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Innovation is a word librarians and information professionals use as a go-to solution when they try to justify their value to its parent organization. They talk about high-tech libraries and innovative services like learning commons, makerspaces, online databases, and at the center of these changes are the innovative librarians. However, there is seemingly a disconnect between perceptions and implementations, thus prompting a back to basics investigation on the concept itself and how it is understood by Filipino librarians.
This study offers insights into what Filipino librarians mean when they refer to the word “innovation.” By exploring the concept of innovation, we may have an idea of the intention, commitment, direction, and importance of innovation in the strategic future of our libraries and information centers, thus painting a picture of Filipino librarians and their idea of the word “innovation” and how it reflected in their organizations.
Surveyed for this study are librarians from all over the Philippines and their definition and perception of what words, definitions, services, and programs they consider as technological and innovative.
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