1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2018 : Getting Started!: Research in Library and Information Science

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series (MGDLS) 2018 at the Miguel de Benavides Library, University of Santo Tomas last May 7, 2018.

The learning outcomes for this first lecture, with the theme “Getting Started!: Research in Library and Information Science,” are as follows:

  • To understand the rationale for conducting research;
  • To identify possible LIS topics for research; and
  • To locate possible sources of research topics in LIS

Ms. Ma. Cecilia D. Lobo, the Chief Librarian of Miguel de Benavidez Library, University of Santo Tomas, gave her welcome remarks, while PAARL President, Mr. Chito Angeles, delivered his opening message. Both presented reasons why research is very important to the profession.

Mr. Angeles elaborated further why PAARL came up with this year’s MGDLS theme as “The Push to Research and Publish : Reskilling Librarians Towards Becoming Practitioner-Authors.”


The resource speaker, Prof. Rhea Rowena U. Apolinario of the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies, gave the participants an overview of the research process. With the aim of inspiring her audience, she talked about how she started doing research. Apart from that, she also presented research themes and trends in LIS, as well as, how to conduct and write the review of related literature.

Prof. Apolinario will join us again to share her expertise at the 5th leg of the PAARL 2018 Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series with the topic “Successful Academic Paper Presentations” to be held on November 12, 2018, at the Far Eastern University.

For a copy of her presentation, please click here.


PAARL 2018 Summer Conference

The yearly awaited summer conference of the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) was held on 25-27 April 2018 at Fersal Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

With the theme “User Experience (UX Matters)! : Looking at Library Services from a User Perspective”, the resource speakers of the conference presented their papers on how library users perceive library services, collections, facilities, and spaces. Insights which came directly from the library users, academic and research librarians provided a better understanding of actual user needs and demands, thus, enabling librarians to craft highly responsive and effective strategies and plans.

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The conference started with the welcome remarks and keynote address by the PAARL President, Mr. Chito N. Angeles. In his presentation, he explained how valuable user experiences are in the development of libraries.

There were a total of seven accepted papers. The paper entitled Keeping Users in Focus: A Longitudinal Literature Review on Library UX in Practice by Ms. Marian R. Eclevia, Mr. Robert Vallente, and Mr. Jorge Bundalian of the De La Salle University Libraries was the first to be presented.

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The objectives of this paper are: 1) to explore and analyze the articles that discuss the library user experience; 2) identify the methodologies used in library UX research; and 3) identify and analyze the key findings of library UX research.

Ms. Rochelle S. Silverio of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela Library presented her paper on the experience of library clientele as volunteers.

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Her paper entitled When Visitors Turn to Volunteers: Exploring the Connection of User Experience and Volunteerism in a Local University was able to identify the characteristics and views of library users who turned out to be volunteers. More importantly, the study was able to determine the factors why library users want to be involved and be part of the library team as a volunteer.

Before day one ended, Ms. Rosario C. Camarines of the Jose Rizal University (JRU) shared the results of her study on the library experiences of the JRU High School Students.

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In this study conducted by Ms. Camarines, she explored the experiences of students in library services and its influence on their personal reading inclination. It was perceived in the study that the various services offered by the library greatly influenced the book usage and reading habits of the students.

The second day of the conference started with a paper presentation entitled an introduction to augmented reality (AR). Ms. Sharon Maria S. Esposo-Betan and Mr. Jonathan F. Santos of the University of the Philippines Diliman, College of Engineering Libraries gave examples of how AR can be implemented in libraries specifically in the areas of information literacy.

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This session enabled the participants to get to experience how AR works. The presenters provided a step by step guide on how to adapt and implement AR in their respective libraries.

A usability study of the EBSCOHost Discovery Service (EDS) was conducted at Asian Institute of Management (AIM). Dr. Fernan R. Dizon, Mr. Ronald A. Mañucat, and Ms. Delia V. Razon presented the results of this study. The study aimed to answer the following questions: 1) How frequently do AIM students access EDS?; 2) How usable is EDS for AIM students?; and 3) Are the EDS features and functionalities useful to AIM students?

