the community and society. Let us support different advocacies.

See you at 3LaBS!

I designed this Social Media theme bulletin board. It is a hit to the students

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

3rd National Congress of Special Libraries of the Philippines: The Gathering of the Modern Librarians

The 3rd National Congress of Special Libraries of the Philippines with the theme "The Modern Strategist Accelerating the Career Path of an Information Professional.” organized by the Association of the Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP)Inc., was successfully held last October 24-25, 2013 at the Hotel H2O, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. 

Library and Information Science Experts shared their different stories with regards to their struggles, challenges and success in the field of librarianship.

The President of the ASLP, Mr. Joseph Yap, welcomed the participants and grateful with the librarians, institutions and sponsors for the support.

Day 1 (October 24, 2013)

Dr. VERNON R. TOTANES Director, Rizal Library shared his story on earning PhD Degree Personal, Institutional, and  National Implications. He also discussed why  librarians should get a PhD; to make a research, upgrade LIS education and prestige for the profession.

"It’s not about brains. It’s about who can finish."

Ms. JANICE PEÑAFLOR Public Programs Librarians, DLSU Libraries, De La Salle University discussed what it entails to have a librarianship as a chosen career. In today's digital age, the 21st Century librarians must have skills that need to possess in order to survive.

"The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities."

Mr. MARCIAL BATIANCILLA Director of Libraries, San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite talked about Professional associations for librarians as learning communities or as a community of practice. Professional librarians exist to help members value  and promote their profession as well as nurture their careers.
"Professional associations provide real, tangible value to those who belong to them. They become fellowships and institutions of learning, sounding boards and crisis counselors, and authoritative sources of information and nourishment for a career."

Ms. KARRYL SAGUN Assistant to the Director for Special Programs and Events at the Rizal Library shared how to Market the Library the way it should be.
Marketing is used to be reserved for business and organizations in the industry but now even the libraries should do the marketing. Karryl Sagun—is neither a renowned author nor a marketing guru, she is just a person who loves to tell people about libraries. :)

Marketing is interrupting people—and saying, “hey, here’s a product. You need this. It will make your life better. 

Ms. ELVIRA LAPUZ Head Librarian, General Reference UP Diliman shared that career success is not that easy to achieve. It takes years of soul searching and lots of hits and misses. Traits like ambition, flexibility can help professionals become successful in their careers. Librarians should also think outside the box.

“If you are not moving forward, you are moving backward.”

Ms. FE ANGELA VERZOSA Retired Librarian, De La Salle University . Her presentation focuses on personal experience as an archivist working in
different settings and the challenges that came her way. She also talked about on the personal qualities, skills and qualifications for an archival career.

Ms. GLADYS JOY E. ENTICO Unit-Head Medical Informatics and Archiving, Makati Medical Center. She discussed what medical librarians do and what skills required in order to survive in the job. She also shared tips to those who are planning to shift oor to pursue medical librarianship as a career.

Teach Medical Informatics classes to the medical students on how to locate information, how to access the many electronic resources that are available for their use.

Day 2 (October 25, 2013)

MS. JESSERYLLE G. DE LA PEñA and STEPHEN ALAYON Information Assistant SEAFDEC discussed the experiences of SEAFDEC/AQD library staff in publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal, processes done to get the article published and the lessons learned along the way. She also encourage librarians and students to publish in a peer reviewed journal and to to develop a positive mind attitude towards writing.

“Good writing is reader-based, purposeful, clear, concise, correct, and simple”

Mr. MICHAEL PINTO Director of Libraries, University of Saint Louis. Mr. Pinto shared his experiences as a young Chief Librarian. He also said that Leadership is about making a difference. Leadership is not about age, its about maturity.

“I would rather want to go home hoping that my staff will pray for my safety rather than cursing me”

Mr. RANDOLF MARIANO Librarian, Thomas Jefferson Information Center. Mr. Mariano shared the qualities of a diplomat. He also discussed the qualities of 
 a librarian working in a multicultural environment should possess.

Ms. ZARAH GAGATIGA Teacher Librarian, Beacon Academy. She was assigned a topic but instead she changed it? Why? Because she wanted to share what is close to her heart... and that is blogging! Ms. Gagatiga discussed how blogging made her a lifelong learner. Bored with everyday routine? She encourage the librarians to try blogging. This is one way of marketing the library and librarians. Voice out opinions, share what you know, interact with other librarians in and out of the country. In blogging, you will also have a chance to meet like-minded people.

Ms. KAREN CECILLE NATIVIDAD Coordinator, University Archives, De La Salle University. Career, Work, Family, Social life, Studies, Relationships? How do you balance it? Ms. Natividad shared tips on how to achieve Work-Life Balance

Mr. LAUREN KIPAAN University Library Director, Benguet State University. Mr. presented the strategies and experiences of Benguet State University in the establishment and sustainability of a digital library to preserve and provide visibility of its digital collections.

Ms. DONNA LABANGON Associate ASRC Librarian, De La Salle University. Ms.Labangon shared her brief journey on her budding library and information career. How she ended up choosing LIS, preconception, how she used it as leverage to do her best in her chosen field. 

Mr. JOSEPH YAP Associate Librarian,Information-Reference, De La Salle University. The purpose of his presentation is to conduct a wide dissemination and awareness of the revised standards for special libraries in the Philippines. The Board for Librarians created a Task Force that was in-charge of revising the 2007 standards for special libraries in the Philippines. 

The event was sponsored by PhilmontMagazine Zone, ce-Logic, National Book Store, Powerbooks, and Filway Marketing.

For more information about Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc. (ASLP) please visit their website http://aslpwiki.wikispaces.com/

I am not a member of ASLP, but when I learned about the interesting topics and its speakers, I volunteered to cover this event. I could say that I had an information overload and I am so excited to apply it in my profession and in our library (specifically blogging and marketing!). 

Congratulations to the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc. (ASLP) for organizing this event. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

#2LaBS: Laguna Blogging Summit: Tweetup of Social Media Revolutionists

The 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit will be happening on November 14 - 15 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, registration will start at 7am at the Cultural Center of Laguna inside the Provincial Capitol at the Municipality of Santa Cruz. This year, the organizers invited different empowered and powerful influencers from the mainstream media and online who they tagged as Social Revolutionists for showing their advocacies without fear, conveying their voices effectively with action, influencing their communities and by being the representatives of social forces.

The organizers are very happy to announce that Governor Jeorge "ER" Ejercito is always in full support for this historical event. Last year, the #1LaBS trended on Twitterand received more than 700 attendees from different schools such as Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), AMA, STI and UPLB. For this year, De La Salle Zobel from Ayala, Alabang are coming to #2LaBS to learn more about the importance of Online Marketing, effectiveness of Social Media in today’s business, Cybercrime Law, Anti Cyber Bullying, Blogging 101 and why 33% Filipinos are online recently.

According to the former 2nd District of Laguna Board Member and now the new Assistant Secretary General of Philippine Red Cross Neil Andrew Nocon, "The 1st Laguna Blogging Summit last year contributed to the Laguna influx flow of tourist." This statement from the one in charge last time of the Province of Laguna Tourism only proved how effective is Social Media in giving awareness and hitting the right target market.

For this year, different companies’ shows support to the 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit.Greenwich Pizza made possible for the organizers to meet at their different restaurants/outlets in Metro Manila most especially at Philfirst Building at Makati where Greenwich have a conference room. The event first Social Media launch and website launch happened also at Greenwich Pizza Philfirst Building outlet and attended by Philippine Red Cross and Zoomanity Group.

The newly elected 3rd District of Laguna Representative Marisol Aragones shows also her full support to the event. She’s well known as Sol Aragones, the empowered reporter under ABS CBN surely knows the importance of Social Media now in today's advocacy and the fight against corruption which actually proven by the August 26, 2013 Historical Million People March where more Filipinos not only in the Philippines but around the Globe joined forces to show the same interest in fighting corruption where the first call just came from a single Facebook Community Account.

The 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit Final Program and Set of Speakers with their topic;

Program 1st Day November 14, 2013 Thursday:

8:00am- 8:15am Philippine National Anthem

8:15am- 8:20am Opening Remarks -Dr. Nestor De Vera (President- Laguna Science Polytechnic University)

8:20am-8:25am Keynote Speaker- Gov. ER Ejercito (Province of Laguna)

8:25am-9:00am Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas (Social Media Ethics)

9:00am -10:00am Chinkee Tan (Finding your Passion)

10:00am -11:00am Eyriche Cortez (Power Tips For Blogging)

11:00am- 12:00noon Alvin Cloyd Dakis (Bashers in Your Blog: A Survival Guide)

12:00noon- 1:00pm Lunch/Raffle

1:00pm- 1:30pm Rhodora Espiritu (EduBlogging)

1:30pm-2:30pm James Jimenez ( Social Media in Voters Education)

2:30pm- 3:00pm Bert Guevarra (Environment & Social Media)

3:00pm-3:30pm Snacks /Raffle

3:30pm-4:30pm Venzie Crisostomo (Advocacy online/offline)

4:30pm- 5:00pm Janette Toral (Bloggers as Digital Influencers)

Program 2nd Day November 15, 2013 Friday

8:00am- 8:15am Philippine National Anthem

8:15am- 8:20am Opening Remarks Neil Andrew Nocon (Assistant Secretary General- Philippine National Red Cross)

8:20am-8:25am Keynote Speaker Mayora Girlie Ejercito

8:25am -9:00am Dr. Tess Termulo (Health Advocacy)

9:00am- 10:00am Atty. Chris Lao (Anti- Cyber Bullying and Cybercrime Law)

10:00am- 11:00am Ben Francia (Search Engine Optimization)

11:00am- 12:00 noon Art Samaniego (Journalism in the age of Social Media)

12:00 noon- 1:00pm Lunch/Raffle

1:00pm- 2:00pm Pocholo De Leon Gonzales (Branding)

2:00pm- 3:00pm Lloyd Luna (Blogging Inspirational Life Stories)

3:00pm- 3:30pm Raffle and Snacks

3:30pm- 4:00pm John Cueto (Niche)

4:00pm- 4:30pm Carlos Celdran (Why I do, What I do)

4:30pm- 5:00pm Zero Basura Blog Contest Launch under Earth Day Network Philippines & #2LaBS

Oriang at Market Market and 100 Miles Cafe at Taguig and Tiago Progressive Cuisine at Quezon City helped the organizers too by providing the venue and food to some of their meetings while Zoomanity Group, Air Asia, 2GO Travel provides Gift Certificates to be raffled- of for the attendees.

The organizers would like to thank Pro Friends, Gardenia Bakers Philippines, Elabram Systems, Commission on Election (COMELEC), PATAS and Philippine Health Bloggers Society (PHBS) for their invaluable support to make the event possible not to mention our media partners such as Kliping Times, wheninmanila.com, The Tribune Post, Ronda Balita, Royal Cable, Magic Expose, wazzuppilipinas.com, Blog-PH.com, webby thoughts and Manila Channel.

The event hosts are Rod Magaru and Florencio Jusay Jr. Organizers; Grace Bondad Nicolas, Dianne Salonga, Mac Vasquez, Pepi De Leon, Ross Del Rosario, Rod Magaru, Florencio Jusay Jr, Katrina Capili, Odessa Escaler, Cindy Nicolas, Mark Acsay, JayL Aquino, John Cueto, Jojo Busayong, Myrns Roman and Ivan Saldajeno.

For more information;

Official Website : http://www.labsph.com
Twitter: @labsummit #2LaBS
Facebook: Laguna Blogging Summit

Mobile: 09213191471