How are you today?
Well, all of us are coping and moving on. We really have to!
There’s always a way to make life meaningful regardless how bad the situations may be. We just have to recognize and embrace these sudden changes in our life in order for us to adjust and cope with it. Pandemic has brought many changes and challenges in the way the library do things and Librarians’ dilemma is to come up with innovative ideas specifically on its programs and services in order to address the situation and keep abreast with the times.
Here is a quick, exciting short list of fun things we do in our library in this time of pandemic other than just checking out books. These ideas would be a great boredom buster for students. Check it out and get inspiration from these activities.
1. Book talk Showdown Online -
With the emerging technologies, many students have "forgotten about" reading books for pleasure as a creative option. The goal of this activity is to encourage reading among JRU college community by inspiring students about books, showing them the interesting facts about the authors, themes and plot of chosen stories in a video presentation. These videos are uploaded in JRU library FB page to generate reactions.
Book talk showdown is prepared to share and impart valuable insights of good reading habits of our students.
Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) is one of the online services being provided by the Library. OPAC is very useful for researchers (especially in times of Enhanced/General Community Quarantine -ECQ at GCQ) because of its very informative features. It is also easy to use and available 24/7.
To encourage students to explore our OPAC, the library formulate an interactive activity where they can enjoy the use of our OPAC, the KOHA Crossword puzzle.
3. TIKTOK Book –
Tiktok app is very popular nowadays not only for teens but also to almost all ages because of its creative and fun ways of expressing themselves through singing, dancing and lip-syncing.
For many of these users, gaining likes, followers and getting their videos featured on the app are important priorities. Creating and sharing their own content is now a big part of how teens spend their time online. Teens are moving away from being spectators online to becoming content creators. This app can be a really creative way, fun way for teens to express themselves and create their own social content.
Thus the library finds it challenging to also engage in such activity by creating their own short video either by promoting reading, or promoting a collection of the library.
4. Book Trailer Making Contest-
The aim of this activity is to promote library e-resources in our library such as Proquest 5000, Gale Virtual reference Library (GVRL) and IG Library. During Hands-on training for electronic resources, Librarians prepare questions wherein students will interactively participate using their JRU e-mail and our different electronic resources.
These are just some of the many activities done in our library and there’s a lot more! If you are interested to know more just visit our FB Page, Jose Rizal University Library. Have a great time!
Article Contributor: Rechy Llamas
Poster design: Jean Marilette Abelardo, Rechy Llamas
Editor: Romarico Barrientos