DIPOLOG CITY, June 14 (PIA) - - To improve the library services in the provinces particularly the municipal libraries, the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) has launched this morning the "Koha Integrated Library System" for the first nine provincial/ city/municipal libraries in Zamboanga del Norte.
Public Libraries Division chief Sancho A. Domenden together with Maricris A. Abancia and Ana Fe V. Azuela came all the way from Manila to officially launch the project and turn-over computer sets to the recipient-libraries.
Domenden said these computers are only loaned out to the municipal libraries for them to store pertinent data on book collections and catalogues. "Computers are indispensable in the Koha project as it aims to provide access to online searching for books and other library materials," he stressed.
Koha is a Maori word which means to give. Maori people are natives of New Zealand.
The first nine recipients of the computer sets under the Koha project were the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Library and the city/municipal libraries of Dapitan, Labason, Manukan, Roxas, Salug, Siayan, Sindangan and Tampilisan.
It was also learned that the Koha Integrated Library System is part of the 2009-2011 Information System Strategic Plan (ISSP) of the NLP.
According to Domenden, the NLP does not only provide books but also technical assistance to the city/municipal libraries to ensure effective, efficient and fast public service.
The project launching was held at the provincial library with provincial administrator Atty. Rafael Cabanlit, provincial librarian Erlinda Nunag, and the city and municipal librarians from recipient-libraries in attendance. (JPA/FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)