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Newsletter of the University of Asia and the Pacific Library. Vol. 5 • Issue Nos. 3 and 4 • ISSN 1665-7484 • January to June 2010

Faculty library committee scout Manila Int’l Book Fair THE UA&P FACULTY Library Committee trooped to the 30th Manila International Book Fair last September 16 to 19 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City to choose from among rare and interesting resources to add to the library’s every-expanding collection. UA&P Faculty and Staff members also had a hand in the selection of books. Dr. Alfonso Hiquiana, Dr. Theta Ponce, Prof. Sofia David, Dr. Corazon Toralba, Ms. Asuncion Magsino, Ms. Nilda and Salazar, Mr. Romeo Venes, Ms. Boots Ruelos, and Ms. Josette Reyes were among the library’s advisers for the choosing of books. All books selected during the book

fair were simultaneously delivered to the Library. Materials were checked against the collection for duplicates and faculty members were notified through e-mail for the final evaluation. About 200 book dealers and publishers participated in the annual book fair to exhibit their best and most recent publications. In the publishing industry, book fairs are held year round in various locations and are similar to trade shows. The event gives publishers to interact with their customers, meet new authors and gauge their performance against competing press houses. Schools and book collectors also visit such fairs for valuable finds for reduced prices. 

Literature books top DELL usage stats


BOOKS ON LITERATURE are the favorite among the University of Asia and the Pacific Don Eugenio Lopez Library (DELL)’s growing collection, according to data from the University Library. Books on this branch of the humanities were borrowed 2,660 times out of the 11,664 total number of books the DELL undergraduate library lent out last school year. While literature readers borrow more books than their counterparts in other disciplines, history and biology books are the second and third most in demand resources in the library, borrowed 1,669 and 1,650 times respectively. A close fourth are books on religion which were borrowed 1,560 times. Books on the social sciences meanwhile top the most borrowed books in the graduate library, Don Emilio Ejercito Library (DEEL) where 4,821 books were borrowed last year. DEEL loaned readers a total of 1,804 books on social sciences, while only 759 on education — a far second — were borrowed. 

10 tips for finding information on the Net By Marc Saltzman SOMETIMES LOOKING for quick information on the Web can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. With so many billions of Web pages in cyberspace, finding specific information can be a daunting task. “Often when I use search engines I get so many irrelevant results that I just give up,” admits a frustrated Lorraine Adams, mother of two and a disability consultant. Perhaps Adams isn't aware that there are ways to get more out of your favorite search engine, whether that's Live Search, Google, or Yahoo!. A few searching tips, tricks, tweaks, and techniques can help you find what you are looking for in cyberspace quickly and easily. Follow these 10 suggestions with your favorite search engine.

1 Use the Advanced Search field Almost all search engines have an “advanced search” area that provides Web surfers with more specific options. Here, you can search by an update date, look for Web sites with a specific domain like “.net,” or find Web sites in a preferred language.

2 Search with a phrase To better help the search engine find what you're looking for, offer a sequence of words in a specific order, using quotation marks around the phrase. For instance, if you're looking for information on the TV show Saturday Night Live, type “Saturday Night Live” into the search window. Without quotations on each end, a search engine will likely look for Web sites containing any of the words separately: Saturday, night, and live.

3 Be specific. If broad search words like car classifieds yield too many results, try more specific words such as used car classifieds or Mercedes classifieds


4 Use alternative search words.

7 Explore “Best Of” sites

If your keywords do not produce the results you want, try synonyms. Use a thesaurus like Roget's Interactive Thesaurus or Merriam-Webster OnLine to find alternative search words. After all, a dog is also a canine, a pooch, a mutt, a hound, a pet, and man's best friend!

If you're after quality and not quantity, a few search engines provide access to hand-picked “Best of the Web” sites. One example is

5 Insert a plus or minus sign. This trick usually works in most search engines. Put a plus sign (+) in front of a word that must be found in the search window. For example, city guides + New York will help you narrow the search for city guides for New York only. Similarly, place a minus sign (-) in front of a word that you do not want to appear in the search results. Typing in python -Monty will allow you to come up with results for snakes and not the British comedy troupe.

6 Just search the domain name. If you know the Web site that you want to search, but aren't sure where the information is located within that site, you can tell your search engine to only search that domain.

8 Eliminate inappropriate content. If you prefer not to have adult sites included in your search results, activate SafeSearch on the Live Search settings page or on Google's advanced search page. While not 100 percent accurate, this function will eliminate sites that contain explicit content from the search results.

9 Save time with a search toolbar. If you do a lot of searching on the Web, consider downloading the free Windows Live Toolbar or Google Toolbar, which always sit near the top of your Internet Explorer browser window. This way, you do not need to leave the Web site you're on to type in a new query.

10 Specialize your search engine. Photo search for photos, blog search for blogs, and the list goes on.  Article source: athome/moredone/searchenginetips.mspx

This school year, the following library staff members were reassigned with new duties.

Mr. Niño Pascual Past: cataloger of Technical Services division Present: in-charge, Serials, TSD Extension

Ms. Rachell Arabit Past: in-charge, DELL Circulation Section Now: Multimedia Section

Mrs. Edna de Castro Past: Serials Librarian Present: Cataloger, TSD Mr. Audie Ravina Past: in-charge, mechanical processing, TSD Present: Don Eugenio Lopez Library

Mr. Edwin Garcia Past: in-charge, Multimedia Section Present: Technical Services Division

Mr. Darwin Leongson Past: in-charge, shelving, Don Emilio Ejercito Library Present: Technical Services

Christmas Celebration ‘09

The library Christmas party kicked off with a ceremony on exchanging gifts and made more alive by the succeeding raffles and games. The staff also participated in the different Christmas events organized by HRM, PE and OSA, with full support by their most valuable coach and University Librarian, Miss Belen Vibar. The unit won first place in the Belen Making Contest, second for the Christmas Carol performance, and another second place award for Sports. 

Library staff training pushed TWELVE EMPLOYEES OF the University Library attended seminars and fora sponsored by library organizations. Nine other library staff members also benefited from an echo seminar conducted by the attendees. The Section Heads also gave talks on library policies and procedures to improve services offered by the library.

• Ms. Rachelle Arabit attended “Project Management for Librarians and Information Professionals” — August 27, 2009 by UPLSAA at the Ortigas Foundation, Pasig City. • Mr. Reynaldo Aspera, Mrs. Asela Santiano, and Mrs. Edna de Castro attended “The Promotion of Environmental Sustainability Through Libraries and Information Centers” — November 25 to 27, 2009, by PLAI at the Heritage Hotel, Manila. • Mr. Edwin Garcia attended “Net Generation Libraries” — September 18, 2009, by PLAI-NCR at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. • Mrs. Asela Santiano, Mrs. Edna de Castro and Mrs. Lenie Parales attended “The Power and Etiquette and Being {

Happy in Library and Information Services” — September 18, 2009, by PLAI-NCR at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. • Mrs. Marivic R. Legaspi attended the forum “Focusing on Our Health: Enhancing Wellness in the Workplace — September 16, 2009, by the Medical & Health Librarians Association of the the Philippines, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. • Mr. Darwin Leongson attended “Book Care 101: Introduction to the Care and Repair of Books” — September 17, 2009, by OFI & UPSLAA, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. • Mr. Dennis B. Macabudbod attended “Cyber Infrastructure: Library in Focus” — September 15, 2009, by ASLP at the

SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City • Mr. Niño Pascual attended “Towards Innovating Technical Services: Viewpoints for Advanced Resource Management” — August 26 to 27, 2009, by PAARL, at the National Library, Manila • Mrs. Lenie Parales and Mr. Edwin Garcia attended a national seminar on “Library Automation in the 21st Century” — April 21 to 23, 2010 at the Lay Formation Center, Dagupan City. • Mr. Audie Ravina attended a forum on “Digital Debates of Archives, Museums and Libraries” — September 17, 2009, by ASLP, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. 

University library aligns strategic goals for SY2010 UA&P librarians geared up for the coming school year with their own strategic themes in line with the more general goals of the University. For the 2010 to 2011 school year, the Library strives to meet standards and improve in the areas of collection development, services, maintenance of the growing book collection, and staff training. PHOTO BY DAVID OXBERRY

New librarians

The library has welcomed Ms. Florence Renee R. Bacay and Ms. Kristi Ma. Fevie V. Macasaet, both with a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Santo Tomas, as a staff of the Don Emilio Ejercito Library. Ms. Bacay and Ms. Macasaet were respectively assigned to man the Circulation and Reference sections of the library. 

UA&P Library extends its congratulations to For obtaining her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the Manual L. Quezon University last April 6

For acquiring his Specialization in Library Science at the Philippine Normal University last March.

For being elected to the PNULISA Board of Directors on March 2010/

Top 10 most used books by discipline Left: Don Eugenio Lopez Library for undergraduate students, with a total record of 11,664 borrowed books. Below: Don Emilio Ejercito Library for graduate students, with a total record of 4,821 borrowed books.

Library visitors / researchers Don Emilio Ejercito Library (DEEL) Institutions/Company Transnational Diversified Group

No. of Researchers 1

Development Dimensions International


Servitum Catholicae Fidei




De La Salle University


General Milling Corporation


Jose Rizal University


PAREF Rosehill


St. Scholasticas College


University of Santo Tomas


Gardenia Bakeries Philippines, Inc.




Ateneo de Manila University


Entrepreneur School of Asia


Lyceum of the Philippines


Union Bank of the Philippines




Eastern Visayas State University


New Era University


Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig

12 (Library Tour)

Saint Anthony College of Technology

1 (Library Tour)

University of the Philippines




Department of Education


KMPG Manabat San Agustin & Co.




UNOR Graduate School, Bacolod City Kai Nabatar

1 (Library Tour) 2 (Library Tour)

HCPI, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

2 (Library Tour)

Saint Louis University

7 (Library Tour)

UA&P Alumni


Don Eugenio Lopez Library (DELL) PAREF - Rosehill


St. Luke’s Medical Center


Ateneo de Manila High School


St. Poveda College


Merriam College-High School


Did you know? Benjamin Franklin

Lewis Carroll

Melvil Dewey

Saint Lawrence of Rome

Jacob Grimm

David Hume

These librarians changed the course of history

Pope Pius XI

Nancy West

J. Edgar Hoover

Laura Bush

Acknowledgement Institutions / Corporations Bank of Japan • Beijing Review, China • Bureau of Labor & Employment • Business Mirror, Makati • Department of Trade and Industry • Educause, Boulder • IFPRI, Washinton, D.C. • International Monetary Fund (IMF) • Makati Business Club • McKinsey Global Institute • Ministry of Japan • NCCA • Philippine Graphic • PIDS • San Miguel Corporation • The World Bank Individuals Dr. B. Villegas • Dr. Peter Lee U • Dr. Rolando Dy • Dr. P. Dumol • Dr. Yvette Camacho • Dr. Roberto de Ocampo • Dr. Veronica Ramirez • Mrs. Ma. Concepcion Lagos • Mr. R. Mondejar • Ms. Belen M. Vibar • Ms. Gloria Pasadilla

Editorial Board Editor in Chief: Lenie G. Parales • Circulation Manager: Niño Raphael Pascual • Contributors: Library Staff • Adviser: Ms. Belen M. Vibar • Design & Layout, Editorial Consultant: Corporate Communications Office UA&P LIBNEWS is a quarterly publication of the University of Asia and the Pacific Library with official address at Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines Tel No.: 637-0912 to 26 local 364

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