Ninoy Aquino Learning Resources Center
Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center Motto Tanglaw ng Bayan Nickname ICT Center or ICTC Type Library Center Director Prof. Mona Lisa P. Leguiab Location Santa Mesa, Manila
The Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center (NALLRC), or the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Main Library is located at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila.
Aside from being the university athenaeum, it is also the home of the University's College of Law and Department of Library and Information Science of the College of Arts.
The Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center is one of the major service centers of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. As such, it strives to meet the academic and related needs of its clientele through the provision of adequate and efficient library and information services.
In order to realize its mission of offering traditional services and serving as the University’s gateway to the global information society, the NALLRC provides various services and facilities, meant to redound to the meaningful growth and development of its clientele.
The PUP University Library System shared a nomadic history with the University. Like the University, it had no home of its own until after the Second World War. In 1933, it was sharing a space with the Philippine Normal School. In 1947, Congress allotted the amount of PhP 120,000.00 for the construction of the Philippine School of Commerce library and social hall buildings. PSC President Luis F. Reyes acted as Administrator of Libraries. The library had an initial collection of twelve (12) volumes. As the library collection started to grow during the period 1952-1961, Ms. Dolores A. Teotico acted as Library Administrator. She was appointed Supervising Librarian in 1962. During this period, the library adopted an open-shelf system. Room I of the Library Annex in Lepanto, Sampaloc was converted as reading room for male students and an additional librarian was assigned at the High School reading room. During the school year, 1964-1965, more books were acquired through purchase and donation. The Library Board was created to act as policy determining body relating to the library system. The previous policy of suspending the lending of books during the examination period was lifted.
In 1966, the College Administration found many government regulations and practices, which made the acquisition of additional books for the College Library difficult. In spite of this problem, however, the Library was able to maximize its services to students, faculty, administrative employees and outside users. Exchanges with other libraries and schools were established on this year.
In 1967, the College was given an allocation of P50, 000.00 for the purchase of library books. More books were purchased and text and reference books, which were not available in local bookstores, were ordered direct from foreign publishers.
During the school year 1968-1969, the Graduate School Library was established. To improve the collection in the College Library as well as support the Graduate School Library, the Board of Trustees allocated an additional amount of PhP100,000.00 to the Library.
During the fiscal year 1970-1971, the Main Library transferred 1,461 and 51 volumes of books to the Sta. Mesa Library and high school library respectively. It was also during this period that the Graduate School Library started its operation and Mr. Bonifacio C. Macanas was appointed as Supervising Librarian.
In 1971-1972, the College Library had units in all campuses with a collection of 14,748 volumes.
In 1972-1973, the College Library was already operating five library units, as follows: one unit serving the graduate students; three units catering to the undergraduate students; and one unit, servicing the library needs of the high school students. On December 15, 1973, upon the representation of Dr. Narciso Albarracin, who was serving as the Officer-in-Charge of the PCC, Asia Foundation donated 800 books and 100 assorted cliff notes (compilation of short stories and other articles, paperbound) to the PCC library.
The PCC library was centralized at the newly renovated Loyola Annex during the academic year 1973-1974 and an open shelves system was adopted by the library.
During the academic year 1974-1975, the College Library reduced its units into three in its two campuses, the Annex campus in Lepanto and the Mabini campus in Sta. Mesa. The Annex library served both the graduate and undergraduate students while the two units in the Sta. Mesa campus served the undergraduate and the high school students.
In 1977, a library consultant was appointed to assist in updating and enriching the learning resources of the school. The library continued to increase its collection in terms of books and periodicals. Likewise, during this year, a new library building known as the Bagong Lipunan Library was inaugurated with Dona Josefa Edralin Marcos, mother of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, as guest speaker. Mrs. Estrella V. Manuel was designated Coordinator of Libraries.
In 1978, the PCC was converted into the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The library was renamed Department of Library and Related Services.
