Friday, August 31, 2007

Part 2: October Happenings

We are posting a part 2 of October happenings after we received email announcements and invites of the activities of other library association. Part 1 are all tentatively set activities for October, while this part 2 are all scheduled activities presented in chronological order.


From the Philippine Group of Law Librarians (PGLL) email:
In celebration of its 26th Founding Anniversary, is sponsoring a Forum on "Legal Information Networks : International Experience and Perspective" and General Assembly and Induction of the Newly Elected Officers and Board on October 19, 2007, Monday, 8:00 A.M.– 12:00 Noon at the University of the Philippines (U.P.), College ofLaw, Ambion Room, Malcolm Hall, Diliman, Quezon City.

The speaker is Dr. Holger Knudsen, the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) and the Library Director of Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, will talk about "Legal Information Networks: International Experience and Perspective. "

The forum aims to define the current status and inter-relationships of different types of law libraries and librarians (corporate, special, court, government agency, hospital, institutional, law, newspaper, etc.; to explore the role of law libraries and librarians in the network plan for multi-type library cooperation and resource- sharing; and to assist in furthering the fine-tuning and development of the multi-type library network.

Registration fee is FREE to PGLL members and P200.00 to non-members inclusive of certificate and snack.

Please contact us and confirm your attendance on or before October 15, 2007:

Lily Echiverri, (02) 929-21-80; 920-55-14 loc. 300; lily.echiverri(at)gmail(dot)com;
Nora Rey, (02) 818-98-36; nora_rey(at)cvclaw(dot)com; Sandy David, 899-43-43; sdavid(at)aps(dot)ateneo(dot)edu

From the Ateneo de Manila University Rizal Library (ADMU) email:
The 3rd Rizal Library International Conference with this year theme "From Classroom to Career: Roadmaps to a Library's Success". on October 22-23, 2007 at the Escaler Hall, Science Education Complex, Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights Campus, Quezon City.

The Conference Program is designed to encourage and appreciate the exchange of ideas and experiences on strategic plans that ensure responsiveness and relevance of libraries, librarians, and information professionals in the information society. Likewise, the conference pursues how library stakeholders create and manage library roadmaps in a constantly changing society. While it is true that some libraries and information centers have accomplished great strides, they should continue to create new roadmaps to meet greater challenges.

To learn more about the Conference, please access the conference website http://rizal.lib.admu.edu.ph/2007conf/index.htm or contact the organizers via email conference_rizallibrary(at)yahoo(dot)com; wcueto(at)ateneo(dot)edu or call: (02) 426-60-01 Local 5817, 5804; (02)426-59-61.

From the Society of Filipino Archivist (SFA) email:
A live-in Seminar Workshop on "Conservation of Documentary Heritage" on 22-24 October 2007 at the Pearlmont Inn, Cagayan de Oro City.

Registration Fee is P4,900.00 inclusive of registration, accomodation and meals, instructional materials, kit, cost of conservation supplies and other adminsitrative expenses.

Submit your reservation before 17 Oct 2007.

From the PLAI-NCR Librarian Council email:
4-days study tour to Bangkok, Thailand, on October 23-26, 2007.

The objective of this trip is to benchmark the facilities/services/operations of libraries and museums in Thailand and visit cultural/historical places.

The package tour is $350.00. Open to anyone who wants to have the opportunity to visit Bangkok.

We would appreciate very much if you can reserve and pay on/before September 28, 2007. Reservations are on a Book and Buy Basis Only.

For inquiries/reservation/confirmation, please call:

Marlo Chavez, 7356011; email: caslib(at)sanbeda(dot)edu(dot)ph; Lily Echiverri, 9292180; email: lily.echiverri(at)gmail(dot)com; Fe Abelardo, 5250926; email: feabelardo(at)yahoo(dot)com; Eena Narciza, 9268928 / 9269027; email: island_con(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)ph

If you happen to know other librarian activities set on October 2007, feel free to email us at plaistrlc[at]gmail[dot]com or simply add a comment and we will gladly add them here. Thanks!

NOTE: e-mail syntax edited to reflect recently adopted site advisory.



Wednesday, August 29, 2007

MIBF Seminars -- Empowering Libraries

The 28th Manila International Bookfair at the World Trade Center has seminars/fora as parallel events of the bookfair that catered to our professional growth and development.

For those who cannot attend the other worthy seminars/fora because they are simultaneously being held, and for those other colleagues not able to visit the MIBF for some valid reasons, we have requested for permission to post the ppt or outline of those presentation. We will post them here in slideshare format and/or provide links to other associations sites that will upload them.


The first ppt we have is from Ma'am Corazon Nera. (Thank you Ma'am). See also Ma'am Nera other uploaded ppt here: 1, 2.

ce-Logic, a subsidiary of C&E Publishing, Inc. free seminar on "Empowering Libraries : The Effect of Modernization and Emerging Technologies in the Philippines" from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The resource speaker is Mrs. Corazon Nera. (Thanks to ce-Logic, and C&E Publishing, Inc. for their continued support of the profession).


This is the introductory lecture by Prof. Corazon M. Nera as a take off for her main lecture. This powerpoint was prepared by Ms. Hermie de Leon:




While this is the main lecture of Prof Corazon M. Nera on "Empowering Librarians" in today's world:



Tuesday, August 28, 2007

PLAI-STRLC Resolution no. 2006-04

PLAI-STRLC RESOLUTION PRESENTED AND APPROVED DURING THE 3RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING HELD AT CAPUCHIN RETREAT HOUSE, LIPA CITY, BATANGAS ON 26 SEPTEMBER 2006.

PLAI-STRLC Resolution no. 2006-04


USE OF THE INITIAL RL (Registered Librarian) AFTER THE NAME OF REGISTERED LIBRARIAN

The use of initials before or after a name is an existing practice in some profession (e.g. Law, Nutrition, Nurse, Engineer, etc.) that in past several librarian professional seminars, gatherings, and meetings, a proposal to adopt a similar initials for the licensed librarian was felt needed. But the idea didn’t take off until the STRLC officers brainstormed on the idea after receiving feedback from librarians in the government sector that they experienced discrimination from other profession in their institution with similar PRC supervised board license.

