5th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2019 Emerging Technologies in Libraries: Technology Applications in Libraries: Software and Hardware Considerations and Presentation of Best Research Papers

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.

4th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2019 Emerging Technologies in Libraries: Online Research Instruction

The 4th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2019 with the theme “Online Research Instruction” was held last September 13, 2019 at the Stage Area 3, SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. This was attended by librarians, library staff, information professionals and LIS students. This event coincided with the 40th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF).

The program started with an opening prayer led by Ms. Michelle San Gabriel, PAARL Board of Director. This was followed by the welcome remarks and introduction of the resource speaker by Dr. Fernan R. Dizon, PAARL President.

The resource speaker for this lecture series was Ms. Marian Ramos-Eclevia, Assistant Director for Operations, De La Salle University Libraries and former director of PAARL. Ms. Ramos-Eclevia discussed the research support services in libraries, library instruction methods, and the emerging technologies and tools used in online instruction. She also shared some tips and takeaways in creating library video tutorials such as: pacing, length, content, look & feel, video vs text, findability and interest. She concluded her talk with these 3 points: (1) generic information literacy skills are important to research, (2) information behavior differs from person to person, and (3) librarians should not only master the different skills needed, but also on marketing relevant offers to researchers.

This lecture series provides an excellent opportunity for librarians and other library practitioners to equip themselves with the knowledge in identifying and analyzing the impact of emerging technologies on the way information and knowledge are created, recreated, used, reused, disseminated, stored and socialized.

The ended with the closing remarks given by  Dr. Maria Gia G. Gamolo, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair.

3rd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2019 Emerging Technologies in Libraries: Mobile Technology Applications

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held the third leg of the Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2019 (MGDLS) last August 16, 2019 at the Library and Media Center, Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS), Pasay City.  The theme for this lecture was “Mobile Technology Applications”. Mr. Kevin Conrad T. Tansiongco of Electronic Information Solutions, Inc. (EISI) was the resource speaker.

The lecture aimed to define and discuss the importance of mobile technology applications in the library; to introduce mobile technology applications that can be used in the library; and, to encourage librarians to maximize the use of mobile technology applications in libraries. Mr. Tansiongco also gave informed participants the importance of knowing the library users and the usual behavior of Filipinos towards Internet access.

2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2019 Emerging Technologies in Libraries: Open Access Library Management System

Last July 19, 2019, the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held the 2nd Marina G. Dayrit (MGDLS) 2019, in partnership with the University of San Carlos (USC) Library, Cebu Librarians’ Association, Inc., Adamson University Library, and University of Santo Tomas Library Science Students Association. The event was held at OZ Audio-Visual Room, OZ Building, Adamson University and at the Van Gansewinkel Hall, University of San Carlos, Downtown Campus.

The lectures on Open Access Library Management System, was the second in this year’s lecture series which aims to enable its participants to identify, analyze, understand, and appreciate the practical and theoretical implications of emerging technologies in academic and research libraries.

The program started at around 1:00 pm with the opening ceremonies followed immediately by the welcome remarks by Dr. Fernan Dizon, PAARL President followed by opening remarks of Dr. Maria Gia Gamolo, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair.

The first lecture, which was held at the Manila venue was conducted by Mr. Eugene Jose T. Espinoza, Legislative Staff Officer II of the Senate of the Philippines. His talked was about open source library management system. His talk focused on differentiating between open source software from open access library management systems (LMS) and Library Services platforms (LSP). Mr. Espinoza also gave some exercises to test the participants understanding of the topics. This exercises was participated by all the participants from both Manila and Cebu City venues.

The second lecture, which was held at the Cebu City venue, was given by Mr. Juan Martin Guasch, PAARL Auditor and Chief Librarian of Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS). He discussed planning and implementing for an open source library management system. He also gave participants an overview of the planning stages and implementation of an open source, library management system.

The program ended with the closing remarks given by Ms. Dinah Gomez, President of Cebu Librarians Association, Inc.

