Michael Anthony B. Infante | Government Intern
BAGUIO CITY – The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cordillera is setting up its own learning resource center (LRC).
According to DSWD regional director Leonardo Reynoso, the establishment of an LRC in the region is part of the agency’s plan to link the DSWD Cordillera to the Knowledge Exchange Center at the DSWD Central Office where the central hub and library for sharing the rich collection of information on social protection, welfare, and development can be found.
He added that similar LRCs are being set up in all regional offices of the DSWD nationwide to prepare a network of knowledge centers across the archipelago.
The director revealed that the DSWD LRC will have a physical library and a provision for an electronic or e-library where collections from all DSWD regional offices can be accessed online.
Earlier, the DSWD started to embarked on the digitization of materials that will form part of the e-library collection.
Currently, the DSWD-CAR LRC is building its collections for General Circulation, Reference Section, Corporate Knowledge Section, Magazines, Journals, Newsletters, Multimedia collections, and others.
A special Cordillera Section, now with 72 titles, is also being set up at the LRC to provide researchers unique materials related to the Cordillera Region.As of writing, General Circulation at the LRC has a total of 527 unique titles, Reference Section with 336, and Corporate Knowledge Section with 216. General Circulation has 951 volumes, Reference Section has 456, Corporate Knowledge Section has 343, and Lists of Certificates and Plaques received have 38.
While the DSWD LRC is still a work in progress, Director Reynoso is hopeful that more users in the Cordillera will visit the collection. Among the planned improvements is an online public access catalogue that will help researchers find materials easier and the faster accessioning and cataloging through the latest IT systems and cataloging tools.
The DSWD LRC located at the second level of the DSWD Regional Office at North Drive, Baguio City is open for researchers and the public from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. #