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First Library Automation Boot Camp Trains Librarians On New Technologies November 8, 2012

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It was our first three-in-one event, with five days of continuous training so that users of Follett Library automation software can take their libraries to new heights with new knowledge and skills.  The 1st Library Automation Boot Camp was held at the Cebu Normal University (CNU) Library last Sept 3 to 7, 2012, graciously hosted by CNU librarian Aida de la Cerna and staff.  The three parts of the event were:

  • Follett Cir/Cat Refresher Course, a free workshop for users of Follett Circulation Plus and Catalog Plus library automation software. Thirty-seven (37) participants from as far north as Benguet and south as Surigao, attended this training geared to enhance the capabilities of participants in this Windows-based software.
  • Library Automation Next, a free seminar open to all interested librarians, IT and education professionals, that introduced new technologies and services that will be the next trend in Philippine library automation.  It was attended by 84 library professionals who witnessed the   application of mobile, social media, web, e-books, RDA, and other emerging standards in state-of-the-art library systems.
  • Follett Destiny Comprehensive Course.  This is the first ever comprehensive course for our growing number for Follett Destiny Library Manager users. Fifteen (15) librarians benefitted from three days of intensive exercises to maximize the use of their Destiny software, which is a totally  web-based  and can be used in single or multiple libraries/consortia.

Throughout the boot camp, campers were drilled on the basics of library automation as well as advanced features that will be found in new and upgraded systems.  These include web-enabled systems that can be accessed anywhere from any device,  federated search or the ability to search multiple resources at the same time, mobile applications for libraries that make use of smart phones and tablets, social OPACs that mimic Facebook, cataloging support for new standards like RDA and ISBN-13,  consortium or sharing of resourches including union catalogs, integration of e-book and other digital content, and many more.   There was also  a demonstration booth for those who would like to try out what were being discussed.

Dr. Angel Pesirla

Dr. Angel Pesirla, Presidential Assistant for Training, Cebu Normal University, welcomed the participants of the Follett Cir/Cat Refresher Course

Follet Cir/Cat Refresher Course, Cebu Normal University, Sept 3-4 1012

Follett Cir/Cat Refresher Course participants lighten up to break from the rigorous boot camp training.

Follet Cir/Cat Refresher Course, Cebu Normal University, Sept 3-4 2012

Successful Cir/Cat Refresher Course participant is all smiles after receiving her certificate.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, Sept 4 2012

Eighty-four (84) Library Automation Next participants came, eager to learn new technologies they can use to serve their patrons better and improve productivity.

Library Automation Next, Cebu City, Sept 4, 2012

Mr. Axel Cabarles, EISI Product Manager for Follett, discusses the latest Follett Destiny features including mobile apps, at the Library Automation Next event at CNU.

Library Automation Next, Cebu City, Sept 4, 2012

An attentive audience at the Library Automation Next event.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, 2012

EISI Technical Support Officer Pedro Tabinas discusses the technical aspects of Follett Destiny. He was also the trainor for the Cir/Cat refresher course.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, 2012

EISI Sales Director Chin Castro points out that “Next is NOW” as the technologies shown at the Library Automation Next event are all available for Follett customers. Behind her are Product Manager Axel Cabarles and Tech Support Officer Pedro Tabinas.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, Sept 4 2012

Some lucky LAN attendees received rewards for their participation. This lucky librarian from Colegio de la Inmaculada Conception (Cebu) went home with a 7-inch tablet with the latest Android 4 operating system and apps from Follett.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, Sept 4 2012

In true Boot Camp fashion, we came with military outfit and a tent!

Bebiana Isok

Dr. Bebiana Isok, VP for Academic Affairs, Cebu Normal University, welcomed the participants of the first ever Follett Destiny Comprehensive Course last Sept 5, 2012

Follett Destiny Comprehensive Course, Cebu, Sept 5-7 2012

Ms. Sharon Samaniego of De La Salle University – Dasmarinas was the main trainor of the Destiny Comprehensive Course.

Follett Comprehensive Course, Cebu, Sept 5-7 2012

Participants hard at work during the Follett Comprehensive Training Course

EISI 19th Anniversary - 19 years of Philippine Library Automation

EISI Celebrated its 19th Anniversary on Sept 7, the last day of the Boot Camp, with Follett Destiny course participants.

Library Automation Boot Camp socials

This is the coziest boot camp a librarian can attend. Here, our participants and staff enjoy a karaoke-filled night out.

