Thursday, July 8, 2010

Manila Bulletin: Editorial

Raising the Librarians’ teaching identity through lifelong learning modules and portfolios July 6, 2010, 4:30pm

The Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL), Inc. (Every Librarian’s Association), in cooperation with the Academic Booksellers Association of the Philippines (ABAP), is hosting today a lecture-forum on “Raising the Librarians’ Teaching Identity through Lifelong Learning Modules and Portfolios” at the Seminar Room of Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall, in Mandaluyong City.

The event is part of the weeklong Philippine Academic Book Fair, which runs July 6-10 this year. The lecture-forum seeks to campaign for information literacy programs for all ages. It specifically aims to raise awareness of the importance of the librarians’ teaching identity through lifelong learning modules and portfolios.

It hopes to adapt a healthy culture of teaching – pedagogies, lesson planning and evaluation methods – while designing services as personnel in a library environment. Participants will be encouraged to take full advantage of technologies relevant to their professions.

As a nationwide professional organization of librarians in Philippine academic and research institutions, the PAARL aims to disseminate information on research and academic library work, promote the professional welfare of Filipino librarians, and foster collegiality and camaraderie among its members.

Despite the proliferation of e-resources that are easily accessible in the digital environment, the physical library remains relevant and useful and the librarian’s profession significant. Thus, efforts to equip librarians with the necessary tools to address the various demands for information in all forms is a welcome initiative.

We congratulate the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians, led by their President Christopher C. Paras, its Officers and Members, on the occasion of their lecture-forum that seeks to raise the profession of librarianship to a higher level. We wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors.


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