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.
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.