1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2019 Emerging Technologies in Libraries: Open Access Library Management System

PAARL held its 1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series (MGDLS) 2019 with the topic “Digital Preservation: Standards and Trends” last June 7, 2019, at The Learning Commons, De La Salle University, 6th floor, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, Taft Avenue, Manila.

The resource speaker, Mr. Chito N. Angeles, University Librarian of the University of the Philippines Diliman and former PAARL President, gave the participants an overview of the digitization, digital preservation and digital curation. He also shared the best practices in digital preservation such as:

The resource speaker, Mr. Chito N. Angeles, University Librarian of the University of the Philippines Diliman and former PAARL President, gave the participants an overview of the digitization, digital preservation and digital curation. He also shared the best practices in digital preservation such as:

  • Storage media must be monitored.
  • Redundancy must be introduced by replicating or backing up files, introducing diversity in dependent technologies and avoiding catastrophic disaster at a single geographical location. 
  • Checksums must be generated and frequently recalculated to identify any loss and ensure that the integrity of the bits can be verified in an efficient and automated manner.
  • Multiple copies maintained; offsite storage for backups.
  • Institutional disaster plan should be comprehensive.
  • Media should be stored in a contaminant-free environment; and
  • Environmental conditions should be stable, and any fluctuations in temperature or humidity should be avoided.

The event closed with the closing remarks delivered by Ms. Engracia S. Santos, PAARL Director.

PAARL’s Summer Conference 2019: “Repositioning Libraries in the Big Data Era: New Methods, Services, and Opportunities”

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its annual summer conference last April 24 to 27, 2019 at Robinsons Hotels and Resorts (Go Hotel), Ledesma cor. Mabini St., Iloilo City.

The theme for this summer conference was “Repositioning Libraries in the Big Data Era: New Methods, Services, and Opportunities.” The conference was set as a platform for Filipino librarians and researchers to convene and discuss the impacts of Big Data, or also known as “the data deluge” affecting library services, collections, facilities, and spaces.

The master of ceremonies for this three-day conference was Mr. Juan Martin R. Guasch, PAARL Auditor. The first day of the conference started with the opening prayer led by Ms. Michelle San Gabriel, PAARL Director. This was followed by the welcome remarks and brief conference mechanics by Dr. Maria Gia G. Gamolo, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair.

To give an introduction on the theme of the summer conference, Mr. Chito Angeles, the PAARL 2018 President and University Librarian at University of the Philippines, presented his “keynote lecture” highlighting the importance of big data which can help librarians, administrators and others to make better decisions by providing the services that will ensure their data is available today and in the future. He furthered emphasized that Librarians and information professionals will have to upgrade their digital and analytical skills to stay relevant in the era of big data.

The program continued with four research paper presentations. The first research presentation was entitled “Using Data Visualization Tools in Developing Library Programs” by Ms. Engracia S. Santos of Ateneo de Manila University. In her study she presented her research problem on how do information visualization tools impact in making the library competitive and beneficial to their users?

The second presentation was presented by Mr. John Christopherson L.T. Fredeluces of the University of the Philippines-Diliman (Ms. Roselle S. Maestro and Ms. Marian R. Eclevia of De La Salle University-Manila as co-authored). His presentation was about “What Makes a Data Librarian?: An Analysis of Job Announcements and Job Descriptions for Data Librarian”. Their paper focused on identifying the common competencies and duties of data librarians and related positions as stated in job advertisements; specific duties and tasks related to research data management being performed by librarians in Philippine academic libraries; and what are the education and training requirements of data librarian positions.  

The last presentation for day one was entitled “OPAC Access and Usage Data Analysis using an Open Source Web Analytics Software” by Dr. Fernan R. Dizon of Asian Institute of Management-Makati City, and Ms. Ma. Celine M. Larracas of Assumption College-Makati City. The purpose of their study was to examine and present a single case study of an implementation and use of an open source, web analytics software in analyzing access and search data of an open source, integrated library system’s (ILS) online public access catalog (OPAC) to guide the collection development priorities for the AIM-KRC.

