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.
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.