Community Engagement Program
In support of DLSU’s vision-mission which is to bridge faith and scholarship, attuned to a sustainable Earth, and in the service of Church and society, especially the poor and marginalized, the Libraries’ Outreach/Community Extension Program aims to achieve the following:
- To offer select library services/resources to the underprivileged in line with the Libraries’ commitment to promote lifelong learning.
- To collaborate and build partnerships to take advantage of the expertise of members, share on the costs of running the program, and increase awareness about the program and the partner institutions.
|Programming Activities||Description||Target Recipient|
|Adopt-a-Library||Provides training on basic library management to those taking charge of the library and assists in the organization of library materials.
Undertakes digitization projects in partnership with select organizations with the goal of creating new ways for users to search and access valuable content
De La Salle Philippines Libraries
Other libraries as determined fitting by the Committee
|KIRA Tells a Story||Offers storytelling, puppet shows and film viewing sessions. KIRA stands for Kids Reference Assistant, the virtual librarian and mascot of the Integrated School||Children in day care centers, drop-in centers, orphanages and out-of-school youth or street children|
|WeAreInfoSMART||Helps groups of individuals gain information literacy (IL) skills through the conduct formal IL sessions, the provision of free access to the e-Library USA and other American Corner resources, the promotion of the use of open source databases/resources, and the availing of the Chat with LORA/ASRA facility to ask help from a librarian through virtual reference service||Students and teachers from nearby barangays and public schools|
|LORA, the Librarian||Provides training on the different aspects of library work and guides recipients in sourcing for free library resources||Librarians/library staff/volunteers working in community/barangay libraries/centers, public libraries public school libraries and LIS students who are undergoing on-the-job-training|
|LiBRO||Coined from the words libro (meaning book) and Brother, this program aims to spread Lasallian education (which is marked by zeal: the whole-hearted giving of oneself to the service of others, in gratuity and generosity, in creativity and fortitude, in compassion and commitment) through the conduct of fun and exciting educational activities that promotes the love for reading and lifelong learning Solicitation and the giving out of book donations to selected libraries is also part of this program||Children in day care centers, drop-in centers, orphanages and out-of-school youth or street childrenLocal government units
Community/barangay libraries, public libraries, school libraries (public and small private schools)
|GoGreen!||Advocates environmental awareness through the promotion of environmental protection and conservation. Activities and projects are geared towards waste management/reduction, tree planting/greening, and reducing environmental impact||Selected barangays/communities|
|Others||Other activities in support of the poor and neglected sectors of the society||Elders, impoverished families, homeless, abused children and women, etc.|
The Human Library started in 2000 in Denmark which was founded by Mr. Ronni Abergel and his group and is now taking place in 45 countries worldwide. It is composed of human or living books who have special talents or life experiences to share, thus serving as primary sources of information and providing opportunities for real and authentic discussions.
In Asia, Human Library events are already being organized in Korea, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, India and Malaysia. On August 14, 2014 the first ever Human Library event organized in the Philippines was launched by the DLSU Libraries.
Human Libraries aim to challenge stereotype, stigma, prejudice and discrimination; however, it can be flexible to respond to localized contexts. DLSU opted to stick to its original objectives, although it may consider in the future, realigning the concept to support the programs and services of the university.
DLSU offers programs that require producing original research. In support of this, the Libraries provide extensive range of high-quality, subject-specific information resources in various formats to both graduate and undergraduate students for their curricular needs. However, the information explosion has brought about a handful of unwanted circumstances leading to information overload. Students, therefore, find themselves lost and unproductive at times specifically during the early stage of research writing due to the overwhelming amount of information obtained from the Libraries and the web. With all of these, a strong felt need to help them become information literate individuals became apparent. Being information literate, the Libraries will strive to help them possess the ability to:
“(1) recognise the need for information and determine the nature and extent of the information needed; (2) find needed information effectively and efficiently; (3) critically evaluate information and the information seeking process; manage information collected or generated; (4) apply prior and new information to construct new concepts or create new understandings; and, (5) use information with understanding and acknowledge cultural, ethical, economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information” (ARCL, 2000).
The primary objective of the ILP is to help students develop their information literacy skills. ILP focuses on the following skills as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) standards of information literacy (ACRL, 2000):
a. Determining the nature and extent of the information needed
b. Accessing the needed information effectively and efficiently
c. Evaluating information sources
d. Using information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
Information Literacy Sessions
The Libraries provides information literacy (IL) instruction to aid library patrons in becoming independent and lifelong learners. There are two (2) categories of IL instruction sessions available to faculty and students: classroom type and quick start/individualized sessions (popularly known as Face-to-Face with RIA (Roving Information Assistant).
|Module 1: Library Research Basics and Tour||A 1.5 to 2-hour lecture and tour specifically designed for new students to introduce the different library resources and services and learn the basics of finding information.|
|Module 2: Subject Database Searching||A 2 to 3-hour intensive hands-on demonstration and practice on using the various subject databases.|
|Module 3: Library Basics and Database Searching||A 2 to 3-hour basic lecture and hands-on teaching on conducting library research and multi-disciplinary database searching|
|Module 4: Specialized Instructions||A customized, course-related instruction that focuses on advanced IL skills.|
Lunch ‘N Learn
The Libraries has become a learning space where students, faculty and staff can meet, talk, study, relax, and collaborate to foster inquiry-based learning and critical thinking skills. It also offers programs and services that recognize the importance of the Learning Commons as a sustainable investment in learning and research. Learning commons focuses on the learners by providing different pathways to different library patrons to explore, learn and through collaboration and participatory learning.
To meet their learning needs and participate as learners, library patrons need opportunities and an environment carefully designed to engage, inspire and build meaningful experiences. The Learning Lunches program of the Libraries will provide a space for meaningful conversations combined with the opportunities to build a network over lunch. Attendees and speakers will have an informal, relaxed discussion where personal experiences can be shared, new ideas can be discovered, and questions can be asked. The Libraries will serve free and healthy lunch meals to attendees as a small step that will help reduce environmental impact.
- To create a learning space for meaningful conversations and building relationships
- To allow library patrons to enjoy free presentations on a wide range of topics
- To build marketing relationship with students, faculty members, administrators and staff
- To promote the Libraries by showcasing its collections and services
- To increase the number of entrants of the Learning Commons
The Green Spine Book Fair is DLSU’s way of celebrating the love for reading. It is held annually and is organized by the Libraries.
The program primarily aims to promote active involvement in collection development among the members of academic community, specifically in terms of book/material selection, by literally bringing the books closer to the community. Likewise, it endeavors to develop the habit of reading among students by showcasing books that are fun and exciting to read.
As the fair necessitates coordination with book dealers, jobbers, vendors, and publishers, it also provides the opportunity to build a strong and harmonious relationship between the Libraries and the exhibitors/suppliers. More than a book fair, the program also hosts a number of different activities and events designed to support professional and personal growth of the different members of the academic community. Likewise, the fair supports the Turn One into a Million book drive by urging exhibitors/suppliers to donate books for the Libraries in lieu of the exhibitor’s fee.