I just came home from a forum on documentation and other scholarship. I don’t want to talk about much brainy-geeky suff issues for now so I’d rather discuss the other portion of the forum on e-library services.
So the Main Lib is beefing up its services by offering access to e-libraries and databases like ProQuest and WebFeat. Now I wonder why we didn’t get access to most of these when we were undergrads. I wasn’t too much of a tambay ng Lib for my the last two of undergrad years.
Here are some of the e-services that UP is making available to students:
- WEB OPAC
- The Philippine Languages and Linguistics Bibliography
- UP Filipino Language Center
- EBSCO’S A-Z
The catch(es): You have to be officially affiliated with UP Diliman. Also, access is only available on-site, meaning you have to be physically in the Main Lib to access them. Anyway, the General Reference section is open until 12 PM daily. It also rents out PCs for Php 20 per hour. If you have a laptop, you can access via wi-fi and have the texts e-mailed to your e-mail account. Sorry guys, no direct downloads or free printing.
Either way, it’s still access to journals and up-to-date material that we all could use for our theses and papers. I think I heard that UP is spending 20+ million pesos on this so we better make full use of it.