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Mr. Chito Angeles gives lecture on the design and implementation of the UP Index to Philippine Newspapers Online

Mr. Chito Angeles, currently the Information Technology Officer III and Head of the Computer Services Section of the University Library, U.P. Diliman and Faculty member at the UP School of Library and Information Studies (formerly UP ILIS), was the guest speaker during the PLAI-NCR Lecture Forum Series on “Design and Implementation of a Web-based Online Database of the University of the Philippines (U.P.) Index to Philippine Newspapers (IPN)” held last April 23, 2007 at The National Library, T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila. Around 150 information professionals attended the said forum.

Started in 1981, the IPN is an index to nine locally published newspapers, namely: Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Express, Manila Chronicle, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Malaya, Manila Times, and Times Journal. During the forum, Mr. Angeles talked about how the project was conceived, has progresses, up until it has become fully operational. He then gave an overall demonstration of the IPN Online’s main features.

According to him, indexers of the Filipiniana Serials of the UPD University Library indexed newspaper articles using 3×5 slips which are then arranged alphabetically by subject. He said that the initial automation of the newspaper index begun in 1991 and continued until 1995 wherein records were encoded in a CDS/ISIS database.

In 2001, Mr. Angeles attempted to develop a web-based version of the IPN using a proprietary database. Records were then converted from the CDS/ISIS to the new system. Finally, the development of the IPN Online was completed in 2006 as a requirement for the degree of Master of Library and Information Science. His thesis entitled “Design and Implementation of a Web-based Online Database of the U.P. Diliman Main Library’s Index to Philippine Newspapers (IPN)” is now the Best Theses for the Graduate Program 2007, awarded by the UP School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS).

The IPN Online is a complete automation software for newspaper management and article indexing. It includes the following major features: (1) Newspaper Management / Issue Management Article Indexing; (2) Online Public Access Catalog (search engine); (3) Online Request Interface (for reading/extended reading, photocopying, or printing); (4) Circulation Module (Lending of newspapers in print/microfilm); (5) Built-in Authority File (for subjects and author names); and, (6) Virtual Cart (book marking records).

Libraries here and abroad may now access the IPN Online for free at the UPD University Library Website.

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PLAI-NCR members on parade.

Now on its 72nd year, the National Book Week (November 24-30) celebration commenced with a fun-walk/parade held at the Luneta area on November 24 at 7:30 in the morning. Participants included members of the different library associations and students and teachers of elementary and high schools in Metro Manila. The fun-walk/parade showcased popular children’s book characters as well as dances in the Philippines. These are depicted in very colorful costumes and floats with school children and high school students participating enthusiastically.

The parade was followed by a formal opening program held at the National Library Auditorium to usher in the weeklong celebration whose theme is “Bata, Bata… Halina’t Magbasa.” The theme highlights the PLAI, the National Library of the Philippines and the country’s library and information professionals’ commitment to inculcate among our young a lifetime habit of reading.

As contributions to the National Book Week, the different library associations held lectures and fora designed to upgrade knowledge and skills of the library and information professionals:

PATLS LIS Wizard, TNL Auditorium, November 22 Re-learning Children’s Literature, TNL Auditorium, November 24 TNL Story Telling Sessions, TNL Children’s Library Section, November 25

UPLSAA Pamana ni Lola Basyang: Writing and Illustrating Stories for Children, TNL Auditorium, November 27

PLAI Puppet Show, Pasig City Library, November 28

PAARL Resource Generation and Funding for Libraries, TNL Auditorium, November 29

Chaired by EVA B. BRILLO, Library Director, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, and co-chaired by the Assistant Director of The National Library, Mrs. FLORA VALMONTE, the weeklong celebration culminated with a dinner held on November 29 at the Villa Immaculada by Tamayo’s Catering in Intramuros, Manila. The dinner was highlighted by the launching of the Scholarship and Adapt-A-Public High School Library Projects of the PLAI NCR Regional Council with Mrs. SALVACION M. ARLANTE, Chair of the NCR Regional Council doing the honors of explaining the projects, at the same time enjoining all concerns to support such projects. Awards were granted to the following: Atty. ANTONIO M. SANTOS (Special Award), PRUDENCIANA C. CRUZ (Special Award), LOURDES V. SORIANO (Cirilo B. Perez Award), and THELMA S. KIM (Severino Velasco Award).

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