Library Automation Boot Camp, Cebu, Sept 2012

Thank you Ms. Aida de la Cerna [3rd from right] and your staff for being such gracious hosts!

To learn more about our boot camp from the viewpoint of a participant, check out this blog post from a librarian-blogger: http://definitelylibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-library-automation-boot-camp.html .  Be sure to check out all five posts for each day she attended the camp.

Watch out for our next boot camp as we bring out the best in our librarians  and libraries through our tested and well-supported technologies.  We promise to make it a unique learning experience mixed with a lot of FUN!

Forty (40) Librarians Attend 18th MARC 21 Workshop in Baguio August 26, 2011

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It was an excited group of 40 librarians and information specialists that packed the audio-visual room of the St. Louis University library in Baguio City last June 30 and July 1, 2011.  The occasion was the 18th MARC 21 Workshop held in cooperation between SLU and Electronic Information Solutions, Inc., (EISI) the leading library automation provider in the Philippines.  This was the only MARC 21 workshop to be held in 2011.

Adding to the excitement was the fact that no less than the Chairman of the Board of Librarianship of the Professional Regulations Commission, Prof. Corazon Nera, was the lead lecturer.  She is concurrently the  Library Director of the Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Prof Corazon Nera

Prof. Corazon Nera, Chairman, Board of Librarianship, was the main lecturer for the 18th MARC21 Workshop

Prof Corazon Nera, Library Director of Lyceum of the Philippines

Attentive audience listening to Prof. Nera at the 18th MARC21 Workshop

The participants were welcomed by Dr. Noel P. De Leon, SLU Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Prof. Nera started the lecture proper with an overview of Resource Description and Access (RDA), a new and emerging standard in cataloging, followed by the main topic, Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC).  Most of the first day was devoted to MARC Bibliographic, while the 2nd day was for MARC Authorities as taught by Ms. Venus B. Oruga, also from Lyceum of the Philippines University, with opportunities for questions and answers.  The 2nd day was capped by an introduction to copy cataloging and pre-processing sofware delivered by Ms. Cristina Flores, EISI Software Specialist.

Dr Noel de Leon, VP Academic Affairs, Saint Louis University

Dr. Noel de Leon, VP Academic Affairs, Saint Loius University, welcomed the participants.

Mrs Venus Oruga of Lyceum of the Philippines took the floor on the 2nd day, lecturing on MARC Authority standards.

Mrs Venus Oruga of Lyceum of the Philippines University took the floor on the 2nd day, lecturing on MARC Authority standards.

Ms. Cristina Flores, Software Specialist, EISI

Ms. Cristina Flores, Software Specialist, EISI, mentored the participants on cataloging and pre-processing software.

MARC 21 Workshop, SLU, Baguio

Our MARC 21 Workshops are very interactive, providing opportunities for questions and answers.

Dr. Rina Diaron, Director of Libraris, SLU

Dr. Rina Diaron, Director of Libraries, SLU was all praises for the successful conduct of the MARC workshop. She delivered the closing remarks and handed out the certificates.

MARC 21 Workshop participants hard at work with their trainors

MARC 21 Workshop participants hard at work with their trainors

18th MARC 21 Workshop Certificate

Certificates were given for the successful completion of the course. Our MARC 21 Workshops are CPE accredited.

The participants were delighted with the actual hands-on exercises where they were able to see immediate results of their cataloging efforts.  Follett’s Destiny Library Manager was used extensively throughout the course.

The closing remarks was delivered by  Dr. Rina Hemedez Diaron, Director of Libraries, Saint Louis University.

It seems two days was not enough for the MARCers as many took advantage of the weekend to tour Baguio City.  On July 1, Friday afternoon, aboard a bus graciously provided by the Philippine Military Academy, our MARC participants visited the SLU Museum of Arts and Culture, PMA Museum (guided by PMA Librarian Mr. Nolie Enem, one of the participants), Club John Hay/Baguio Country Club, and the twin tourist attractions of Good Shepherd and Mines View Park.

18th MARC 21 Participants at the PMA Bus

All set for the really FUN part of the course!

18th MARC 21 Participants at the Philippine Military Academy

18th MARC 21 Participants at the Philippine Military Academy

18th MARC 21 Workshop participants hunting for souvenirs

18th MARC 21 Workshop participants hunting for souvenirs

18th MARC 21 Workshop participants at the Baguio Botanical Garden

Taking some time to pose for posterity at the Baguio Botanical Garden

Jump for MARC 21!

Jump for MARC 21!

It was indeed a productive learning experience with a lot of fun and camaraderie thrown in. So watch out for our next MARC workshops, register and invite your fellow librarians.  We make cataloging FUN!

EISI Brings MARC 21 Workshop to Baguio This June 2011 June 9, 2011

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Electronic Information Solutions, Inc, in cooperation with St. Louis University (SLU), will hold the 18th MARC 21 Workshop at SLU on June 30 and July 1, 2011.  Librarians, especially catalogers, are encouraged to take advantage of this training to hone up their skills in the laguage of library automation.  Participants will qualify for CPE units.

This is the only MARC workshop we will hold this year, so please plan to attend.  For more info, browse http://www.eisi.com.ph/marc.html

72 Attend Follett Destiny Southern Philippine Launch; 17 trained at 5th Follett Cir/Cat Comprehensive Course February 14, 2011

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EISI’s first back-to-back event held in Davao late 2010 drew a good number of attendees not only from Mindanao but even as far as Luzon.  The two events highlighted the maturity of the Windows-based Follett Cir/Cat platform, and the game-changing web-based Follett Destiny Resource Management Solution for library automation, textbook management, asset and media management. The 5th Cir/Cat Comprehensive Training Course was held from October 19 to the morning of October 22, 2010 at Brokenshire College, with 17 in attendance.  Ms. Sonia Gementiza of DLSU-Dasmarinas was again the main lecturer, assisted by Pedro Tabinas and Dada Flores of EISI.  The Destiny Southern Philippine Launch was held on the afternoon of Oct 22 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel with 72 attendees.

5th Cir/Cat Comprehensive Course, Brokenshire College, Davao

5th Cir/Cat Comprehensive Course Registration

5th Follett Cir/Cat Comprehensive Course, Brokenshire College, Davao

Opening Remarks : Rev. Dr. Leopoldo R. Naive, President, Brokenshire Collge

5th Follett Cir/Cat Comprehensive Course, Brokenshire College, Davao

Ms. Sonia Gementiza, Lecturer, with her trainees

5th Follett Cir/Cat Comprehensive Course, Brokenshire College, Davao

Pedro Tabinas of EISI tackles the technical details of Cir/Cat

5th Follett Cir/Cat Comprehensive Course, Brokenshire College, Davao

Participants and Trainor of the 5th Cir/Cat Comprehensive Course

Follett Destiny Southern Phil Launch, Gran Men Seng Hotel, Davao

Registration at the Follett Destiny Southern Phil Launch, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao

Follett Destiny, Southern Phil Launch, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao

The function room was filled to capacity by the enthusiastic audience.

Follett Destiny, Southern Phil Launch, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao

EISI Managing Director Reuel Avila welcomes the attendees

Follett Destiny, Southern Phil Launch, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao

EISI Sales Manager Axel Cabarles demonstrates the Follett Destiny Library Manager

Follett Destiny, Southern Phil Launch, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao

Prizes and Discounts were given away to lucky participants

Follett Destiny, Southern Phil Launch, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao

EISI Technical Supervisor Pedro Tabinas answers queries at the demo booth

Follett Destiny, Southern Phil Launch, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao

A sumptous meal awaited the attendees

Follett Destiny, Southern Phil Launch, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao

EISI Staff pose after another successful event

22 Attend 17th MARC 21 Workshop in Cagayan de Oro June 25, 2010

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Twenty-two enthusiastic librarians attended the 17th edition of EISI’s MARC 21 workhop held last April 6-7 at Liceo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City.  The workshop was held at the IT Laboratory 2, 3rd Floor, Arts and Sciences Bldg, Liceo de Cagayan on R.N. Pelaez Blvd, Carmen.

For the first time, we had as our main lecturer Mrs. Annabel Acedera, former director of Xavier University library.  She was assisted by Mr. Pedro Tabinas, Technical Support Supervisor of EISI.

Below are some pictures of this event:

Opening and Welcome Remarks by Dr. Teresita Tumapon, VP Academic Affairs, Liceo de Cagayan

Dr. Annabel Acedera, Former Library Director, Xavier University, was the main trainor

Mr. Pedro Tabinas, EISI Tech Support Supervisor, was co-trainor

Dr Linda Mondonedo, Director of Libraries, Liceo de Cagayan was all smiles as she delivered her closing remarks

The participants at their cataloging workstations

Some of the participants and organizers pose for posterity

EISI Customer Service Supervisor Naidz Abragan (left) with two of the participants at the Liceo de Cagayan gate.