2018 PAARLNet Convention

More than 80 participants attended the 2018 PAARLNet Convention with the theme “Collection Development: Trends and Issues” which was held 01-02 October 2018 at the Asian Institute of Management.

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The convention provided a broad overview of what collection development is all about and familiarize participants with current trends and issues on collection development, specifically those that affect academic libraries. Likewise, it equipped attendees with the skills necessary to prepare them to carry out collection assessment and evaluation and introduce ways on how they can optimize the use of their limited budget through collaboration/cooperation.

The topics and the resource speakers are as follows:

  1. Collection Development Trends: a Snapshot
    Ms. Marian R. Eclevia                                                                                                                  Asst. Director for Operations, DLSU Libraries
  2. Collection Development Policies: Laying Down the Ground Rules
    Ms. Willian SA Frias                                                                                                                      Law Librarian, DLSU Libraries
  3. Understanding the Library’s Print Collection: Its Current Level, Collection Goal, and Acquisition Commitment
    Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido                                                                                                          Technical Services Librarian, DLSU Libraries
  4. Collection Assessment: Collection-Centered Approach
    Ms. April R. Manabat
    Technical Services Librarian, DLSU Libraries
  5. Collection Assessment: User-Centered Approach
    Ms. Elvira B. Lapuz                                                                                                                      Deputy University Librarian, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  6. Acquisition Planning: Building a Useful and Balanced Collection
    Ms. Janice DC Peñaflor
    Coordinator, Technical Services, DLSU Libraries
  7. Collection Rightsizing: Maintaining a Fresh and Relevant Collection
    Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido
    Technical Services Librarian, DLSU Libraries
  8. Collection Development in the Digital Environment
    Dr. Fernan R. Dizon
    Executive Managing Director, AIM Library
  9. More with Less: Cooperative Collection Development
    Ms. Sharon Esposo-Betan
    Head Librarian, College of Engineering Libraries, University of the Philippines-Diliman

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A meeting of PAARLNet members was held before the end of the convention. One of the highlights of the meeting was the possibility of consortium acquisition of ebooks. Some ebook vendors were present and were able to listen to the suggestions presented during the meeting.

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2018 MGDLS 4: Write It and Share It: Strategies for Disseminating and Publishing Your Research

The 4th leg of the Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series took place on the 14th of September at the SMX Convention Center. It was attended by librarians from school, college, university, special and public libraries as well as students from LIS schools.

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Dr. Reysa C. Alenzuela of the University of South Pacific was the resource speaker. As part of the Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2018 “The Push to Research and Publish: Reskilling Librarians towards Becoming Practitioner-Authors, this 4th lecture aims to achieve the following objectives:

(1) Appreciate the purpose of research/ getting published;
(2) Understand and distinguish the various avenues for publishing and disseminating research findings, and;
(3) Compose successful abstracts and proposals for journal articles and conferences.

PAARL Research Journal 2018: Call for research papers

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) is very happy to announce its call for research papers for the PAARL Research Journal 2018 issue. The special theme for this issue, which is in line with the theme of PAARL’s 2018 National Summer Conference in Palawan, is: “User Experience (UX) Matters!: Looking at Library Services from a User Perspective.”


MGDLS 3 on Research Methods for Librarians

The Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 3 with the theme “Demystifying Research Methods and Ethics in LIS” was held on 20 June 2018 at the Learning Commons, De La Salle University-Manila. This was attended by 77 librarians and information professionals. Some participants have attended the first two lecture series: Getting Started! Research in Library and Information Science on 07 May 2018 at the University of Santo Tomas, and Problematizing the Problem: Developing Your Research Problem and Framework on 31 May 2018 at Rizal Library, Ateneo De Manila University.

At the end of the seminar, the participants should be able to (1) understand how various research methods have been used in LIS; (2) recognize and apply various approaches and tools to analyzing and interpreting data; and, (3) discuss the importance of ethical considerations in conducting research.

Two resource persons were invited to talk on the following topics:

  • Marian Ramos-Eclevia, Assistant Director for Operations, De La Salle University Libraries
    • Choosing the Right Research Methods and Sampling
    • Developing Data Collection Instrument
    • Basic Statistical Tool for Data Analysis
  • Dr. Jessie S. Barrot, Dean of the College of Education, Arts and Sciences, National University
    • Ethic Issues in Conducting Research

Ramos-Eclevia discussed the difference between qualitative and quantitative research methods used in LIS in terms of purpose, research questions and objectives, data collection and analysis, and results. Various types of research design were also identified and discussed. Ramos-Eclevia presented some of her research papers using different research methods and discussed how she used qualitative and quantitative research methods in her research.

Dr. Barrot presented ethical and unethical practices in conducting research, such as plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, etc. He also shared some tips on managing data collected and avoiding plagiarism.

This lecture series is part of the Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2018 “The Push to Research and Publish: Reskilling Librarians towards Becoming Practitioner-Authors, which aims to provide a learning venue for librarians and LIS students to hone their research skills, improve their research confidence and cultivate research culture among themselves.

2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2018: Problematizing the Problem: Developing your Research Problem and Framework

Last May 31, 2018, the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held the second Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series (MGDLS) at the fifth floor of the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture with the theme, Problematizing the Problem: Developing your Research Problem and Framework, was the second on this year’s lecture series which aimed to re-skill librarians and to make them become practitioner-researchers.  The learning objectives of the second MGDLS were to help the participants: develop their proficiency in defining a research problem; design a conceptual/theoretical framework; and, apply the Creating a Research Space Model (CARS) in relation to their selected research topic.

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The program started at around 8:00 am with the opening ceremonies followed immediately by the welcome remarks by Dr. Vernon T. Totanes, Director of the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. This was followed by the opening message of Mr. Chito N. Angeles, PAARL President.

The first part of the lecture was conducted by Dr. Jessie S. Barrot, Dean of the College of Education, Arts, and Sciences, National University. He gave a talk on identifying research problems, formulating research questions and objectives, and understanding and selecting theoretical and conceptual frameworks. Dr. Barrot gave very helpful information that the participants could use in identifying unique and relevant topics for research and in generating the appropriate research questions and objectives. Dr. Barrot also gave some exercises to test the participants understanding of appropriate research methodologies based on the some identified research topics.

In between lectures, PAARL, represented by its President, Mr. Chito N. Angeles, and the National University- College of Education, Arts and Sciences, represented by its Dean, Dr. Jessie Barrot, inked a memorandum of agreement between the two organizations to establish programs for academic collaboration and to promote academic research. Areas of collaboration would include: (a) sharing of expertise as regards journal publication (e.g., PAARL Research Journal) in various capacities (e.g. reviewers and members of the editorial board); (b) providing technical advice as reviewers or editorial board members; (c) providing non-monetary incentives such as, priority on research funding and waived registration fee in a conference/ seminar organized by both organizations; (c) conducting multidisciplinary research projects for the advancement of the fields of library and information science, education, humanities, and social sciences; (d) extending invitations to scholars of both parties as speakers/ resource persons or participants; (e) co-hosting conferences in the fields of library and information science, education, humanities, and social sciences; (f) developing projects and programs in specific areas of mutual interest; and (g) other knowledge exchange activities.

MOA-Signing with NU-CEAS on Research Collaboration


The second part of the program was handled by Dr. Jerome Buenviaje, Chair of the Educational Administration Department of the College of Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman. His talked focused on the CARS Model. This framework, according to Dr. Buenviaje, may be used in presenting various parts of a research paper. This model is also helpful for those writing their thesis or dissertation. Dr. Buenviaje also gave some exercises to the participants to assess the participants comprehension of the CARS model.

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The program ended with the closing remarks by Dr. Fernan R. Dizon, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair.

1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2018 : Getting Started!: Research in Library and Information Science

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series (MGDLS) 2018 at the Miguel de Benavides Library, University of Santo Tomas last May 7, 2018.

The learning outcomes for this first lecture, with the theme “Getting Started!: Research in Library and Information Science,” are as follows:

  • To understand the rationale for conducting research;
  • To identify possible LIS topics for research; and
  • To locate possible sources of research topics in LIS

Ms. Ma. Cecilia D. Lobo, the Chief Librarian of Miguel de Benavidez Library, University of Santo Tomas, gave her welcome remarks, while PAARL President, Mr. Chito Angeles, delivered his opening message. Both presented reasons why research is very important to the profession.

Mr. Angeles elaborated further why PAARL came up with this year’s MGDLS theme as “The Push to Research and Publish : Reskilling Librarians Towards Becoming Practitioner-Authors.”


