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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!

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EISI Joined 9 Library Conferences, Organized 3 Company Events in 2011 July 27, 2012

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It’s been quite a while since our last post, so we’ll take this opportunity to record our major company events the past year. Electronic Information Solutions Inc. (EISI) participated in nine (9) library association events in 2010 as a sponsor/exhibitor or presentor.  We are grateful for the officers of these associations for  this continuing partnership to educate our librarians about the latest technologies:

  • April 11-13, 2011 – The Cagayan and Kalinga-Apayao (CaAKAp) Librarians Association Inc. conducted a National Summer Conference on the theme: “Rekindling the Spirit of Leadership Towards Better Library Environment”  held at the Villa Victoria Hotel, Pengu-Ruyu, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
  • April 13 -15, 2011 – PLAI-STRLC organized the Regional Summer Conference at El Pueblo Rhizort, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
  • April 27-29, 2011 – The Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians, Inc. conducted a 3-day National Summer Conference on the theme: “Library Tourism & Hospitality: The Business of Endearing Philippine Libraries and Information Services to Publics”. This professional activity was  held at the Lake Houses 1 & 2 of San Antonio Resort, Baybay Beach, Roxas City, Capiz.
  • April 27-30, 2011 – The Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc. (ASLP) in cooperation with the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Library, conducted four-day, three-night seminar on “Challenges and Opportunities of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Age of New Technology”. This was held at the Bamboo Garden, Dipolog City.
  • August 26, 2011 – Online MAHLAP Union List Training for Contributing Libraries was held at the Information Management Service Training Room, Department of Health, San Lazaro Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila.
  • May 17-19, 2011 – The Academic Libraries Book Acquisition Systems Association, Inc. (ALBASA, INC.) held its 38th Annual General Assembly with a book fair, business meeting and seminar at the Cebu Grand Convention Center, Archbishop Reyes, St., Cebu City, Philippines.
  • October 12-14, 2011 – The Cavite Librarians Association, Inc. (CLASS, Inc.), had its National Conference with the theme “Libraries & Information Centers: Improvements and Innovations”  at the El Cielito Hotel, Tagaytay City.
  • November 10-11, 2011 – The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) Caraga Regional Council in coordination with the Caraga Librarians and Libraries Association, Inc., (CLLA) conducted its 3rd Regional Convention and Seminar-Workshop on the theme “Reinventing Libraries in the 21st Century” on November 10-11, 2011 at Goat 2 Geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City.

    Naidz Abragan of EISI with Caraga librarians

  • November 16-18, 2011 – Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), General Conference and Assembly was held in Hotel Elizabeth located at #1 J. Felipe Street corner Gibraltar Street, Baguio City East, Baguio City. This activity is in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and Arts-National Committee on Library and Information Services (NCCA-NCLIS) with the theme: “National Conference on Libraries for Progress”. 

    EISI at PLAI Convention, Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City

In addition, EISI organized 3 corporate events to serve the needs of its customers and give back to the community.

June 30 – July 1 2011, 18th MARC 21 Workshop, St Louise University, Baguio City.  40 librarians learn from Prof. Corazon Nera, Chairman, Board of Librarianship.  Full story HERE.

Participants at the 18th MARC 21 Workshop, St Louise University, Baguio.

January 22, 2011.  EISI sponsored a book donation ceremony for the city library of Dasmarinas, Cavite.  Full story HERE.

The city library of Dasmarinas was recipient of a book donation facilitated by EISI.

December 4, 2011.  EISI sponsored T-shirts for volunteer staff of  a medical mission in Laguna.

EISI and Lexi-comp T-shirt

EISI provided t-shirts for volunteer staff at a medical mission in Laguna last Dec 4, 2011. Photo by Didz Raduban, used with permission

EISI is proud of its contribution to the Philippine library community as well as to the general public in 2011.  Subscribe to our feeds to see what’s happening this 2012.  Or like us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/electronic.info

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

EISI Sponsors Book Donation Ceremony June 9, 2011

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Last January 22, 2011, twelve employees  and associates of Electronic Information Solutions Inc (EISI, Makati, Philippines) took time out of their busy schedules to volunteer for a worthy cause.  They came to organize, deliver and turn over books donated by UST Engineering Batch 1986 (USTEng86) to the Aklatang Panglungsod ng Dasmarinas (APD, Cavite).  The book donation was a silver jubilee activity of USTEng86 and was initiated by EISI Managing Director Reuel Avila, who is an alumnus of UST College of Engineering.

USTEng86 alumni were able to gather around 130 books which was labeled, sorted and boxed by EISI volunteers.  Aside from donating its own share of books, EISI likewise provided food and transportation for the volunteers and the several boxes of books.  More books will be solicited throughout 2011, for which EISI employees volunteer their services to prepare the donations and transport the books to the library.

The staff of  APD prepared a short program to mark the donation turnover ceremony.   A handful of kids from a nearby street children shelter were treated to a story-telling session conducted by Mrs. Grace Babol, EISI Area Representative.   On hand to receive the donations were City Councilor Hon. Jacinto B. Frani, Jr,  Ms. Vanessa Olaes, Officer-in-charge, APD, and Ms Sonia Gementiza, APD consultant.

APD is a priority project of Mayor Jennifer Barzaga with the cooperation of Congressman Elpidio F. Barzaga Jr. of the 4th District of  Cavite.  It provides an extensive collection of books, a children’s area, a theater, computer facilities and numerous community activities year round.  The donated books will be used in the library or disseminated in the various barangay reading center.

We are pleased to do our small part in promoting literacy in our country.

EISI Area Representative Grace Babol sings a story to the kids

EISI Tech Support Supervisor Bhoy Tabinas at the book donation tarp

Book donation turnover ceremony. In this picture (APD Staff), Ms. Sonia Gementiza (APD Consultant), Ms. Vanessa Olaes (APD Officer-in-charge), Mr. Reuel Avila (EISI Managing Director), and Hon. Jacinto Frani, City Councilor and Chairman, Committee on Education

Some of the books donated to Aklatang Panglungsod ng Dasmarinas

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The library has a well-equipped mini theater for the viewing pleasure of the townspeople

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EISI and APD personnel pose for posterity