Univ Library marks 2019 Nat’l Book Week

“Inclusive. Innovative. Interconnected.” This is the 2019 theme of the 85th National Book Week (NBW), which the University Library celebrated on Nov. 4-11 through four lined-up activities. The event opened with the ribbon cutting of the exhibit at the BM Gonzalez Hall lobby, featuring the best theses of each college for AY 2018-2019. Leading the ceremony were University Librarian Concepcion DL. Saul and guest Pio Salvador Ramon Omana, country account manager of Elsevier Singapore. Immediately following was a knowledge sharing activity called Forum on Apps and Information Resources for Teaching and Research held at the Chancellors’ Hall, with participants from UPLB, Laguna State Polytechnic University-Los Baños Campus, Los Baños National High School, and Philippine High School for the Arts. Serving as forum speakers were Elsevier’s Omana and Dr. Edmund Centeno, college secretary of the College of Development and Communication.

Omana talked about “Measuring and increasing research impact” using Elsevier tools in promoting articles, getting a paper noticed, and tracking readership; while Dr. Centeno, an assistant professor in educational communication, introduced the blending of traditional classroom learning with online mode in his topic “Flipping the classroom: teaching and learning with technology.” The University Library also installed a three-day book fair at the Chancellors’ Hall on Nov. 6-8, in partnership with five book dealers, namely: MegaText, Bellview, Forefront, Fast Book, and Linar. The NBW celebration was sealed on Nov. 11 with a spoken word poetry competition that revolved around the celebration’s theme, with participating UPLB students not only from the college level, but also from UP Rural High School and the Graduate School.

Of the 11 competing participants, Ralph Adrianne Cauilan from the College of Economics and Management bagged the first prize. (Virginia P. Alcantara)