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.

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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.

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MOA-Signing with NU-CEAS on Research Collaboration

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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.