April 24, 2005 · Posted in: Online Research

Philippine e-Library

I SAW an ad in the Philippine Daily Inquirer last Tuesday (April 19) announcing the launch of a new Philippine-based online reference site that fellow journalists and researchers might find useful. It’s called the Philippine e-Library, a project of the National Library of the Philipines, University of the Philippines, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, and the Commission on Higher Education.

One of 11 projects funded under the E-Government Fund set up through the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Council (ITECC), now the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT), Philippine e-Lib boasts of more than 25 million pages of Philippine materials (including theses and dissertations), 800,000 bibliographic records, and 29,000 full-text journals from the combined library resources of the five project partners.

Its online catalog allows you to browse for subjects and authors alphabetically. But given the voluminous records, it’s easier to use the basic and advanced search functions, especially if you know specifically what or who to look for.

There are also links to foreign electronic databases like Britannica Online, ACM Digital Library (for materials on computing technology), and Project Euclid (for materials on applied and theoretical mathematics, statistics and computer science).  

The caveat though is that access to full-text materials and the foreign databases does not come for free, except if you are a member of any of the five project partners. Membership to Philippine e-Lib requires either a corporate or individual subscription. For individuals who want unlimited access to all full-text materials and catalog information, that means shelling out a hefty P1,200 a month or P12,000 a year.

The site FAQ does mention that some full-text materials are free to download subject to a "fair use" policy. So far though, I haven’t stumbled upon any.

5 Responses to Philippine e-Library

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renan

April 25th, 2005 at 6:49 am

this is good news. however, i think students and teachers should be allowed free access if the service is not provided by their institution. PHP1,200 a mont is hardly justifiable for a student. or at least make it affordable for small academic institutions that have limited funding.

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Manuel L. Quezon III » Blog Archive » A re-interment and other things

April 25th, 2005 at 12:59 pm

[…] column for today. The good folks at PCIJ have blogged about the Philippine e-library in INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories ยป Philippine e-Library. Seems its useless unless you subscribe, and subsc […]

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Alecks Pabico

April 27th, 2005 at 3:14 pm

I hope they make good on their plan to provide access via prepaid cards, similar to the ones being used by those who cannot afford to subscribe to a dedicated or Internet dial-up connection at home.

And if they can’t provide free access to students and teachers in the pursuit of educational ends, or even to poor journalists doing online research to further enhance their reports, at the very least they should make the subscription rate socialized. :-)

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fatso

May 2nd, 2005 at 5:49 pm

P1,200 is a lot of money so this puts the e-lib beyond the reach of students, the lowly paid teachers, small businesses, young professionals – these are the people who need it most!

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Southeast Asian librarians meet in Manila

March 28th, 2006 at 5:51 pm

[…] PCIJ librarian Vernon Totanes (of Filipino Librarian blog fame) is scheduled to deliver a talk on “Blogging 101 for Librarians” tomorrow, March 29, at around 10:30 a.m. Preceding it is a presentation on the Philippine e-Library at 8 a.m. For more information, visit the conference website and blog. CONSAL membership comprises the national library associations and the national libraries of the ASEAN countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The conference seeks which would enable CONSAL to draw up realistic and more meaningful programmes of cooperation and formulate appropriate plans of action. The conference will feature pre-conference workshops, plenary papers and panel discussions on topics such as Resource-sharing Initiatives, Preservation and Conservation Programs, Copyright, Legal Depository Collaboration Programs, training and development. […]

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