2024 (Inter)National Summer Conference

The 2024 PAARL (Inter)National Summer Conference is set for 23-26 April 2024 at the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. Titled Shh…ift Happens: Academic Library Leadership Challenges and Opportunities, this year’s summer conference aims to open discussion around academic and research library leadership, change management, and the imperative synergy between the two to drive innovation and cultivate resilience within the library environment and its broader community. PAARL is proud to partner with Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan University Libraries for this year’s NSC.

UPDATE: This program has been awarded 13 CPD points by the PRC-BFL. Additionally, the Professional Regulation Commission has extended the acceptance of CPD Undertaking for the Renewal of the PIC until 31 Dec 2024.

We have extended invitations to seasoned leaders in the field who will address the following critical topics:

  • Organizational Learning and Organizational Changes in academic and research libraries (i.e., strategic planning, reorganization, culture change, technological change, new roles, etc.)
  • Change Management
  • New approaches to old ideas and launching new library programs or services (i.e., Archives and Special Collections, Information Literacy, Collection Development, Reference & Instruction Services, Technical Services)

Specifically, this program has the following objectives:

  • Provide attendees with opportunities to enhance their leadership abilities, including strategic planning, team management, and decision-making, specifically tailored to the context of academic and research libraries;
  • Explore effective change management frameworks, methodologies, and best practices relevant to academic and research libraries, equipping participants with tools to navigate and lead through periods of transition; and
  • Showcase innovative approaches, technologies, and initiatives that promote the evolution and transformation of academic and research library services, fostering a culture of innovation among attendees.

The registration fees are as follows:

Early Bird Rate
(payment deposited from
29 Feb – 14 Mar 2024)
Regular Rate
(payment deposited from
15 Mar – 14 Apr 2024)
Late Registration /
(payment made
15 Apr 2024 onwards)
MemberPhP 6,000.00PhP 6,500.00PhP 7,000.00
Non-memberPhP 6,500.00PhP 7,000.00PhP 7,500.00

Registration fee inclusions for the Summer Conference are:

  • Conference kit
  • E-Certificate
  • E-Handouts (Speakers’ lectures)
  • Meals (2 AM snacks/3 PM snacks/2 lunches/1 dinner)

NOTE: Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations in Cagayan de Oro as this is NOT included in the registration fee.

The online registration form is available at https://bit.ly/PAARLNSC2024_Reg. Click here for the letter of invitation. Payments may be deposited to

  • Bank & Acct No.: BDO / Account No. 000560345658

Below is the draft program for the Conference Proper and Proposed Cultural Tour (you may also download the program here):

23 April 2024 (Tuesday)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PMRegistration and booth-hopping (sponsors)
1:00 –
2:30 PM
Ms. December J. Abao
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan

Philippine National Anthem  

Opening Remarks
Dr. Maria Gia G. Gamolo
2024 President, PAARL  

Welcome Remarks
Mr. Rule Paderanga Redondo
Director of Libraries
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan  

Cultural Performance (highlighting CDO’s culture and traditions)  