In 1979-1980, another wing of the library building was completed. The name of the library was changed to Learning Resource Center, and Dr. Estrella V. Manuel was designated as Director of Libraries, while Mr. Bonifacio C. Macanas remained as Chief Librarian. Since the University started offering a program in library science, the library also served as a practicum site for students in library science.
As part of the program of the Library Director, library personnel were given professional trainings, attended book fairs and participated in National book Week celebrations. Book exhibits were held.
It was also during this year that the A-V Center was established. The Library acquired 2,227 volumes of books through purchase and 706 volumes through donation from Dr. Juan L. Manuel, Sr., former Secretary of Education, Culture and Sports. Likewise, the library secured 147 pamphlets and brochures mostly for its Filipiniana collection, from various government agencies, embassies, faculty, PUP officials and others. PUP President Pablo T. Mateo and Office of Media Affairs Minister Gregorio Cendaña signed the PUP-NMPC agreement on audio-visual linkage. The two branches of the University, PUP-BEPZ in Bataan and PUP-Lopez in Quezon established their libraries during this year.
In 1981, the library continued to acquire the latest books in all areas of study to add to the increasing accessions of four libraries located in the following campuses: Sta. Mesa; Lepanto; the PUP-BEPZ in Bataan; and the PUP-Lopez in Quezon. In addition, the CPA Review Center Library was added as an additional unit of the library system. In order to draw attention to the resources available in the University’s libraries, the Director of Learning Resource Center mounted a program to celebrate National Book Week, where the importance of books and the use of the same for intellectual and social development was emphasized by Dr. Serafin Quiason, who served as guest speaker of the program.
The University continued to maintain its Book Bank to help the students in their book requirements.
In 1987, the name of the Library has been changed from Learning Resource Center to Library and Book Exchange Center. Mrs. Mona Lisa P. Leguiab was designated Chief Librarian. A University Library Advisory Board was constituted with the PUP Executive Vice President as Presiding Officer, Vice President for Student Services and External Affairs as Vice Chairman, Chief Librarian as Secretary, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Deans and Directors of Colleges and Institutes, and Director, CPA Review Center as members.
In 1988, Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente envisioned to build a four-storey library building, which started its construction.The demand for adequate and conducive space in 1989, the Graduate School Library was transferred to Hasmin Hostel building at the M. H. del Pilar Campus. However, coincided with the closure of the CPA Review Center Library in the same year, the CPA Review Center Library ceased operation.
The intent to meet the thrust of the university, the Library continued to transform through active participation of the staff to attend seminars, fora, trainings related to the field. Library personnel were encouraged to enroll in library and information science course, training on computer literacy program. Increased in acquisition of books and professional journals, established linkages with other libraries, development and improvement of facilities and services were just some of the projects done.
Remarkably, on the same year, with the strong determination to support the noble vision of the University, and through the initiative of Mrs. Leguiab, automation of the library system was conceptualized. Mrs. Leguiab sought the assistance of Prof. Teresita Geronimo, then Head of the EDP Section of the University. Meeting with the demand of trends in information technology, the program for the computerization was designed and data were encoded. The computerization was already on the dry-run for implementation.
To top it all, from 1987 to 1990, true to its vision, the administration of the University fully supported one of the objectives of the library by actively notable acquisition of books and other library materials which totaled to 22,161 volumes of books and 4,476 volumes from donations and almost 100 titles of professional journals through purchased and donations.
In September 4, 1991, a four-storey edifice of the Main Library, which started its construction in 1988, was completed and inaugurated with Dr. Guillermo N. Carague, Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management as Guest Speaker. Dr. Irene D. Amores was designated Director of the Library. She served as such from October 1, 1991 to June 2, 1992.
During the school year 1992-1993, the PUP Hostel and the PUP College of Engineering and Architecture Libraries were established. The library continued to build its books and audio-visual materials collections. The University function rooms became the venues for many cultural activities like film showing stage plays and painting exhibits. The library collections were converted into the Library of Congress Classification System.
