• PAARL Best Research Award 2015

    These same team of evaluators who composed the 2014 Committee for the Best Research Award, led by Prof. Corazon M. Nera, former Chair of the Board for Librarians, assisted by Ms. Susan O. Pador and Ruben P. Marasigan, thoroughly reviewed the ten papers, and selected the top five. From the choice list, the top three will vie for the Best Research Award, which shall be announced during the Association's General Assembly in January 2016This year, authors of the best three winning papers shall receive cash incentives, ranging from P 5,000 to P10,000, and plaques of recognition.


    The top five vying for the 2015 Best Research Award, and included in this second edition of the journal, are:


    1.      Advancing Library Profession through Regional Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges for Academic Libraries in the 2015 ASEAN Integration

    2.      Embedding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities in an Academic Library:  Highlights on the Social Aspects of the Human Library 3.      In Pursuit of Excellence: A Phenomenological Study on Library Engagement of Senior Dean’s Honor List at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas

    4.      The Readiness of South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC) Librarians in the Adoption of the RDA Standards

    5.      Reference and Information Services in Selected Philippine Academic Libraries: Trends and Future Prospects




    As we welcome the top five researches selected by the Research Award Committee for the second edition of our professional journal, we are grateful to the authors of the other five for their submission.  Their papers will appear in full text in our PAARLWiki, an online open access tool established and maintained by the undersigned as an excellent resource to enable our library community to share resources.

    • 2016 Executive Board

      Welcome to the new set of elected PAARL Executive Board and Officers for the year 2016


      2016 President Michelle A. Esteban FEU Diliman
      2016 Vice-President Ana Maria B. Fresnido De La Salle University-Manila
      2016 Secretary Melquiades I. Alipo-on Olivarez College
      2016 Treasurer Aniline A. Vidal University of Perpetual Help System DALTA-Las Piñas Campus
      2016 Auditor Editha A. Alamodin National University
      2016 PRO Juan Martin Guasch Asian Inst. of Maritime Studies
      2016 Directors Rosela D. Del Mundo Jose Rizal University
      2016 Directors Kaori B. Fuchigami University of Santo Tomas
      2016 Directors Grace A. Garcia UP Diliman
      2016 Ex-officio Maribel Estepa University of the Philippines-Diliman


    • Call for Applications for 2015 Master's Thesis Grant, Sponsorship to Attend Local/International Conferences...

      Master's Thesis Fellowship

      • Purpose

      To foster research in academic librarianship by assisting masteral students in library science or information studies with their thesis research.

      • Nature of Grant:

      Cash award of P 10,000.00  to be given in two (2) installments (50% upon approval of application, and remaining 50% upon submission of the thesis)

      • Eligibility:

      Applicant must meet the following qualifications:

      • Completion of all academic requirements for the masteral program
      • Approved thesis proposal
      • PAARL membership for the last three years
      • Not a recipient of a similar thesis assistance or grant from any other organization or institution
      • Criteria:

      The proposal will be judged primarily on merit with emphasis on:

      • Potential significance of the research in the field of academic librarianship
      • Originality and creativity
      • Validity of the methodology and proposed methods of analysis
      • Clarity and completeness of the proposal
      • Presentation of a convincing plan for completion of the thesis within a reasonable amount of time
      • Requirements:

      Applicant must submit the following requirements to the Scholarship and Awards Committee:

      • Letter of application, accompanied by a research proposal describing the research work to be undertaken, including its significance and the proposed methodology to be used
      • Schedule for completion
      • Budget and budget justification for items for which support is sought (such as printing and binding, statistical consulting, typing or computer time, transportation, supplies, and similar expenses)
      • Letter from the adviser endorsing the proposal
      • Curriculum Vitae (with recent photo)
      • Copy of the thesis after completion and approval
      • Contact


      Chair, Awards and Scholarships Committee
      Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc.
      Chief Librarian, Technological Institute of the Philippines
      938 Aurora Blvd., Cubao, Quezon City
      Contact Nos. 911-0964 loc. 626    e-mail :



      In addition to its scholarship program, PAARL offers sponsorships to local and international seminars or conferences to assist academic                                            or research librarians in their professional growth:

      Sponsorship Awards to attend Local/International Seminars or Conferences
      Purpose: To foster professional growth by enabling PAARL regular members each year to attend a local or an  international seminar               or conference
      Donor: PAARL Scholarship Fund
      Nature of Grant: PAARL may grant complimentary registration to a locally-sponsored seminar or conference, or in the case of attendance                     in an international conference, grant the maximum amount of PhP 10,000 to cover transportation cost or  registration fee.
      Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following qualifications:
      • PAARL membership for the last five (5) years
      • Permanent employment in an academic or research library
      • Not a recipient of a previous PAARL award
      Requirements: Awardee must render a report and/or conduct an echo seminar upon his/her return from said seminar or conference
      Selection process:

      Any member of the Board may nominate or receive nominations for screening of the Scholarship Committee, which                             in turn submits a list of qualified nominees for approval of the Board of Directors.

