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One of its kind

Nowhere in this country will you found a Resource Center for the Blind but only in the Raul S. Roco Library. The Center is based at the ground floor of Raul S. Roco Library and was formally inaugurated last April 2009 to serve the visually impaired.

With the inclusion of the Center for the Blind, Raul S. Roco Library is so located as to be very accessible and so designed as to provide comfort, space, quietude which are conducive to learning.

FOR PUBLIC READERS who want to visit the Raul S. Roco Library, they may access the Internet for its free wi-fi connections or may wander and leaf through the books at the shelves or they may visit the facilities which provide them convenience.

These are:

  • A Reading Area that accommodates 150 readers at a time including the area for children
  • An InternetCenter that has seven workstations complete with its accessories essential for research. Three workstations were also added in this section to access the Philippine E-Lib website.
  • An ActivityCenter that can be used for meetings, seminars and gatherings, able to accommodate 200 participants
  • A ResourceCenter for the Blind that has five work stations installed with special program for the visually impaired.
  • A Hall of Fame that can be used for exhibits and small gatherings.

 

 

 

 

 




 Its two-storey floors covering an area of 677 square meters can hold library visitors and registrants for lectures simultaneously. It also offers a safe facilities  for persons with disabilities.


SERVICES


Proactive institution in community and a staunch advocate of reading

Raul S. Roco Library may have lent books, collects periodicals, hold lectures and partnered programs, but most of all, the library is there to contribute in the progress of the people of Naga City. Like any public libraries, Raul S. Roco Library is governed by its mission -

to enriches the quality of life of local citizens through programs and services that make use of various resources and technologies to inform in the most efficient manner and to propagate the ideals and legacies of the late Raul S. Roco. Also, it values and seeks to preserve materials important to local culture and history. 

The attainment of this mission is through the development of programs and partnerships in business and non-government sectors. As of to date,  Raul S. Roco Library is partnered by the following:

  • Jollibee Foods Corporation – forged an agreement with the city government thru RSR Library to be the food and gift items provider in the official activities of the facility.  This has saved the library a considerable amount of money which went instead to acquisition of more books and periodicals.
  • Department of Education – the RSR Library is in constant partnership with DepEd in promoting love of reading among the city’s public schools
  • Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas – These organizations provide the warm bodies that do the story-telling during visits of the Book Mobile in public schools and during the Children’s Bookfest. They backstop local officials who also perform reading chores.
  • Universities and foundations – These institutions are a regular source of library materials helping to make RSR Library’s collection varied and up to date
  • Local computer schools (STI, Global Site for IT Studies, Philippine Computer Foundation College, CCDI) – students from these schools help teach non internet-savvy library clients use the computers for researching on the web, they also perform minor maintenance work on the computers
  • Naga City Scholars Guild – an organization of city government scholars, they do volunteer work such as sorting, shelving, story-telling to children, and rendering library orientation to new clients.

The partnership has generated sustainable support and contributed in developing programs that are essential in encouraging lifelong learning and encouragement among the children and the youth. These programs are:

1.     Library Rewards Program.   This program targets Nagaueños in general and is in support of the city’s good governance and responsible citizenship thrust.  Each book in the circulation section of the RSR Library has a corresponding point.  Books on Bicol history, culture and arts have the highest points (10) followed by Filipiniana and books that received national awards.  A Nagaueños collects points by borrowing books.  Once a certain number of points is gathered, the borrower is entitled to special rewards and privileges such as a “Maogmang Lugar” mug or T-shirt.

This program encourages and develops the habit of reading among Nagaueños, particularly for books about the city’s history and Bicol arts and culture.  It also exposes them to Filipiniana materials and nationally acclaimed authorships.  On an operational level, it increases the clientele of the RSR Library driving down its cost-per-client and justifying further investments in the facility.

763 library borrowers in 2007 and 1, 087 borrowers were rewarded in this project.

