In order to enhance the professional welfare of its members and to promote continuing education, PAARL decided to conduct seminar-workshops beginning December 1977.  The first was the Seminar-Workshop on Descriptive and Subject Cataloging of Filipiniana Materials, with Mrs. Emelinda de Jesus and Susana Ferrer of the UP Main Library's Technical Services Division as speakers.  The success of the first seminar-workshop was followed by another one in 1981 with Mrs. Pat Nievera, the Ramon Magsaysay Presidential Papers archivist, and Mrs. Yolanda Granada, head of the UP Archives, as resource persons on the seminar-workshop on Archives Administration at the National Library on November 5-6, 1981.  After these initial successes, PAARL institutionalized this program by conducting one such activity every year. A list  of  these seminars follows:

Year Theme Venue
1977 Descriptive and Subject  Cataloging of Filipiniana UP Main Library, QC
1981 Archives Administration TNL, Manila
1982 AACR-2 Interpretations        St. Paul College, QC
1983 Project Management Ateneo de Manila QC
1984 Library Reclassification from DDC to LC  Maryknoll College, QC
1985 The Technical Aspects of Nonprint Materials        Thomas Jefferson Library,Makati, MM
1986 Organization of Nonprint Books/AV Materials       St. Paul College, QC  
1987 Indexing and Abstracting      UP Main Library, QC
  Collection Evaluation & Development /Technical Report Writing St. Louis University 1988 Baguio City
1988 Library Updates UP Visayas, Iloilo City
  Status of ASEAN Academic Libraries TNL, Manila
  Map Utilization           RM Center, Manila
1989 Strategies for Computerization  of Library Processes PUP, Manila
  Classification and Cataloging         Batac, Ilocos Norte
1990 Developing Procedural Manual  for the Readers and Technical Services St. Paul Convent,La Trinidad, Benguet
  Modern Archives Management for Academic and Research Libraries  (Oct. 17-18) Ateneo de Manila Loyola Heights, QC
1991 The National Conference on Library Updates PUP, Manila 
1992 Managerial Skills for Librarians for Continuing Education Bicol University, Legaspi City
  Technical Skills for Librarians PUP, Manila
1993 Towards a Standardized Procedural Manual in Cataloging of Filipiniana Materials UST, Manila  
  A Manual for Filipiniana Subject Headings DLS-Lipa, Batangas
1994 Library Marketing: Promoting the Library Resources & Services Palm Plaza Hotel, Manila
  Library Leadership: Vision for  The year 2000      Benguet State University La Trinidad, Benguet
1995 Accreditation and Library Standards Achieving Academic Excellence     On-board SuperFerry 2 bound for Cagayan de Oro
  Self-empowerment for Total Quality Library Service Venus ParkView Hotel Baguio City
1996 Redefining Academic and Research Librarianship: Transforming the Present, Discovering the Future Univ. of La Sallette, Santiago City, Isabela
   The Academic and Research Libraries in the Electronic Information Era         Admiral Hotel, Manila
1997 Preparing Librarians for Global Competitiveness Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City
  The Application of Information Technology in the Technical Services  of the Library   University of St. La Salle, Baguio City
1998 The Library Frontliners in the Electronic Age Casa Manila, Intramuros, Mla
  Library Standards:  Issues And Updates            Marina Azul Resort, Davao
1999 Academic Librarianship in a Transformational Age Programs and Prospects in Collection Development, and in Computerization and Cooperation Silliman University,Dumaguete City, and in Caleruega Retreat House, Nasugbu, Batangas
  Intellectual Access:  New Directions, New Issues Ateneo de Zamboanga, Zamboanga City
2000 Summer Conference on CONSAL 2000: Stepping Into the New Millennium Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City, and Villa Angela, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  Back to Basics:  New Strategies for Millennium Libraries           Holiday Plaza Hotel Cebu City
2001 The Future of Libraries as Agents of Change Four Seasons Hotel,  Iloilo City, Boracay Aklan
  International Training on Knowledge Management and Metadata (Part I) Angelo King Int’l  Center, DLSU CSB Mla
  Library Planning:  Issues and Concerns  Holiday Inn, Manila
2002 Promoting Library Skills Enhancement and Core Competencies for the Professionalization of Librarians     Casa Pilar Resort Boracay, Malay, Aklan
  Information Management in Institutional Libraries Creating an Active Environment for the  Promotion of Culture and the Arts Boracay, Malay, Aklan Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  International Training on Knowledge Management and Metadata (Part II) Angelo King Int’l Center
2003 Collection Development in the Digital Age Corporate Inn, T.M. Kalaw.St. Manila
  Library Leadership and Staff Excellence: new approaches and alternatives Venus ParkView Hotel, Baguio City
  The Role of Libraries in the Promotion of Culture and the Arts         Bohol Tropics Hotel, Tagbilaran, Bohol
  Maximizing Library Uses and Managing Users Traders Hotel and Coconut  Palace, Roxas Blvd. Manila
2004 Libraries and Library Professionals in E-learning Issues and Opportunities     Isla Parilla Resort Sarangani Province
  The Role of Support Staff in Today's Library Libraries   AMCO Beach Resort, Sabang, Baler, Aurora
  The Essential Library: Creating and Sustaining a Leading Edge Villa Escudero Plantation Resort, San Pablo City
2005 Strategic Organization and Management of Archival Programs Villa Angela Heritage House, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  Roadmap of the New Generation Library Support Staff : Join In or Be Out Nawawalang Paraiso Resort & Hotel, Tayabas,
  Technical Services in the Changing Library Environment Island Cove Leisure Park and Resort, Kawit, Cavite


Year 2006


Schedule:Wed. to Friday, May 17-19, 2006
Venue: Mt. St. Paul, Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet Province

Theme:National Summer Conference on Library and Information
Services : New Paradigms for the Digital Age



Venue: Fernando Hall, Ateneo de Naga Univ. Naga City
Schedule: Mon-Wednesday, Oct 23-25, 2006,

Theme: National Seminar-Workshop on Empowering Information
Professionals to Make a Difference



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