The resource speaker, Prof. Rhea Rowena U. Apolinario of the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies, gave the participants an overview of the research process. With the aim of inspiring her audience, she talked about how she started doing research. Apart from that, she also presented research themes and trends in LIS, as well as, how to conduct and write the review of related literature.

Prof. Apolinario will join us again to share her expertise at the 5th leg of the PAARL 2018 Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series with the topic “Successful Academic Paper Presentations” to be held on November 12, 2018, at the Far Eastern University.

For a copy of her presentation, please click here.

PAARL 2018 Summer Conference

The yearly awaited summer conference of the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) was held on 25-27 April 2018 at Fersal Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

With the theme “User Experience (UX Matters)! : Looking at Library Services from a User Perspective”, the resource speakers of the conference presented their papers on how library users perceive library services, collections, facilities, and spaces. Insights which came directly from the library users, academic and research librarians provided a better understanding of actual user needs and demands, thus, enabling librarians to craft highly responsive and effective strategies and plans.

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The conference started with the welcome remarks and keynote address by the PAARL President, Mr. Chito N. Angeles. In his presentation, he explained how valuable user experiences are in the development of libraries.

There were a total of seven accepted papers. The paper entitled Keeping Users in Focus: A Longitudinal Literature Review on Library UX in Practice by Ms. Marian R. Eclevia, Mr. Robert Vallente, and Mr. Jorge Bundalian of the De La Salle University Libraries was the first to be presented.

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The objectives of this paper are: 1) to explore and analyze the articles that discuss the library user experience; 2) identify the methodologies used in library UX research; and 3) identify and analyze the key findings of library UX research.

Ms. Rochelle S. Silverio of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela Library presented her paper on the experience of library clientele as volunteers.

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Her paper entitled When Visitors Turn to Volunteers: Exploring the Connection of User Experience and Volunteerism in a Local University was able to identify the characteristics and views of library users who turned out to be volunteers. More importantly, the study was able to determine the factors why library users want to be involved and be part of the library team as a volunteer.

Before day one ended, Ms. Rosario C. Camarines of the Jose Rizal University (JRU) shared the results of her study on the library experiences of the JRU High School Students.

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In this study conducted by Ms. Camarines, she explored the experiences of students in library services and its influence on their personal reading inclination. It was perceived in the study that the various services offered by the library greatly influenced the book usage and reading habits of the students.

The second day of the conference started with a paper presentation entitled an introduction to augmented reality (AR). Ms. Sharon Maria S. Esposo-Betan and Mr. Jonathan F. Santos of the University of the Philippines Diliman, College of Engineering Libraries gave examples of how AR can be implemented in libraries specifically in the areas of information literacy.

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This session enabled the participants to get to experience how AR works. The presenters provided a step by step guide on how to adapt and implement AR in their respective libraries.

A usability study of the EBSCOHost Discovery Service (EDS) was conducted at Asian Institute of Management (AIM). Dr. Fernan R. Dizon, Mr. Ronald A. Mañucat, and Ms. Delia V. Razon presented the results of this study. The study aimed to answer the following questions: 1) How frequently do AIM students access EDS?; 2) How usable is EDS for AIM students?; and 3) Are the EDS features and functionalities useful to AIM students?

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The conference participants were able to know the experiences of AIM students in using the EDS platform which gave them the idea how this discovery tool can benefit their library patrons.

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Dr. Vernon D. Totanes of the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University informed the participants how to manage patron perceptions in his paper entitled First Impressions: The Importance of Managing How the Library is Perceived.

Meanwhile, a librarian from the University Library, University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) presented their paper on the perceptions of library users who visited the Main Library beyond the regular working hours.

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As the last presenter for the second day of the conference, Mr. Arthur Bryan C. Mariano informed the participants of the outcome of the study, whom he co-authored with Ms. Rizalyn V. Janio. It was concluded in their study that electronic resources have not diminished the need for library spaces during extended library hours. Also, it was determined that even though there is a high desire to open the library 24/7, there was no data to support it.

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The second day of the conference ended with a fellowship dinner. Various parlor games were participated in by the attendees where winners got the chance to take home prizes courtesy of the sponsors: MegaTexts; ACMISGroup; LJ Adventours and Travel; Taylor and Francis; EBSCO; CELogic; and WiSerf.