 

2.     Annual Library Lecture Series. This program promotes an awareness and appreciation of local writers and historians and their significant contribution in promoting local culture and history.  It inspires young writers to hone their craft to be recognized authors someday.  It also changes the people’s perception of the library from being a mere repository of books to a congregation of living authorities from different fields.  Notable writers who graced the occasion since the program started in 2005 were:



a.     Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera (2006) who discussed Mainstreaming Bikol Language and Literature
b.     Ms. Eugenia Apostol(2006) who talked about responsible journalism. Effective communication and transparent governance
c.     Bikol historian Dr. Danny Gerona(2007) who discussed the importance of understanding local history
d.     Columnist Conrado de Quiros (2008) on literature and current events
e.     Alan Popa(2005)  on the changing paradigm of Bicol Poetry

 

f.      Mrs. Prudencia C. Cruz (2008) on the impact of local history materials in public libraries

 RSR Library’s effective networking and partnership with other institutions, a key strategy of the city’s governance model, sustained this activity for the past three years now. 

Participants who have attended in this project since 2005 ranges from librarians, teachers, writers, artists and, students, the records are:

2005 -               93 students/teachers
2006
-               634 students
2007 -               39 librarians
2008 -               82 librarians
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3.     Children’s Bookfest.  This targets pre-schoolers from the city’s educare centers and elementary pupils up to Grade 2.  Select readers from the local officialdom, the academe, the business community and civic organizations take turns in reading children’s books and amplifying them for the benefit of their young listeners.  Jollibee provides free food and gift items for the participants.

        Preschoolers who have attended in this program from 2005 are:

        2005       -               2, 108
        2006       -               2, 854
        2007       -               1, 895
        2008       -               2, 473

4.     “Be a reader: Rediscovery Raul S. Roco @ the Library” This program encourages students to rediscover the ideals of Raul S. Roco, a distinguished leader and public servant.  Students research his life at the library and join in an inter-school speech competition centering on the former’s senators principles and ideals.  Thru this activity, good and responsible citizenship is inculcated among the youth



5.     Byaheng Bukmobil – A project that deploys the city’s Book Mobile to the city’s far-flung barangays.  It seeks to enhance learning in public schools and inculcate love for reading.  The idea is that constant exposure of children to quality reading materials will help their studies. It will also sustain their love for learning.  To generate more readers, a local personality is brought in to do story-telling.  Beneficiaries of this project are 10 schools located in the city’s upland and agricultural barangays whose distance from the Library makes commuting expensive for their pupils.

BOOKMOBILE
2005
2006
2007
2008
Circulation of books
2, 418
1,948
2,652
2, 098


6.     Databank Exposition – This activity brings the resources of the library closer to the public.  The library’s collection of books on Bicol history, arts and culture as well as old photos of the city are exhibited during historical celebrations and other events.  Among the library’s recent expositions were on the 15 Bikol Martyrs, and 1920-1950 Bikolano writers and photos of NagaCity, and Bikol Book Collections.  Thru this activity, awareness about the library is brought to a larger audience and the public who have no time to go to the library gain access to its selected collections.

7.     Inter Library Resource Sharing Program – Launched three years ago, this program increases the reach of RSR Library’s book collection as well as generates a synergy with the limited library collections of four schools in the city.  These schools are the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, Philippine Computer Foundation College, Computer Communication Development Institute and AMAComputerCollege.  Thru resource sharing, collection of all partners are multiplied thus overcoming each one’s limited collection, frees resources for the acquisition of resource materials not available from any of the libraries, minimizes duplication of library materials, and encourages sharing of good practices among the different librarians.

Partnering schools
2005
2006
2007
2008
Phil.ComputerFoundationCollege
120
180
250
220
AMAComputerCollege
180
350
179
213
 Holy Rosary Minor Seminary
295
425
365
431
  1. Library Training. This service provides technical assistance in the acquisition of skill in organizing a library or a learning resource center. This type of service has provided help in the organization of 11 functional barangay reading centers in Naga City and 7 public libraries in Camarines Sur. They are:
  • Pasacao
  • San Fernando
  • Canaman
  • Goa
  • Milaor
  • IrigaCity

COLLECTION

Popular ReadingCenter

For the year 2008, Raul S. Roco Library is becoming the most widely used public library in the region. Since it has transferred in 2005, library readers increased and have established partnership and linkages in other municipal libraries in the province for the sharing of reading materials not available in each library.

