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.