Two UP Diliman librarians presented their papers at the 5th Rizal Library International Conference held at the Ateneo de Manila University on 25-26 October 2012.

Marian Ramos-Eclevia, Head of the General Reference and Electronic Resources Section, presented her paper, LibRadio, Librarians sa Radyo: From Online to On Air on the first day of the conference, under the Marketing and Promotions Session.  Her paper discussed the perceptions of her respondents regarding LibRadio: Librarians sa Radyo, the University Library’s radio program on DZUP1602.  Her study revealed that despite the limited audience of the program, LibRadio was able to project a positive image and effectively market the services and resources of the UP Libraries, as evidenced by the increased usage of its resources both online and print since the program started in 2010.

Eimee Rhea Lagrama, Head of the University Archives and Records Depository, presented her paper, Preventing Disasters: Quantifying Risks at the UP Diliman University Libraries on the second day, under the Disaster Planning and Management Session.  Her paper revealed the risks found in the libraries of UP Diliman and presented a method of rating these using a semi-qualitative approach.  The results provided the means to determine the risks to be addressed first.  It also provided the librarians with a risk profile which summarizes action plans on how to prevent, respond and monitor these risks.

The Rizal Library International Conference’s theme for this year, Libraries, Archives and Museums: Common Challenges, Unique Approaches, showcased how these cultural heritage institutions form strategies and develop unique practices on

  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Preservation and Conservation
  • Disaster Planning and Management
  • Digitization
  • Libraries and Research
  • Cultural Heritage Preservation

This year’s conference drew almost 300 attendees, including several librarians from various UP Campuses all over the country, and 27 speakers from all over the world.  One of the few international conferences organized locally, it has become an anticipated event not just by librarians, but other cultural heritage professionals as well.  As with many international conferences, it allows participants to update themselves on the trends and best practices in their respective professions.  Speakers, on the other hand, are given the opportunity to present their studies, thereby strengthening the research culture of their institutions and further solidifying the foundations of librarianship and other related professions.

A biennial event, the next Rizal International Conference will be held in 2014.

Marian Ramos-Ecclevia

Ms. Eimee Lagrama and Ms.  Marian Ramos-Ecclevia