After several brainstorming session, the officer adopted the position of why not use similar initials to further drum beat awareness of the profession and as form of marketing our hard won recognition as one the profession that requires examination before anyone is allowed to practice in the country. The initials of LL (licensed librarian), RIP (Registered Information Professional), and those pattern after the Physical & Occupational therapist, RLRP (Registered librarian of the Republic of the Philippines) were considered. LL was initially favored until someone opined that it could be mistaken for “loko-loko” that finally the officers settled for RL.

It was further agreed by the officers that the proposal be brought to the attention of the GA for approval and widespread adoption.


WHEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED AND ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY WITHOUT DISSENT OR ABSTENTION BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT REGISTERED LIBRARIANS IN REGION IV ARE ENCOURAGE TO USE THE INITIAL OF RL IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEIR LASTNAME TO PROMOTE AWARENESS AND RESPECT FOR THE PROFESSION.


Sunday, August 26, 2007

PLAI-STRC Blog First Birthday

Today is Sunday and we are blogging. Hurray!!! We mark today PLAI-STRLC blog's first birthday amidst the birth pains of coming out a post regularly and the officers "intramural" we are experiencing (more on this intramural on succeeding post, be sure to visit again!)

To commemorate this milestone, we challenge ourselves to come out with a month-long daily posting except on Sunday (you noticed?) for the month of August as our simple way of remembering the roller-coaster ride of the past 365 days of the blog existence.

A screen shots of our blog in its initial days:



Please do come back later for more exciting, exclusive, and explosive posting!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

LLE 2007 Review Classes

To help our future colleague a better chance of passing this year LLE, we are helping disseminate review classes schedule our dear examinees may opt to take before that final day of reckoning.

For those who missed to enroll for the UP School of Library and Information Studies review classes that started last August 12 to October 28, 2007, an Intensive Review Course for two weeks will be held from October 15-26, 2007 at UP-SLIS Room 3 & 4. The rest of UP-SLIS announcement:

Interested parties are requested to place their reservations early. The number of reviewees to be accepted is limited to 90, on a first come, first served basis. Registration fee is PhP3,700.00 excluding food.

For reservations and further information, please call 981-85-00 locals 2869 to 2871 or e-mail:

shelly.bayang[at]up[dot]edu[dot]ph
josefina.cervas[at]up[dot]edu[dot]ph
zorina.franco[at]up[dot]edu[dot]ph

If you happen to know other librarian review classes for the scheduled November 26 & 27, 2007 examination, please email us at plaistrlc[at]gmail[dot]com or simply add a comment and we will gladly add them here. Thanks!


NOTE: e-mail syntax edited to reflect recently adopted site advisory.


Friday, August 24, 2007

October Happenings

We are posting as early as now other tentatively set events for October so as to guide us and possibly calendar them ahead of time as part of our first semester-ender activities and allot / re-allocate / request budget for our attendance. Details are still preliminary and changes are expected.

First, an email notice for a PTLS-Forum:
August 17, 2007

Dear Colleague:

Please be informed that the PATLS will hold a forum, tentatively set on October 31, 2007, at a venue that will be announced later. We shall invite the writers of the completed modules for the LIS curriculum to present their modules and suggest ways of making these interesting for our students.

We shall also report to the PATLS members the results of a discussion between the members of the Board and some stakeholders on how to improve the MLIS curriculum. We, likewise, hope to create a committee that will propose policies and standards for graduate programs in LIS.

We shall inform you of the details after our September 12 Board meeting.

Thank you very much on behalf of the PATLS Board,

(Sgd.) Vyva Victoria M. Aguirre
Chair, PATLS Conference Committee
U.P. School of Library and Information Studies
Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. 9818500 L-2869 or 0928-6252880

(UPDATE 2 as of 24 Sept 2007)

From Ma'am Vyva Aguirre, PATLS Vice-President email:

The PATLS will hold a forum to present selected teaching modules for LIS. We shall be inviting some of the module writers to present significant portions of the modules and suggest ways by which these can be made more interesting to LIS students.

In the same venue, we shall form a committee that will look into the curriculum of MLIS with a view of standardizing this. Your participation will be a great help towards a better MLIS education.

The forum will be held on November 10, 2007, from 9:00-12:00 am at the PNU Library conference room. We shall be charging a token fee (to be announced later) for the venue and snacks.



Secondly, PLAI-STRLC will hold its seminar and 4th General Assembly, tentatively set this coming October 8-9 2007 in Pansol, Calamba, Laguna. The seminar is tentatively titled "Research Capabilities of Information Specialists : A New Outlook of the trade". (Thanks T. Rose for sharing the info)

Mark now you appointment calendar!


(UPDATE 2 as of 27 Aug 2007)

PLAI-STRLC seminar and 4th General Assembly will be held instead on October 9-10, at La Vista Resort, Pansol, Calamba, Laguna. The seminar tentative title is "Research in Librarianship : Challenges, Competencies and Strategies". The seminar fee is PhP 2,500.00. More details will be announce shortly by the organizing committee.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

3rd Prize Library Marketing Brand Contest

Our warmest Congratulations to Ms. Louella Bagis, Librarian of Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba, for having won the third prize in the Library Marketing Brand contest of the recently concluded PNU-LISSA seminar-workshop on Library Customer Care. See her winning entry.

From your colleagues in PLAI-STRLC, keep up the good work!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

STRLC Members Links to their Friendster Page

If you have not noticed it yet (at least for those regular reader of this blog!), we have added links in the names of the 2007 paid STRLC & lifetime members to their friendster page to increase familiarization of the biographical information of some STRLC member. This move will atleast (we fervently hope) energize those who have signed up to update their page and upload recent photos to facilitate recognition among STRLC members in any events or gatherings we attended and thus increase the likelihood of greater cooperation and shared undertakings. Likewise, for those members without yet an account will be motivated enough to sign up and felt their presence in the social networking sites and be a part of the 21st century.