For the second day of the conference, a plenary talk was given by Mr. Stephen B. Alayon, Data Bank Senior Information Assistant of Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). His talk was about the roles, perspectives, and opportunities of library and information science in the field of Data Science. It was followed by five research presentations. The first presentation was “Transaction Log Analysis of OPAC Searches in an Academic Library: Basis for OPAC Interface and Bibliographic Instruction Improvement” by Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido and Ms. Agnes S. Barsaga of De La Salle University-Manila. The objectives of their study were: ascertain problems with the OPAC interface design and investigate users’ searching behaviors to help identify solutions that will address the difficulties being encountered by library patrons.

The next presentation was made by Ms. Geraldine G. Mallo-Eustaquio of Mr. Manuel S. Enverga of University Foundation-Lucena City entitled “Design and Implementation of EMRC Web-Based Portal”. Her research was about how they designed and implemented the EMRC web-based portal an update on their current manual system at the EMRC.

For the third presentation Mr. Abubakar S. Mama (with co-author Amerhassan Sarangani) of Mindanao State University-Marawi City discussed about the “Electronic Bibliographic and Technical Practices, Data Management Strategies, and eServices in an Academic Library in Southern Philippines”. Their study described, explored, and explained the various practices/initiatives of the Mindanao State University librarians and library staff in the organizing and managing their e-resources. Specifically, their paper deals with the step-by-step electronic processing of the e-resources by exploring the needed software that will automate the entire process.

 The fourth presentation was entitled “Research Data Services in Academic Libraries: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities” by Ms. Marian R. Eclevia of De La Salle University-Manila, Mr. Jesus Raymond Mijares of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde-Manila, and Ms. Ma. Theresa Villanueva of Ateneo De Manila University-Quezon City. The objectives of their study were:

to ascertain the extent of available research data services in top-ranking universities in Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania; to analyze the information content of library websites for research data services to find out the common recurring concepts, themes and words; and, To explore the needs and possibilities of developing research data services among Philippine academic libraries to further improve their research support services The last presentation for the second day was made by Ms. Editha A. Alamodin (with co-authors Mr. Ramon L. Rodriguez, Mr. Bernie S. Fabito, Ms. Mideth B. Abisado) of National University-Manila entitled “Understanding Library Usage and Collection Usage Pattern of Students of National University-Manila: A Machine Learning Approach”. Their study sought to discover user patterns from library usage and collection usage. Specifically, to Identify the correlation regarding students who visit the library and students that use library collection, identify relationship of library collection usage vis-à-vis student degree program, identify library usage trends in terms of academic month, and to identify sufficiency of library collection.

The second day culminated with a Fellowship Night – Crazy Hat Party. Aside from the raffle draw, PAARL also gave out prizes for the: “Most number of participants” which awarded to the delegates of the University of the Philippines-Diliman with 10 participants; on second place was Iloilo science and Technology University with 5 participants. “Farthest participant” was awarded to Cagayan State University at a distance of 1,154km; while Tarlac Agriculture got the second place for 756km. Ms. Cyndiarelle Abordo received a prize for being the earliest payee based on the bank deposit date; while Ms. Sheila Papa received a prize for being the first online registrant. Ms. Beverly Cimagala got the title “Best Crazy Hat”, the second-best crazy hat goes to Edrose Flores, while Bernard Ruiz was awarded 3rd Best Crazy Hat.

For the third and last day of the conference date, Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido of De La Salle University Libraries presented a paper about “Online Database Usage Statistics for Evidenced-Base Decision Making”. This was co-authored with Ms. Sharon M. Samaniego of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas. Their paper examined the usage statistics of e-resources of the Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo –Information Resource Center (AEA-IRC) to ascertain the extent of utilization and cost-effectiveness of the subscribed databases. It was then followed by a plenary talk by Dr. Jessie S. Barrot, the Dean of National University College of Education Arts & Sciences (NUCEAS). He gave an insight on the performance of the Philippines in terms of research, and the common mistakes novice researchers commit. He then shared the 4Ps that should be present in a researcher’s life – Purpose, Passion, Persistence, and Positive outlook. on Moving Towards Quality Research in Library Information Science delivered

The three-day summer conference ended with the awarding of certificates, followed right after by the closing remarks by Ms. Engracia S. Santos, PAARL Board of Director.

Indeed, it was a presentation-filled conference which certainly gave useful and new ideas to all the participants. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all the participants and our sponsors.

5th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series: Putting it all Together: Successful Research Writing and Academic Paper Presentations

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held the fifth and last leg of the Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series (MGDLS) last November 13, 2018 at the Special Collections Room of the University Library, Far Eastern University, Manila.  The theme for this lecture was: “Putting It All Together: Successful Research Writing and Academic Paper Presentations and Recognizing Best Researches on Philippine Libraries and Librarianship”.  The fifth MGDLS was divided into two parts. The first part  of the program included lectures from subject matter experts who lectured on topics based on the aforementioned  theme. The second part of the program consisted of presentations from librarian-authors whose papers are considered for the PAAARL Best Research Awards and for publication in the 2018 PAARL Research Journal.
The program started at around 9:00 am with the opening ceremonies followed immediately by the welcome remarks by Dr. Maria Gia Gamolo, Director of the University Library, Far Eastern University. This was followed by the opening remarks by Mr. Chito N. Angeles, PAARL President. The first lecture was made by Dr. Jessie S. Barrot, Dean of the College of Education, Arts, and Sciences, National University. The topic of his lecture was: “Writing Your Manuscripts: Do’s and Dont’s”. In his lecture, Dr. Barrot gave very informative and helpful tips to consider in writing research papers. The second lecture was made by PAARL’s Board of Director, Ms. Marian Ramos-Eclevia of the De La Salle University Libraries. Her lecture was entitled: “Cite It Correctly!: Referencing Your Sources Using Mendeley.” Ms. Ramos-Eclevia demonstrated the use of Mendeley in organizing and citing references that will prove helpful for librarian-authors in writing their research papers. The third lecture was made by Prof. Rhea Rowena U. Apolinario of the UP School of Library and Information Studies. She shared her expertise on the topic: “Successful Academic Paper Presentations.” This first part of the whole day program ended with a free lunch for the participants.

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The second part of the program promptly started at 1:30 p.m. At this part, three librarian-authors presented their research papers. These research papers are the top-three research papers being considered for the 2018 PAARL Best Research Award and the 2018 PAARL Research Journal. The presenters were given 20 minutes to present their research. After each presentation, a panel of critiques composed of PAARL’s Board of Director, Ms. Marian Ramos-Eclevia, National University faculty members Dr. John Iris G. Lira and Dr. Aldrin Ludovice Salipande, asked the presenters questions regarding their research papers. They also gave the presenters some advice on how to improve their papers.
The first presenter was Ms. Rochelle S. Silverio, College Librarian, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela Library (PLV). Her paper was entitled: “When Visitors Turn into Volunteers: Exploring the Connection of User Experience and Volunteerism in a Local University.” Her paper focused on user experience (UX) and volunteerism in an academic library setting, specifically of PLV Library
The second paper presenter was Ms. Jennifer J. Laluna of the University of Makati. She presented her paper entitled: “Improving the Library Space of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) Using Design Charrette.” Her paper explored how the physical library can be structured, arranged and improved based on feedback from various school stakeholders of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) through the use of design charrette. This research was made understand and to meet the rapidly changing student learning needs and faculty teaching patterns of their school.
The third and last paper presenter was PAARL’s former president and current, Ex-Officio, Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido. Her paper was entitled: “Reinventing Academic Libraries in the Metro: The Users’ Perspectives.” This research paper was co-written with Viviene C. Soriente and Elizabeth B. Padilla, librarians from De La Salle University Libraries. Their research paper focused on how academic libraries in Metro-Manila were transforming to support constructivist learning theory. Their paper also showed new and emerging trends in libraries in Metro Manila.
Of the top three papers presented and to be accepted for publication, one will be chosen as the Best Research Award for the year. Cash awards in the amount of P10,000 shall be given for the first prize, and P5,000 for the second and third prizes respectively together with a plaque of recognition, which will be awarded at the PAARL’s next General Assembly on 25 January 2019.
The program ended with the closing remarks by Dr. Fernan R. Dizon, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair.