Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 1 of the 7th Rizal Library International Conference

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!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The 1st Wordless Picture Book Prize of the PBBY

Lifted from the PBBY website:

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People is now accepting entries for its Wordless Book Prize2018 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.


February 19, 2018 (5:00 PM)


  1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.
  2. All entries must be e-mailed to 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Each entry should comprise the following:
    1. 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.
      Example: PenName_CS.pdf
    2. 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
    3. detailed storyboard in line drawing (grayscale).
      Filename should include the initials SB.
      Example: PenName_SB.pdf
    The contestant also has the option to submit all files already collected in a 4-page pdf. Filename should be Penname_ALL.pdf.
    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.
  5. A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.
  6. Entries may be collaborative, meaning a visual artist may collaborate with a writer to come up with the narrative for the entry.
  7. Each contestant should also email two documents:
    1. The first document should indicate the contestant's full name, address, telephone/cell phone numbers and email address.
    2. The second document should be a scan of a notarized certification from the author. (Download the format for the certification).
    If the entry is collaborative, there should be complete information for both contestants.
  8. Entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat and time-stamped no later than 5:00 p.m., February 19, 2018.
  9. 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]

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Lighthouse Diary Entry 6: Students' Works As Part of the Library's Collection

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.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Imagine! Play! Wonder! With Zarah C. Gagatiga

Here is the official poster of Imagine! Play! Wonder! A Storytelling Workshop with Zarah C. Gagatiga.

Curating SLIA Blog Posts: On Library Collection Development

What I have written so far about library collection development. Because, it's National Book Week and National Reading Month. Because, I get asked and consulted by peers and LIS students. Because, this part of what I do as a librarian.

Ins and Outs of Collection Development  (2010)

Ebook Collection Development 2012

Ebook Collection Development for School Libraries 2012

PPT on School Library Development 2012 - Throwback post for 2016

Developing Digital Collections 2011 - Insights on the topic as gleaned from a seminar I attended in Adamson Univeristy in 2011

Building a Picture Book Collection in a High School Library - Because Picture Books Are For Everyone!

Building a Graphic Novel Collection in the School Library - Because Graphic Novels Is Literature.

Striking the Balance on Collection Development - An AVR I produced for the PNULISSAA Annual Conference last May 2016.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Storytelling Workshop: Imagine! Play! Wonder!

Imagine! Play! Wonder!
Storytelling for Growth and Healing
A Workshop in Developing Literacy Skills and Life Skills

Workshop Facilitator: 
Zarah C. Gagatiga

Blogger. Librarian. Author. Storyteller. Teacher.

 Date and Time:
 December 2, 2017
Saturday, 9AM - 3PM

Lampara House Showroom
Sto. Domingo, Quezon City
Landmarks: Sto. Domingo Church and Angelicum College


Storytelling opens up opportunities that stretch the imagination,  the provision for play, and develops in the listener, a sense of wonder! It is through imagination, play and wonder  where children, even adults, learn at their best.  Imagination, play and wonder develop creativity and compassion.

The workshop is latched on three themes namely, Imagination, Play and Wonder. Three concepts on storytelling will further be taken up in relation to the three themes. These are:

a. Storytelling idea 1: Storytelling follows a sequence of order and organization.
b. Storytelling idea 2: Storytelling fosters dramatics and the performing arts.
c. Storytelling idea 3: Storytelling is creative learning!

A workshop kit and a storytelling starter packet will be given out to the participants of the workshop.

Participants: Open to all interested; students in Senior High School and College levels; Maximum of 50 pax, minimum of 30 pax.

Fee: 600 for adults; 400 for students

Contact information: /

*This workshop is partly sponsored by Lampara Books.  To book Zarah Gagatiga for workshops, talks and consultancy, get in touch with her via and/ or 09209672884.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

November is Literacy Month!

I have gathered events and activities that celebrate literacy this month. Here are posters and links to websites and social media pages.

National Reading Month 2017. From Adarna House’s FB Page: 

Maligayang Buwan ng Pagbasa! Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Edukasyon o Department of Education (DepEd), ang tema ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Pagbasa ngayong Nobyembre 2017 ay "Nasa Pagbasa ang Pag-asa." 

Masayang nakikiisa ang Adarna House sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Pagbasa ngayong Nobyembre! Bumisita lamang sa aming website ( at sa aming Facebook page ( upang makibalita sa aming mga gawain ngayong buwan.

Ilustrasyon mula sa "Digong Dilaw"
Kuwento ni Virgilio S. Almario
Guhit ni Nelson Cabrega

National Book Week 2017. Here is PLAI’s press release taken from their FB Page:

83rd National Book Week 
24-30 November 2017
Theme: "Libraries Take Action: Providing Access and Opportunity for All"
The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and Arts – National Committee on Library and Information Services (NCCA-NCLIS) and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP)

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Picture Book of Month started a day early. The founders of this international literacy program and advocacy wrote loving remembrances to its founder, Dianne de Las Casas. She died in mid-August from a house fire. Read their letters to Dianne through this link :

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