 
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
Readers/ visitors registration based from the LogBook (door count)

8,719
9,102
27, 968
Loans and renewals
 
 
2006
2007
2008
Home reading borrowings
 
 
1,949
5,280
1, 950
10, 880
Bookmobile
 
 
 
 
 
Renewals
 
 
496
899
479
Interlibrary  (loans between libraries – reciprocal borrowing schemes)
       i. Phil.ComputerFoundationCollege
     ii. AMAComputerCollege
iii. Holy Rosary Minor Seminary
 
 
 
3, 744
3, 850
3, 267

 

 

 
 
 

Books in demand versus quality

a diverse collection of books representing the various interests of the Naga City residents is maintained in the Raul S. Roco Library. Special emphasis is on the development of book collection on local governance and of local history books particularly the Bikoliana. These materials are accessed through registration to the RSR Library ID. Holders of RSR Library ID increases 20 percent every year since 2004

  Total library cardholders
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
1680
1832
2298
2798
 


As of 2008, these are the library holdings of the Raul S. Roco Library.

 
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
Total Library Collection
6582
24,341
26,510
29, 782
10, 651

2008 Library collections                  

Donated books    -  3, 296
Books from the National Library                   -  1,204
Purchase             -   6,151
                                  10 ,651


                The decrease of library collections of books was the effect of the turn-over  of the collections of the DepEd Library HUB management to the Department of Education Division of Naga in 2008. RSR Library administered the classification and organization of these materials starting 2005 and was included in the Bookmobile service.

                These collections of reading materials are distributed in the following sections of the library.

Sections
Number of Titles
Number of Volumes
Audio Visual
217
223
Bookmobile
611
1717
Children
474
1376
Children (GF)
10
17
Circulation
2895
3, 903
Filipiniana
1340
1916
General Reference
330
667
Local Governance
193
251
Reserved
392
410
Special Collection
78
169
Total
 
10, 651


profile of periodicals

Newspaper

Title
Frequency
Date started
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Daily
1990
Manila Bulletin
Daily
1988
Philippine Star
Daily
1990
Tulay
 
 
Bicol Mail
Weekly
1995
Vox Bikol
Weekly
1995
Bikol Reporter
Weekly
1995
Bicol Tribune
Weekly
1995

Periodicals

Title
Frequency
Date started
Time
 
 
Newsweek
Weekly
1988
Readers Digest
Monthy
1988
National Geographic
Monthly
2000
Fortune
Monthly
2003
IBON Facts and Figure
Twice a month
2003
Education for Development
Monthly
2005
NewsBreak
Monthly
2007
Health Today
Monthly
2007
PC World
Monthly
2007
Nursing standard
Twice a month
2007
Japan Bulletin
Monthly
2003
Computer world
Monthly
2003
Philippine Free Press
Twice a month
1988
Health and Home
Once in two months
1990
Pambata
monthly
2005
Modern Teacher
Monthly
2005
Language arts
Quarterly
2008
Enterprise
monthly
2007



PROGRAMS

            Children’s Bookfest

            Library rewards

            Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Award

             An annual regional search for the outstanding youth group whose achievements of service for the common good have been inspired by Raul S. Roco’s ideals and vision. The award is given every Raul S. Roco day on October 26 by the Raul S. Roco Foundation and the Naga City Government.

BOOKLOVER’S CLUB

The Raul S. Roco Library Booklover’s Club promotes the importance of reading and library use among pupils in public elementary schools under the Department of Education – Division of Naga City.

Inter Library Loan Program

The Inter library loan program operates in partnership with the private libraries of the Holy Rosary Minor seminary and the Naga campuses of AMA Computer College, Computer Communication Development Institute, and Philippine computer Foundation College. It increases book collection and broadens the access to resource materials between partner libraries.

Library Websites

The Raul S. Roco Library Web Site is part of the i-Governance program of the City Government of Naga. It gives information about the different activities and initiatives of the library. The circulation program and its catalog can be accessed through www.naga.gov.ph/library. Library users can check available books through the website.

Bookmobile Program

The Bookmobile program of Raul S. Roco Library reaches all parts of Naga City in promoting the importance of reading through story telling programs for public elementary schools pupils. Establishing barangay reading centers, Children’s Bookfest and Byaheng Bukmubil are among the activities of the Bookmobile.

Raul S Roco Library Lectures

The library invites every now and then contemporary national writers to give lectures. Their works have generated a wide range of readers in the region and the city. The lecture program also includes contemporary writer’s books discussion by teachers, students and readers.

 
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