The Academic Libraries
Information Network in Mindanao (ALINET) is a resource
sharing program started in March 9, 1988 when a group of five academic
librarians met to discuss areas of mutual concern. Out of this meeting was
envisioned the need to pool resources and work together for a common goal.
Then on September 9, 1988, after a series of meetings, the Cagayan de Oro
Cooperating Academic Libraries (CCAL) was formally organized and it consisted of
five academic libraries from the following institutions: Cagayan Capitol
College (now Capitol University), Cagayan de Oro College, Lourdes College,
Mindanao Polytechnic State College, and Xavier University. The
inter-library cooperation involved two basic services: bibliographic and
physical access to each library's holdings and cooperative
From the original five in 1988, it became six members
in 1993, then eight in the early part of 1988, and on September 9, 1998 during
CCAL's tenth-year anniversary, nine more libraries joined in the cooperation
giving CCAL a total membership of 17 libraries from the Northern Mindanao region
and Iligan City. The growth in membership of CCAL brought on the need to make the
inter-library cooperation a legal entity so that it could achieve more and its
activities could be facilitated. On November 24, 1999, the Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) gave its formal approval and CCAL became the Academic
Libraries Information Network in Mindanao
To date, ALINET has 51 members; membership now includes academic
libraries from Northern Mindanao, Caraga, South Cotabato, ARMM, and Davao.
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ALINET has been involved in several activities geared towards the
improvement of the library services of the member-libraries. Its original
concept of bibliographic access and physical access to each library's holdings
is still the heart of the inter-library cooperation. To
date, thousands of students from each member schools have benefited from the
resources made available to them. In addition, its cooperative cataloging
has benefited a lot of member libraries and has facilitated the processing of
Aside from these basic services, ALINET has undertaken the following
Catalog. On the
search bar type ALINET, click on the Call # icon: you get a listing of
the ALINET materials.
Maintenance of a computerized database of thesis and dissertations of
member-libraries, as well as the Filipiniana collection. The Research
Libraries Development Fund (ReLiDeF) donated a computer unit to ALINET to be
used in the encoding of the bibliographic
Access to Online Catalog. Through the online catalog of Xavier
University Libraries the encoded collections of the ALINET member libraries
can now be accessed through the Internet. To search for ALINET
collections just click
the computerization of Libraries. A number of member-libraries have
computerized their cataloging and circulation operations, as well as provided
OPACs for the use of faculty and students.
Training Programs, Workshops,
Symposiums, etc. Topics explored include effective budget
human resource management, collection evaluation, weeding/de-selection of
printed materials, classification of Filipiniana materials, digital reference,
effective web searching, cataloging of non-book materials.
services upon request. Assistance is provided to librarians needing
assistance in the improvement of their library services/resources.
bibliographic listings for accreditation purposes.
computers. ReLiDeF donated ten second-hand computers for distribution to
small academic libraries to expedite cataloging of library