DLSU Librarians Attends CONSAL 2018

The significance of collaboration and connection for the next generation of libraries was the main focus of the recently concluded 17th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL 2018) with a theme “Next Generation Libraries: Collaborate and Connect” held last 2-5 May 2018 at Myanmar International Convention Center, Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Organized by Myanmar Library Association, this year’s gathering aims to provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to strengthen networks, partnerships and linkages. It further promotes coordination and collaboration among the ten (10) member countries of CONSAL with a global perspective, especially in the field of library and information science, information studies and other interdisciplinary areas in the digital era.

Three research papers authored and co-authored by DLSU Librarians were presented in this year’s event. Mr. John Louie Zabala (Readers Services Librarian) presented his co-authored paper with Ms. Donna Lyn Labangon (Associate American Corner Librarian) entitled Towards a Literate Studentry: Media and Information Literacy Implementation in the Philippines which reports the implementation of media and information literacy (MIL) course as a new addition to the newly revised senior high school curriculum in private and public schools in the Philippines. 

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Ms. April R. Manabat (Collection Development Librarian) presented her co-authored work with Mr. Thoriq Tri Prabowo, a Librarian from UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Their paper entitled Libraries and the Fake News Hoopla: A Comparative Study of Selected Indonesian and Philippine Academic Libraries Information Literacy Programs and Its Role in Countering Fake News focused on selected Indonesian and Philippine academic libraries’ information literacy (IL) programs and its effectiveness. It served as their means of educating their respective academic community on the widespread of fake news. It also identified the role of libraries in countering fake news, educating them about accessing and spreading fabricated information. 

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Another collaborative work presented was again authored by Ms. April R. Manabat and Mr. Joseph M. Yap, Expert Manager, Reference Department at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan and a former DLSU Librarian. Entitled Media & Information Literacy in Philippine Academic Libraries: The DLSU Experience, the aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of the TeachMeet with LORA (Librarian program). It compared the pre- and post-tests of the participants who joined the seminar-workshop on MIL conducted at DLSU. The paper also shared the results of the evaluation given by the participants after the seminar-workshop. 

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Photo Credits: S. Alayon, A. Manabat, J. Zabala