Almost 200 library specialists from universities and colleges nationwide convened for the 9th CE-Logic National Conference at Seda Vertis North in Quezon City last May 11 and 12. With the theme “Makerspaces in Libraries: Redesigning the Role of Libraries as Place and Space in the 21st Century (Create + Collaborate = Innovate),” the conference featured lectures, presentations, open forums, and business meetings.
A makerspace is any place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of tools and materials as defined by Diana Rendina, a media specialist, teacher, and librarian based in Tampa, Florida. Rendina is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com.
Mr. Maximo Gomez, president of CE-Logic, welcomed the delegates to the conference and provided a brief background on makerspaces. He shared his vision for makerspaces to soon become an established offering and creative space feature in all local libraries.
Three resource speakers delivered lectures on the first day of the conference. Dr. Matthew Sherburne, research faculty of the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the University of California, Berkeley, explored the importance of makerspaces in libraries and shared his experience on what has been done at b.makerspace, a free, open-access, student-run makerspace located at the Moffitt Library at the University of California, Berkeley. He shared insights on how to foster students’ academic success and innovation through makerspaces. Dr. Edizon Fermin, director for Innovation Development and high school principal of Miriam College, elaborated on how to create and design makerspaces. Mr. Gino Carino, co-founder and chief operating officer of Makerspace Manila focused on how learning through creation, collaboration, and experience happens in a makerspace.
Prof. Salvacion Arlante of Info-Management Specialist, Inc., presented a market research paper on the use of electronic resources. The study, which was conducted in Metro Manila from August to September 2016 and had over 200 respondents, concluded that academic institutions in the Philippines are receptive to and are ready for digital resources. It revealed that students, faculty, and administrators are highly enthusiastic users of digital resources and are in need of librarians’ guidance in exploring information through digital library networks.
In celebration of CE-Logic’s 10th year anniversary, delegates were treated to a mini concert of the choral group Coro Cantabile during the fellowship night. As part of the commemoration, CE-Logic recognized its first 10 subscribers and gave away 10 raffle prizes.
Also present during the conference were product presenters Carl Austin and Myla Katzav of McGraw-Hill Education, Cristy Pineda of Elsevier, Michael Taronas of KMCS Information Technology Services, Carmen Chee of Euromonitor International, and TG Ler of FE Technologies.