Wednesday, December 11, 2013

3rd National Congress of Special Libraries of the Philippines: The Gathering of the Modern Librarians

The 3rd National Congress of Special Libraries of the Philippines with the theme "The Modern Strategist Accelerating the Career Path of an Information Professional.” organized by the Association of the Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP)Inc., was successfully held last October 24-25, 2013 at the Hotel H2O, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. 

Library and Information Science Experts shared their different stories with regards to their struggles, challenges and success in the field of librarianship.

The President of the ASLP, Mr. Joseph Yap, welcomed the participants and grateful with the librarians, institutions and sponsors for the support.

Day 1 (October 24, 2013)

Dr. VERNON R. TOTANES Director, Rizal Library shared his story on earning PhD Degree Personal, Institutional, and  National Implications. He also discussed why  librarians should get a PhD; to make a research, upgrade LIS education and prestige for the profession.

"It’s not about brains. It’s about who can finish."

Ms. JANICE PEÑAFLOR Public Programs Librarians, DLSU Libraries, De La Salle University discussed what it entails to have a librarianship as a chosen career. In today's digital age, the 21st Century librarians must have skills that need to possess in order to survive.

"The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities."

Mr. MARCIAL BATIANCILLA Director of Libraries, San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite talked about Professional associations for librarians as learning communities or as a community of practice. Professional librarians exist to help members value  and promote their profession as well as nurture their careers.
"Professional associations provide real, tangible value to those who belong to them. They become fellowships and institutions of learning, sounding boards and crisis counselors, and authoritative sources of information and nourishment for a career."

Ms. KARRYL SAGUN Assistant to the Director for Special Programs and Events at the Rizal Library shared how to Market the Library the way it should be.
Marketing is used to be reserved for business and organizations in the industry but now even the libraries should do the marketing. Karryl Sagun—is neither a renowned author nor a marketing guru, she is just a person who loves to tell people about libraries. :)

Marketing is interrupting people—and saying, “hey, here’s a product. You need this. It will make your life better. 

Ms. ELVIRA LAPUZ Head Librarian, General Reference UP Diliman shared that career success is not that easy to achieve. It takes years of soul searching and lots of hits and misses. Traits like ambition, flexibility can help professionals become successful in their careers. Librarians should also think outside the box.

“If you are not moving forward, you are moving backward.”

Ms. FE ANGELA VERZOSA Retired Librarian, De La Salle University . Her presentation focuses on personal experience as an archivist working in
different settings and the challenges that came her way. She also talked about on the personal qualities, skills and qualifications for an archival career.

Ms. GLADYS JOY E. ENTICO Unit-Head Medical Informatics and Archiving, Makati Medical Center. She discussed what medical librarians do and what skills required in order to survive in the job. She also shared tips to those who are planning to shift oor to pursue medical librarianship as a career.

Teach Medical Informatics classes to the medical students on how to locate information, how to access the many electronic resources that are available for their use.

Day 2 (October 25, 2013)

MS. JESSERYLLE G. DE LA PEñA and STEPHEN ALAYON Information Assistant SEAFDEC discussed the experiences of SEAFDEC/AQD library staff in publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal, processes done to get the article published and the lessons learned along the way. She also encourage librarians and students to publish in a peer reviewed journal and to to develop a positive mind attitude towards writing.

“Good writing is reader-based, purposeful, clear, concise, correct, and simple”

Mr. MICHAEL PINTO Director of Libraries, University of Saint Louis. Mr. Pinto shared his experiences as a young Chief Librarian. He also said that Leadership is about making a difference. Leadership is not about age, its about maturity.

“I would rather want to go home hoping that my staff will pray for my safety rather than cursing me”

Mr. RANDOLF MARIANO Librarian, Thomas Jefferson Information Center. Mr. Mariano shared the qualities of a diplomat. He also discussed the qualities of 
 a librarian working in a multicultural environment should possess.

Ms. ZARAH GAGATIGA Teacher Librarian, Beacon Academy. She was assigned a topic but instead she changed it? Why? Because she wanted to share what is close to her heart... and that is blogging! Ms. Gagatiga discussed how blogging made her a lifelong learner. Bored with everyday routine? She encourage the librarians to try blogging. This is one way of marketing the library and librarians. Voice out opinions, share what you know, interact with other librarians in and out of the country. In blogging, you will also have a chance to meet like-minded people.

Ms. KAREN CECILLE NATIVIDAD Coordinator, University Archives, De La Salle University. Career, Work, Family, Social life, Studies, Relationships? How do you balance it? Ms. Natividad shared tips on how to achieve Work-Life Balance

Mr. LAUREN KIPAAN University Library Director, Benguet State University. Mr. presented the strategies and experiences of Benguet State University in the establishment and sustainability of a digital library to preserve and provide visibility of its digital collections.

Ms. DONNA LABANGON Associate ASRC Librarian, De La Salle University. Ms.Labangon shared her brief journey on her budding library and information career. How she ended up choosing LIS, preconception, how she used it as leverage to do her best in her chosen field. 

Mr. JOSEPH YAP Associate Librarian,Information-Reference, De La Salle University. The purpose of his presentation is to conduct a wide dissemination and awareness of the revised standards for special libraries in the Philippines. The Board for Librarians created a Task Force that was in-charge of revising the 2007 standards for special libraries in the Philippines. 

The event was sponsored by PhilmontMagazine Zone, ce-Logic, National Book Store, Powerbooks, and Filway Marketing.

For more information about Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc. (ASLP) please visit their website

I am not a member of ASLP, but when I learned about the interesting topics and its speakers, I volunteered to cover this event. I could say that I had an information overload and I am so excited to apply it in my profession and in our library (specifically blogging and marketing!). 

Congratulations to the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc. (ASLP) for organizing this event. 

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