National Summer Conference 2018 - Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) is pleased to announce its call for papers for the 2018 Summer Conference with the theme User Experience (UX) Matters! : Looking at Library Services from a User Perspective to be held on 25-27 April 2018 at Fersal Hotel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The call is open to librarians/information professionals, researchers, faculty, and students of Library and Information Science.

The conference aims to encourage librarians, particularly library managers and administrators, to look at how and why clients actually use libraries (as opposed to the librarians’ perceptions of what the clients need and how they interact with the libraries) in order to better understand the users’ needs and to further improve the library’s services, facilities, and resources.

Full papers must be emailed to on or before 26 February 2018 with the subject line PAARL Summer Conference 2018.

Papers to be submitted must be in line with the theme. Using one or more of the following UX methods (Appleton, 2016) in your research is strongly recommended:

  • Observation of user movement in the library (to see where users naturally physically travel to within their library spaces as opposed to where the librarians think they travel to);
  • Observation of activity within given spaces (to see how users naturally behave in demarked spaces and environments);
  • Walking through library spaces with users to observe and discuss how they use the library;
  • Focused discussion with library users about what works for them and what does not;
  • Diaries and reflective exercises about users’ experience of the library;
  • Observation of alternative library- or service-oriented spaces;
  • Directed storytelling;
  • Unstructured interviews;
  • Photo studies; and
  • Cognitive mapping.

Submitted papers will go through a blind peer review process and the selection will be based on relevance to the theme, content, organization, and writing quality. 


   February 26, 2018

Deadline of full paper submission

   March 19, 2018

Notification of accepted papers

   April 9, 2018

Submission of presentation slides

   April 25-27, 2018

Presentation of accepted papers









Selected papers that meet the criteria for publication will be included in the PAARL Research Journal 2018 and will get the chance to receive the Best Research Award 2018.


1.       Full paper should be in Microsoft Word (*.doc or *.docx) and must include, at the minimum, the following contents:

·         Title;

·         Full name of author, affiliation, and email address (in the case of multiple authors, please specify the author who will be presenting the paper in the Summer Conference 2018);

·         Abstract of 300-500 words;

·         Introduction or background of the study;

·         Objectives and/or purpose of the study;

·         Methodology/research design;

·         Results/summary and discussion;

·         Conclusion and recommendation; and

·         References or works cited.

2.       Authors will be notified after their submissions have undergone the peer review process to be conducted by the Conference Committee.

3.       Revisions must be submitted within five (5) days upon receipt of letter/notification requesting a revision.

4.       It is understood that by submitting your research paper, permission has been granted to PAARL to publish your paper in its website and the PAARL Research Journal. 


For inquiries, please contact any member of the PAARL 2017 Executive Board.

Thank you and we look forward to your contributions.