The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held the fifth and last leg of the Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2019 (MGDLS) last November 7, 2019 at the Main Library, Jose Rizal University, Mandaluyong City. The theme for this lecture was: “Technology Applications in Libraries: Software and Hardware Considerations” and Presentation of Best Research Papers. The event welcomed new ideas to library information with regard to open access; open source library system; online research instruction; mobile technologies applications; and virtual information environment. The program also encompassed discourses in technological advancements in the field of creating and recreating information.
The fifth MGDLS was divided into three parts. The first part of the program was a lecture by a subject matter expert on the topic. The second part of the program was a presentation of the preliminary results of the PAARL – National University, College of Education, Arts, and Science (NUCEAS) research project. The third part of the program consisted of presentations from librarian-authors whose papers were considered for the PAARL Best Research Awards and for publication in the 2019 PAARL Research Journal.
The program started at around 9:00 am with the opening prayer led by Ms. Michelle M. San Gabriel, Head Librarian, Ecclesiastical Library, UST and 2019 PAARL Board of Director. It was followed immediately by the welcome remarks by Dr. Maria Gia Gamolo, Director of the University Library, Far Eastern University and PAARL Vice-President/Conference Chair, wherein she emphasized how helpful the lectures are for the library staff and practitioners in attendance.
The first part of the program was a lecture made by Dr. Fernan R. Dizon, Executive Managing Director, Knowledge Resource Center, Asian Institute of Management and PAARL President. His lecture was on: “Technology Applications in Libraries: Software and Hardware Considerations”. In his lecture, Dr. Dizon discussed the following: ten key developments in library technology, library technology use, technology plan, considerations and takeaways. He also gave very informative and helpful tips on how technologies were used in libraries.
For the next part of the program, Ms. Engracia S. Santos, PAARL Director and Assistant Director for Operations of the Ateneo de Manila University, and Ms. Ria Cristina Argonza of National University presented the initial results of the PAARL – NUCEAS Research Project on Researches in Library Information in the Philippines and English Language Teaching and Learning from 2010 to 2018. This project aimed to strengthen the partnership between PAARL and NU-CEAS. It also aimed to help PAARL members to be equipped with necessary research skills required for high quality research papers publishable in top caliber peer-reviewed journals. This part was immediately followed by a free lunch for all the participants.
The last part of the program was the Research Colloquium wherein best research papers being considered for the PAARL Best Research Award were presented. The first presenter was Ms. Editha A. Alamodin from the National University Library with her paper, “Understanding Library Usage and Collection Usage Pattern of Students of National University- Manila: A Machine Learning Approach”. Their study explored the library and collection usageof NU students per discipline through manual and systems generated, library usage using Follett’s Destiny Library Manager and ProQuest for electronic journal databases from 2015-2017.
The second presenter was Ms. Geraldine G. Mallo-Eustaquio of Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation- Lucena City with her paper, “Design and Implementation of EMRC Web-Based Portal”. Her paper discussed how the EMRC web-based portal addressed the needs of the Educational Media Resource Center (EMRC) by coming up with a functional, capable, and effective portal promoting accurate storage, access and retrieval of information.
The last presenter was Ms. Ma. Celine M. Larracas of Assumption College-Makati and Dr. Fernan R. Dizon of the Asian Institute of Management with their paper, “OPAC Access and Usage Data Analysis using an Open Source Web Analytics Software”. Their paper examined and presented how the Asian Institute of Management-Knowledge Resource Center (AIM-KRC) implemented and used an open source, web analytics software in analyzing access and search data of commonly used search terms of an open source, integrated library system’s (ILS) online public access catalog (OPAC) to guide the collection development priorities for the AIM-KRC.
The research papers were critiqued and assessed by the panel of reactors, Dr. Ma. Rita Recto-Aranda, Graduate Studies Director of National University- College of Education and Dr. Ian I. Llenares, faculty member of National University- Manila.
PAARL Director, Ms. Engracia S. Santos, delivered the closing remarks to formally end the event.