Incidentally, Von latest post lamented on the state of librarianship in the country:

What is the state of librarianship in the Philipines? I think the fact that PLAI and PATLS do not have websites says a lot about "Philippine librarianship in the 21st century." And of those librarians' associations that do have websites, some have not been updated in years. There seems to be a disconnect between what has been said—and will continue to be said—at seminars and conferences about the skills librarians need today and what is actually being done by those responsible for the continuing education of professional librarians and current and future LIS students.
Prompting Arnold to comment:

The same, when you left. The same ten years ago. The same for God knows how long ago.

- Same people running the different professional associations.

- Same people delivering lectures/talk about almost the same "emerging trends" topics
At the very beginning of STRLC blog existence, we helped in the promotion/marketing of other librarians associations seminars, conferences, fora, activities, etc. and never seen them as competitor in providing for the professional growth and continuing education of our colleagues but rather as a partner in creating a critical mass of highly motivated individuals to propel the association to greater heights 3-5 years from now.

Although a group within STRLC viewed & insisted that our blog exist purely for strlc sponsored activities and not to serve as other association marketing machine (READ: cpe provider competitor). We resisted this myopic view and persevered to post other associations events hoping that someday a critical mass of participants will be created.

We are even a trailblazer for posting immediately online the conference ppt and made this open access to all interested colleagues and forfeiting an opportunity to re-use the material for another paid conference or fora. We believe and continue to believe that posting those ppt online far outweight the monetary gain we will get to the immediate and unquantifiable need of other colleagues not able to attend said activity to improve their professional knowledge & competence.

We believed that forming a critical mass of technologically aware and inclined members will save the day for the association soon atleast initially in the Southern Tagalog Region. We hope that this linking will instill awareness on every member of the association to take an active role in moving out from the "old culture" and be a part of the "emerging culture of excellence in the profession" in a more collaborative, transparent, and collegial way (RBManlangit and AGAnday)

Note: Just in case you are a paid member and you have a friendster account that we have missed. Please send us a comment or a note and we will gladly add you. For those whose account we are not sure, we deliberately did not include them since the account has not been verified or if we inadvertedly added the wrong link to your page, promptly call our attention. We are more than glad to hear from you. Thanks.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Site Advisory

This site is best viewed in Firefox. Due to some technical aspect of html coding we are not too familiar with and coupled by our limited free time to troubleshoot the problem during office hours, Internet Explorer (IE) users may think some part of article takes too long to load when in facts there is none (e.g. viewed this post in IE and then in Firefox). Not too long ago some % (percentage) character showed interspersed in the posted article when viewed in IE but none in Firefox. We have resolved this technical hurdle already. Time to switch to Firefox perhaps?

Likewise, we noted in the Sitemeter visitor tracking software that quite a number of this site visitors are looking for hotmail or yahoo email addresses we suspect might be spammers or scam artists. We were not that bothered before since zero minute was consumed, and only the Google / Yahoo referred page was viewed. Lately we noticed that they are spending quite sometime viewing posted articles culled from a Google / Yahoo search result.

We considered ourselves responsible netizens and thus to avoid spam robots or scam artist from harvesting email addresses in this site, we resolved to re-edit earlier posted articles with email addresses following this syntax: name(at)site(dot)com We may opt to use square brackets instead of parenthesis to mislead spam robots. I guess we need just to "cut and paste" the email addresses from now on and just change the (at) and (dot) to arrive at the correct syntax.

We hope this small inconvenience we have to bear will make Internet less traffic for spams and con artists.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Quezon Librarians Association (QLA) Forum


The Quezon Librarians Associations (QLA) will hold a one-day "Forum on the Eminent Role of Librarians In Research Management and Development" on 14 September 2007 (Friday) at Sacred Heart College, Lucena City.

The forum is open to all librarians, library assistants, support staff, teacher-librarians and other information professionals. It aims to cultivate clearer understanding on the role of librarians and other information professionals in research and management development.

The forum fee is P200.00 to cover lunch, snacks and kit. An additional P100.00 as registration fee for new QLA members.

For more information and reservation, please contact Mrs. Teresita DJ. Magbag / MSEUF - Tel No. 710-8431; Mrs. Lally Zapata / Maryhill College - cp no. 09184494306 or any of the executive officers.


To view earlier QLA held forum here.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

NBDB Academic Publishing Conference

The National Book Development Board (NBDB), with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), will hold an academic publishing conference entitled “Developing Local Knowledge through Academic Publishing” on September 10, 2007 , from 8AM – 5PM, at the SEAMO-Innotech, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

The conference aims to inform participants about the state of academic publishing in the country as well as to update on the current trends in publishing for small to medium publishing houses.

The Conference fee is P1,200.00 to cover food (lunch and 2 snacks) and a conference kit.

A concurrent exhibit of 20 exhibitors will be held in the lobby of SEAMO-Innotech to feature print-on-demand (POD) equipment, books produced with POD technology, award-winning books and latest publications by academic/university presses in the country.

For more information, call the NBDB at (02) 929-3677 or telefax (02) 928-0048. Look for Ms. Ma. Asena Galang.


Presentations

The Mission of an Academic Press : the Cambridge University Experience, and Value Chain Analysis of a Modern Academic Press

Mr. Peter Langworth
Cambridge University Press


Publishing Strategies of a University Press

Ms. Ma. Corazon Baytion
Director, Ateneo de Manila University Press

Growing from a University Printing Press to University Publishing House

University of Santo Tomas Publishing House


University Policies and Practices that Nurture Authorship

University of the Philippines Press


Print on Demand (POD) Technology

Mr. Ricky Muñoz
Fuji Xerox Philippines


Publish on Demand : Getting the Volume that you Need

Central Books Supply


The Role of an Association of Academic Publishing Houses : United, Philippine Academic Publishers Can Stand Up to the World

Dr. Isagani R. Cruz
Founding Chair, Manila Critics Circle


Micro-Financing / Cooperative Building, with Focus on Colleges and Universities

Development Bank of the Philippines

Friday, August 17, 2007

2007 Librarian Licensure Examination Schedule


The 2007 Librarian Licensure Examination will be held on November 26 & 27, 2007 in Manila, Davao and Legaspi. For those who will be taking the exam, prepare all the requirements and submit them at the Central or Regional offices of the Philippine Regulation Commissions.