      CONTACT:   MR. SONNY BOY T. MANALO,  Chair, 2015 Awards and Scholarships Committee

      Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc.
      Chief Librarian, Technological Institute of the Philippines
      938 Aurora Blvd., Cubao, Quezon City
      Contact Nos. 911-0964 loc. 626    e-mail :


    • PAARL Research Journal ~ Call for Submissions

      Papers shall qualify for the 2015 Best Research Award.  Details are found here:   PAARL Research Journal (PRJ) is an annual publication for library research in the field of Philippine academic and research librarianship. PRJ serves as an online repository for the creative works and research outputs of academic and research librarians, and as documentation on the activities, growth and milestones of the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians (PAARL).  


      The call is open to all library practitioners/information professionals.  

      1. In addition to standard criteria (such as extensiveness of literature review and references, appropriateness of research data/methods, adequacy of data  analysis and presentation of findings, and consistency of research findings/ conclusions), submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
      2. Potential contribution of the research study (significance and relevance)
      3.  Innovation and originality (i.e. it shows high levels of creativity, fresh thinking and innovation in approach)  
      4. Overall impact (it shows actual or potential impact) 
      5. Special considerations: a) it takes into account the extent to which the research is useful in the promotion of the profession; b) it deals with  problems facing the profession, locally/worldwide 
      1. Full paper should be in Microsoft Word (*.doc or *.docx) and submitted through e-mail to or
      2. Authors must follow the Instruction for Authors (see item 4 below) to be qualified/considered for acceptance.
      3. Authors will be notified after their submissions have undergone the peer review process to be conducted by the Committee
      4. Revisions must be submitted within five (5) days upon receipt of letter/notification inviting a revision.
      5. Authors of accepted papers are required to submit a 300-500 word abstract, which will include the proposed title, the full names and affiliations of all authors, and their contact details. In the case of multiple authors, please specify the author who will be presenting the paper at the forum.
      6. It is understood that by these submissions, permission has been granted to publish the papers on the website and in the PAARL Research Journal.  However, the papers submitted remain with the authors to do as they please.

      ​ The top three (3) authors of accepted papers shall each be given a 20-minute timeslot to present their research outputs during the 4th Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2015 to be held on the occasion of The National Book Week.  Author(s) of the winning paper shall receive a cash incentive of Php 10,000.00 and a trophy/plaque of recognition, which will be awarded to him/her/them during the Association's General Assembly in January 2016.  Authors of the other two papers shall receive a cash incentive of Php 5,000.00 for each paper and a trophy/plaque of recognition.  

    • National Summer Conference 2015 (Cagayan de Oro City, 22-24 April 2015)

      Download lecture-presentations here:  

      The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) will be holding a three‐day National Summer Conference 2015 with the theme “Transcending Roles of Information Professionals: Going Beyond Concepts, Exceeding Expectations.”

      This professional activity will be held at De Luxe Hotel, Capt. Vicente Roa Street, Cagayan De Oro City on April 22‐24, 2015.    

      • Libraries and information centers in the country are now challenged with the rapidly changing technologies, the advancing methodologies in researches, the continuously increasing volumes of digital information, and the growing diversified information needs and behavior of students and researchers, all in the midst of the era of digital information.  Librarians and information professionals must do something to move alongside with these constantly developing phenomena, thus the need to transcend from the traditional roles of information professionals.     
      • Librarians, library administrators, researchers, faculty and students of LIS are invited to participate in this conference. The conference specifically evolves on the following objectives:
      1. To provide a deep understanding on the new and unconventional concepts in librarianship as results of continuously changing needs in academic and research environments;
      2. To equate  the roles of information professionals with these changing needs; and,
      3. To present several options of transcended roles of information professionals to keep astride with the new concepts in librarianship and to exceed traditional expectations.  

