THE ROLE OF PUB­LIC LI­BRARIES AND LI­BRAR­I­ANS IN METRO MANILA IN THE PUR­SUIT OF LIFE­LONG LEARN­ING

Editha Agena-Alam­odin

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PARALLEL SESSION -

Na­tional Uni­ver­sity, Manila Email ad­dress: epa­[email protected]­tional-u.edu.ph Ab­stract

“Ed­u­ca­tion is a right and not a priv­i­lege” but not all have ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. Life­long learn­ing is a de­lib­er­ate and vol­un­tary act in the pur­suit of knowl­edge whether for per­sonal or pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. As Collins (2009) stated, learn­ing oc­curs through­out life. Ed­u­ca­tion can­not be en­vi­sioned as a fi­nite thing but must be viewed as a part of life it­self. Mal­colm S. Knowles, the “fa­ther of adult learn­ing,” pre­dicted in 1980s that life­long learn­ing would be­come the or­ga­niz­ing prin­ci­ple of all ed­u­ca­tion and now the term life­long learn­ing is part of ev­ery­day con­ver­sa­tion in ed­u­ca­tional par­lance.

The aim of the re­search is to iden­tify the role of li­braries and li­brar­i­ans in de­vel­op­ing life­long learn­ing pro­grams ac­cord­ing to the needs of the so­ci­ety. The re­sults of the study will be ben­e­fi­cial to all types of learn­ers: (1) stu­dents- that they may strive to seek knowl­edge of in­for­ma­tion in all forms of learn­ing whether by for­mal or in­for­mal means; (2) out-of-school youths- that they may con­tinue to de­velop in do­ing pur­po­sive things in or­der to grow and learn, and; (3) pro­fes­sion­als, specif­i­cally li­brar­i­ans- that they may never stop learn­ing new dis­cov­er­ies to be able to share what they have learned.

Meth­ods like ques­tion­naire and in­ter­views are used in the re­search. The in­stru­ment is based on the fi­nal re­port of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tions (IFLA) en­ti­tled “The Role of Li­brar­i­ans in the Devel­op­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in Nige­ria.” This ques­tion­naire is mod­i­fied to ob­tain the data in ad­dress­ing the re­search ques­tions/ ob­jec­tives.

The re­searcher gath­ers data through dif­fer­ent li­brary or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Philip­pines, like PASLI, PAARL, ASLP, MAHLAP and PGLL. The data are tab­u­lated, tal­lied, and an­a­lysed us­ing ran­dom sam­pling.

Key­words: li­braries; li­brar­i­ans; life­long learn­ing

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