For Region IV applicants, you may opt to submit your requirements to PRC Lucena at Tagarao corner Allarey Sts., Lucena City to avoid being stuck in heavy traffic going to PRC Manila Central Office :) Deadline for submission of requirements is November 6, 2007.


(UPDATE 2 as of 24 Aug 2007)

The BFL Chair, Ma'am Cora Nera replied in our email query regarding additional testing centers for the scheduled librarian exam (Thanks Aida) :-)
The test centers for the librarians licensure examination on November 26 & 27, 2007 are Baguio City, Cebu City, Davao City, Legaspi City and Manila.
And in a follow-up email query: "when does the librarianship exam center started in Legazpi?" (Thank you Menchie) :-) she replied:
Just this year because PRC revised the criteria for opening a center, that there should be at least 50 examinees in the place and as requested by the PRC regional office.
Thank you Ma'am Nera.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

What is Information Literacy?



As the saying goes, good things comes in pairs. As I was looking on other videos produced by Otis College, above is another youtube video that discusses the basic information literacy concept. In case I find other related videos, I will be updating this posting and will let you know. (RBManlangit)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Information Literacy: Identify Your Sources


We have been looking forward for quite sometime now to post an article about a video posted in youtube but the opportunity never come until today. There is this interesting and educational video posted by Otis College that we could use in library orientation of our students regarding the differences of serial publications like Scholarly/Academic, Professional, Popular, and Substantive news publication.

In this video, an art history professor explain in detail their differences and discusses some of the criteria students must learn on how to evaluate articles for their research papers. This is another addition to the materials and collection about information literacy initiatives. (RBManlangit and AAnday)

Republic Act No. 9246

S. No. 2579 H. No. 5351

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9246
February 19, 2004

AN ACT MODERNIZING THE PRACTICE OF LIBRARIANSHIP IN THE PHILIPPINES THEREBY REPEALING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6966, ENTITLED: “AN ACT REGULATING THE PRACTICE OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND PRESCRIBING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF LIBRARIANS,” APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

ARTICLE I

TITLE, STATEMENT OF POLICY, DEFINITION

OF TERMS, SCOPE OF THE PRACTICE

SECTION 1. Short Title. — This Act shall be known as “The Philippine Librarianship Act of 2003.”

SEC. 2. Statement of Policy. — The State recognizes the essential role of librarianship as a profession in developing the intellectual capacity of the citizenry thus making library service a regular component for national development. It shall, through honest, effective and credible licensure examination and regulatory measures, undertake programs and activities that would promote and nurture the professional growth and well-being of competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded librarians whose standards of practice and service shall be characterized by excellence, quality, and geared towards world-class global competitiveness.
SEC. 3. Objectives. — This Act shall govern the following:

  1. National examination for licensure, registration of librarians, issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card;
  2. Supervision, control and regulation of practice of librarianship;
  3. Integration of librarians under one national organization; and
  4. Development of professional competence of librarians.

SEC. 4. Definition of Terms. — As used in this Act, the following terms shall be defined:

  1. Librarian — refers to an individual who is a bona fide holder of a Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card issued by the Professional Regulatory Board for Librarians and by the Professional Regulation Commission in accordance with this Act.
  2. Commission — refers to the Professional Regulation Commission.
  3. Board — refers to the Professional Regulatory Board for Librarians.

SEC. 5. Scope of the Practice of Librarianship. — Librarianship shall deal with the performance of the librarian’s functions, which shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. Selection and acquisition of multi-media sources of information which would best respond to clientele’s need for adequate, relevant and timely information;
  2. Cataloguing and classification of knowledge or sources of information into relevant organized collections and creation of local databases for speedy access, retrieval or delivery of information;
  3. Development of computer-assisted/computer-backed information systems which would permit on-line and network services;
  4. Establishment of library systems and procedures; dissemination of information; rendering of information, reference and research assistance; archiving; and education of users;
  5. Teaching, lecturing and reviewing of library, archives and information science subjects, including subjects given in the licensure examination;
  6. Rendering of services involving technical knowledge/expertise in abstracting, indexing, cataloguing and classifying; or the preparation of bibliographies, subject authority lists, thesauri and union catalogues/lists;
  7. Preparation, evaluation or appraisal of plans, programs and/or projects for the establishment, organization, development and growth of libraries or information centers, and the determination of library requirements for space, buildings, structures or facilities;
  8. Provision of professional and consultancy services or advice on any aspect of librarianship; and
  9. Organization, conservation, preservation and restoration of historical and cultural documents and other intellectual properties.

ARTICLE II

CREATION OF THE PROFESSIONAL

REGULATORY BOARD FOR LIBRARIANS

SEC. 6. Creation and Composition of the Board. — There is hereby created a Professional Regulatory Board for Librarians, hereinafter called the Board, under the administrative supervision and control of the Professional Regulation Commission, hereinafter referred to as the Commission, to be composed of a Chairperson and two (2) members who shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines from among the list of three (3) recommendees for each position submitted by the Commission from among the list of five (5) nominees for each position submitted by the accredited, integrated national professional organization of librarians from among the librarians of recognized standing who qualify under Section 7 of this Act. The new Board shall be constituted within three (3) months from the effectivity of this Act.
SEC. 7. Qualifications of Members of the Board. — The Chairperson and members of the Board, at the time of their appointment, shall possess the following qualifications:

  1. A natural born citizen and resident of the Philippines;
  2. A good reputation and moral character;
  3. A librarian as defined in “Section 4(a)” of this Act;
  4. Active in the practice of librarianship for at least ten (10) years, five (5) years of which is in a managerial position;
  5. Must not be a member of the faculty of a university, college, school or institution conferring the academic degree on librarianship, or offering review classes for librarian licensure examination; nor a person who has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any such institution; and
  6. Must not be an incumbent officer of the accredited, integrated national professional organization of librarians.