The paper entitled Reinventing Philippine Academic Libraries: The Users’ Perspective by Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido, Ms. Elizabeth B. Padilla, and Ms. Vivian C. Soriente of De La Salle University Libraries dealt with the status of academic libraries in Metro-Manila to ascertain how well they are supporting the constructivist learning theory as well as new and emerging trends in libraries.

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The study also solicited feedback from library users regarding areas for improvement particularly in terms of facilities (physical and virtual commons) and programs (cultural commons). Apart from that, the research aims to steer consciousness among academic libraries as to the actual needs/requirements of their patrons so they can be better aided in advancing Philippine academic libraries.

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Mr. Melquiades I. Alipo-on of Olivarez College in Paranaque City studied on the information seeking behavior and information needs of their faculty. He presented the result of this study which will be used as basis for the enhancement of the library collection.

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The conference ended with a closing remarks delivered by PAARL’s Vice-President, Dr. Fernan Dizon.

Our deepest gratitude to all the participants and our sponsors. See you again in our next activities! 🙂


5th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017: Recognizing Best Researches: A Colloquium on Philippine Libraries & Librarianship

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 5th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series (MGDLS) 2017 last December 4, 2017 at the Main Library Lobby, Gonzales Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

This leg of the MGDLS, with the theme “Recognizing Best Researches: A Colloquium on Philippine Libraries & Librarianship”, recognized the best research papers submitted to PAARL in 2017. It also served as a platform for the authors to present their works to the public for free.

Ms. Claire F, Pascua, PAARL Board of Director, opened the program by leading the singing of the national anthem and invocation. This was immediately followed by the opening remarks by PAARL President, Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido.

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The colloquium had two speakers. The first speaker was Ms. Evelyn P. Nabus. Chief Librarian of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Calamba. She presented a very informative paper entitled “Text Messaging: Not Only for Reference Service”.  She highlighted the possible uses of text messaging, which in their case, is not limited to reference service only. In fact, according to Ms. Nabus, this technology can be applied for other purposes in libraries.

The paper entitled: “Facebook and Librarians: A Content Analysis of Facebook Pages of Professional Organizations in the Philippines” was presented by Ms. Janice D. C. Peñaflor, the Acquisitions Librarian and Technical Services Coordinator of De La Salle University Libraries. This paper was co-written with Mr. Philip Mark D. Daiz, Assistant Librarian at Laguna Bel-Air Science High School.  Ms. Peñaflor discussed the results of their study on how professional library organizations in the Philippines use Facebook to communicate with their members. Their study also highlighted the extent of interactions between the organizations and their members by utilizing various metrics.

The paper presentations were followed by an open forum giving an opportunity for the participants to ask questions or clarifications. Mr. Chito N. Angeles, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair, concluded the program with his closing remarks.

Both papers presented are available in the 2017 issue of the PAARL Research Journal- an open access journal. Indeed, there are more to look forward to for the next MGDLS in the years to come.

Dubai International Benchmarking Tour and Conference 2017

PAARL has been conducting international benchmarking tours of notable academic and research libraries in Southeast Asia. Recently, it was in Japan and Taiwan, respectively, For the first time, PAARL’s benchmarking tour was held outside of the Asia-Pacific region. For 2017, PAARL’s Board of Directors decided to have the library benchmarking trip in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai was chosen to be the event’s destination since it has modern libraries which are at par with the best libraries in the world.


For 2017, the international benchmarking was held together with a conference. The call for papers for the conference was made months before the actual benchmarking tour. The theme for the 2017 international benchmarking tour was: “Definitely Dubai Benchmarking Tour and International Conference on Cross-Institutional Collaborations: Challenges and Opportunities.” Both events were held from 22nd to 27th October 2017.

The objectives of the international conference are: to promote the concept of cross-institutional collaboration; to provide a venue for libraries or librarians to network; to establish international partnerships/linkages; to learn from best practices and experiences from other institutions, and; to learn how to further develop, nurture, and expand existing partnerships and/or collaborative projects/programs. The international conference took place in Arabian Park Hotel, Al Jadaf St., Dubai. 

PAARL prepared informative and exciting activities for the participants of the said tour and conference. Upon arrival in Dubai, the participants were billeted in Fortune Pearl Hotel in Omar Bin Al Khatab Road, Dubai.

The Filipino librarians visited academic libraries in UAE like the Canadian University-Dubai, American University-Dubai, and University of Wollongong-Dubai.