      A CHED memo endorsement is being applied for this conference.   


      The total conference fee is Php6,000.00. Kindly prepare SEPARATE PAYMENTS for the following:  

      1. Registration Fee (Payable to PAARL) of Php3,120.00 ‐ inclusive of conference kit, materials, handouts and certificate. Check payment should be payable to PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF ACADEMIC / RESEARCH LIBRARIANS, INC.
      2. Accommodation Fee (Payable to De Luxe Hotel) of Php2,880.00 ‐ inclusive of accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights, with 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 morning and 2 afternoon snacks. Check payment should be payable to DE LUXE HOTEL.     

      Should you wish to bring a companion, kindly arrange his/her accommodation directly with De Luxe Hotel (Contact Person: Ms. Yancy D. Acupan, Email:, Tel. No: (63‐8822) 726527,  Mobile No: 922‐835‐2099).


      The total conference fee of Php5,500.00 inclusive of meals (2 lunches, 2 morning and 2 afternoon snacks), conference handouts and certificates. Check payment should be payable to PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC / RESEARCH LIBRARIANS, INC.


      The total conference fee of Php5,500.00.  Kindly prepare SEPARATE PAYMENTS for the following:  

      1. Registration Fee (Payable to PAARL) of Php2,620.00 ‐ inclusive of conference kit, materials, handouts and certificate. Check payment should be payable to PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF ACADEMIC / RESEARCH LIBRARIANS, INC.  
      2. Accommodation Fee (Payable to De Luxe Hotel) of Php2,880.00 ‐ inclusive of accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights, with 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 morning and 2 afternoon snacks. Check payment should be payable to DE LUXE HOTEL.   


      The total conference fee of Ph5,000.00 inclusive of meals (2 lunches, 2 morning and 2 afternoon snacks), conference handouts and certificates. Check payment should be payable to PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC / RESEARCH LIBRARIANS, INC.


      To help facilitate your participation, pre‐registration is required. Kindly accomplish this online registration form at and click “Submit”.   

      For inquiries and other details, please contact MICHELLE A. ESTEBAN at 

    • 5th International Library Benchmarking Seoul, South Korea October 16-19, 2014

      5th International Library Benchmarking Seoul, South Korea

      PAARL's library benchmarking tour was held in Seoul, South Korea from 16-19 October 2014 (Thursday to Sunday).

      Why Seoul? On its fifth year of benchmarking libraries within Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, PAARL has chosen the “Land of the Morning Calm”, this former “Hermit Kingdom”, as one of the better cities in the world that has metamorphosed into a world leader when it comes to innovation and cutting-edge technology. Seoul is quite literally one of the most connected cities in the world!

      The overall objective of this benchmarking activity is for our participating libraries and librarians to remain competitive and demonstrate evidence of good practice which will contribute to every Library’s goal to be: 
      • A quality library that is client-focused; 
      • A library that is continually improving its services; 
      • A library that adopts innovative, new ideas and technologies; and 
      • A library that is efficient and effective.

      The tour specifically aims to (1) identify best practices in Korean libraries, in terms of technological, space-planning, and infrastructure development; (2) learn new trends and concepts of library services; (3) observe closely how Korean libraries address today’s issues and challenges in their desire to go digital; (4) foster professional and cultural exchanges between Filipino and Korean librarians; and, (5) establish a linkage with counterpart Korean libraries for future collaborative undertakings.

      Day 1 and 2 activities highlighted our visits to well-selected academic and research libraries, public information centers, and archives, namely : (1) The National Digital Library of Korea (Dibrary) at the National Library of Korea, (2) Yonsei University Library, (3) Seoul Metropolitan Library, (4) Sungkyunkwan University Library, (5) Seoul National University Library, and (6)Gyujanggak Royal Library of SNU.

      The National Library of Korea was established in 1945. It houses over 9.18 million volumes, including over 1,134,000 foreign books and some of the National Treasures of South Korea. Dibrary is a new name for the digital library of the National Library of Korea, which harmonizes nature, humanity, and information. Dibrary is the world’s first hybrid library combining digital and analogue ideas. It consists of “Dibrary Portal,” a virtual space, and a physical service space called “Dibrary Information Commons”. It was opened in May 2009 after seven years of construction. Facilities allow access to over 800 libraries and other institutions around the world, including the U.S. Library of Congress, and a total of more than 264 million pieces of content. Access is available to foreigners.

