In order to enhance the professional welfare of its members and to promote continuing education for professional librarians, PAARL conducts annual conferences and seminar-workshops, and regular public forums and symposiums on topics of vital interest to its members.
The first was the Seminar-workshop in December 1977 on the topic, Descriptive and Subject Cataloging of Filipiniana Materials, with Mrs. Emelinda de Jesus and Susana Ferrer of the UP Main Library's Technical Services Division as resource speakers. The success of this library event was followed by another one in 1981 with Mrs. Pat Nievera, the Ramon Magsaysay Presidential Papers archivist, and Mrs. Yolanda Granada, head of the UP Archives, as resource persons on the seminar-workshop on Archives Administration at the National Library on November 5-6, 1981. After these initial successes, PAARL institutionalized this program by conducting an average of two to three such activities every year, and about four public fora/symposia, which are held, traditionally, one at the beginning of the year, another in celebration of the Philippine Academic Book Fair in July, another during the Manila Book Fair in September, and the fourth on the occasion of the National Book Week in November.
At the onset of the third millennium, when the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) required the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program for the renewal of professional license, most of PAARL’s CPE activities were geared towards enhancing the skills and competencies of professional librarians to become at par with their tech-savvy counterparts in other parts of the globe. Topics on knowledge management, metadata, borderless learning, e-library, e-learning, Web 2.0 and Library 2.0, 3rd generation library management, and many similarly relevant subjects of high impact proved to be appealing to the perceived needs and continuing educational requirements of the librarianship profession in the country. A list of these conferences, training, seminar-workshops, and fora/symposia is available at the official website: https://sites.google.com/site/paarlonlineorg/
PAARL likewise regularly holds library tours to give its members the opportunity to visit exemplary libraries for benchmarking purposes. For the first time, however, in 1997 it organized a library tour outside the country, in Taiwan, and recently, it conducts annual benchmarking tours within Southeast Asia (Singapore in 2010, Hong Kong in 2011, Kuala Lumpur in 2012, and Bangkok in 2013). For the first time, however, on its fifth year of benchmarking, the venue was in Seoul, one of the better cities in the world that has metamorphosed into a world leader when it comes to innovation and cutting-edge technology.