The participants also visited the following key attractions in UAE:

  • Dubai Miracle Garden
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise
  • Desert Safari
  • Camel Breeding Farm
  • Abu Dhabi’s Women’s Handicraft Center
  • Al Husn Palace’s Petroleum Exhibition Center
  • Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, and Al Fahidi Port
  • Observation Deck of the Burj Al Khalifa.

Participants of this activity certainly gained memorable experiences and new knowledge that that would make them more effective and efficient as they perform their tasks and responsibilities in their respective libraries.

4th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017: The Data Privacy Act and its Implications in Libraries

The 4th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series was held in the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, last September 15, 2017. This coincided with the 38th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF).


Mr. Mel Alipoon was the master of ceremonies for this event. The opening ceremonies was led by Claire F. Pascua, PAARL Executive Board member. This was followed by the opening remarks by Mr. Chito N. Angeles, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair, while PAARL Auditor, Dr. Fernan R. Dizon, introduced the resource speaker.

The resource speaker for this lecture series was Atty. Joseph Dexter M. Feliciano. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Thinc Office Corp.  Atty. Feliciano made a presentation on the topic: “Data Privacy in the Age of the Internet and its Implications in Libraries.” His lecture aimed to inform and to increase the awareness of all the participants about the significance of data privacy, especially its implications to library operations and management.

Atty. Feliciano also conducted a product demonstration of My Legal Whiz. My Legal Whiz is a pioneering legal intelligence and research assistance platform used  by libraries, private and government institutions like the BSP, SEC, DTI, corporations, and law firms, etc.. There was a brief open forum after the product presentation. The event closed with a brief closing remarks from Dr. Dizon.

PAARL 2017 Seminar-Workshop on Strategic Thinking: Shaping the Future of Academic/Research Libraries

Last August 2017, PAARL conducted a 3-day seminar-workshop with the theme: “Strategic Thinking: Shaping the future of Academic/Research Libraries”. It was held in Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay City, from 23rd to 25th August 2017. More than 130 participants registered for this event.

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Mr. Alfred Diaz served as the workshop facilitator for this activity. Mr. Diaz is a human resource practitioner and professional who has worked with local and international companies, schools, as well as government agencies and local government units. He shared his knowledge on topics specifically on strategic planning like:

  • ABC’s of planning
  • The five tasks of strategic management
  • Assessing reality
  • Case application (reality assessment)
  • Visioning (visioning for my organization)
  • Inspiring others towards a shared vision
  • Planning to close the gaps
  • Setting targets and formulating SMART strategies,
  • Managing diversities and disagreements-role and target negotiations
  • Importance of documentation, and
  • Execution of closing the gaps.

Mr. Diaz facilitated the workshops which include: the five tasks of strategic management i.e. developing a strategic vision/mission and values, setting measurable objectives; crafting strategies to achieve objectives; implementing and executing the strategies, and;  evaluating and correcting. These activities, without a doubt, were helpful in making a good plan into a better-to-best plan for the organization and its members.

Over-all, this seminar-workshop was a success and indeed another milestone for PAARL, whose Directors believe the importance of building essential character and skills of its leadership and members.

3rd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017: Digital Preservation in Libraries

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 3rd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017 (MGDLS) at the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City last June 30, 2017 at exactly 8:00 a.m.

This lecture series aimed to educate librarians and other information professionals on the new and advanced approaches in the field of LIS, specifically on digital preservation and conversion.

Two papers were presented during the lecture. The first paper was entitled: “Preserving Institutional Thought Leadership through Digitization”. This was presented by Mr. Fernan R. Dizon, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Knowledge Resource Center, Asian Institute of Management (AIM).  Dr. Dizon talked about the experiences of his institution in digitizing permanent records like office records, theses, books, etc. He gave some points to consider in digitization like standards, logistical requirements, etc.

The second paper entitled: “Microfilming and Digital Conversion: Reformatting for Long-Term Preservation and Access” was presented by Mr. Jose Patricio B. Lagumen. He is the Head of Photoduplication Section of the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. Mr. Lagumen discussed the process and the rationale for microfilming and its digital conversion.

The paper presentations were followed by an open forum. The forum ended with the closing remarks by Chito N. Angeles, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair.

The said lectures have definitely enlightened and enriched the minds of the librarians and information professionals who attended the said event.

