The Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center (PHTRC) Library’s Information Literacy Program (ILP) was held on 5-7 September 2018 at PHTRC Library in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) Library Committee chaired by Dr. Evalour T. Aspuria.

Two sessions were conducted, every 9:00-10:00AM and 3:00-4:00PM daily, for three days. Topics discussed were about literature search using the various databases subscribed by the University Library, management of references using the desktop and web program “Mendeley,” bibliography and citation tools, and the use of plagiarism prevention service “Turnitin.”

Information Literacy Program in the UPLB Libraries was first initiated by the University Library in 2012. It is being held regularly every semester during the months of February and September. The conduct of ILP aims to equip library users with information skills useful in locating and accessing library resources related to their information needs. Moreover, it serves as an avenue to promote the various services of the UPLB Libraries. In order to support the University Library’s literacy goals, Unit Libraries such as those of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), College of Engineering And Technology (CEAT) and College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) later started conducting ILP sessions in their respective Colleges.

As the University Library marks its 13th ILP, PHTRC Library’s first ILP was conducted this year. Resource speakers were Nirvana G. Ramos and Jeanybeth D. Casa, College Librarians assigned at PHTRC Library. CAFS Library Committee members present to facilitate the sessions were Dr. Evalour T. Aspuria, (ICropS), Mr. Randolph N. Candano (NCPC), and Dr. Gina V. Pangga (ASI). Ms. Rowena I. Lit (IFST) and Mr. John Paolo M. Opulencia (IWEP), staff from CAFS Reading Rooms, were also present and provided assistance during the sessions. (NGR)