Philippines · 30 Days · 20 Moments · June 2017

Jesse's adventure in Philippines


20 July 2017

I am satisfied with what I've accomplished in my training in PNRI library. At the start, I learned that the library needs a lot of fixing and updating. There was no reliable and efficient way of retrieving materials aside. It was all based from Ms. Rissa's knowledge and memory. By the end, I made guidelines which hopefully will help the library have a more structured and unified way of indexing and database encoding. For me, the guidelines were the most important contribution I made to the library and I'm happy I made them.

18 July 2017

I am satisfied with what I've accomplished in my training in PNRI library. At the start, I learned that the library needs a lot of fixing and updating. There was no reliable and efficient way of retrieving materials aside. It was all based from Ms. Rissa's knowledge and memory. By the end, I made guidelines which hopefully will help the library have a more structured and unified way of indexing and database encoding. For me, the guidelines were the most important contribution I made to the library and I'm happy I made them.

17 July 2017

Ms. Rissa liked the database guideline I made so she asked for a guideline in preparing the newspaper clippings and indexing them. I found it difficult at first to find the words to explain the process in writing. I had an idea to create a tutorial video instead but then this will be my last day and there won't be enough time. So I just used screen captures of the video to help me structure and explain the guidelines. After 2 submissions, Ms. Rissa okayed my work.

13 July 2017

We went to NSTW again. This time, the library team is complete. It's the only day of the week my 2 other co-trainees were available. Migs and I went to other booths we haven't visited yet. I received lots of give-aways. For a time I was 8th in the leaderboard. It was a quiz for high school students; I still tried it though. PNRI, PAG-ASA and PHIVOLCS had a scheduled quiz show. I volunteered to be the cameraman. I also helped in gathering contestants. Before starting the show, we spotted Kuya Kim in PAG-ASA's booth.

12 July 2017

I realized that I'm near my 150th hour and there are still plenty of books to shelf-read. I volunteered to create a guideline for entering bibliographical information in the database. I thought it necessary because Ms. Rissa said that usually OJT trainees were doing it especially when she's busy, and most of the time the trainees were not majoring in LIS. The inspiration for this idea is UP Main Library's cataloging and serials section. They have a ready-made guideline. I feel thankful for being required to train in Mainlib. :)

11 July 2017

There was nothing much to do on our booth since explaning the exhibits were best handled by the scientists themselves. Migs and I were told to roam around and check out other booths, and so we did. At 1pm we helped packing and handing out loot bags for a disaster-awareness seminar for elementary students. We packed some more after the exhibit closed. It will be for tomorrow's second round of the seminar. Yesterday, our route going home was along Quezon Ave. Today we tried EDSA... a mistake. It took 1 hr just to go through an underpass near Buendia Ave. 1 HOUR. :(

10 July 2017

I continued shelf-reading in the morning. After lunch, we headed on to World Trade Center for the ingress. I just helped whenever I can; I did some errands and watched over our stuff. The Mercedez van behind Migs and I is the MEST. It contains a radioctive material detection system and it will be a part of PNRI's exhibit. Initially, it was supposed to be on top of a platfom so that it stands out and can be easily seen by the visitors but the platform was not strong enough to carry this huge and heavy van. While attempting to mount it without a ramp, the van damaged the platform a bit (shown in the second pic).

7 July 2017

Since the ingress for the NSTW will be on Monday next week (July 10), we prepared some stuff to bring. My co-trainees and I folded these shirts (2 boxes of them) and counted pens, notebooks and tumblers. While folding the shirts, Migs was singing jingles he heard on the radio.

6 July 2017

Next week we'll help with the event. We were given these tickets to give away to our friends. I posted this pic on Facebook; I didn't know that there's an online registration. 😮 We welcomed a new OJT. Actually, he already training here before I do; he just returned. I don't have a picture of him (yet?), because we are not close enough yet. Maybe next week. I also found the floppy disks accompanying a manual. We tried it on the computers. Apparently, none of the floppy disk readers were working. It was sad that the content of the diskettes were not transferred to other medium.

5 July 2017

Got to finish shelf-reading this. How many days did it take? Around 3. 😁
Since I arrived early today and Ms. Rissa (the librarian) wasn't here yet, I went to this exhibit which is just adjacent to the library. I learned Gen. Florencio A. Medina is the father of atomic energy in the Philippines. One of the items in the exhibit is the Medina Calendar. Even though the instructions were there, I still did not get it. In the third picture, it said that there was a Masonry 32° ID in Gen. Medina's pouch. I'm not sure if it's the triangle thing in the fourth image.

4 July 2017

I use this trolley for shelving because the book cart's wheels were impaired. As I shelfread, I noticed that they don't limit their collections to materials relating to nuclear science; they also have books about management, systems analysis and other stuff.

3 July 2017

First Monday in training, first time to attend PNRI's flag ceremony. May anthem pala ang Civil Service at DOST. Ms. Rissa gave us the treat in the picture for coming in earlier than usual. Hooray for us! :)

30 June 2017

Today was the much awaited tour around the PNRI compound. I didn't have any pictures because I was assigned to do the picture-taking; I used the department's camera and forgot to ask for copies of the shots. I got to see the retired nuclear reactor aka "itlog" (shown in the pic which I took after the tour) and other laboratories.

29 June 2017

Earthquake drill. Walang alarm sa admin building. Manual mode kami. :) The picture shows some of our bosses in the NIDS and my co-trainees. For today, I did some more of scanning journals.

28 June 2017

We were told to do other tasks for variety. So my work for today were digitizing a journal of PNRI (then known as PAEC) and encoding feedbacks from the tourists around March-May 2017. First time to really bond with my other co-trainee Ardee. We played Pinball competitively using the "very latest PC" (of course, we did it after our duty).

27 June 2017

I continued on with the clippings. I made 23 in total from The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and Philippine Daily Inquirer.

23 June 2017

I was tasked to prepare the newspaper clippings. I cut out 24 articles from the Philippine Star throughout the day. Migs and I received our OJT IDs. :)

21 June 2017

I continued on indexing the newspapers for the whole day. The clippings were pasted on a paper alongside it are notes which would be needed for indexing. They differ. Sometimes some details are not there.

20 June 2017

First day at work. A bit of orientation in the morning. The orientation is more like reading their annual report. Then, newspaper indexing in the afternoon. They have a form and I just had to tick boxes and fill up the other details. After reading the reports, I was idle in the morning because our supervisor was busy. The afternoon was productive tho.