Loreto Mallari Seriña: A Fellow to Remember

Loreto Serina
(PAARL Awarding Ceremony, 25th of January 2007 at Centro Escolar University, Manila)

It was a heart-wrenching day to mourn the passing of Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians’ (PAARL) former president. Our condolences to the family and loved ones of Mrs. Loreto Mallari Seriña, former Chief Librarian of Jose Rizal University, who passed away last June 13, 2017.

Known to her colleagues and friends as “Olet,” she will be remembered for being an active member and officer of various library associations.

As a tribute and in memory of this beloved fellow, let’s look back to some memorable parts of her journey as an officer of various library associations and as a librarian.

Back in 1958, Mrs. Seriña  graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor’s degree major in library science. She then pursued and acquired her Master’s Degree in Library Science from University of the Philippines in 1976. She became President of the Philippine Library Association, Inc. from 1988-1991. She also served as President of PAARL in 1998. Four years later, she became the Director of the Philippine Foundation for Library Scholarships, Inc.

Mrs. Seriña  also became a member of the Professional Regulation Commission-Board for Librarians together with the late Mrs. Susima L. Gonzales and Ms. Leonor B. Gregorio. During their terms, the Directory of Licensed Librarians in the Philippines was published.

Because of her dedication, hard work, and passion as a librarian, she received the following awards, namely: PLAI Cirilo B. Perez Award (1986); PLAI Gabriel A. Bernardo Award (1989-1991); PLAI Gabriel A. Bernardo Award 1989-1991); PLAI Hall of Fame (2002); PLAI Eulogio B. Rodriguez Award (2005); and PAARL Lifetime Achievement Award (2006).

Truly, she’s an inspiration to many, especially in PAARL.

On behalf of all librarians, farewell for now, Mrs. Seriña.


2017 PAARL Summer Conference on “Philippine Libraries in Transformation”

Last April 24-26, 2017, the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 3-day National Summer Conference in the beautiful Haciendas de Naga Resort, Naga, Camarines Sur.

The theme for this summer conference was “Philippine Libraries in Transformation.” It aimed to support the “Library Transform” initiative of the American Library Association, which was designed to increase public awareness on the value, impact, and services provided by libraries and library professionals. It also showcased the transformative nature of today’s libraries.

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The master of ceremonies for this three-day conference was Mr. Melquiades I. Alipo-on, Public Relations Officer of PAARL. The first day of the conference was opened with the singing of the Philippine national anthem and invocation. The conference was officially opened by Mr. Chito N. Angeles, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair, with his welcome remarks and a brief conference mechanics.

To give an introduction on the theme of the summer conference, Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido, PAARL President, delivered the “keynote address” highlighting the initiatives and activities that support and promote the Libraries Transform campaign as well as the new trends relevant to libraries and librarianship.

The program continued with three paper presentations. The first presentation was entitled, “A Modern Look at a Traditional Library: AIM-KRC’s Take on Transformation” by Mr. Fernan R. Dizon, Associate Director of the Asian Institute of Management – Knowledge Resource Center, Makati City, and Ms. Karen Angelica S. Agcaoili, Electronic Resources Librarian, also from AIM-KRC, who presented the paper.

The second presentation was held after the lunch break. It was presented by Mr. Elijah John F. Dar Juan, Head of the Strategic Communication, Research and Marketing Section of the University Library, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. His presentation was entitled, “Building the Future: Planning for the Learning Commons of the Main Library, University of the Philippines, Diliman.”

The last lecture for day one was entitled “Sweeping at the Learning Commons: An Observational Study of Space Use”. It was presented by Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido, Director of Libraries, De La Salle University (DLSU), Manila.

For day two of the summer conference, three presentations were made. The first presentation was entitled, “Tested! An Item Analysis of an Information Literacy Assessment Tool” by Ms. Elizabeth B. Padilla, Circulation-Reserve Librarian, and Mr. John Louie T. Zabala, Associate Librarian, both from of DLSU, Manila.

The next presentation was made by Ms. Minette R. Vinzon, Associate Librarian, and Ms. May L. Cajes, Periodicals Librarian, also both from DLSU, Manila. It was followed by a presentation by Mr. Chito N. Angeles. His presentation was entitled “Moving to RFID Library: The U.P. Diliman University Library Experience.” The last presentation for the second day of the summer conference was by Ms. Megumi Sol M. Flores, Library Director of Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies. Her presentation was entitled “Evaluating E-Book Acquisition Practices: Basis for Proposing a Standard Procedural Manual.”