In 1994, Dr. Estrella V. Manuel was again designated Director of Libraries. The University Library keenly aligned itself to the forward-looking thrust of the academe as it continued updating materials for the research needs of both faculty and students.
Moreover, in order to fully implement the customized computerization system, the library once again, enhanced the program to provide an efficient library system, if not excellent learning environment for its clientele. The library also improved its Audio-Visual facilities. More linkages with other libraries and institutions were established. Also, in 1995, an additional 11,724 volumes were added to the collection through purchase and donation.
Dr. Estrella V. Manuel retired in 1996 and Mrs. Mona Lisa P. Leguiab was designated Director of Libraries.
In 1997, the "Alay-Aklat Project" was initiated. This project contributed an additional 611 volumes to the library collection. Library staff joined library associations and continued their professional growth through in-house trainings. Finally, in 1998, the in-house On-line Public Access Catalog was launched for implementation. The system was facilitated with catalog card and book label productions and inventory procedures, which strengthen the services of library to its clientele.
In 1999, Dr. Irene D. Amores was again designated as Director of Libraries and served as such until her retirement in October 2004. The name of the library was changed to Ninoy Aquino Learning Resources Center. The University Library Advisory Board was also renamed as Learning Resources Center Advisory Board. Processing of student IDs was entrusted to the library.
In 2002, the Ninoy Aquino Center for Human Rights was launched and the Archives Section was opened to the public as part of the University’s centennial activities.
In November 2004, Dr. Amalia Cullarin Rosales, former Dean of the College of Arts, was designated the new Director of the University Library. From November 2004 October 19, 2007, the following were done in the library as a response to the needs of the time: reorganization of the Library to improve the services to its clientele; formulation of the vision, mission and goals of the library; improvement of the physical structure of the library to make it conducive to learning and research; forged linkage with the Filipinas Heritage Library of the Ayala Foundation, Inc. for the inclusion of PUP’s Filipiniana Collections to their Librarylink Program; revised the student library guide, publication of Library Handbook and Manual of Operations; production of the library power point presentation for use during library orientations; established the Faculty Research Center; made the Library as a repository of arts and culture through the putting up of art works in the library building and inclusion of collections on our national heritage in the Museum and acquisition of national artifacts; embarked on staff development through library and museum visits, intensified the computerization of the collections; and reconstruction of the Film Center which has not been operational since 1999.
In November 2007, Prof. Mona Lisa P. Leguiab, the ever indefatigable former Director of the library was again designated as Director of the Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center.
To offer the best services and resources to the PUP community and other library users, upon assumption to office as Director, Prof. Leguiab included in her NALLRC Development Plan priorities which was presented in one of the Executive Committee meetings the following issues: (1) the immediate operation and implementation of the Athena Software Library and Information System which has been long delayed; (2) provision of sufficient budget for collection development, and (3) provision of Online database resources such as e-books and e-journals to meet the modern trends in information access.
Aware of this needs, the PUP administration readily facilitated on the needs by acquiring the Online database resources such as e-books and e-journals, likewise, supportive of the needs of the Athena Software System to be in operation.
On July 18, 2008, the Athena Software Library & Information System facilitated by the NALLRC and the online database resources on e-books and e-journals by Gale Virtual as provider were launched. It was a well-attended activity by the PUP Officials. A scheduled Orientation on the use and access of the online database resources was organized with full support of Prof. Alberto C. Guillo, a dynamic Director of the ICT Center under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Development. College Deans, Area Chairpersons, Directors and faculty members participated in the orientation.
To date, the PUP community and other library clientele are enjoying the wonders of information access through this online database, which is of great help in their research needs. The PUP administration is continuously being supportive in all the activities of NALLRC which ultimate objective is to give the best for every demand needs of the PUP community.
It was a quantum leap on the part of NALLRC giving due credit to the support from the University EXECOM, headed by President Dr. Dante G. Guevarra.
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