Iloilo City Library Tour: 2017

Last October 27, 2017, we had a small library tour in Iloilo City libraries with the LIS faculty and international students of MLIS-TL (Masters in Library Science - Theological Librarianship with ATEASEA scholars from Southeast Asia). We went to four different kinds of libraries and also dropped by Molo Locsin Mansion and Museo Iloilo. I have visited some of the libraries for other tours before, and its good to see some more innovations and new programs in these libraries.

The Library Hub by the Department of Education

DepEd's Library Hub serves public schools throughout the region by providing books. The boxes you can see in the picture are many copies of book titles for the schools.

They also have one new program for the Mother Tongue program of DepEd where subjects are taught in the native language. Public school teachers are encouraged to submit their own teaching materials for widespread distribution. They have a new online system, LRMDS, which catalogs and makes the reading materials available for teachers online. The DepEd selects some books that can also be translated to English and other regional languages in the Philippines. When we visited, they were handling a story-writing contest for teachers to encourage them to produce works for Mother Tongue education.

Saint Paul University

St. Paul University Iloilo is known for their leading health sciences courses. The library also has computer workstations for online resources.

Iloilo Provincial Library

I'm glad to see many changes in the Iloilo Provincial Library since the last time we visited last year in our library tour. I noticed the large new television and shelves. They also have new equipment for the Iloilo Archives - scanners for digitizing documents for easier access.

For those who don't know, the Iloilo Provincial Library and Archives is located in Casa Real near the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. It is open for all and their usual opening hours are Mondays to Fridays, 8:00-5:00 pm. Its a good quiet place for reading, studying, and whatever you are working on.

University of San Agustin - Elementary Library

Our last stop for the day was the school library of University of San Agustin Extension Campus (Basic Education Department). The interior design of the small space was good, and there's a space where the pupils can play, sleep, and read books. I admire the librarian for keeping up with the kids! We can see that he enjoys his job and the pupils always visit the library. I can't really imagine myself working in a library with children.

Thank you for the schools who accommodated us and the librarians for taking the time to introduce their libraries and answer our questions. We ended the day with a surprise advanced birthday party for Maam Ann. I hope that in the next library tour, there will even be more innovation and improvements in our local school, university, and public libraries.

Here are links to blog posts about previous library tours we had:

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