UPV Library conducts ASFA training
The UPV Library in Miagao began a five day training for librarians of selected SUCs on the use of ASFIS or the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Information System that started on May 2, 2016.
ASFIS is an international cooperative information system for the collection and dissemination of information covering the science, technology and management of marine and freshwater environment.
The principal information product of ASFIS is ASFA (Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract), an abstracting and indexing service covering the world’s literature on the science, technology, management, management, and conservation of marine, brackish water, and freshwater resources and environments, including their socio-economic and legal aspects.
ASFA has a partnership with about 50 countries including the Philippines as well as with four United Nations agencies (FAO, IOC, UNDOALOS, UNEP) and 11 more international partners.
UP Visayas, through its College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), is a partner. Its current Librarian Chief, Ms Analiza Linaugo has had several trainings on how to use the ASFIS. Linaugo initiated and proposed the training which was funded by FAO.
The participants of the training are composed of eight librarians from the following SUCs: Aklan State University, Bicol University (Tabaco Campus), Bohol Island State University (Candijay Campus), Iloilo State College of Fisheries, Mindanao State University Naawan), Pangasinan State University (Binmaley Campus), Samar State University (Mercedes Campus) and Western Philippine University (Palawan).
At the end of training course, it is expected that the participants would have understood the rules, authority lists, formats, codes and procedures (i.e. the ASFA methodology) used in the preparation of bibliographic descriptions, abstracts, and indexing of records to be submitted as input to the ASFA Bibliographic Database. In addition they would have also known how to prepare the ASFA data input using the www-ISIS-ASFA software.
Chancellor Rommel Espinosa and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Encarnacion Emilia Yap, welcomed the participants during the brief opening program on May 2 at the Umali Hall Conference Room, CFOS, UP Visayas, Miagao campus. They expressed hope that a sharing of library materials among the SUCs to improve fisheries knowledge research will be strengthened. (With sources from the UPV Library)