Library services continue despite COVID pandemic
Despite the challenges faced in the continuing fight against Covid-19, the Baguio City Public Library (BCPL) continues to find ways to support the academic community.
In his virtual state of the city address, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said connectivity should be made free to learners, to schools and the barangays. He said this should include the BCPL where inquiries for researches, readings and references are starting to be done online.
BCPL officer-in-charge Easter Wahayna Pablo said inquiries about available data-based references and resources especially for masters theses and doctoral dissertations, have started to come virtually. Community engagement are planned with the Management Information Technology Division for more online services, she added.
There will also be community sections for specific groups, such as the Braille collection for the visually impaired, gender and development corner, the booklovers’ club for the inspirational/fiction line of books, and the children’s corner. This is in line with the BCPL tagline, “Sa BCPL, lahat kasali,” Pablo said.
The BCPL has also re-arranged the desks and at the library to make it well-ventilated.
The library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, but arrangements are forthcoming for weekend services.
Pablo was recently awarded as second place, national level, professional category for the 2021 Gawad Parangal Sa Natatanging Propesyonal na Tagapangasiwa at Tagapaglingkod ng Pampublikong Aklatan. The mayor joined her in a virtual ceremonial awarding, Aug. 25.
In his SOCA, Magalong said the city continues to prove its being the academic center of the north with a Department of Education award as Best Schools Division Office in 2020, and the highest number of quality assured learning resources. Guided by his 16-point agenda which includes education, there should be ways to modernize the city library, for conducive reading and learning, for young and old alike, it was known. – Julie G. Fianza