Alaminos is newest access point of Philippine eLib Project
Students, young professionals, even employees and local residents will soon have access to the Philippine Electronic Library through the Alaminos City Library (ACL) with the installation and activation of eLib kiosk and demonstration here last Monday.
No less than Mrs. Prudenciana C. Cruz, Director IV of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) leading the formal turn-over of the e-library project to the city government which was witnessed by some local public school librarians and municipal librarians in the first district and city employees
On hand in welcoming the guests were City Administrator Wilmer S. Panabang and members of the City Council.
In accepting the project right after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, Panabang thanked Mrs. Cruz and the NLP in behalf of the city officialdom for choosing ACL as one of the access points of the Phil. eLib Project.
Panabang said establishment on an eLib project in the city library will further cement the status of Alaminos as the center of education in western Pangasinan.
The Administrator noted that the said project “will be of great help especially to our students who needed instant information which eLib would readily provide ranging from general to specialized resources.”
“Rest assured that, we in the city government together with the ACL will take good care of this project and maximize its use to benefit not only our citymates but library users in the whole of the first district of the province. “
The Alaminos government, as a gesture of gratitude for her worthy contribution to the city, awarded Mrs. Cruz a plaque of appreciation.
Cruz, in her message, said Alaminos was easily chosen for its strategic location and that ACL is considered as one of the best performing city libraries in the country. Next to Dagupan City Library, ACL is the second beneficiary of the said project in province. E-Library will also be established in the Pangasinan Provincial Library in the capital town of Lingayen.
Cruz, The project manager of the Philippine eLibrary, explained that the computer softwares will soon serve as a local internet kiosk on which library users could easily access to the virtual library resources.
She said the project is one of the eleven government funded projects through the Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (ITECC) now Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT).
The project is in partnership with government institutions that include the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), University of the Philippines (UP), Department of Agriculture (DA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the National Library of the Philippines as Project Manager.
The national government funded the said project in 2004 to establish and maintain the digitized resources of Philippine materials.
Lead government agencies were tapped as our major partners in the implementation of the project to reach out to the communities and students, said Cruz.
With the internet kiosk, local residents could search and upload publications coming from the DA in how to improve the fishing industry, farming and learn more on viable livelihood programs and on upgrading the skills of farmers.
Students are also guided on the standard procedures on the conduct of research and what materials to be use the researching different subject areas.
The project is also very useful to educators including students taking up masteral and doctoral courses since 60, 000 title of theses have been uploaded in the eLib which are all protected by the copy right law of the Philippines.
City Librarian Zenaida C. Romero, who was equally thankful for the gift accorded to ACL, said the arrival of the eLib project was very timely since the city library is currently implementing a flexi-time schedule.
Romero said ACL is now open 6-days a week and has extended additional one hour after office work during weekdays to give more ample and quality time for library goers to enjoy reading or conducting their research works.
“This (initiative) is of course parallel to the Braganza administration’s thrust of providing the highest level of service to our general clientele,” she added.
Romero reiterated the invitation of Director Cruz encouraging all students, fellow employees and regular users in the district to visit the library very soon and make use of resources provided by Philippine E-Lib.
All the guests and city officials proceeded to the ACL after formal turn-over ceremonies for the installation/activation and demonstration of eLib kiosk.
ACL staff was also trained by the personnel of The National Library of the Philippines on the proper procedure in