QSU Receives Book Donation from OSU

QSU Receives Book Donation from OSU

by Melba L. Baldonado

Building a library collection takes a lot of efforts and much budget, but fortunately, Quirino State College, now Quirino State University, has doubled its library holdings upon receiving the 1,037 boxes of books, VHS tapes, CDs and journals donated by the Ockerman International of Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, through the initiative of the University President, Dr. Samuel O. Benigno.

These library materials were delivered through a 20 cu. ft. container van last October 13 with an estimated number of 10,295 titles (around 30,000 volumes) enough to meet the desired number of titles and volumes required for a university.

The shipment costs P292,339.37; this is still considered very minimal considering the number of volumes, the quality and the recency of the materials received. The University Board Secretary, Mr. Davie Ted C. Dolojan worked for the release of Tax and VAT exemption certificates from the Department of Finance. Such effort reduced the expenses for tariff and other due charges from the Bureau of Customs.

Dr. Herbert W. Ockerman is an Animal Science professor of Ohio State University, an active member to numerous professional organizations and has a passion in collecting books and donating those to libraries. He initiated and coordinated shipment of books around the world including the Philippines. Dr. Ockerman was introduced to Dr. Benigno by Dr. Rupert S. Sangalang, CHED Commissioner and former president of Cavite State University.

University officials, faculty members, staff and the whole studentry were over-whelmed and grateful to Ockerman for the rich resources shared to this institution. These really augmented the scarcity of learning resources and can be shared among the QSU Main, Cabarroguis and Maddela campuses.

At present, said materials are now held at the Main Campus Library in Diffun for technical and mechanical processing.

Moreover, the University regularly receives book donations from Books for Asia Foundation of around 50 titles semi-annually and the Asian Development Bank.