Henry Luce III Library: 10 highlights and accomplishments for 2022

Here are ten notable accomplishments and highlights of the Henry Luce III Library and CPU Libraries in 2022. Aside from opening the library for students, online services still continue. After two years, the library has conducted face to face events and held outreach activities.

Henry Luce III Library opens for students after two years

After two years from March 2020, the library has opened for CPU students this November 2022. The library opened just in time for the Midterm exams. The University has started face to face classes for selected courses and exams were conducted on site. 

The library did not open all at once. The Law Library was opened first for Law students in September 2022.

Bahandian Institutional Repository continues to grow

The Bahandian Institutional Repository serves as the ‘home’ of CPU publications and researches online. The repository not only serves the CPU community but has helped in disseminating research output to the public. Bahandian is indexed in Google Scholar and included in international listings of repositories.

This 2022, visitors from all over the world have visited the website, with an average of 150,000 users monthly. Top countries aside from the Philippines include the United States, Ireland, Sweden, Singapore, Germany, Netherlands, Vietnam, India, and the United Kingdom.

CPU Elementary Library conducts events for pupils 

In March 2022, the CPU Elementary School and Elementary Library conducted a Fire Prevention and Safety Activity for Fire Prevention Month in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection. FO3 Elaine Joy Eduardo, Public Information Officer of the Iloilo City Fire Station served as the guest speaker. She talked about the topic, “Big or Small, Fire Safety is for All: An Online Orientation on Fire Prevention and Safety.”

In November 2022, the American Corner, CPU Elementary School, and CPU Elementary Library conducted a lecture for elementary pupils on “KidPreneurs.” The lecture aimed to build and develop the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of kids.

Library welcomes visitors

After two years, the library has welcomed visitors to the library. Library partners such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the US Embassy visited the university. The Library also welcomed visitors and librarians from other universities or institutions. who toured the library for their benchmark activities.

In October 2022, Pauline Anderson, Deputy Public Engagement Attaché of the United States Embassy in the Philippines, Manila, and Jennifer Anne J. Pascua, American Spaces Program Coordinator, Public Affairs Section, visited American Corner Iloilo and the university.

Also in October, two officers of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas visited the library: Dr. Gregorio E. Bacay III, BO5, and Mr. Roxan L. Mujeres, BO2. They visited the Knowledge Resource Collection of the BSP in the Graduate School Library. This features various BSP publications such as books, annual reports, handbooks, comics, guidebooks, brochures and audio-visual materials. Aside from these publications, the BSP Library also provides information resource sharing and reference assistance services to KRN partners free of charge.

In November, the Library welcomed librarians from different institutions. See post below:

American Corner hold events

The American Corner has conducted events for students and collaborated with the library for outreach programs.

Graduate Studies Library moved to 4th floor

The Graduate Studies Library, formerly located on the 1st floor, has been relocated to the 4th floor. The new library section has more space and individual carrels for research and study. GSL Collections include Theses and Dissertations, College of Medicine Library, GSL Reserve, GSL Circulation, and a Knowledge Resource Collection for materials donated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

The Reference section was transferred to the former location of GSL. The former Reference section has been converted to a general reading area.

CPU Librarians present in International conferences

In May 2022, CPU Graduate School Professor and Consultant for Research and Publication, Dr. Reysa Alenzuela, with librarians Allana Delgado and Vince Palcullo, presented a paper at an international conference based in Europe. They presented at the 2nd International Online Conference on Digital Transformation in Culture and Education (DTCE22) organized by the Serbian Library Association.

The paper, “Academic Institutional Repository as a Treasure Trove for 21st Century Education,” is about the Bahandian Institutional Repository. The presentation outlined the process of creating Bahandian, training librarians, digitization processes, and challenges in developing an online repository.

CPU Library donates books and conducts outreach

Last April, the Library held an outreach activity in Brgy. Binon-an, Batad, Iloilo to distribute donations to Typhoon Agaton victims. Food packs, clothing, and other items were given out to almost 100 households. This is the first physical outreach activity of the library after two years due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

In December, the Kindergarten Library donated children’s books for the Philippine Librarians Association-Western Visayas Regional Librarians Council (PLAI-VWRLC) outreach activity. The books will be donated to communities in Passi and Antique. 

CPU recognized as 3rd highest number of subscriptions of eLibraryUSA

The United States Embassy recognized Central Philippine University and American Corner Iloilo as having the third highest number of subscriptions to eLibraryUSA. eLibraryUSA is a digital collection of trusted information resources from the United States with quality newspapers, magazines, journals, books, dissertations, and award-winning films and videos. Registration has been opened for the public. More information about eLibraryUSA and registration

CPU Library now a member of American Theological Library Association (Atla)

Central Philippine University Libraries is now an institutional member of the American Theological Library Association (Atla), through the College of Theology Library.

Atla promotes worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers. Atla’s membership has over 800 individuals, libraries, and academic institutions from diverse religious backgrounds.