LINGAYEN – The city and municipal libraries in the province may soon provide better and improved services following the conduct of the KOHA training for city and municipal librarians who have converged at the provincial library here for a two-day training on the software.
KOHA, a web-based backend with cataloguing data, is an open source integrated library system used world-wide by public, school and special libraries offered free to its beneficiaries.
The training held on August 12 to 13 at the Pangasinan Provincial Library gathered some 40 librarians province wide to take part in the activity which they will be introducing to their local units to upgrade their library’s system and operation.
Meanwhile, Board Member Amado I. Espino III, who addressed the librarians on behalf of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. expressed amazement over the remarkable development achieved by the current management of the provincial library which it acquired during the present administration.
Espino who is also Liga ng mga Barangay president, said he is happy that the library is now using high technology system which makes it easier for the clients, especially the students, to avail of the library’s services, giving them easier access and enabling them maximize their research and study hours.
The librarians of the province also expressed pleasure that the system was brought to Pangasinan as, according to them, the system will help them provide fast service that benefits both the clients and the libraries.
“Ok na ok, ang ganda ganda marami kaming natutunan about Information Technology. Malaking tulong ito sa aming mga librarians. Medyo mahirap sa umpisa dahil mageencode pa kami but later on mapapadali na yung trabaho,” said Cora Caguioa Langit, a librarian from Dagupan City.
Caguioa added that “sana lahat ng librarians especially mga public librarians, magtrain ng gaya nito,” as she expressed hope that the public must be informed that our public libraries have this kind of development opportunities.
Provincial Librarian Lolita Delos Santos also expressed hope that with the counduct of the training, she expects that everyone of the librarians become functional.
“We must be at par with the others, technology wise,” Delos Santos urged the librarians. /AVillanueva