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