/ 31 January 2021

THE UNIVERSITY of the Philippines continues to enhance its library for remote teaching and learning by procuring more database subscriptions.

UP Diliman University Librarian Elvira Lapuz presented the university’s library roadmap for Academic Year 2020-2021.

Lapuz said that four criteria guided the selection and evaluation of electronic resources — content and source reliability; usability; vendor support; and pricing models. These criteria were culled from the University Library Collection Development Policy version 2020.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista had said that UP President Danilo Concepcion was also pushing for a subscription to Web of Science.

Included in the programs were OpenAthens and OneLib.

OpenAthens is “an authentication system for accessing electronic resources,” which will be individually subscribed to by each constituent university with the UP System funding all subscriptions.

Meanwhile, OneLib is a platform that will serve as the union catalog of all library holdings in the UP System.

Prof. Chito Angeles said that it can function as a digital library system and will support all core services of UP libraries: cataloging/indexing; circulation; serials management; inventory; and acquisitions.

Angeles said that OpenAthens has been deployed in UPD and UP Los Baños. It is expected to be fully implemented across the UP System in February.

Faculty, students, librarians, and other personnel will be trained on the new databases.