SEC. 8. Powers, Functions and Duties of the Board. — The Board shall exercise executive; administrative, rule making and quasi-judicial powers in carrying out the provisions of this Act. It shall be vested with the following specific powers, functions, duties and responsibilities:

  1. To promulgate and administer rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act;
  2. To administer oaths in connection with the administration of this Act;
  3. To adopt an official seal of the Board;
  4. To issue, suspend or revoke the Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card or grant or cancel a temporary/special permit;
  5. To look into the conditions affecting the practice of librarianship, and when necessary, adopt such measures as may be deemed proper for the enhancement and maintenance of high ethical, moral and professional standards of librarianship;
  6. To adopt policies and set the standards for all types of libraries, librarians and the practice of librarianship;
  7. To ensure, in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), that all institutions offering library, archives and information science education comply with prescribed standards for curriculum, faculty and facilities for course offerings of library science, or library and information science;
  8. To adopt and prescribe a Code of Ethics and a Code of Technical Standards for Librarians;
  9. To hear and decide administrative cases involving violations of this Act, its Implementing Rules and Regulations or the Code of Ethics or the Code of Technical Standards for librarians; and for this purpose, issue subpoena ad testificandum and subpoena duces tecum to ensure the appearance of witnesses and the presentation of documents in connection therewith;
  10. To prescribe guidelines in the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) in coordination with the accredited and integrated association for professional librarians;
  11. To prepare, adopt, issue or amend the syllabi or terms of specification of subjects for the librarian licensure examination consistent with the policies and standards set by the CHED; and
  12. To discharge other powers and duties as the Board may deem necessary for the practice of librarianship and the continued growth and development of librarians, libraries and library education in the Philippines.

The policies, resolutions, rules and regulations issued or promulgated by the Board shall be subject to review and approval of the Commission. However, the Board’s decision, resolution or order rendered in administrative case shall be subject to review only if on appeal.

SEC. 9. Term of Office. — The Chairperson and the members of the Board shall hold office for a term of three (3) years until their successors shall have been appointed and duly qualified: Provided, That members of the first Board to be appointed after the approval of this Act shall hold office for the following terms: the Chairperson for three (3) years, one member for two (2) years and the other member for one (1) year: Provided further, That the Chairperson or any member may be reappointed for another term of three (3) years but in no case shall the whole term exceed six (6) years. Interim vacancies in the Board shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term only. Each member shall take the proper oath of office.

SEC. 10. Compensation of the Board. — The Chairperson and members of the Board shall receive compensation and allowances comparable to that being received by the Chairperson and members of existing regulatory boards under the Commission as provided for in the General Appropriations Act.

SEC. 11. Removal or Suspension of Board Members. — The Chairperson or any member of the Board may be removed or suspended by the President of the Philippines on recommendation of the Commission if found guilty after a proper administrative investigation, based on the following grounds: neglect of duty, incompetence, unprofessional, unethical, immoral or dishonorable conduct; any violation of this Act, or the Code of Ethics and the Code of Technical Standards for Librarians; or commission or toleration of irregularities in the examination such as manipulation, rigging of examination results, disclosure of secrets and information on examination questions prior to conduct of examination, tampering of grades or final judgment, or criminal offense involving moral turpitude.

SEC. 12. Executive Officer and the Secretary of the Board. — The Chairperson of the Commission shall be the Executive Officer of the Board and shall conduct the licensure examination for librarians. The Commission shall designate the Secretary of the Board and shall provide the Secretariat and other support services to implement the provisions of this Act.

All records of the Board including the examination papers, minutes of deliberations, and records of administrative proceedings and investigations shall be kept by the Commission under the direct custody of the Secretary.

SEC. 13. Annual Report. — The Board shall submit to the Commission after the close of each calendar year, its annual report of accomplishments which shall include a detailed account of the operation of the Board for the year and the appropriate recommendation on issues or problems affecting the profession.

ARTICLE III

LICENSURE EXAMINATION AND REGISTRATION

SEC. 14. Examinations. — Applicants for registration, except those specifically allowed under Section 19 of this Act, shall be required to undergo a written licensure examination to be given by the Board in such places and dates the Commission may designate subject to compliance with the requirements prescribed by the Commission.

SEC. 15. Qualifications of Applicants. — Applicants for licensure examination must meet the following qualifications at the time of filing of applications:
  1. Good health and good moral character; and
  2. Graduate of Bachelor’s degree in Library Science and Information Science: Provided, That a holder of a master’s degree in Library and Information Science shall be allowed to qualify for application to the licensure examinations: Provided, further; That within five (5) years from the effectivity of this Act, holders of the following degrees shall also be allowed to qualify for application to the licensure examination:

    1. Bachelor of Science in Education or Elementary Education; or Bachelor of Arts with a major or specialization in Library Science;
    2. Master of Arts in Library Science or Library and Information Science; or
    3. Any masteral degree with concentration in Library Science.
SEC. 16. Scope of Examination. — The licensure examination for librarianship shall consist of the following subjects:
  1. selection and acquisition of multi-media sources of information;
  2. cataloguing and classification;
  3. indexing and abstracting;
  4. reference, bibliography and information services;
  5. organization, management and development and maintenance of multi-media based library or information service, laws, trends and practices affecting the profession; and
  6. information technology.
The Board is hereby authorized to modify or add to the subjects listed above as the needs and demands in the library profession may require.

SEC. 17. Rating in the Board Examination. — To be qualified as having passed the licensure examination, a candidate must obtain a weighted general average of seventy-five percent (75%), with no grade lower than fifty percent (50%) in any subject.

SEC. 18. Report of Results of Examination. — The Board shall report to the Commission the results of the examination and the ratings of the examinees within ten (10) days after the examination.

SEC. 19. Registration Without Examination. — Upon application and payment of the required fees, the Board shall issue a Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card to an applicant who, on the date of effectivity of Republic Act No. 6966, is:
  1. a practicing librarian who has completed at least a bachelor's degree and a librarian or supervising librarian eligible;
  2. a practicing librarian who has completed at least a bachelor's degree, eighteen (18) units in Library Science, five (5) years experience in librarianship, and a first grade eligible or its equivalent;
  3. a practicing librarian who has completed a masteral degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science, and a first grade eligible or its equivalent; or
  4. a practicing librarian who has completed at least a bachelor’s degree, eighteen (18) units in Library Science, and seven (7) years experience in librarianship.
Those who qualify under this Section shall be given three (3) years within which to apply for registration upon the effectivity of this Act.

