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Two Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Sotero H. Laurel Academic Resource Center (ARC) librarians won the Best Poster Award at the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) National Congress on November 22-25, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City. Circulation Librarian Mark Edzel Gonzales and Research and Reference Services Librarian Angela Maria Llantino were awarded for their poster presentation entitled Assessing Advocacy Tools as Information Sources: Redesigning for Improvement of the LPU Manila Library. Their poster detailed their evaluation of the library guides as advocacy tools of the LPU ARC.


Left: Gonzales with his poster presentation.
Right: Gonzales (middle), while getting the Best Poster Award, posed with Mr. Stephen Alayon (PLAI Executive Vice President, left) and Ms. Elvira Lapuz (PLAI President, right)


Two other librarians also presented their research outputs at the congress. Acquisition Librarian Venus Oruga presented her paper entitled Designing Technology-Rich Spaces for Millennials: The LPU Experience at the plenary session.  This paper was co-authored with ARC Director Corazon Nera and Multimedia Library Officer-in-Charge Bernard Cutchon. The plenary presentation revolved around recreating the synergy between the architect and the librarian. It also identified the specific roles of librarians in building, creating, and designing technology-rich library spaces considering the culture of the university, environmental restrictions and opportunities, physical design, collections, and facilities. Oruga ended the talk by presenting a grand blueprint of the proposed new ARC building.


Oruga presenting her research with Dir. Nera and Cutchon in the congress plenary.


At the same conference, Information Literacy Librarian John Christopherson Fredeluces presented his work entitled Pages and Aroma: Library as a Place and the Library Café Concept in a parallel session. This paper was a collaboration between LPU and De La Salle University Manila. The parallel presentation centered on the adoption of the library café concept in three academic libraries in Metro Manila.


Fredeluces presenting his collaborative research.


Realizing the LPU mission in Research, the ARC strives to advance and preserve knowledge by undertaking research and disseminating and utilizing its results. Through the PLAI Congress 2016, the library and information science research spotlight once again shone on LPU as it presented best practices in libraries.