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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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
Preschoolers who have attended in this program from 2005 are:
2005 - 2, 108
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
profile of periodicals
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.
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.
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.
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.