This post is a pseudo-review of what I've written about during the past year. It's not really about me, but for the benefit of those who are new to the blog, I should probably say that I was in Manila (see "Home") from August to December 2007, but am now back in Toronto, where I am studying for my PhD.
The idea for this review appeared in my first post for 2007, which you can read below. What I wrote about the review then still applies:
What follows is not exactly the "first paragraph/sentence" of each post... but it's probably better this way. Interestingly, the posts seem to be fairly representative of what this blog is all about.
January: 2006: Year in Review
From The Anglophile's Rest via RSS feed to p. manalo: "Go to your Calendar and find the first entry for each month of 2006 (not including memes of course). Post the first paragraph/sentence of it in your journal, and that's your 'Year in Review'."February: OLA 2007: Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow on Copyright
Cory Doctorow was introduced as an editor of Boing Boing, a science fiction novelist whose works can be downloaded via Craphound.com and is one of Forbes.com's Web Celeb 25.March: Reading Inspires Kids
Chapters Indigo is a Canadian bookstore, but believe it or not, I found out about the advertisement above through Filipino bloggers Gelo and Tobie.April: Gmail Paper... Happy April Fools' Day!
If Gmail Paper sounds too good—and outlandish—to be true, then it probably is.May: Pinoy Top Blogs: April 2007
The gains made last March by the Top 50 Pinoy Top Blogs (PTB) were sustained in April.June: Pinoy Big Biblioblogosphere: May 2007
Do you remember why you became a librarian? Or how you got your first job as one?July: The First Books Printed in the Philippines
Two books were printed in the Philippines in 1593, but it is unclear which one was printed first.August: Buwan ng Wika 2007
Supposedly, Filipino is the national language of the Philippines, but if you speak a language spoken in the Philippines other than Tagalog, you are probably unlikely to accept that Filipino (the language) is Tagalog (and it's not).September: Bookfair 2007: OMF Lit Package
The photos above are of the package I was given by Yna Reyes, publication director of OMF Literature.October: Coming Soon: Carnival of the Infosciences 81
The Carnival of the Infosciences (COTI) crossed the Pacific Ocean recently and is now up Down Under at Connecting Librarian. On October 15, the Carnival moves to this blog, and I will try to give our foreign guests a taste of Filipino hospitality.November: Librarian Promotes Reading
From "Storytellers reach, touch hearts of kids" by Ma. Cecilia Rodriguez (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 4 November 2007): "'We are still trying to solicit more (reading materials),' librarian Arlene de Guma said."December: What Have I Learned as an IFLA/OCLC Fellow? by Alice Esguerra
The author (left), the first Filipino librarian to become an IFLA/OCLC fellow, shares her reflections on her experience.