The PSU Library Team has just undergone a seminar workshop on Library Organization and functions entitled “Updates Toward Quality Assurance and Excellent AACUP Program Accreditation”. This is aimed to empower all library personnel about their roles and responsibilities, especially now that there is a lot of activity going on all over the Palawan State University as far as accreditation is concerned.

In view of the Palawan State University’s 50th Jubilee yearlong celebration this 2015, this comes in at a very timely moment as the new library is expected to be launched within this year and it makes perfect sense that library personnel are prepared mentally in time for the launching of the new library, another very much anticipated milestone in the PSU.

The AACUP as the prime accrediting body in the land, in as far as state colleges and universities are concerned, has proven that it is very firm in implementing its standards as its means of ensuring quality performance. This has provided the PSU with a healthy challenge, one that is expected to propagate a culture of excellence throughout the whole university.

Through the University Quality Assurance Center under its Director Dr. Cecilio Manarpaac, all PSU Librarians, Library-in-Charge and Library Staff were provided with the necessary guidelines to follow so that accreditation will be attained with more precision and ease.

No one is happier about this development than PSU Main Library Director Prof. Lourdes Salvador.

She shares, “This is exactly what we needed. It pays to be aware of what is being evaluated during accreditation. It allows us to be more organized and focused on what we need to provide to the accreditors. I thank President Sespeñe for his support to us here at the library. We also thank Dr. Cecilio Manarpaac for initiating this training.”

Having an appreciation of what makes a competent library as per AACUP standards is not a simple task, as evidenced by the content in the training. There is so much to be considered in making the PSU library operations bullet proof. On the 6-Day Training Program, various matters were discussed. Among them were library organization, collection development and physical set-up planning. The training culminated in the presentations of outputs from the participants which were critiqued by the seasoned trainers who presided over the seminar.

The orientation was attended by the different representatives from the PSU Campuses all over Palawan. It was also attended by some guest participants from Western Philippines University and Seminario de San Jose.