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MCL CLIR Celebrates 86th National Book Week Amidst Online Learning Setting

In line with the 86th National Book Week Celebration, Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Center for Learning and Information Resources (CLIR) held a series of online events, from the 24th to 28th of November 2020, as well as recognized some supporters and frequenters of their services. The theme for this year’s commemoration, which aims to recognize the important role libraries play in the current online learning arrangement, is as follows: "Libraries as Catalysts in the New Normal Environment: Changes. Reforms. Transformations."

Database Training

Reasoning the importance of access to accurate information and source materials online, especially in the current distance learning setting, training for different databases were held throughout the week. The specific database as well as the guest speaker for each training are as follows: Britannica Academic by Carmela Rita Virina; Wiley Digital Textbooks by Rhojelyn Balat; ScienceDirect, and Mendeley, both introduced by Johan Jang on two consecutive days. The said tutorings were held via Zoom every 1:00PM, and were attended by mostly MCL students and faculty members.

Online Story Telling

In a one-day event entitled ‘CLIR Stories: An Online Storytelling’, students from grades 1 to 3 had the opportunity to listen to stories narrated online by storyteller Jay Galang, from The British School of Manila, last November 27 at 10:00AM. Benefiting students came from the following schools: Pulo Elementary School; Latian Elementary School; and Banaybanay Elementary School.

Partners who helped make the aforementioned gathering possible are as listed: Ms. Jean Andrea Galang from MCL’s Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE); and Prof. Christine Joanne Desacado and Prof. Algene De Guzman, along with their ENG030 (Writing for Various Purposes), ENG040 (Purposive Communication) and HUM014 (Philippine Literature in English) classes. Uriel Javier, a Multimedia Arts alumna of MCL and The Clash Season 3 Top 10 Finalist, was also invited as a guest performer.


As the name implies, CLIRvia entailed MCL CLIR posting daily questions for the duration of the week for participating students to answer; those who were able to both follow the mechanics and comment the correct answer first were declared as winners. Daily winners for CLIRvia are as follows: Hannah Isabel Ello (November 24); Danwell Henry Loriño (November 25); Isabelle Jane Romo (November 26); Patrick Floyd Castillo (November 27); and Danella Leine Orella (November 28). The aforementioned students each received P500 GCash from Britannica Academic and a token from C&E Publishing.


MCL CLIR also hosted the Tik-to-CLIRist, which aims to promote the online services and resources the said center offers to the MCL community. Participating students were tasked to create a 60-second video that is in line with the aforementioned goal and post what they have created on their Facebook accounts. Danwell Henry Loriño was declared as the winner, with his prizes being an Amazon Kindle from Wiley and a special token from Elsevier. Following him are Denielle Miel Orella (First Runner-up) and Gabrielle Ann Pahuyo (Second Runner-up).

Special Awards

Aside from annual events, MCL CLIR also grants special awards to its patrons. The awards and the winners are as follows:
> Most Number of Attendees in a Book-A-Librarian (BAL) Session: Ms. Mariene Portal (Senior High School Faculty Member).
> First to Book a Session for Book-A-Librarian Service (BAL):
- Kristel Allen Santos (B.S. Hospitality Management)
- Prof. Christine Joanne Desacado (College of Arts and Science)
- Prof. Maria Rhodora Austria (E.T. Yuchengco College of Business)
> Top Users
- CLIR Online Reference Assistant (CORA): Jude Carlos Austria (B.S. Hospitality Management)
- Online Document Delivery Service (ODDS): Michelle Anne Therese Tagalog (B.S. Chemical Engineering)
> CLIR Most Active Patron Award
- Jude Carlos Austria (B.S. Hospitality Management)
- Prof. Christine Joanne Desacado (College of Arts and Science)
- Prof. Algene De Guzman (College of Arts and Science)
> Facebook Liker of the Year: Zymie Pingal (B.S. Chemical Engineering)

Awarding Ceremony

The 86th National Book Week Awarding Ceremony, which aimed to recognize winners as well as some of the library’s supporters, was held on December 1, 2020 through Facebook Live. The event was hosted by B.A. Communication students Karen Morales and Janica Bailon.

Missed the Awarding Ceremony? Watch the recording at:

As the week-long celebration neared its conclusion, Library Officer Lady Diana Mendiola assured, "Although in a distance, we continue to be the bridge of knowledge for the students and a pillar that the faculty members can lean on. It has been our mission to serve comfort way back when face-to-face classes are still permitted, and we intend to keep it that way regardless of the setting and distance."

Words by Jameela Lim

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Twitter: @MCL_CLIR
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