      Yonsei University Library was founded in 1915, but it was only in 1979 when the new library building (now Yonsei Central Library) was completed, and it has been used as the main library of Yonsei University until 2008.

      In 1990, Yonsei University Library became the first to operate a computerized library system in Korea. To serve its endless efforts in research information, the Library initiated a web-based research system in 1999. In 2001, the Library also systemized a digital library which offers bibliographic information, original texts, non-book media materials, lecture and research information, the internet services, and more. The library upgraded and redesigned its digital library system as well as library webpage in 2005 to provide Yonsei community members with more up-graded academic information services.

      In 2007, Yonsei University Library successfully embarked on the Subject Librarian Services first in Korea and is equipped with high-tech IT environment as well as strengthened digital content management system. With the opening of Yonsei-Samsung Library in 2008, the Library changed its name from the ‘Central Library’ to ‘Yonsei University Library’ to name Yonsei Central Library and Yonsei-Samsung Library together. Yonsei University Library reorganized the setup of departments and added two more divisions and four more sections so that it can integrate and manage these two libraries more effectively. The opening of Yonsei-Samsung Library and the new library system will make Yonsei University Library to become a future-oriented high-tech academic information center.

      The Library’s collections total more than 1.9 million printed works and 16,000 serials. A variety of electronic resources, including 200 academic databases and 62,000 e-journals can be accessed both on and off campus. 

      The former City Hall, that used to be the center of city affairs, is now the main library in Seoul. The Seoul Metropolitan Library offers over 200,000 books, book shelves along 5m-high walls, Disability Collections, and Seoul Documents Collections. It also offers a comprehensive search tool to identify materials among 320 libraries in Seoul. The Library will be the “Information Hub of Seoul and Center of Libraries in Seoul” and “Representative Library in Seoul” that creates and implements programs for the libraries in Seoul.

      In addition, the library restored the outer wall, halls, and the main stairway of the former City Hall that had been built in 1926, symbolizing the historical heritage of Seoul.

      Because the Dibrary opens at 10am, the group visited the Kimchi School after a hearty breakfast at Cheongha Restaurant. Here we learned the traditional way of making Kimchi. The Kimchi School offers kimchi-making classes guided by a professional kimchi instructor. Participants can taste the kimchi they make, have it packed up, and take it home with them. People may also choose the option of learning how to make tteokbokki along with kimchi. In the same place, we were shown different ways of wearing the traditional Hanbok that Koreans wear on formal occasions. With curves that flow like ripples in the water and woven in a rich tapestry of colors, the hanbok is a thing of splendid, yet simple, beauty. So everyone had fun having their pictorials wearing Hanbok complete with headgear.

      For more photos, see links below:

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Day 3



    • Staying Relevant: Understanding Self-Directed Learning (MIBF Forum, Sept 17)

      Would you like to know how you can stay relevant as an information professional?

      Would you like to know how you can increase your learning capacity through self-directed modes of instruction?

      Wouldn't it be nice to know that you can develop professionally in an environment other than that you have come to know about?

      Find out how.

      Come to the 3rd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series happening on Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 1PM at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City!

      Download your official invitation at, or here.

      For those interested in having a digital copy of the lecture delivered by Ms. Carina Samaniego at the recent MIBF forum hosted by PAARL last Sept 17, here is the pdf copy available at this link:

    • Use of Mobile Apps: Harnessing E-Resources and Services in Libraries and Information Centers

      The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL), is pleased to invite you to its 2nd Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2014 with the topic, “Use of Mobile Apps: Harnessing E-Resources and Services in Libraries and Information Centers”. This professional activity will be held on 10 July 2014, 1:00PM to 4:00PM at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Forum theme will specifically evolve on the following objectives: (1) to develop awareness among librarians and information professionals on how to harness mobile applications/technologies in marketing library’s e-resources and services;(2)  to recognize the practical applications of mobile applications/technologies in enhancing library’s information services; and(3)  to help plan or develop strategies in the integration of mobile applications/technologies in library’s day to day operations and in interacting/connecting with its clientele remotely. Registration will start at 12:00 noon with a registration fee of Php300.00 for members, Php350.00 for non-members and Php200.00 for students to cover for light snack and certificate. You can download the invitation here: You may also renew and apply for membership during the forum. Fees are at Php200.00 for individual and Php500.00 for institutional members. More information about membership will also be available at the registration/secretariat's desk. Download the lecture presentation here: