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The American Resource Study Center

The American Studies Resource Center (ASRC) at Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) was established to pursue intellectual, scholarly, and cultural activities through a broad spectrum of subjects, such as history, culture and its artifacts, law, literature, etc. ASRC offers to its clientele a multi-media collection of the best representative of American culture, ranging from books, periodicals to film, videocassettes, CDs and online journals and other electronic sources. These materials help present a realistic perspective of America, its people, its culture, its successes and its failures.

ASRC periodically sponsors lectures in American studies by Filipino and American scholars. It is through these lectures on various disciplines that the culture of the United States and of the Philippines can be better understood.

ASRC, thus, services the public in many ways. One way is the development of relevant materials in Philippine courses which have American content, such as law, history, sociology, literature, culture, education, technology and science. Private individuals interested in the mechanism of American society, institutions, and values or its egalitarian principles are invited to use this special service.

The Center was formally opened on February 7, 1987, through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Frank L. Jenista, Director, Thomas Jefferson Information Center, and Fr. Ernesto A. Carretero, SJ, President of Ateneo de Zamboanga University. Its first Area Director was Dr. Gloria Chiu-Yap, who had a Ph.D. in American Studies from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.

The Center is open to the public and accepts walk-in Internet users.


ASRC is located at the Third Floor of the Main Library, LRC Building.


Monday – Friday       
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 nn  
1:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m.


Books                    3,746 volumes
Periodicals              24 titles
CD-ROMs               27 titles/38 volumes
DVD                      23 titles /52 volumes   
VHS                       35 titles/100 volumes

Online Databases:

  • EBSCO Master FILE Elite
  • eLibrary USA Database


  • Viewing Room
  • Laser Printer
  • Photocopier w/ stand
  • VCR/DVD Player
  • Fax Machine
  • 6 Headsets
  • Sony Colored TV set
  • Panel Board
  • Videophone
  • Laptop
  • Polycom (DVC)
  • LCD Projector
  • Digital Camera
  • Projection Screen
  • 4 Units Computer w/ Internet Access


  • CD-ROM Browsing
  • Current Awareness
  • Digital Video Conferencing
  • Document Delivery
  • EBSCO Hands-On Demo
  • Film Viewing
  • Hosts Regular Paper Shows/Exhibits
  • Hosts Lecture-Discussion
  • Indexing
  • Information Assistance
  • Inter-library Loan
  • Internet Facility
  • Loaning
  • Photocopying
  • Searching
  • Selective Dissemination of Information
  • Student Advising
  • Table of Contents (TOC) Service
  • Web chat


  • Books are organized according to the Library of Congress Classification System.
  • Open shelf is followed.
  • The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) facility is available at the ASRC Area
  • Remote access through the library’s website:


  • Bonafide students of ADZU
  • Faculty members and staff of ADZU
  • Administrators, members of Jesuit Community
  • Alumni of ADZU
  • Members of Silsilah Consortium
  • Visiting researchers


  • Librarians and faculty are free to select from the general collections up to a maximum of 20 volumes of books.
  • Loan period is one month.
  • Books that are heavily used cannot be loaned out.
  • Report of usage is required for reference purposes.
  • Interested school heads, administrators and librarians, who want to avail of this service, may write the ASRC Director.


The ASRC Viewing Room is located at the 3rd floor, Main Library. It has a seating capacity for 10 persons.

The ASRC Viewing Room provides a place for ADZU students, faculty, and ASRC users to view DVD, VCD and VHS tapes. The Viewing Room is not intended to be used for multimedia production or any other application.

The general public and students of other institutions may view ASRC audio-visual materials only in the room.


  • Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Access Policies and Procedures
1.    Viewing facilities, which are available without charge, are provided for those doing research.
2.    The facilities are located at the 3rd floor, Main Library.
3.    Reservations for the use of the ASRC Viewing Room can be made through the ASRC Reference Librarian at 3rd floor, Main Library, ADZU.
4.    Its use by individuals or groups depends upon the service hours of the Main Library: 8:00am-7:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am 12:00nn, 1:00pm-5: 00pm on Saturday.
5.    Priority is given to reservations made for activities directly related to ASRC.
6.    For preservation reasons, films may not be run forward or reverse at fast speed. Viewers may stop films and rewind scenes at normal sound speed for note taking.
7.    Viewing time is limited; hence it must be scheduled ahead of time. Cancellation must be done prior to the scheduled reservation date to be able to give way to other users.

The library reserves the right to modify this policy any time.


Florinda T. Tabanao
Library / ASRC Director
Tel. No.: 991-0871 loc. 2230

Lynnie M. Calingacion
ASRC / Filipiniana Librarian
Tel. No.: 991-0871 loc. 2232

Servando D. Halili, Ph. D.
Chairman, American Studies Program Committee (ASPC)
Educational Advisor
Tel. No.: 991-0871 loc. 2000

Educational Advising Schedule
3:00pm – 4:00pm or by appointment Graduate School
2nd Floor, LRC Building


  • Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City
  • Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Zamboanga City
  • Central Philippine University, Iloilo City
  • De La Salle University, Manila
  • Mariano Marcos State University, Laoag
  • Mindanao State University, Tawi Tawi
  • Mindanao State University, Marawi City
  • Notre Dame of Jolo, Jolo, Sulu
  • Notre Dame University, Cotabato City
  • Saint Louis University, Baguio City
  • Silliman University, Dumaguete City
  • University of Saint La Salle, Bacolod City
  • University of San Carlos, Cebu City
  • Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City


Thomas Jefferson Information Center
Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Manila
Tel: 528-6300 ext. 2556
Richard W. Nelson, Counselor for Public Affairs 
Alan Holst, Cultural Affairs Officer 
Reysa Alenzuela, Director, TJIC
Florabel Aureus, Deputy Director, TJIC