2017 Summer Conference on "Philippine Libraries in Transition"

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) will be holding the 2017 Summer Conference with the theme Philippine Libraries in Transition on 24-26 April 2017 at Haciendas de Naga, Km. 10 Carolina, Uptown Naga City, Camarines Sur.

The conference aims to support the Libraries Transform initiative of the American Library Association which is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. The campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for the library profession. It also showcases the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevates the critical role libraries play in the digital age (http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/about).

CPD Points and CHED endorsement are being applied for this conference.

The conference fee is Php5,400.00 for LIVE-OUT participants inclusive of meals (3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks), conference handouts and certificates. Members in good standing (paid membership dues from 2015 to 2017) who will register and pay on or before March 31, 2017 shall enjoy a discounted rate of Php5,075.00. Please deposit payment at any BPI Family Savings Bank branch (note that minimal charges may apply for inter-branch deposits). Account number is 005951-0782-06. Check payments should be made payable to the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc.

Accommodation at Haciendas de Naga for two (2) nights, with complimentary breakfast, will be charged an additional Php1,100.00. Said accommodation fee should be made payable to Haciendas de Naga Hotel (account name: HDN Golf Resort & Country Club).

Pre-registration is required to help facilitate arrangements with the hotel. Online registration form is available at http://tinyurl.com/PAARLsummerConference2017.

1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) will be holding its 1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2017 with the topic “Using Big Data to Enhance Library Services” on 03 March 2017, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the National Engineering Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The lecture series, named in honor of our founding president Ms. Marina G. Dayrit, aims to provide a fertile learning environment for new ideas and enlightened discussions among library and information professionals in the country.

Information organization, management, communication, and research are the key skills librarians possess. It has been the role of librarians to analyze and interpret the specific information needs of their users and determine what information sources would satisfy those inquiries. This has changed however with the rise of “Big Data” and the emergence of new technologies and tools that help librarians organize and make sense of this avalanche of data. Now, librarians must also be able to provide the same level of service to data as they do to other formats of information. This lecture aims to educate and familiarize librarians with "Big Data" and how these will impact their institution’s academic research and libraries. Specifically, it intends to help librarians and information professionals:

  • Understand how "Big Data" can be used to better serve their patrons and academic institutions;
  • Determine the skills needed to study and analyze "Big Data" to help make data-informed decisions about information resources, systems, and services; and
  • Learn the issues and challenges in using "Big Data" in libraries, such as, but not limited to, data privacy, data standards, access and usability issues, lack of Data Scientist, analysis tools to use, and other technical challenges.

Registration starts at 8:00 am. Members will be assessed a registration fee of Php300 and Php350 for non-members. Students may avail of a discounted rate of Php200.