Awards

PAARL AWARD and SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Philippine Association of Academic and Research Libraries (PAARL) sponsors Award and Scholarship programs to promote academic and research librarianship, specifically:

a) to assist an academic or research librarian to acquire a masteral degree in the field of library science or information studies;

b) to foster the professional growth of academic/research librarians; and

c) to give recognition for special achievements.

These programs are as follows:

The Mary Polk Memorial Award
Purpose: This scholarship honors the life and accomplishments of Mary Polk, the first librarian of the University of the Philippines who started the first formal library science training program in the same university. Its purpose is to encourage an academic or research librarian to acquire a masteral degree in library science or information studies.
Donor: Funded by the founding President, Ms. Marina G. Dayrit, in honor of Mary Polk.
Nature of Grant: Consists of reimbursement for payment for tuition fees for not less than nine units every semester until she/he completes the academic requirements for the masteral degree.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a librarian employed in a college or university library, or a research institution, and must have had at least five (5) years of experience as an academic or research librarian. In addition, she/he must be a PAARL member for at least five years.
Criteria: Applicant must show his/her need for a scholarship grant and justify his/her pursuit of a masteral degree to his/her professional development. Applicant must be admitted by a school offering a masteral program in library science or information studies.
Requirements: Applicant must submit the following requirements to the Scholarship and Awards Committee:

  • Letter describing how applicant meets the criteria and eligibility requirements, accompanied by an endorsement from his/her library administrator.
  • Curriculum Vitae (with recent photo)
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Copy of latest Income Tax Return
  • Copy of the tuition fee as certified by the school’s finance officer
Deadline: February and August of any schoolyear

Maste's Thesis Fellowships
Purpose: To foster research in academic librarianship by assisting two (2) masteral students in library science or information studies with their thesis research.
Donor: PAARL Scholarship Fund
Nature of Grant: Cash award of P 5,000.00 per thesis student to be given in two (2) installments (50% upon approval of application, and remaining 50% upon submission of the thesis)
Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • Completion of all academic requirements for the masteral program
  • Approved thesis proposal
  • PAARL membership for the last three years
  • Not a recipient of a similar thesis assistance or grant from any other organization or institution
Criteria: The proposal will be judged primarily on merit with emphasis on:

  • Potential significance of the research in the field of academic librarianship
  • Originality and creativity
  • Validity of the methodology and proposed methods of analysis
  • Clarity and completeness of the proposal
  • Presentation of a convincing plan for completion of the thesis within a reasonable amount of time
Requirements: Applicant must submit the following requirements to the Scholarship and Awards Committee:

  • Letter of application, accompanied by a research proposal describing the research work to be undertaken, including its significance and the proposed methodology to be used
  • Schedule for completion
  • Budget and budget justification for items for which support is sought (such as printing and binding, statistical consulting, typing or computer time, transportation, supplies, and similar expenses)
  • Letter from the adviser endorsing the proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae (with recent photo)
  • Copy of the thesis after completion and approval
Deadline: February and August of any schoolyear

Sponsorship Awards to attend Local/International Seminars or Conferences
Purpose: To foster professional growth by enabling at least two PAARL regular members each year to attend a local or an international seminar or conference
Donor: PAARL Scholarship Fund
Nature of Grant: PAARL may grant complimentary registration to any locally-sponsored seminar or conference, or in the case of attendance in an international conference, grant the maximum amount of PhP 10,000 to cover transportation cost or registration fee.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • PAARL membership for the last five (5) years
  • Permanent employment in an academic or research library
  • Not a recipient of a previous PAARL award
Requirements: Awardee must render a report and/or conduct an echo seminar upon his/her return from said seminar or conference
Selection process: Any member of the Board may nominate or receive nominations for screening of the Scholarship Committee, which in turn submits a list of qualified nominees for approval of the Board of Directors.

Academic Librarian of the Year Award
Purpose: To recognize librarians for their outstanding national contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development in the Philippines. Two awards are given each year, one for an outstanding academic librarian from Luzon, and the other, for an outstanding librarian from the Visayas or Mindanao region.
Donor: PAARL Scholarship Fund
Nature of Grant: Plaque of Recognition and cash gift amounting to P2,000.00 for each awardee to be given during the Annual General Assembly

Criteria: Nominee should have demonstrated achievements in the following areas:

  • Planning and implementing an innovative or a high-impact library program for an academic/research library
  • Significant and influential research on academic or research library service
  • Service to the organized profession through PAARL and other related organizations
Selection process: Nominations should be addressed to the Scholarship and Awards Committee which conducts the search and screening process, and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval.
Deadline: October 31 for submission of nominees; November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors

Academic/Research Library of the Year Award
Purpose: To recognize an academic or research library for its outstanding national contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development in the Philippines.
Donor: Anvil Publishing Company/other private sponsor
Nature of Grant: Plaque of Recognition and cash gift given to the Head Librarian/ awardee to be given during the Annual General Assembly.

Criteria: Nominee should have the following qualifications:
  • exemplary contribution to academic and research librarianship 
  • outstanding leadership in national/regional library development in the areas of library management, education and training, information and documentation services, etc. 
  • commitment to information networking and linkages 
  • commitment to PAARL’s objectives as demostrated by its continued support and cooperation in PAARL’s activities and undertakings 
  • Service to the organized profession through PLAI and/or other related organizations
Selection process: Nominations should be addressed to the Scholarship and Awards Committee which conducts the search and screening process, and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval.
Deadline: October 31 for submission of nominees; November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors

Professional Service Award
Purpose: To recognize the distinguished service of the immediate past president to PAARL and his/her contribution to academic or research librarianship or library development in the Philippines.
Donor: PAARL Scholarship Fund
Nature of Grant: Plaque of Recognition and a gift to be given during the Annual General Assembly

 



Lifetime Achievement Award
Purpose: To present the Association's highest annual recognition to an academic/research librarian as a hallmark of professional excellence.
Donor: PAARL Scholarship Fund
Nature of Grant: Plaque of Recognition and a gift to be given during the Annual General Assembly
Criteria:

The nominee should possess the ff:

  • Consistent recognition for service as an outstanding academic or research librarian
  • Demonstrated remarkable leadership in service to the association in various capacities as President, officer, board member, or speaker/resource person in various PAARL seminars, conferences and fora.
  • Distinguised lifetime professional career dedicated to the cause of Philippine librarianship for at least 30 years.
Selection process: Nominations should be addressed to the Scholarship and Awards Committee which conducts the search and screening process, and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval.
Deadline: October 31 for submission of nominees; November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors


Outstanding Library Program of the Year
Purpose: To recognize an academic or research library for its outstanding library program that contributes to Philippine academic librarianship and library development in the Philippines.
Donor: Private Sponsor
Nature of Grant: Plaque of Recognition and a gift to be given during the Annual General Assembly
Criteria: The library program must have a strong impact on the library community be innovative, sustainable and may be replicated to other library communities, or institutions. contribute significantly to Philippine academic librarianship

Selection process: Nominations should be addressed to the Scholarship and Awards Committee which conducts the search and screening process, and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval
Deadline: October 31 for submission of nominees; November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors

 

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