Librarians presented their researches during the The Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship & Archival Science 2016 held on April 7-10, 2016 at Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan.
Allied Health Undergraduate Research of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute: A Content Analysis
Zipporah M. Dery and Jennifer P. Ogorda-Montehermoso
Educational institutions actively contribute to the research base of a profession through the scholarly outputs produced by their graduates. The content of these outputs reflects the research thrust of the institution and the quality of the researches written. This study analyzed the content of theses submitted to Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Medical Radiation Technology undergraduate programs offered by De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in terms of topics researched, research methods employed, and statistical analysis techniques utilized. It compared how the allied health undergraduate theses aligned with the Philippine National Unified Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2011-2016, a list of health topics that affect majority of the Filipino people and warrant research focus. The study was significant because it analyzed the researches on the micro-level when these were studied and compared among themselves and in a macro-level when these were put in the context of the national health research agenda. Content analysis was used to analyze the undergraduate theses. Research topics were coded using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). The research method and the statistical analysis techniques used were recorded.
The study found out that
- Most of the Nursing and Medical Radiation Technology theses delved into the experiences encountered by students during internship and described the students’ academic performance as well as coping strategies of students and the certain population groups.
- Physical Therapy theses tend to concentrate on topics related to the practice of the profession, including clients or patients.
- Most undergraduate theses preferred to use survey and correlation to describe and infer relationships.
- As most of the theses employed survey as the research method, descriptive statistics such as frequency distribution, mean, and standard deviation were also observed to be utilized more than other statistical techniques.
- Most of the frequently researched topics among Physical Therapy theses were observed to be aligned with NUHRA 2011-2016 Agenda 3 Health Service Delivery, specifically public health services to the general population and special population groups. While a number of the top topics investigated by Nursing and Medical Radiation Technology theses were observed to be aligned with NUHRA 2011-2016 Agenda 3 Health Service Delivery, the most researched topics, which dealt with coping strategies and student experiences during internship, did not match the national health research agenda.
- A number of the undergraduate theses were observed to involve the public populace of cities and municipalities of Cavite as respondents and the collection of demographic data. This complements the implementation of provincial-level public health surveys outlined in NUHRA 2011-2016 Agenda 3 Health Service Delivery.
The findings of the study provide an opportunity for the undergraduate programs to rethink about the status and thrust of their research programs and consider the next steps to develop the undergraduate research that their students produce as evidence not only of their scholarly competence but of their social responsibility as well.
Academic Library Buildings in the Electronic Age in the Philippines: A Study of Planning and Design Considerations
Marlon G. Gado
Academic library buildings are important centers for the efficient delivery of library services. This study primarily sought to determine the planning and design considerations that led to the satisfaction among the selected academic library buildings completed between 2003 to 2013 in the Philippines. This study, which utilized descriptive method of research, revealed significant similarities on the planning and design of academic library buildings completed in terms of physical structure, technological infrastructure, financial concerns, and information and communication technology to support the present and future needs of the library. The study concluded that the following aspects were found to be relevant in library planning and design: consultation with the university administrators; adaption of sustainable and green technology into the library design; and preparation of a good project proposal. It was also found out that the developments in electronic publishing and mobile use of library users did not diminish the value of academic library buildings. This study recommended that library building planning teams should ensure that academic library buildings are equipped with ICT infrastructure to facilitate seamless integration of print and electronic resources in the library. In addition, library managers should study how to create and present a good project proposal so as to get the administrations’ full backing and financial support.