This is an Entry to the Government Best Practice Recognition Awards
Provincial Library Outreach Service
Provincial Library of Pangasinan
Best practice Focus Area(s)
Leadership, Customer and citizen focus, Strategy performance management
The library outreach services have 3 components which are: sharing of information materials to the public libraries and different institutions in the province, conducting storytelling to children, promoting reading through book exploring, and providing different activities for children in the community.
This project started in 2011 upon requests from Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) for the library to conduct storytelling for children in shelters. This activity was soon extended to daycare centers and elementary schools with art materials also provided.
Background and Problem
This project started in 2011 upon requests from PSWD for the library to conduct storytelling for children in shelters. This activity was soon extended to daycare centers and elementary schools with art materials also provided
The objective of the outreach service is to promote the library to non-users, the underserved, and people with special needs within the community. It serves as an extension arm of the library by providing information through alternative means such as book sharing, storytelling, etc. When the staff started going around the community, the library relied on the office’s operating budget, which was inadequate. However, in 2016, a budget was allocated, which increased after a few years.
Solution and Impact
The outreach activity of the library has had a great impact on the different recipients. The teachers have asked for it to be done regularly. Students are now aware that there is a library in the locality that can cater to their needs.
- 2012 — 3rd Place Outstanding Provincial Library of the Philippines
- 2013 — 4th Place Outstanding Children’s Library Services in the Philippines
- Urbiztondo Integrated High School won Most Functional School Library — Provincial library donated information and materials for their library collection
- Magsaysay Elementary School won 1st place for the Most Functional School Library