Violet Calvo-Drilon Memorial Library
Mrs. Claire Flores-Pascua, RL, MAEd Lib. Sci – Chief Librarian
Mrs. Elsa V. Gerardo, RL, MLIS – Reference Librarian
Estela V. Buenaflor, RL – Circulation / Periodical Librarian
Fanny M. Verayo, RL, MAEd Lib.Sci – Technical Librarian
La Consolacion College Manila was founded in 1902 when His Excellency Msgr. Placido Chapelle, the Papal Nuncio, offered the first ten Filipino Augustinian Sisters a house at R. Hidalgo St., Quiapo near the Basilica of San Sebastian. Chapelle convinced the sisters, Agustinas Terciarias, to cease the operation of their asilo-colegio and to establish a defined school for women whose specific and extraordinary objective was to provide training and instruction to those intending to pass the civil service examination. The school was named Colegio de Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion. Sor Clara del Santissimo Sacramento was the first Directress of the Colegio.
It will be remembered that the first ten Filipino Augustinian Sisters who founded the school were the same group given the order to disband by the Father Provincial of the Augustinian Order in 1899 during the Philippine-American War when the remaining Catalan Sisters, Sor Rita Barcelo y Pages and Sor Consuelo Barcelo y Pages, left for Spain. The Catalan Sisters were founding sisters of the asilo-colegio in Mandaluyong when they arrived in the country in 1883.
After years of steady growth, the school caught fire in 1909 and was razed to the ground. The following year, in 1910, a new building rose to its present location. It was also during this period when the school received the American government’s recognition and a permit to include secondary course. As the first among private schools recognized in Manila , Mr. G.A. O’Reilly, Superintendent of Private Schools, described it “most proficient”. During its 25 th year, in 1927, the school started the expansion of its physical facilities. In 1937 the Junior Normal was opened.
During the Second World War, Japanese soldiers occupied the school. Right after the war in 1945, the school played host to the offices of the Catholic Welfare Organization (CWO) and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). It also started conducting “abridged classes”. A commencement exercise was held in November for the graduates of 1944-45 before the Junior Normal was reopened on December of the same year. Also, 1945 is marked with two important developments: 1) it was the year when the school started accepting boys in the elementary level and 2) the school adopted La Consolacion College as its official name.
The post war period was characterized by physical and curricular expansion of the school. In 1947, the Junior Normal had its first set of graduates. The Music Department was recognized to confer diplomas and issue certificates in 1948. By 1951, the Secretarial Department and the combined Junior Normal and Home Economics were added. In 1952, the Office of the College Dean was established paving the way for bachelor degrees. BSEEd was offered in 1962 followed by BS in Commerce as well as other courses.
In 1974, the school’s Board of Trustees was instituted paving the way for concrete and bold actions. When the school turned 75, the Mother Rita Barcelo Pastoral Formation Center (MRBPFC) was established as a non-formal educational unit geared towards community assistance. Two years after, in 1979, the school adopted the Catholic Schools’ System Development (CSSD) while at the same time working on the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) accreditation, which was eventually passed in 1981. The following year, Basic Education Scheme was also adopted. Computer Program was introduced to both College and Basic Education Department in 1985 and 1988, respectively.
The 1990s opened the doors of LCCM to various foreign academic and professional linkages. On the eve of its centennial, the school opened a dormitory, La Residencia, and the Kamalayan building which houses the college library, the multimedia, business and case rooms, SMART rooms, the school canteen, the offices of the Center for Technology and Curriculum Development (CTCD) and the School of InformationTechnology & Computer Studies. Moreover, the school officially adopted La Consolacion College Manila as its name. In 2004, LCCM inaugurated the Gregor Mendel Science Center where the Research Center, Nursing Review Center, nursing and science laboratories, e-learning laboratories, etc., are to be found. Today, La Consolacion College Manila is composed of its College Department with its six (6) schools, namely – School of Business and Accountancy, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing , School of HRM and Tourism, School of Information Technology & Computer Studies, and the School of Music – and the Basic Education Department. It endeavors to prepare its students make better decisions in life by providing fitting academic and social opportunities to advance, develop and benefit themselves and the society in general. To perform its educational apostolate, LCCM strives to develop in its community the spirit of searching for truth and passion for excellence through research, instruction, evangelization and extension services, thus providing holistic training for the students in the light of Christian Catholic teachings, and the Augustinian ideal and tradition.
This service involves acquisition, organization and maintenance of the library collection. It is composed of the following sections:
– Selects and purchases all library materials.
– Catalogs, classifies, accessions, and prepares records of the newly acquired books.
– This provides direct service to the library users like charging and discharging of library materials.
– Through this service, the researcher is referred to other libraries within the Mendiola Consortium or beyond, if certain materials are not available in the library.
ELECTRONIC MATERIALS PORTAL
– This is the portal for subscribed e-books and e-journals. It is found near the entrance inside the college library. Students and faculty members can view and download the eBooks and e-journals that they need here. Also included in the portal are downloaded electronic books from trusted sources.
REFERENCE/ BIBLIOGRAPHIC SERVICE
The VCDM Library provides an information and assistance service on bibliographic orientation to users who want to consult traditional bibliographic indexes, online catalogs, databases, and e-journals. To avail this service, patron may either:
• Ask the Reference Librarian or
• Consult the bibliographical reference point — OPAC.
The Librarian provides advice based on the request of students, on how to find the materials and the information they are looking. For bibliographic assistance, the Librarian guides and gives informal instruction using the OPAC as a tool for easy access and retrieval of bibliographic information. Pathfinders are also given as a tool to make their research more comprehensive. For faculty members, the library established an e-mail address (email@example.com) where requested bibliographic data is disseminated.
LITERATURE SEARCH ASSISTANCE
The VCDML provides scanned abstracts of undergraduate thesis. To locate a particular topic, surf through the reference list of materials in the public access catalogue. Librarians provide advice on search strategies, as well as assistance and guidance to instruction on appropriate databases.
During research, the Librarian assists the students to do their searching on possible related literature about their topics found in books, journals, government documents, and the internet. Likewise, the Librarian provides referral service to students who would
like to consult the Mendiola Consortium libraries, CEAP libraries, and other university libraries in Metro Manila.
SELECTIVE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION (SDI)
The following are the ways to disseminate information:
a. The Librarian sends list of newly acquired materials to all departments.
b. Newly acquired books are uploaded to the library website http://www.lccm.edu.ph/collopac/opac/ in order for the academic community to beinformed about the new books.
CURRENT AWARENESS SERVICE (CAS)
Here is how the CAS of the Library is done:
a. Library activities and updates are uploaded to the library website http://www.lccm.edu.ph/collopac/opac/ for the students and faculty members to be aware on the latest happening in the Library.
b. The reference librarian posts general information and latest trends, trivia, and news to the bulletin board inside the library for current awareness.
c. Newspaper clippings are also available in a CD-ROM format for easy retrieval of information
A Pathfinder is a guide to the literature and resources in a particular subject area. It is a subject-oriented research guide designed to encourage researchers a self-directed use of the Library.
The Reference Section provides pathfinders basically to support students and faculty members in their search for recorded literature and resources available at the VCDM Library.
The available pathfinders in the library are:
• Pathfinder in Hotel & Restaurant Management
• Pathfinder in Tourism
• Pathfinder in Accountancy
• Pathfinder in Education
• Pathfinder in Financial Management
• Pathfinder in Marketing Management
• Pathfinder in Psychology
• Pathfinder in Business Management
• Pathfinder in Entrepreneurship
• Pathfinder in Mass Communication
INDEXING OF PERIODICALS
An index is a retrieval device and a systematic topical analysis alphabetically arranged or arranged by function, command, procedure, or topic; it is a reader’s most important map for locating information in a document that is read in a random-access style.
An index aims to direct the reader to a specific topic and shows how a topic is related to other topics in the document. The Library provides index to periodicals and these are available via Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).
LIST OF FACILITIES
1. Internet section /Area for Laptop Users
– The library provides an area for laptop users with a hub for internet connection plus internet workstations for students.
2. Discussion Room
– This room is intended for group of users who want to discuss something about their assignments, research, etc.
3. Audio Visual Room
– This houses the AV materials with a mini viewing room equipped with TV set, DVD player, and 2 computers for CD-ROM viewing.
4. Faculty Room
– This is an exclusive area for faculty members for researching, reading and other related activities.
5. Reading area
– The library has a wide reading area with Wi-Fi connection.
6. Technical Area
– This is where the processing of materials takes place, e.g. cataloging and classification.
7. Periodical section
– This is where newspapers, journals, magazines are found.
8. Reference section
– All reference sources like encyclopedias, atlases, manuals, yearbooks, dictionaries, and others are in this area
9. Thesis section
– Undergraduate theses made by the students are housed in this section.
10. E-Resources Portal
– This is a portal for e-books and e-journals via Britannica Online, located near the OPAC stations at the entrance of the library.
11. Filipiniana Section
– The materials in this section are all about the Philippines, written by Filipinos.
12. OPAC Stations
– The Online Public Access Catalog has 3 stations, located near the reading area to facilitate search.
13. SMART ID Scanner
– This is an area where all students are required to swipe their IDs to monitor their attendance inside the library.
14. Staff Lounge
– This is where the Library personnel dine and rest during their break time.
ELECTRONIC MATERIALS PORTAL
– This is the portal for subscribed e-books and e-journals found near the entrance inside the college library. Students and faculty members can view and download their needed eBooks and e-journals here. Also included are downloaded electronic books from trusted sources.
SUBSCRIBED E-JOURNALS AND E-BOOKS
– The Library subscribes to Infotrac Custom from CE-Logic. This has 100 e-journal titles with different subject fields plus 24 ebooks.
– Newspaper clippings are stored in CD-ROM format for easy viewing. All these are available in the Library’s viewing room.