The UST Miguel de Benavides Library offered an accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program with 14 CPD credit units for UST Librarians, alumni, and other off-campus librarians.

Organized by the Library in partnership with the CE-Logic Company, the seminar-workshop on ‘Library Services as Signifiers of Excellence,’ was held from February 21 to 22, 2019, at the UST Library Conference Hall. It discussed the trends and technologies in the field of librarianship.

UST Prefect of Libraries Rev. Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P., in his opening remarks said that there are two places in the UST campus that he can call a sanctuary: “The Chapel where students soothe and nourish their spirit, and the Library where they nurture their minds.” He welcomed the group with the feeling of joy as they participated in the seminar despite their hectic schedules.

Speakers were Info Management Specialists, Inc. (IMSI) executives, Chairman Prof. Salvacion Arlante, and Director Ms. Fides Abad. Both speakers are retired librarians and are recognized for their leadership in the librarianship profession. Arlante is the former University Librarian of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City while Abad is the former archives head of Xavier School, San Juan.

Also present in the seminar were National Library of the Philippines former Director Ms. Prudenciana C. Cruz, who is the current Head Execon of the National Committee for Library and Information Services – National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and secretariat of IMSI, and Ms. Rosemarie Rosali, a member of the secretariat of IMSI. Abad opened the session with a talk on ‘Influences Affecting Trends in Librarianship.’ She tackled the environmental influences affecting the delivery of information, and various library users’
needs. She reiterated that the Library now should be considered as “the third place,” which supports not only the quiet study but social study and just general socialization. She also pointed out that librarians, nowadays ought to be guides and facilitators of information who understand patron demands and are flexible to technological change to deliver effective library service and satisfy users’ needs.

The second lecture, delivered by Arlante, was ‘Learning Resources and Digital Management.’ According to her, the new information and communication technologies have greatly influenced the Library and its management and services. With the rapid technological changes, academic institutions, educators and learners are utilizing electronic/digital tools to support learning. Thus, having a hybrid library which has both physical and digital collections is essential nowadays.

A presentation and hands-on trial on the use and access of some ‘library databases’ which are offered by CE-Logic were completed in the afternoon session. The participants, who were divided into three groups based on their area of interest, were given a tour of the UST Library. The tour areas were: Heritage Library, Reference Area and Services, and Technical Section.

On the second day of the seminar, Abad discussed ‘Media Information Literacy’ reminding the participants to be critical thinkers and effective communicators, and active citizens in today’s world. She added that information from the media should always be checked and verified before disseminating it, to stop the proliferation of ‘fake news.’

The topic ‘Competencies of Librarians for the 21st-century Clientele’ was discussed by Abad in which she emphasized that for librarians to stay relevant, they must possess managerial effectiveness, personal attributes, and interpersonal effectiveness. Arlante delved on the topic ‘Librarians and Office Staff Productivity and Leadership’ emphasizing that it is the responsibility of library and office management (leadership) to discover the potential in each librarian and office staff and to apply the appropriate motivational strategy to increase
productivity. She added that effective transformational leaders are necessary to embrace change and to move the library organizations forward.

The last topic discussed was the ‘Librarianship towards Continual Professional Development,’ where Arlante stressed the importance of continuing education program to sustain professional skills and knowledge of the librarian.