Keynote Speech
Dr. Marianita D. Dablio
2021 PRC Outstanding Professional of the Year for Librarianship &
LIS Coordinator, Lourdes College, Cagayan de Oro City  
2:30 –
2:45 PM
Health Break
Product Demo no. 1 (15 mins)
2:45 – 
3:30 PM
[Virtual Session] Academic and Research Libraries as Learning Organizations (Organizational Learning and Organizational Changes)  
Emily Drabinski
2023-2024 American Library Association President &
Associate Professor Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College (New York)
3:30 –
3:45 PM
Open Forum
3:45 – 4:30 PMResilience in Leadership and Future-Ready Academic Libraries  
Ms. Elvira B. Lapuz
University Librarian, University of the Philippines Diliman
4:30 – 4:45 PMOpen Forum
4:45 – 5:00 PMWrap-up and day 2 reminders
Day 1 Program (DRAFT)
24 April 2024 (Wednesday)
7:00 – 8:00 AMRegistration for day 2
8:00 – 9:45 AMCrafting Dynamic Library Programs and Services Workshop  
Dr. Yanti Idaya Aspura Mohd Khalid
Associate Professor, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9:45 – 10:00 AMHealth Break
Product Demo no. 2 (15 mins)
10:00 – 11:45 AMCrafting Dynamic Library Programs and Services Workshop (continuation)
11:45 AM – 12:00 PMProduct Demo no. 3 (15 mins)
12:00 – 1:15 PMLunch
1:15 – 2:45 PMCrafting Dynamic Library Programs and Services Workshop (Output Presentation and Evaluation)  
2:45 – 3:00 PMHealth Break
Product Demo no. 4 (15 mins)
3:00 – 3:40 PM[Virtual Session] Academic Libraries for the Future: Modern Methods for Timeless Concepts  
Ms. Shameem Nilofar Maideen
University Librarian, Singapore Management University, Singapore
3:40 – 4:00 PMOpen Forum
4:00 – 4:15 PMProduct Demo no. 5 (15 mins)
4:15 – 4:30 PMWrap-up and day 3 reminders
4:30 – 6:00 PMPreparation for the Fellowship Night
6:00 – 8:00 PMFellowship Night
Day 2 Program (DRAFT)
25 April 2024 (Thursday)
7:00 – 7:45 AMRegistration for day 3
8:00 – 9:45 AMEquitable Access and Information Literacy Workshop: Bridging Gaps in Academic Libraries (Part 1)   Ms. Marian R. Eclevia Director of Libraries, De La Salle University
9:45 – 10:00 AMHealth Break
Product Demo no. 6 (15 mins)
10:00 – 11:45 AMEquitable Access and Information Literacy Workshop: Bridging Gaps in Academic Libraries (continuation)
11:45 AM – 12:00 PMProduct Demo no. 7 (15 mins)
12:00 – 1:15 PMLunch
1:15 – 2:45 PMEquitable Access and Information Literacy Workshop: Bridging Gaps in Academic Libraries (Output Presentation and Evaluation)
2:45 – 3:15 PMHealth Break
Product Demo no. 8 (15 mins)
Product Demo no. 9 (15 mins)
3:15 – 3:30 PMParticipant Feedback  
3:30 – 4:00 PMClosing Remarks  
Ms. Roana Marie Fores
2024 Vice-President, PAARL  

Wrap-up and reminders for the cultural tour
Day 4 Program (DRAFT)
6:30-7:00amMeet-Up at Mallberry Suites Business Hotel
7:00-7:30amTravel time to Vicente de Lara Park
7:30-8:00amVicente de Lara Park
8:00-8:10amTravel to Golden Friendship Park
8:10-8:40amGolden Friendship Park
8:40-9:00amTravel to Gaston Park and San Augustine Cathedral
9:30-10:00amGaston Mark and San Augustine Cathedral
10:00-10:05amTravel to Museo de Oro
10:05-10:45amMuseo de Oro
10:45-12:00nnXavier University Libraries
12:00-12:15pmTravel to Mallberry Suites Business Hotel
Optional Cultural Tour (DRAFT)

Below are important dates to remember:
23 April 2024 – Registration, Opening Ceremonies, and Conference Proper Part 1
24 April 2024 – Conference Proper Part 2: Crafting Dynamic Library Programs and Services Workshop
25 April 2024 – Conference Proper Part 3: Equitable Access and Information Literacy Workshop: Bridging Gaps in Academic Libraries
26 April 2024 – Cultural tour (optional)

Those interested in joining the Optional Cultural Tour may register via this link https://bit.ly/2024NSCtour

The 2024 Summer Conference is endorsed by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). You may download their endorsement letter here.

For more information, send us an email at paarlbod@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

We hope to see you in CDO!