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The conference participants were able to know the experiences of AIM students in using the EDS platform which gave them the idea how this discovery tool can benefit their library patrons.

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Dr. Vernon D. Totanes of the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University informed the participants how to manage patron perceptions in his paper entitled First Impressions: The Importance of Managing How the Library is Perceived.

Meanwhile, a librarian from the University Library, University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) presented their paper on the perceptions of library users who visited the Main Library beyond the regular working hours.

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As the last presenter for the second day of the conference, Mr. Arthur Bryan C. Mariano informed the participants of the outcome of the study, whom he co-authored with Ms. Rizalyn V. Janio. It was concluded in their study that electronic resources have not diminished the need for library spaces during extended library hours. Also, it was determined that even though there is a high desire to open the library 24/7, there was no data to support it.

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The second day of the conference ended with a fellowship dinner. Various parlor games were participated in by the attendees where winners got the chance to take home prizes courtesy of the sponsors: MegaTexts; ACMISGroup; LJ Adventours and Travel; Taylor and Francis; EBSCO; CELogic; and WiSerf.

The paper entitled Reinventing Philippine Academic Libraries: The Users’ Perspective by Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido, Ms. Elizabeth B. Padilla, and Ms. Vivian C. Soriente of De La Salle University Libraries dealt with the status of academic libraries in Metro-Manila to ascertain how well they are supporting the constructivist learning theory as well as new and emerging trends in libraries.

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The study also solicited feedback from library users regarding areas for improvement particularly in terms of facilities (physical and virtual commons) and programs (cultural commons). Apart from that, the research aims to steer consciousness among academic libraries as to the actual needs/requirements of their patrons so they can be better aided in advancing Philippine academic libraries.

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Mr. Melquiades I. Alipo-on of Olivarez College in Paranaque City studied on the information seeking behavior and information needs of their faculty. He presented the result of this study which will be used as basis for the enhancement of the library collection.

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The conference ended with a closing remarks delivered by PAARL’s Vice-President, Dr. Fernan Dizon.

Our deepest gratitude to all the participants and our sponsors. See you again in our next activities! 🙂


5th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017: Recognizing Best Researches: A Colloquium on Philippine Libraries & Librarianship

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) held its 5th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series (MGDLS) 2017 last December 4, 2017 at the Main Library Lobby, Gonzales Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

This leg of the MGDLS, with the theme “Recognizing Best Researches: A Colloquium on Philippine Libraries & Librarianship”, recognized the best research papers submitted to PAARL in 2017. It also served as a platform for the authors to present their works to the public for free.

Ms. Claire F, Pascua, PAARL Board of Director, opened the program by leading the singing of the national anthem and invocation. This was immediately followed by the opening remarks by PAARL President, Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido.

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The colloquium had two speakers. The first speaker was Ms. Evelyn P. Nabus. Chief Librarian of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Calamba. She presented a very informative paper entitled “Text Messaging: Not Only for Reference Service”.  She highlighted the possible uses of text messaging, which in their case, is not limited to reference service only. In fact, according to Ms. Nabus, this technology can be applied for other purposes in libraries.

The paper entitled: “Facebook and Librarians: A Content Analysis of Facebook Pages of Professional Organizations in the Philippines” was presented by Ms. Janice D. C. Peñaflor, the Acquisitions Librarian and Technical Services Coordinator of De La Salle University Libraries. This paper was co-written with Mr. Philip Mark D. Daiz, Assistant Librarian at Laguna Bel-Air Science High School.  Ms. Peñaflor discussed the results of their study on how professional library organizations in the Philippines use Facebook to communicate with their members. Their study also highlighted the extent of interactions between the organizations and their members by utilizing various metrics.

The paper presentations were followed by an open forum giving an opportunity for the participants to ask questions or clarifications. Mr. Chito N. Angeles, PAARL Vice-President and Conference Chair, concluded the program with his closing remarks.

Both papers presented are available in the 2017 issue of the PAARL Research Journal- an open access journal. Indeed, there are more to look forward to for the next MGDLS in the years to come.

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.