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.


1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017: Using Big Data to Enhance Library Services

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017 with the topic “Using Big Data to Enhance Library Services” last March 3, 2017 at the Procter and Gamble Audio Visual Room, 5th Floor, Melchor Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.


This lecture aimed to educate and familiarize librarians with “Big Data” and how these will impact their institution’s academic research and libraries. It was an engaging lecture attended by 165 library professionals.   The speaker was Mr. Albert Gavino, Lead Data Scientist at Smart Communications, Inc. He delivered the information that are of great importance to the audience.

In deed, the lecture was very timely as it addressed the challenges of the increasing volume and structures of data that librarians analyze. Big data is not just about bright ideas for tomorrow. It is one of the biggest thing in libraries today. Hence, librarians should prepare themselves for their new role in the advancement of Big Data in library and information science.

PAARL Inducts 2017 Board of Directors

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 44th General Assembly, Awarding and Induction Ceremonies last January 27, 2017 at AnimoLabs, 12F, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila.


The new set of officers, who were elected to the 2017 PAARL’s Board of Directors, exuded the same enthusiasm, fervor and commitment that the previous BOD had. The 2017 PAARL Board of Directors include Ana Maria B. Fresnido (DLSU) – President, Chito N. Angeles (UPD)- Vice President, Reina Flor A. Castro (Baliuag University) – Secretary, Estela A. Montejo (ADMU)- Treasurer, Fernan R. Dizon (AIM) – Auditor, Melquiades I. Alipo-on (Olivarez College) – Public Relations Officer, Directors: Editha A. Alamodin (NU), Maria Gia G. Gamolo (FEU), Claire F. Pascua (La Consolacion College) and Michelle A. Esteban (FEU) – Ex-Officio.

Ana Maria B. Fresnido, President, delivered an inspiring acceptance speech after her induction as the new PAARL President, where she revealed her plans for the organization.

The inducting officer, Ms. Kai Shan L. Fernandez, AVC for Academic Services, DLSU, impressed the audience with her eloquent and enlightening speech on librarians and librarianships. She commended the organizer for the preparations for the entire activity.

Kudos to the organizers of the General Assembly, Awarding and Induction Ceremony for a terrific job!