Sometimes, we get to experience things that we never expected to happen to us at a certain point in time. We think that the experience is not just what we want for us for that particular time. Then later we will realize that we are not yet prepared for that certain situation to happen. Or, we don’t really want it to happen to us for some subjective reasons. Or else, we get frustrated. But of course, the frustration is just temporary because in the end, you’ll always have the right answers for your exasperating experiences. You’ll always have lessons learned from it. Resourcefulness, innovativeness and patience are on top of these.
One of the disappointing experiences I had happened just this week.
Last Friday, I went to our Provincial Library to check for some necessary information regarding our very pride, Chocolate Hills. I have to gather its geological information because my colleague asked me a favor for him. He is planning to join an international competition with highlights on preservation and protection of our Earth and with this he’s interested on having Chocolate Hills as his subject for his case study.
When I knew this, I felt glad and proud so I decided to help him with this. So, when I went to the library to check the essential information, I felt, well, delighted and dismayed at the same time. I was pleased and delighted because of the hospitality the library staff extended to me as a library user. They were very accommodating with the use of the library resources because they actually helped me all through out. When I told them what I was searching at that time, I was immediately referred to the personnel in charge of it. They got me two books: first, the profile of the home base of the tourist spot, Carmen; second, the profile of the province itself, Bohol . I took hold of it and began to look for Chocolate Hills’ geological information, only to find out that the information I needed wasn’t adequately available for the users like me who wanted a precise and brimming one. That’s the reason why I got so dismayed. I just thought that the provincial library itself is the source of all necessary and complete information about everything about Bohol . More than any media, more than the sources from the internet, I thought that our own library has the best information I need about our very own Chocolate Hills. However, I realized that this thinking is a partly a failure. I say partly though because I still commend the willingness of the staff to extend service to its users.
Because I could not find it in the two books they gave me, they handed me a folder that contained all the articles they gathered about the subject. When I scanned through the pages of the folder, I was saddened because of the inadequacy of the information I need. Nevertheless, I still have it photocopied because, one way or another, it still could be essential to my friend’s study for his entry to an international contest. The folder contained bits of information about those thousand hills, and the information wasn’t concentrated on its geological facts that I basically need; but, anyway, at least I have those parts of the puzzle I need. I shall have to complete it as soon as I get to have enough information about it.
Perhaps, I should resort to more researches through various media and knowledgeable people about this to help me out on this urgent need. Perhaps I should refer to persons on the authority who could help me answer my queries about Chocolate Hills. Perhaps, I need to be resourceful and innovative for me to get what I need, more than the primary source can offer. I have nothing against the management of the library, but I think it is now time that our library be improved and enhanced for maximum learning for its users. I ask the local government to make a move on this.