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QUESTIONS AND CHALLENGES IN ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING A LOCAL STUDIES CENTER THE CASE OF THE CAVITE STUDIES CENTER, DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-DASMARINAS.

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1 QUESTIONS AND CHALLENGES IN ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING A LOCAL STUDIES CENTER THE CASE OF THE CAVITE STUDIES CENTER, DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-DASMARINAS by EMMANUEL FRANCO CALAIRO, Ph.D. De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Dasmariñas, Cavite

2 Background information The Cavite Studies Center is an independent research unit of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas, located at the town of Dasmariñas, province of Cavite DLSU-D Lake Avenue

3 Background information Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo (DLSU-D University Library) The Cavite Studies Center is presently housed at the 2 nd floor of the university library

4 Background information Caviteniana Collection Archival Collection General Reference Vertical file on Cavite town histories

5 Background information Microfilm/microfiche collection Special Collection

6 Background information Some Historical/Cultural Awareness Campaign Posters CSC in 2006 CSC in 2004 CSC in 2001

7 Presentation Outline Introduction Cavite Studies Center, DLSU-D Rationale Brief History Program Pointers in establishing/maintaining a local studies center Summing up

8 Introduction Local collection showcases local identity. University libraries are mandated to develop local collection to respond to the needs of the immediate community. There has to be one academic unit that should focus on local collection building.

9 Cavite Studies Center Rationale To contribute to national and local scholarship and to keep track of the developments in Cavite. To translate the vision-mission of the university in undertaking research focusing on local history and culture. CSC is envisioned to be a major studies center in the Philippines.

10 Cavite Studies Center Brief History Started initially during the time of Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) as part of the mandate of the Social Sciences Dept. Became a separate unit of the institution when DLSU System took over EAC Initial holdings were books loaned from the library, student projects on oral history collection and researched documents in the vertical file

11 Cavite Studies Center Brief History In 1998, CSC started its annual projects and programs which until now are being implemented: Historical awareness campaign Research and publications Development of a library collection focused on Cavite province

12 Cavite Studies Center Programs Programs are divided into three: Conduct of research/studies about the province of Cavite Development of its library collection Promotion of Cavite history and culture

13 Cavite Studies Center Programs (RESEARCH) Research is a major role played by academic institutions In local studies, a lot of information await to be discovered In DLSU-Dasmarinas, CSC is considered as a research unit and a resource center focusing on the study of local identity

14 Cavite Studies Center Programs (LIBRARY COLLECTION) Envisioned to cater to researchers and scholars in local and international level Already established several collection consists of the following: Caviteniana collection General reference Periodicals Microfiche/microfilm collection Archival collection Special collection

15 Cavite Studies Center Programs (AWARENESS CAMPAIGN) Tribute to local historian Recognizing individuals who contributed to the development of Cavite studies A way of enriching the CSC collection

16 Cavite Studies Center Programs (AWARENESS CAMPAIGN) Publications Continuing thrust in information dissemination Types of publication: CSC Newsletter (Galeon) Publication of faculty research outputs The Cavite Historical Society supports CSC in publishing faculty research outputs

17 Cavite Studies Center Programs (AWARENESS CAMPAIGN) Annual Seminar on Cavite History and Culture A way to update the center and the public about the recent researches inside and outside the university CSC has already compiled a compendium of researches/studies not usually found in libraries

18 Cavite Studies Center Programs (AWARENESS CAMPAIGN) Annual Seminar on Cavite History and Culture Seminar became a forum to discuss issues on Cavite history and culture Papers presented are usually published Hosting is currently rotated in various institutions Already in its ninth year ( )

19 Cavite Studies Center Programs (AWARENESS CAMPAIGN) Regional/National Conferences Interface w/ other local studies center and historical societies Establishing camaraderie among local agencies in the Philippines Became a venue of sharing outputs and experiences

20 POINTERS IN ESTABLISHING/MAINTANING A LOCAL STUDIES CENTER In drafting the goals/objectives Must be in line with the regional development thrust and the provincial development agenda; As part of the academe, it should be directly/indirectly articulated in the vision- mission of the university; University development plans should also be consulted;

21 POINTERS IN ESTABLISHING/MAINTANING A LOCAL STUDIES CENTER Academic based Should not be affected by a change of administration Created as a separate unit of an institution Will support institutional research program Shall earn the reputation of being the guardian of local identity

22 POINTERS IN ESTABLISHING/MAINTANING A LOCAL STUDIES CENTER Sustained Linkage Must establish link with the LGUs, NGOs, and other agencies Administration Must be under the executive officers of an institution, either the president or VP post Financial concerns Must have its own operational budget

23 SUMMING UP: BEYOND THE REGIONS: EFFORTS TO FOSTER NATIONAL IDENTITY THROUGH LOCAL STUDIES Local studies centers play a major role in the documentation of national identity Local studies centers are partners of the national government in reaching the grassroots level

24 SUMMING UP: BEYOND THE REGIONS: EFFORTS TO FOSTER NATIONAL IDENTITY THROUGH LOCAL STUDIES Educational institutions, through their local studies centers, could participate meaningfully in the overall process of educating the public regarding the details of our national heritage Local studies centers serve as link to the academic sector, the business sector, the government sector, and the community

25 SUMMING UP: BEYOND THE REGIONS: EFFORTS TO FOSTER NATIONAL IDENTITY THROUGH LOCAL STUDIES Appreciation from the academic institution of the role of a studies center could be measured by making it as a separate unit of the institution, providing a separate facility, adequate financial assistance, and qualified personnel.

26 SUMMING UP: BEYOND THE REGIONS: EFFORTS TO FOSTER NATIONAL IDENTITY THROUGH LOCAL STUDIES To maintain the dignity of the center, it should produce publications that are at par with the publications of major universities in Metro Manila. Research outputs should be evaluated by respected scholars to ensure credibility and reliability of the studies conducted. With such credibility, local studies centers shall be looked upon as the vanguard of cultural heritage conservation in the regions.

27 Established Linkages in the local level Visit of personnel from Tarlac Studies Center and Center for Bulacan Studies Planning collaborative projects between CSC and CLSU Studies Center

28 Established Linkages in the local level Meeting with heads and staff of Cordillera Studies Center Consultation in establishing Batangas Heritage Center

29 Established Linkages in the local level Consultation in establishing Center for Batangas Studies A consultation with the administrators of St. Michael’s College of Laguna in establishing the Biñan Studies Center

30 Established Linkages in the local level Meeting with Adventist University of the Philippines concerning collaborative research agenda on local culture Meeting with officers of ADHIKA in establishing studies center Southeast of Metro Manila

31 Sponsored Seminars/conferences Joint regional conference between the Cavite Studies Center and JDN Center for Kapampangan Studies held at Holy Angel University, Angeles Pampanga.

32 Sponsored Seminars/conferences CSC annual seminars focused on Cavite religiosity, Philippine Christian University CSC hosted seminars focused on Cavite Galleon, jointly sponsored by NCCA, DFA and the Mexican Embassy

33 CSC personnel in his paper conservation training in the graduate school. Although there are lot of donors of 19 th century archival documents at CSC, the center finds it hard to accept donations due to lack of manpower, training and financial resources for document conservation. CSC Towards conservation of local documents

34 Faculty researches published by the Cavite Historical Society

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36 Recently published faculty researches unveiled in ceremonies at the Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo at DLSU-Dasmariñas CSC publications dealing with Cavite migration, Cavite modernization, Cavite amulets Launching of the book focused on Cavite’s industrialization

37 End of the presentation Thank you very much!


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