SEC. 20. Issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card. — The Commission, on recommendation of the Board, shall issue a Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card to each person who passed the licensure examination for librarians and to those who are registered without examination under this Act and shall enter the name of the registered professional in the Roster of Philippine Librarians.

The Certificate of Registration shall bear the signature of the Chairperson of the Commission and the Chairperson and members of the Board, stamped with the official seals of the Board and the Commission indicating that the person named therein is entitled to the practice of the profession with all the privileges appurtenant thereto. The said certificate of registration shall remain in full force and effect until suspended or revoked in accordance with this Act.

A professional identification card bearing the name and signature of the registrant, registration number, date of issuance, expiry date, duly signed by the Chairperson of the Commission, shall likewise be issued to every registrant who has paid the prescribed fee.

SEC. 21. Oath of Profession. — All successful examinees qualified for registration and all qualified applicants for registration without examination shall be required to take an oath of profession before any Commission Officer, or member of the Board or any government official authorized to administer oaths, prior to entering into the practice of librarianship in the Philippines.

SEC. 22. Refusal to Issue Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card. — The Board shall not register any successful examinee nor any applicant for registration without examination if he/she has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude or has been found guilty of immoral and dishonorable conduct after investigation of the Board, or has been declared to be of unsound mind. The reason for the refusal shall be set forth in writing.

SEC. 23. Revocation and Suspension of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card or Cancellation of Temporary/Special Permit. — The Board has the power, after due notice and hearing, to revoke or suspend the Certificate of Registration or cancel a temporary or special permit of any librarian on any ground stated under Section 22 of this Act, or for any of the following: unprofessional or dishonorable conduct; malpractice; incompetence; serious ignorance or negligence in the practice of librarianship; fraud; deceit or falsification in obtaining a certificate of registration, professional identification card, or temporary/special permit; abetment of illegal practice by allowing illegal use of his/her certificate of registration, or professional identification card, or temporary/special permit; practice of profession during the period of suspension; or any violation of this Act, its Implementing Rules and Regulations, the Code of Ethics or the Code of Technical Standards for Librarians, or Board policies. The respondent may appeal the Board’s decision, order/resolution to the Commission within fifteen (15) days from receipt thereof.

SEC. 24. Reissuance of Revoked Certificate of Registration and Replacement of Lost Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card. — The Board after two (2) years from the date of revocation of the Certificate of Registration may reissue a certificate upon proper application.

A new Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card or temporary/special permit, which has been lost, destroyed or mutilated, may be reissued after payment of the required fee prescribed by the Commission.

SEC. 25. Roster of Librarians. — The Board, in coordination with the accredited and integrated national organization of librarians, shall maintain an up-to-date, complete and properly organized Roster, which shall include those who had been issued Certificates of Registration under Republic Act No. 6966 and those who shall qualify under this Act, to contain the following data:
  1. alphabetical list by surname of librarians with their addresses and license numbers;
  2. the list of licensees, numerically arranged by license numbers; and
  3. such other lists which the Board may deem necessary.
    Copies of the Roster, which shall be provided to the National Library, the Civil Service Commission, and the accredited national organization of librarians, shall be kept as permanent record.
ARTICLE IV

PRACTICE OF LIBRARIANSHIP

SEC. 26. Illegal Practice of Librarianship. — A person who does not have a valid Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card or a temporary/special permit from the Commission shall not practice or offer to practice librarianship in the Philippines or assume any position, which involve performing the function of a librarian as provided under Section 5 of this Act.

SEC. 27. Certificate of Registration/Professional Identification Card and Professional Tax Receipt. — The Certificate of Registration, Professional Identification Card and Professional Tax Receipt number of the librarian shall be reflected in any document issued/signed in connection with the practice of the profession.

SEC. 28. Foreign Reciprocity. — A librarian from another country shall be admitted for licensure examination, be issued a Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card and be entitled to the rights and privileges appurtenant to this Act, if the country or state he/she is a citizen of or subject, permits Filipino librarians to practice librarianship on an equal basis as the librarians of said country or state: Provided That the requirements for Certificate of Registration in said country or state are substantially the same as the requirements under this Act: Provided, further, That the law of such country or state grants Filipino librarians the same privileges as the citizens/subjects of that country/state.

SEC. 29. Vested Rights: Automatic Registration of Practicing Librarians. — All practicing librarians who are registered at the time this Act takes effect shall automatically be registered.

SEC. 30. Integrated and Accredited National Organization of Librarians. — All registered librarians shall be integrated under a single organization recognized and accredited by the Board and approved by the Commission.

A librarian duly registered and licensed by the Board and the Commission shall automatically become a member of the integrated and accredited professional organization and shall receive the benefits and privileges appurtenant thereto upon payment of the required fees and dues. Membership in the integrated and accredited professional organization shall not be a bar to membership in any other association of librarians.

SEC. 31. Employment of Librarians. — Only qualified and licensed librarians shall be employed as librarians in all government libraries. Local government units shall be given a period of three (3) years from the approval of this Act to comply with this provision.

ARTICLE V

PENAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

SEC. 32. Penal Provisions. — Any person who practices or offers to practice any function of a librarian as provided for under Section 5 of this Act who is not registered and has not been issued by the Commission a Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card, or a temporary license/permit or who violates any of the provisions of this Act, its Implementing Rules and Regulations, shall, upon conviction, be penalized by a fine of not less than Thirty thousand pesos (P30,000.00) nor more than One hundred-thousand pesos (P100,000.00), or imprisonment of not less than one (1) month nor more than three (3) years at the discretion of the court.
SEC. 33. Funding Provision. — The Chairperson of the Professional Regulation Commission shall immediately include in the Commission's program the implementation of this Act, the funding of which shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.

SEC. 34. Transitory Provision. — The present Board shall continue to function in the interim until such time as the new Board shall have been constituted pursuant to this Act.
SEC. 35. Implementing Rules and Regulations. — The Board, subject to the approval of the Commission, shall promulgate, adopt and issue rules and regulations, and the Code of Ethics and the Code of Technical Standards for Librarians which shall take effect fifteen (15) days following publication in the Official Gazette or newspaper of general circulation.

