Words on the Wall

By: Louise Ian Aquino  

Linguistic diversity is has not been fully explored in the Library and Information Science field. In the course of doing this study, it was revealed that one of the indigenous languages in the Philippines is dying. This study presents the impact of a linguistic diversity library campaign (Words on the Wall) introduced to a school community in the Philippines in the hopes of increasing awareness and promoting use of the indigenous language. A descriptive survey was employed in the study through a questionnaire administered to 114 Junior and Senior High School students. The survey revealed that the linguistic diversity campaign produced the following impact: 82% of the respondents (93) felt accepted despite the language diversity in the environment, 82% (or 94) of the respondents were influenced to want to learn a new language (English) according to 34% (39 respondents), and 84% (or 99) of the respondents were influenced to appreciate linguistic diversity in the school. The Words on the Wall campaign provides a basis for libraries to develop and include diversity activities that promote linguistics as part of regular programs.

Linguistic diversity, Endangered language, Pangasinan language, Cultural diversity, Language preservation
Reading, Writing, Literacy, and Learning
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Prof. Louise Ian Aquino

Head Librarian, Metro-Dagupan Colleges Library, Metro-Dagupan Colleges, Philippines
Pangasinan, Philippines

Currently the Head Librarian and Program Coordinator of the College of Accountancy, Business Administration, Tourism and Computer Science (CABAT.COM) of Metro-Dagupan Colleges in Mangaldan, Pangasinan, Philippines. I hold Bachelor degrees in Physical Therapy (1997) and Secondary Education major in Library Science (2007), a Master in Business Administration (2002), and is a candidate for Doctor in Business Administration (2011). I am currently pursuing my Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines, as a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) scholar. I earned my professional licenses for teacher and librarian in 2004 and 2007, respectively. I worked for 8 years for the Science and Technology Information Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, Philippines. I was part of the team that developed STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks in 2011. My paper acceptance on STARBOOKS to the 2014 IFLA World Libraries and Information Congress (IFLA WLIC) paved the way for it to be awarded the ALA Presidential Citation for International Library Projects in 2015 (the first for the Philippines) and the PAARL's Outstanding Library Project of the Year in 2016. I was an active officer for the Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP) from 2009 up to 2016. Currently, I am a member of the Programs and Sponsorship Committee and the Philippines' Country Representative for the Special Libraries Association - Asian Chapter.