Dubai International Benchmarking Tour and Conference 2017

PAARL has been conducting international benchmarking tours of notable academic and research libraries in Southeast Asia. Recently, it was in Japan and Taiwan, respectively, For the first time, PAARL’s benchmarking tour was held outside of the Asia-Pacific region. For 2017, PAARL’s Board of Directors decided to have the library benchmarking trip in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai was chosen to be the event’s destination since it has modern libraries which are at par with the best libraries in the world.


For 2017, the international benchmarking was held together with a conference. The call for papers for the conference was made months before the actual benchmarking tour. The theme for the 2017 international benchmarking tour was: “Definitely Dubai Benchmarking Tour and International Conference on Cross-Institutional Collaborations: Challenges and Opportunities.” Both events were held from 22nd to 27th October 2017.

The objectives of the international conference are: to promote the concept of cross-institutional collaboration; to provide a venue for libraries or librarians to network; to establish international partnerships/linkages; to learn from best practices and experiences from other institutions, and; to learn how to further develop, nurture, and expand existing partnerships and/or collaborative projects/programs. The international conference took place in Arabian Park Hotel, Al Jadaf St., Dubai. 

PAARL prepared informative and exciting activities for the participants of the said tour and conference. Upon arrival in Dubai, the participants were billeted in Fortune Pearl Hotel in Omar Bin Al Khatab Road, Dubai.

The Filipino librarians visited academic libraries in UAE like the Canadian University-Dubai, American University-Dubai, and University of Wollongong-Dubai.

The participants also visited the following key attractions in UAE:

  • Dubai Miracle Garden
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise
  • Desert Safari
  • Camel Breeding Farm
  • Abu Dhabi’s Women’s Handicraft Center
  • Al Husn Palace’s Petroleum Exhibition Center
  • Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, and Al Fahidi Port
  • Observation Deck of the Burj Al Khalifa.

Participants of this activity certainly gained memorable experiences and new knowledge that that would make them more effective and efficient as they perform their tasks and responsibilities in their respective libraries.


4th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017: The Data Privacy Act and its Implications in Libraries

The 4th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series was held in the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, last September 15, 2017. This coincided with the 38th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF).


Mr. Mel Alipoon was the master of ceremonies for this event. The opening ceremonies was led by Claire F. Pascua, PAARL Executive Board member. This was followed by the opening remarks by Mr. Chito N. Angeles, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair, while PAARL Auditor, Dr. Fernan R. Dizon, introduced the resource speaker.

The resource speaker for this lecture series was Atty. Joseph Dexter M. Feliciano. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Thinc Office Corp.  Atty. Feliciano made a presentation on the topic: “Data Privacy in the Age of the Internet and its Implications in Libraries.” His lecture aimed to inform and to increase the awareness of all the participants about the significance of data privacy, especially its implications to library operations and management.

Atty. Feliciano also conducted a product demonstration of My Legal Whiz. My Legal Whiz is a pioneering legal intelligence and research assistance platform used  by libraries, private and government institutions like the BSP, SEC, DTI, corporations, and law firms, etc.. There was a brief open forum after the product presentation. The event closed with a brief closing remarks from Dr. Dizon.

PAARL 2017 Seminar-Workshop on Strategic Thinking: Shaping the Future of Academic/Research Libraries

Last August 2017, PAARL conducted a 3-day seminar-workshop with the theme: “Strategic Thinking: Shaping the future of Academic/Research Libraries”. It was held in Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay City, from 23rd to 25th August 2017. More than 130 participants registered for this event.

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Mr. Alfred Diaz served as the workshop facilitator for this activity. Mr. Diaz is a human resource practitioner and professional who has worked with local and international companies, schools, as well as government agencies and local government units. He shared his knowledge on topics specifically on strategic planning like:

  • ABC’s of planning
  • The five tasks of strategic management
  • Assessing reality
  • Case application (reality assessment)
  • Visioning (visioning for my organization)
  • Inspiring others towards a shared vision
  • Planning to close the gaps
  • Setting targets and formulating SMART strategies,
  • Managing diversities and disagreements-role and target negotiations
  • Importance of documentation, and
  • Execution of closing the gaps.

Mr. Diaz facilitated the workshops which include: the five tasks of strategic management i.e. developing a strategic vision/mission and values, setting measurable objectives; crafting strategies to achieve objectives; implementing and executing the strategies, and;  evaluating and correcting. These activities, without a doubt, were helpful in making a good plan into a better-to-best plan for the organization and its members.

Over-all, this seminar-workshop was a success and indeed another milestone for PAARL, whose Directors believe the importance of building essential character and skills of its leadership and members.

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.

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.