SEC. 36. Separability Clause. — If any clause, provision, paragraph or part hereof shall be declared unconstitutional or invalid, such judgment shall not affect, invalidate or impair any other part hereof, but such judgment shall be merely confined to the clause, provision, paragraph or part directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment has been rendered.

SEC. 37. Repealing Clause. — Republic Act No. 6966 is hereby repealed and all other laws, decrees, orders, rules, regulations, ordinances or parts thereof which are inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed or amended accordingly.

SEC. 38. Effectivity. — This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or a national newspaper of general circulation.

Approved,


(Sgd.) FRANKLIN M. DRILON (Sgd.) JOSE DE VENECIA JR.
President of the SenateSpeaker of the House of Representatives

This Act which is a consolidation of House Bill No. 5351 and Senate Bill No. 2579 was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on December 2, 2003 and December 16, 2003, respectively.

(Sgd.) OSCAR G. YABES (Sgd.) ROBERTO P. NAZARENO
Secretary of the Senate Secretary General
House of Representatives


Approved: February 19, 2004

(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Province of Aurora

As per PLAI Constitution of 2001, and the subsequent organization of the 16 councils, it is stated that the Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Council (STRLC) is composed of registered librarians from the provinces of Aurora, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Marinduque, Rizal and Romblon.

In 2002, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order No. 103 dividing Region IV into Region IV-A and Region IV-B, transferring the province of Aurora to Region III and for other purposes. During the PLAI House of Delegates (HOD) deliberations of the Proposed Revisions of the PLAI Constitution last July 28 2007, the issue on which Council shall Aurora province be included was discussed. The HOD delegate from Region III insisted that Aurora province should be included in their Council as per E.O. No. 103 as legal basis.

A related article entitled "Aurora officials ask recall of executive order transfering province to Region 3" written by Magtanggol C. Vilar for the Provincial News section of the Manila Bulletin is interesting and instructive to note. This can be a backgrounder for another round of discussions from where we can arrive at a consensus and thus serve as future basis for all possible inclusion/exclusion of a certain province in one council to another. With a group decision, we minimize future misunderstandings and conflicts.

Let it be crystal clear though that we are not against the transfer of Aurora nor are we questioning the basis of the transfer. We would like instead to throw the issue to you, fellow librarians and friends, so that we can seriously discuss, share thoughts and ideas regarding this minor issue. Which is the more logical & practical in the long term for PLAI Regional Council: the one based on the current political subdivision of our country or devise a new subdivision (purely geographical perhaps?) devoid of political color? We believed that the sooner we mutually agreed on this issue, the long term benefits will accrue & Regional Council is more stable rather than now we have 16 regional councils then maybe 17-18 or more regional councils next time with some reshuffling of provinces depending upon our President or Congress future action and thus disrupt Regional Council organization & operations?

We would love to hear from you. Your individual idea counts a lot. If our collective ideas are collaborated, we could strive for better times for our beloved association. (RBManlangit and AAnday)

Monday, August 13, 2007

28th MIBF Activities Schedule

Last August 4, 2007 we posted the Activities during the 28th MIBF and since then it is the most viewed post in this blog as per Sitemeter statistics partly because we have been active in directing queries posted in PAARL yahoogroups & Filipino Librarian googlegroups to this post. We have collated all available information that come to our attention and in the absence of official MIBF activity schedule that will be available hopefully before the official opening, the following activities might be worth of our time attending for our professional growth and continuing education aside from selecting/acquiring books for our institution.

The 28th Manila International Bookfair will be held from August 29 - September 2, 2007 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila Financial Center Area, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue cor. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. This year's theme is "Inspire. Aspire. Read." Exhibit is open from 10:00 A.M till 8:00 P.M., daily.


Pre 28th MIBF Conference:

The BDAP publishing conference entitled "Books Across South East Asia" on August 28-29, 2007 at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila.


August 29, 2007 (Wednesday) 1st Day

PAARL forum on "User Education and Information Literacy: Current Practices and Innovative Strategies" at Function Room-B, from 9:00am — 12:00nn.

The speaker is Ms. Fe Angela M. Versoza. Registration fee of P150.00 for non-members, P100.00 for members and P50.00 for library science students.


UPLSAA lecture entitled "Marketing Strategies for School Libraries" at Function Room A, from 10AM.

The speakers are: Ms. Enoy Ferriol of Scholastic Books and Ms. Edes Vijandre of Miriam College Grade School Library. Registration fee: P100(UPLSAA members)/ P150(non-members)/ P50 for undergraduate students, valid school ID must be presented at the registration booth.


ce-Logic, a subsidiary of C&E Publishing, Inc. free seminar on "Empowering Libraries : The Effect of Modernization and Emerging Technologies in the Philippines" from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The resource speaker is Mrs. Corazon Nera (BFL Chair).

ce-Logic will also launch their latest online and hardware products at the seminar.


Official 28th MIFB Opening Program, 4:00 PM


August 30, 2007 (Thursday) 2nd Day

PLAI-NCRLC in cooperation with National Book Store and Anvil Publishing, Inc. forum entitled “Managing Disasters for Libraries” from 10AM - 2PM Function Hall C.

Resource Speaker is Prof. Heather Mansell, Preservation Consultant and Secretary of State Library of New South Wales, Australia.

Registration fee of P100 for professionals and P50.00 for students.


Ms. Zarah Gagatiga talk entitled "Children, Teens and Reading in the Time of IT" from 3:30 - 4:30 PM, at the Function Room A.


August 31 - September 2 2007 (Fri-Sun) 3rd-5th Day

"Pistang Panitik 2007"

Aug 30 Araw ni Bienvenido Lumbera, Function Room A 1:00-3:00 PM
Aug 31 Araw ni Francisco Sionil Jose, Function Room A 1:00-3:00 PM
Sept 1 Araw ni Virgilio Almario, Function Room B 1:00-3:00 PM
Sept 2 Araw ni Alejandro Roces, Function Room A 1:00-5:00 PM
Sept 2 Araw ni Edith Tiempo, Function Room A 1:00-5:00 PM


Mark now your calendar so that you will not miss those activities that interest you and meet old and new colleagues in the process.