For the third and last day of the summer conference, two presentations were made. The first presentation was by Maria Arcilla Orendain, Ed. D. of the Philippine Normal University. The title of her presentation was “Barangay Reading Centers Revisited: A Call for Filipino Librarians’ Action for Community Development and Progress.” The last presentation was entitled: “Advocacy Towards User Responsibility and Lifelong Learning” by Mrs. Sharon Maria S. Esposo-Betan, Head Librarian of the College of Engineering Libraries, UP Diliman.

The three-day summer conference ended with the awarding of certificates, followed right after by the closing remarks by Mr. Chito N. Angeles.

Indeed, it was a presentation-filled conference which certainly refreshed the minds of all library professional attendees with useful new ideas and concepts.



2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017: Libraries and the Internet of Things

Last March 30, 2017, the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017 entitled, “Libraries and the Internet of Things (IoT)”. It was held at the Asian Institute of Management, Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi Village, Makati City.


This lecture aimed to provide a fertile learning environment for new ideas and enlightened discussions among library and information professionals. It also intended to educate and familiarize librarians and information professionals with the concept of IoT and how these technologies can be beneficial to libraries.

The resource speaker for this event was Professor Paulo Noel G. Paje, Director of the U.P. Information Technology Development Center.


Professor Paje said that IoT is a network of smart objects containing embedded technologies that communicate and interact with the physical environment. IoT is an emerging area. Several possible services and innovations may become available because of an increasingly interconnected, networked environment.

Furthermore, IoT’s impact to libraries especially the importance of its various manifestation especially in the library, i.e. the beneficial enhancements and enrichment of the libraries when IoT devices, tools, and applications are implemented, were also discussed in the lecture. The speaker also identified the issues and challenges librarians needed to be aware of when using IoT in libraries such as personal privacy, security of data, cost of investment in it technologies, required training and infrastructures, data collection, and transmission standards.

This lectures series indeed made a great contribution in the lives of all librarians.

1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017: Using Big Data to Enhance Library Services

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017 with the topic “Using Big Data to Enhance Library Services” last March 3, 2017 at the Procter and Gamble Audio Visual Room, 5th Floor, Melchor Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.


This lecture aimed to educate and familiarize librarians with “Big Data” and how these will impact their institution’s academic research and libraries. It was an engaging lecture attended by 165 library professionals.   The speaker was Mr. Albert Gavino, Lead Data Scientist at Smart Communications, Inc. He delivered the information that are of great importance to the audience.

In deed, the lecture was very timely as it addressed the challenges of the increasing volume and structures of data that librarians analyze. Big data is not just about bright ideas for tomorrow. It is one of the biggest thing in libraries today. Hence, librarians should prepare themselves for their new role in the advancement of Big Data in library and information science.

PAARL Inducts 2017 Board of Directors

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 44th General Assembly, Awarding and Induction Ceremonies last January 27, 2017 at AnimoLabs, 12F, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila.


The new set of officers, who were elected to the 2017 PAARL’s Board of Directors, exuded the same enthusiasm, fervor and commitment that the previous BOD had. The 2017 PAARL Board of Directors include Ana Maria B. Fresnido (DLSU) – President, Chito N. Angeles (UPD)- Vice President, Reina Flor A. Castro (Baliuag University) – Secretary, Estela A. Montejo (ADMU)- Treasurer, Fernan R. Dizon (AIM) – Auditor, Melquiades I. Alipo-on (Olivarez College) – Public Relations Officer, Directors: Editha A. Alamodin (NU), Maria Gia G. Gamolo (FEU), Claire F. Pascua (La Consolacion College) and Michelle A. Esteban (FEU) – Ex-Officio.

Ana Maria B. Fresnido, President, delivered an inspiring acceptance speech after her induction as the new PAARL President, where she revealed her plans for the organization.

The inducting officer, Ms. Kai Shan L. Fernandez, AVC for Academic Services, DLSU, impressed the audience with her eloquent and enlightening speech on librarians and librarianships. She commended the organizer for the preparations for the entire activity.

Kudos to the organizers of the General Assembly, Awarding and Induction Ceremony for a terrific job!