Getting Acquainted: A Webinar Series on the Library’s Online Resources and Services

As we embark on a new semester, it is important to revisit the Library’s policies, services and information resources. Online library resources may change access, content, user interface, features, and functions over time. As such, academic libraries emphasize the need to reeducate their stakeholders through proper library instruction.

The University Library, through the Information Services and Instruction Section (ISAIS) decided to conduct a webinar series for faculty members. The main objective of the webinar series was to walk faculty members through the library’s various information sources and to provide a venue to ask questions, raise concerns and gain hands-on experience in navigating new online resources. Faculty members from the entire UP System were invited to attend since most of our online subscriptions are accessible system-wide. Product managers, publishers and vendors were invited to lead the discussions to provide a detailed demonstration

Mr. John Christopherson Fredeluces discusses how to access online database subscriptions
through OpenAthens.

The series was held from August 23 to 27 with a total of 19 sessions. The faculty edition
webinar series gained positive feedback from the participants, who even provided suggestions on what the Library can tackle next. In hindsight, activities such as these fulfill the mandate of the University Library to enhance the information literacy and research skills through library instruction programs; and provide access to information resources in support of teaching, research, creative work, and extension work.

Ms. Rose Crisostomo, Account Manager for TurnItIn in the Philippines, demonstrates how
instructors can easily employ TurnItIn in their classes.

Apart from the information mentioned above, the University Library is glad to announce the webinar series for UP students entitled “UPSkill Tuesdays and Thursdays.” UPSkill aims to provide information on the various library services and resources which are readily available and accessible for all students. Each episode will focus on two to three resources, explaining the important features and functions of these academic resources. Our very own reference librarians will be leading the discussions. If you wish to register, you may do so here.