• 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:

  • An Afternoon of Coffee &Tea with Library Partners

    Last 12 March 2014, the PAARL, led by its Officers, hosted a thanksgiving cocktail for our donors and library partners dubbed as “An Afternoon of Coffee & Tea with Library Partners”. It became an avenue to express our heartfelt gratitude to the invaluable support our library partners have graciously poured over the Association over the past years and at the same time, became an opportunity to forge a more fruitful partnership for the future activities of the Association.The show of support was truly overwhelming! It was worth all the bottomless coffee and tea smile emoticon We wish to thank the following library partners for making this simple gathering a success:1. Academic Book Sales2. American Technologies, Inc.3. Belview Co., Inc.4. C & E Publishing5. CD Books International, Inc.6. CE-Logic7. Cengage Learning8. EBSCO Publishing9 . EISI (Electronic Information Solutions, Inc.)10. Emerald Headway Dist.11. F & J de Jesus12. Fastbooks Educational Supply13. Fel Bien Marketing14. Forefront Book Co.15. Golden Books Services16. Goldenrey Direct Marketing17. Great Books Trading18. High Access Line19. IBC Book Consolidators, Inc.20. John Wiley & Sons21. Lib. Tech Source Phils.22. Linar Educational Materials23. Magazine Zone, Inc.24. Maxcor Publishing25. Megatexts Phils.26. Mindmovers Pub. House27. National Book Store28. New Century Books29. Nexlight Corp.30. Omnibooks International31. Philmont Academic Solutions32. REX Bookstore33. SERV Enterprises34. Springer35. Universal Magazine Exchange 

  • “InfoSMART: Information Skills for Creatives”

    The 1st Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series 2014: “InfoSMART: Information Skills for Creatives”
    Date: February 28, 2014, 1:00-4:00 pm 
    Venue: The Learning Commons, De La Salle University, Taft Ave., Manila
    View the photos taken during the forum here.  


  • 41st General Annual Assembly

    The 41ST General Assembly, Induction/Awarding Ceremonies of the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. were held on January 30, 2014 at the Epifanio Delos Santos Auditorium, 6th Floor National Library of the Philippines, T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila from 8:00 am to 12:00 nn. The keynote speaker and inducting officer was former President Rodolfo Y. Tarlit, University Librarian of the UP Diliman Libraries.The 2013 Awardees were:Lifetime Achievement Award : BELEN M. VIBAROutstanding Academic/Research Library : SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Outstanding Academic/Research Library Program : INFORMATION LITERACY FOR THE DUMAGATS (LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY LIBRARY)Outstanding Academic/Research Librarians : LORETO T. GARCIA and MICHAEL S. PINTOProfessional Service Award : SONIA M. GEMENTIZACONGRATULATIONS TO THE PAARL 2014 EXECUTIVE OFFICERS!President Sharon Ma. S. Esposo-BetanUP College of EngineeringDiliman, Quezon CityVice President Rina H. DiaronSaint Louis UniversityBonifacio St., Baguio CitySecretary Christine M. AbrigoDe La Sale UniversityTaft Ave., ManilaTreasurer Rosalinda P. RoblesSan Beda CollegeMendiola, ManilaAuditor Enrique M. Gungon Jr.St. Paul UniversityGilmore St., Quezon CityPRO Maribel A. EstepaTechnological Institute of the Phils. Casal, Manila / Cubao, Quezon CityBoard of Directors Marcial R. BatiancilaSan Sebastian College - Recoletos DeCaviteSta. Cruz, Cavite CityCielito DR. SantosBulacan State UniversityMalolos City, Bulacan Purita P. UsonPhilippine Women's UniversityTaft Ave., Malate, Manila.

  • Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians, Inc.

    PAARL is an association of librarians working in academic and research libraries that support scholarly research and formal education in the tertiary level, and upholds the profession of librarianship in the country. Its principal mission is to articulate the concerns of academic and research librarians and their institutions, and to influence information policy development affecting the future of academic and research libraries.