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Educational Media Center


The Educational Media Center started as a traditional library when the Ateneo Grade School was moved to Loyola Heights in 1954. In 1957, Fr. Luis Candelaria, then Headmaster, realizing the growing situation, created the Audiovisual section.

In 1979, the Library and the Audiovisual Section were integrated to form the instructional Media Center. This was done at the initiative of Fr. Rodolfo Malasmas, then Headmaster and Dr. Jesus C. Palma, Assistant Headmaster for Academic Affairs. This integration was in line with developments in education where the multi-media approach to teaching became the “In Thing”. The Instructional Media Center which changed its name to Educational Media Center in 1977 was to provide a spectrum of teaching and learning opportunities for the grade school.

In July 1984, with the support of Fr. Asterio Katigbak, Headmaster, the new EMC building became a reality.

Today, the Educational Media Center of the Ateneo Grade School contains a comprehensive source of materials in many different forms. It is responsible for the acquisition, organization, circulation and use of print and non-print materials for teaching and learning. With technological advancement in the form of sophisticated equipment, new materials and services are incorporated into the educational program through the services of the EMC. As such, the media center today encompasses a broader view of structure and functions designed to cope with the demands of the school community’s educational needs.


The Educational Media Center functions as a vital instrument as well as a basic requirement for quality education by enriching all parts of the school’s educational process.

It reflects and supports the philosophy of the school.

It shares and implements the school’s aims and objectives.

It is involved in the teaching and learning process.

It is a source center. In it, different forms of communication and their accompanying technology organized and housed for easy accessibility and use.

It is a learning laboratory. It provides materials which will enrich and implement the curriculum; it encourages individual exploration and inquiry; it provides materials and facilities for research and self-directed learning.

It is a testing agency. It teaches students how to find information; it stimulates new interests; it encourages students to use a variety of media; it keeps teachers informed about new materials and welcomes their suggestions for purchase.

It is a service agency. In it, all procedures are established as the basis of service to students and teachers; schedules are changed and altered when necessary to serve a need; materials and equipment are circulated; use of media center facilities by individuals and groups is encouraged.

A coordinating agency – It serves as central depository for various forms of media; it encourages the use of those kinds of materials which are most appropriate for the specific learning task; it provides materials which can be used by individual students and teachers as well as for small group or class needs; it is one place in the school where anyone may come at any time.

A center for recreational reading, viewing and listening. It provides a variety of recreational materials to fulfill the current needs of the range of interest and abilities for the studentry ; it provides assistance to students in the selection of these materials; it provides facilities for individual and group uses; it is concerned about the reluctant readers as well as the habitual one; it uses a variety of promotional techniques to encourage use of material for recreational purposes.

A stepping stone to other community resource centers and to desirable lifetime intellectual habits. It introduces the students to the resources available in other community resource centers; it encourages their use in adult life. It encourages the personal ownership of books and other media.

EMC Services

1. Orientation

All new teachers are given an orientation on the EMC, its program, role in the total Ateneo academic organization, services, facilities, guidelines and procedures during their in-service program. Hands-on training on the use of the different equipment is part of the new teacher's program. The students are also given an orientation on their first Media Instruction Program (MIP) class.

2. Selection of print and non-print materials

The librarians continually select and acquire print and non-print materials that suit the needs, interest and special abilities of the students and teachers. Teachers, middle supervisors, and the administration are encouraged to take active part in the selection process.

3. Organization of print and non-print materials

A technical librarian organizes all the purchased print and non-print materials for easy retrieval. The Resource Organizer, the computerized system of library organization by the G-Soft Solutions is already in use to facilitate effective and efficient organization and retrieval procedures, as well as the other tools such as the Dewey Decimal Classification System and the C.A. Cutter’s Three-Figure Author Table.

4. Circulation of print and non-print materials

The EMC lends out various types of materials to students and teachers. To make it serve efficiently, at the same time maximize the use of its resources, the EMC has prepared some guidelines that were discussed and approved by the Committee on Educational Media Resources and Services, a standing committee of the school chaired by the AHAA.

5. Reference

The EMC attends to request such as bibliographic information from the card catalog, search through books, periodicals, pamphlets, documents and non-print materials. A logbook of question asked is available at the circulation counter. The logbook also serves as a data for the librarians in their selection, purchase, organization and publicity of materials. There are computers with Internet facilities that help facilitate this service.

6. Bibliographic Service

There are listings of materials and periodical articles to publicize the new materials and periodical articles in the EMC.

7. Media Instruction Program

The Media Instruction Program (MIP) aims to teach students to be skillful and discriminating users of print and non-print media. It is designed to develop/the habit of inquiry and stimulate the growth and development of the young mind in independent thinking. It also aims to develop appreciation for the different forms of media. MIP is given to all classes from Prep to Gr. 7 at least seven times a year.

8. Class Supervised Research

It is a scheduled program of activity particularly in Science and Social Studies. It refers to the class periods allotted to these subjects where the students are brought to the EMC to do the research for a particular topic.

9. Grade Level newspaper

Each grade level is given a subscription to a newspaper of their choice. It is a service rendered to ensure that the faculty is updated daily on the current events locally and internationally.

10. Mags-on-Wheels

Selected professional and general interest journals are routed in the different grade levels and service areas. The service is given to maximize the different subscriptions for professional and personal growth of the school community. 11. Photocopying Service

A self-service photocopying machine is available for the faculty to Xerox materials needed. Students may also request photocopying of library materials. A corresponding amount is charged. 12. Video and Sound Production

Simple productions for class instruction, program and schoolwide presentations are put together in the Audio-Visual area.

13. Multi-media Services

Different non-print media-materials are acquired. Teachers are encouraged to maximize use of their materials. The procedures for reservation and usage is teacher-friendly.


e- reference flyer

professional books available for borrowing ( pdf )

BITS page 1

BITS page 2

Contact Information

Ateneo de Manila Grade School Loyola Heights
Tel No. : local 7218
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