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