Museum of Natural History extension personnel Florante Cruz and James Alvarez served as resources persons of the National Crop Protection Center's (NCPC) seminar-training on developing photo collections last 31 August 2018 at the OVCRE Annex Building.

During the training's morning session, James taught the participants how to use a simple but powerful photo viewer and organizer for editing, categorizing, and organizing offline photo collections and albums. Florante Cruz led the participants' hands-on exercises in the afternoon wherein they were able to make online several collaborative private photocollections as well as public galleries using the Google Suite of applications.

The extension section of the museum has been doing a lot of public service activities for other units of the university, and even for students. For this year alone, the MNH has conducted free training-workshops such as using software for molecular phylogenetic analyses, a beginner course on biological photography, a tutorial on building online e-portfolios and a few special seminars requested by organizations.

The Museum in fact will be providing technical assistance to the NCPC which plans to develop its own website and social media channels to promote its expertise, technologies and services.

"We are very happy to partner with other university units who want their researchers, staff and students to gain more knowledge, specially on those related to biodiversity and museum work" Alvarez said.

He acknowledges that sharing skills and experiences to colleagues and students in the university is only one of the few ways how the Museum is giving back to the community which has continued to support the museum for more than 40 years.

"Helping other achieve more, even in small ways, is also helping the university attain its goals," he ended.

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