ReOpening the Library: Transitioning from Remote to Face-to-Face Learning

At the start of the year, Ms. Sharon Maria. S. Esposo-Betan, Head Librarian of the College of Engineering Library, met with the Information Services and Strategic Communications staff to discuss a possible webinar focused on the reopening of the library. After a series of discussions, the team came up with the theme "ReOpening the Library: Transitioning from Remote to Face-to-Face Learning". The webinar was aimed at helping our faculty and students transition to face-to-face teaching and learning through reopening the library. Although the library has smoothly and effectively transitioned to providing online services and resources during the pandemic, we can’t ignore the fact that there were students who encountered difficulties such as but not limited to access to the internet and electronic devices. The library conducted necessary arrangements and improvements to further meet the information needs of faculty and students participating in face-to-face classes and those in most need of academic spaces, in addition to the continuous provision of remote services and resources. Specifically, the webinar was focused on the following objectives: 1. Learn how to find, access, and use print and electronic resources relevant to their research using the university’s online public access catalog and remote access portals 2. Adapt safe and efficient ways of accessing Library services and resources while on-campus and off-campus 3. Get familiarized with the Library’s newly acquired electronic resources The webinar was originally opened to faculty and students from the UP College of Engineering but was later on opened to library and information professionals from other UP campuses and schools.