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.

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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.