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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.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, 2011Posted by editor in Cataloging, Library, Library Automation, OPAC, Philippine libraries, Trainings & Events.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Tags: Baguio, Machin-readable Cataloging, MARC 21, Saint Louis University
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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, 2011Posted by editor in Cataloging, Library, Library Automation, OPAC, Philippine libraries, Trainings & Events.
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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.
22 Attend 17th MARC 21 Workshop in Cagayan de Oro June 25, 2010Posted by editor in Cataloging, Library Automation, Philippine libraries, Trainings & Events.
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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: