DLSU Librarians present papers at the IFLA WLIC 2014

Filipino librarians at the WLIC 2014
The 80th World Library and Infomation Congress (WLIC) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) was held on 16-22 August 2014 at the Lyon Convention Centre in Lyon, France. This year's theme is Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge. This 7-day Congress saw a delegation of nearly 2,000 library and information professionals from all over the world, where it became a venue for knowledge sharing, collaboration and networking.

C. Abrigo presenting under Session 109
IFLA is the international organisation for library and information associations, institutions and librarians and the trusted global voice of the library and information community, and drives equitable access to information and knowledge for all (IFLA, 2014). It holds an annual conference, general assembly and trade event attended by information professionals coming from 150 countries.

Seven (7) Filipino librarians presented their research papers and poster in various sessions during the conference. Among them are DLSU librarians Christine M. Abrigo and Marian R. Eclevia.

C. Abrigo during the Q&A
M. Eclevia presenting
under Session 150
On conference day 3, Abrigo's paper, with co-author Vincent M. Abrigo of UP Diliman entitled, "Keeping it an open book: exploring the knowledge sharing experience of librarians in the Philippines", was presented among the 4 papers in Session 109: Knowledge Management Initiatives and Development in Asia and Oceania. The paper dealt with the kind of implicit and explicit knowledge outputs being created by Filipino librarians, how they manage to preserve, share knowledge and their discretion to collaborate with other knowledge generators (read full paper HERE).

M. Eclevia with co-author R. Apolinario
during the Q&A
Meanwhile on conference day 4, Eclevia's paper, collaborated with co-authors Rhea Rowena U. Apolinario, Carlos L. Eclevia, Jr., Eimee Rhea C. Lagrama, Karryl Kim A. Sagun of UP Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University, entitled, "Librarian as researcher and knowledge creator: examining librarian's research involvement, perceived capablities and confidence", was presented in Session 150: LIS Education in Developing Countries for Strong Libraries and Strong Societies. The paper tackled  the current research practices of Filipino librarians, their research skills, involvement and productivity from 1993-2013 (read full paper HERE).

The delegates were also treated to a night of dancing, téte á téte and traditional French cocktails during its cultural evening held on the night of day 4 at the La Sucriere, a former sugar warehouse on the banks of the Saône River in the Lyon Confluence district.