2017 PAARL Summer Conference on “Philippine Libraries in Transformation”

Last April 24-26, 2017, the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 3-day National Summer Conference in the beautiful Haciendas de Naga Resort, Naga, Camarines Sur.

The theme for this summer conference was “Philippine Libraries in Transformation.” It aimed to support the “Library Transform” initiative of the American Library Association, which was designed to increase public awareness on the value, impact, and services provided by libraries and library professionals. It also showcased the transformative nature of today’s libraries.

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The master of ceremonies for this three-day conference was Mr. Melquiades I. Alipo-on, Public Relations Officer of PAARL. The first day of the conference was opened with the singing of the Philippine national anthem and invocation. The conference was officially opened by Mr. Chito N. Angeles, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair, with his welcome remarks and a brief conference mechanics.

To give an introduction on the theme of the summer conference, Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido, PAARL President, delivered the “keynote address” highlighting the initiatives and activities that support and promote the Libraries Transform campaign as well as the new trends relevant to libraries and librarianship.

The program continued with three paper presentations. The first presentation was entitled, “A Modern Look at a Traditional Library: AIM-KRC’s Take on Transformation” by Mr. Fernan R. Dizon, Associate Director of the Asian Institute of Management – Knowledge Resource Center, Makati City, and Ms. Karen Angelica S. Agcaoili, Electronic Resources Librarian, also from AIM-KRC, who presented the paper.

The second presentation was held after the lunch break. It was presented by Mr. Elijah John F. Dar Juan, Head of the Strategic Communication, Research and Marketing Section of the University Library, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. His presentation was entitled, “Building the Future: Planning for the Learning Commons of the Main Library, University of the Philippines, Diliman.”

The last lecture for day one was entitled “Sweeping at the Learning Commons: An Observational Study of Space Use”. It was presented by Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido, Director of Libraries, De La Salle University (DLSU), Manila.

For day two of the summer conference, three presentations were made. The first presentation was entitled, “Tested! An Item Analysis of an Information Literacy Assessment Tool” by Ms. Elizabeth B. Padilla, Circulation-Reserve Librarian, and Mr. John Louie T. Zabala, Associate Librarian, both from of DLSU, Manila.

The next presentation was made by Ms. Minette R. Vinzon, Associate Librarian, and Ms. May L. Cajes, Periodicals Librarian, also both from DLSU, Manila. It was followed by a presentation by Mr. Chito N. Angeles. His presentation was entitled “Moving to RFID Library: The U.P. Diliman University Library Experience.” The last presentation for the second day of the summer conference was by Ms. Megumi Sol M. Flores, Library Director of Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies. Her presentation was entitled “Evaluating E-Book Acquisition Practices: Basis for Proposing a Standard Procedural Manual.”

For the third and last day of the summer conference, two presentations were made. The first presentation was by Maria Arcilla Orendain, Ed. D. of the Philippine Normal University. The title of her presentation was “Barangay Reading Centers Revisited: A Call for Filipino Librarians’ Action for Community Development and Progress.” The last presentation was entitled: “Advocacy Towards User Responsibility and Lifelong Learning” by Mrs. Sharon Maria S. Esposo-Betan, Head Librarian of the College of Engineering Libraries, UP Diliman.

The three-day summer conference ended with the awarding of certificates, followed right after by the closing remarks by Mr. Chito N. Angeles.

Indeed, it was a presentation-filled conference which certainly refreshed the minds of all library professional attendees with useful new ideas and concepts.



2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017: Libraries and the Internet of Things

Last March 30, 2017, the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017 entitled, “Libraries and the Internet of Things (IoT)”. It was held at the Asian Institute of Management, Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi Village, Makati City.


This lecture aimed to provide a fertile learning environment for new ideas and enlightened discussions among library and information professionals. It also intended to educate and familiarize librarians and information professionals with the concept of IoT and how these technologies can be beneficial to libraries.

The resource speaker for this event was Professor Paulo Noel G. Paje, Director of the U.P. Information Technology Development Center.


Professor Paje said that IoT is a network of smart objects containing embedded technologies that communicate and interact with the physical environment. IoT is an emerging area. Several possible services and innovations may become available because of an increasingly interconnected, networked environment.

Furthermore, IoT’s impact to libraries especially the importance of its various manifestation especially in the library, i.e. the beneficial enhancements and enrichment of the libraries when IoT devices, tools, and applications are implemented, were also discussed in the lecture. The speaker also identified the issues and challenges librarians needed to be aware of when using IoT in libraries such as personal privacy, security of data, cost of investment in it technologies, required training and infrastructures, data collection, and transmission standards.

This lectures series indeed made a great contribution in the lives of all librarians.