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

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.