As I write this post, participants of the 7th Rizal Library International Conference (RLIC) are out in the garden at the back of the Social Science complex having their morning break. I am in Leong Hall blogging away.
Reina Reyes' presentation on Big Data X Information Science has just ended. More on her talk next blog post.
Now, for Day 1 of the RLIC, here are some reflections I wish to share.
- Big data is the name of the game and librarians are in a good position to mine, curate
, analyze and develop a body of knowledge that impacts communities.
- There has been an expressed need for training and continuous professional development on data mining and analysis. Me thinks: begin with information literacy.
- Librarians conserve and preserve information, knowledge and media. They create them too.
- Media and technology are thinking tools which librarians can use in creating, communicating and conserving information. There are limitations in technology and media access and availability, but through partnerships and collaboration objectives can be met. An example is the Community Archiving Workshop and Valerie Clarke's oral history, preservation project in Barbados
- Opportunities to imagine and create abound in our libraries and the communities where we belong and serve patrons. You only need to look closely to make things happen and to solve problems.
Next post is Day 2 of the RLIC!
Lifted from the PBBY website:
The Philippine Board on Books for Young People is now accepting entries for its Wordless Book Prize. 2018 will mark the first year that the PBBY will be awarding such a prize. The winner shall receive Twenty Thousand Pesos and a medal. Prizes shall be awarded at an appropriate ceremony to be held on National Children's Book Day, July 17, 2018.
DEADLINEFebruary 19, 2018 (5:00 PM)
- The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.
- All entries must be e-mailed to email@example.com. For this contest, all submissions must be in digital form, with each file clearly identifiable by a filename that is actually the pen name of the contestant.
- Entries may be in color or in black and white. They may be digitally rendered or traditionally done artwork that may or may not have been digitally enhanced. The submission format should be pdf. Entries should use the CMYK color space and should be at actual size format with resolution at 300dpi.
- Each entry should comprise the following:
The contestant also has the option to submit all files already collected in a 4-page pdf. Filename should be Penname_ALL.pdf.
- One clean comprehensive artwork of the cover spread design (includes both the front and back covers).
Filenames for this file should include the initials CS.
- Two clear comprehensive artworks of two spreads, rendered in the intended style and medium, and in the actual size format. The recommended spread size for a board book is 13 x 6.5 inches while the recommended size for a picture book is 14 x 9 inches.
Filename should include SP01 for the first spread,
and SP02 for the second spread.
Example: PenName_SP01.pdf and PenName_SP02.pdf
- A detailed storyboard in line drawing (grayscale).
Filename should include the initials SB.
Entries should not contain any words, just the title and subtitles (if any) on the Cover spread (CS).
Failure to observe file naming rules may affect judgment of entry.
- A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.
- Entries may be collaborative, meaning a visual artist may collaborate with a writer to come up with the narrative for the entry.
- Each contestant should also email two documents:
If the entry is collaborative, there should be complete information for both contestants.
- The first document should indicate the contestant's full name, address, telephone/cell phone numbers and email address.
- The second document should be a scan of a notarized certification from the author. (Download the format for the certification).
- Entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat and time-stamped no later than 5:00 p.m., February 19, 2018.
- PBBY reserves the right of first refusal for the publication of all winning entries.
Winners will be announced no later than April 20, 2018.
For more details, interested parties may contact PBBY by calling 3526765 local 203 or emailing pbby [at] adarna.com.ph.
The old International School Manila Children's Media Center, housed a collection of books made and written by students. Most of these were short stories and collection of tales, poetry and essays written in English class. The librarians and teachers of ISM recognized the value of such creations that they included them in the library's collection.
This made a lasting impression on my young mind when I discovered that shelf filled with books - bound by hand and, some by a binding machine written by kids my age and older. There were stories similar to The Little Prince with towering trees and starry skies. There were books containing folk tales jazzed up conveying old motifs, but the way they were told were modern (at the time, circa 80s). I was in awe. I wanted to write too! So, I did through journals and diaries. It was only years and years later that I gathered up the courage to write my own stories.
In Xavier School, while working as a school librarian in the Early Education unit, I would team up with Nursery and Prep teachers for book projects. Our boys made picture books, word books, counting books and flash cards they can use for telling stories. I kept them in a special cabinet. Now I wonder if those books and storytelling flash cards are still in the EED Library.
Fast forward to today.
Imagine my joy when I discovered a packet of zines on my table one morning! The zines were made by our grade 10s and our English teacher donated them to the library. What precious additions to the library's collection! Apart from the Personal Projects and copies of Extended Essays, I am a proud curator and guardian of these "books" and student made projects.
A few years ago, I was part of the team who organized the Early Readers Online Project
. Our high school students made stories for readers in the early grades and these are all accessible on our school's website. The stories can be downloaded for free. Visit the Community and Service
of the Beacon Academy.
This is one of the many things I love about my job. I am part of the creative process, the transmission of information and the regeneration of patterns of thought and knowledge. What is best, it's my job to keep these symbols and representations of humanity's ideas and culture for posterity.