If you happen to know other activities for the 28th MIBF, please email us at plaistrlc[at]gmail[dot]com or simply add a comment and we will gladly add them. Thanks!

See you at the bookfair.

Republic Act No. 6966

S. No. 251 H. No. 23958

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6966
September 19, 1990

AN ACT REGULATING THE PRACTICE OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND PRESCRIBING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF LIBRARIANS

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Philippine Librarianship Act."

SEC. 2. Definition of Terms. - (a) Librarian - A librarian is a bona fide holder of a certificate of registration issued by the Board for Librarians in accordance with this Act.

(b) Scope of the practice of librarianship - The practice of librarianship shall constitute in holding out oneself as skilled in the knowledge, art and science of the organization, dissemination, preservation and conservation of recorded information; the rendering, furnishing and contracting of professional services such as consultations and advice on the organization and management of libraries, data banks, research and information centers to clients on a fee basis or otherwise; the teaching of subjects in the library and information sciences; and the signing or authenticating for clients of documents or reports when called for.

(c) Board -- It shall refer to the Board for Librarians.

ARTICLE II ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD FOR LIBRARIANS

SEC. 3. Creation and Composition of the Board. -Within sixty (60) days after this Act takes effect, there shall be created a Board for Librarians to be composed of a Chairman and two (2) members who shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation of the Professional Regulation Commission from among certified librarians of recognized standing in the Philippines representing the academic, public and special libraries as may be certified by the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. and possessing the qualifications prescribed under Section 4 of this Act: Provided, That the members of the first Board for Librarians appointed under this Act shall each be considered certified for the purpose thereof, and shall, upon payment of fees prescribed under the revised rates of the examination, registration and other fees, be issued a certificate of registration in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

SEC. 4. Qualifications of Board Members. - Each member of the Board must, at the time of his appointment, possess the following qualifications:
  1. A citizen and resident of the Philippines;
  2. Of good reputation and moral character;
  3. A holder of baccalaureate degree in Library Science, Information Science, or Documentation;
  4. At least forty (40) years of age;
  5. A registered professional under the Board for Librarians; and
  6. Had been in active practice for at least ten (10) years, five (5) years of which is in a managerial position, and none of the following disqualifications:
  1. A member of the faculty of any university, college, school or any institution conferring the academic degree or certificate for the practice of librarianship, or offering review classes for librarianship licensure examination, or one who has pecuniary interest, directly or indirectly, in any such institution; and
  2. An incumbent officer of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.
SEC. 5. Functions and Duties of the Board. -- The Board shall have the following functions and duties:
  1. To administer and promulgate rules and regulations necessary for carrying out the provisions of this Act in accordance with the charter of the Professional Regulation Commission;
  2. To administer oaths in connection with the administration of this Act;
  3. To adopt an official seal of the Board;
  4. To issue, suspend or revoke the certificate of registration for the practice of librarianship;
  5. To look into the conditions affecting the practice of librarianship in the Philippines and, whenever necessary, adopt such measures as may be deemed proper for the maintenance of the good standard and ethics of the profession of librarianship;
  6. To establish policies and standards for all types of libraries and the education and practice of librarianship in the Philippines;
  7. To ensure that all educational institutions offering library science degree comply with the essential requirements for curriculum, faculty, and facilities for the library science degree;
  8. To investigate such violations of this Act or of the rules and regulations issued thereunder as it may come to the knowledge of the Board and, for this purpose, to issue subpoena and subpoena duces tecum to secure the appearance of witnesses and the production of documents in connection therewith;
  9. The Board shall set ethical and professional standards for the practice of librarianship in the Philippines. Such ethical standards, rules and regulations shall take effect three (3) months after publication in the Official Gazette or in any newspaper of general circulation; and
  10. To discharge such other powers and duties as the Board may deem necessary for the practice of librarianship and the continued growth and development of libraries and library education in the Philippines.
SEC. 6. Term of Office. - The Chairman and the members of the Board shall hold office for a term of three (3) years from the date they assume office, regardless of the nature of their appointment: Provided, That the first appointees to the Board under this Act shall hold office on the following terms: one (1) member shall serve for one (1) year; one (1) member for two (2) years; and one (1) member for three (3) years. Vacancies shall be served for the unexpired term only. No person who has served for two (2) successive terms shall be eligible for reappointment until after the lapse of one (1) year. Appointment to fill an unexpired term is not to be considered as a complete term. They shall take oath before assuming office.

SEC. 7. Executive Officer and Secretary of the Board. – The Commissioner of the Professional Regulation Commission shall be the Executive Officer of the Board and shall Conduct the examinations given by it. The Secretary of the Professional Regulation Commission shall act as Secretary of the Board. All the records of the Board, including examination papers, minutes of deliberations, and records of administrative proceedings and investigations shall be kept by the Professional Regulation Commission Linder the direct custody of the Secretary.

SEC. 8. Compensation of the Board. - The Chairman and the members of the Board shall each receive as compensation per diems as determined by the Professional Regulation Commission for every Board meeting, the sum of Twenty pesos (P20.00) for each applicant examined, and the sum of Ten pesos (P10.00) for every applicant granted a certificate of registration as librarian without examination. Any librarian in the service of the Republic of the Philippines appointed as member of the Board shall also receive compensation herein provided.

SEC. 9. Removal of a Board Member. - Any member of the Board may be removed by the President of the Philippines upon the recommendation of the Professional Regulation Commission for neglect of duty, incompetence, unprofessional, unethical, immoral or dishonorable conduct for commission or toleration of irregularities in the examination, after having been given the opportunity to defend himself in a proper administrative investigation.

SEC. 10. Annual Report. - The Board, through the Professional Regulation Commission, shall submit at the end of each fiscal year an annual accomplishment report to the President of the Philippines and to Congress, including therein a detailed account of the proceedings of the Board during the year and embodying such recommendations as the Board may desire to take.

ARTICLE III EXAMINATION AND CERTIFICATION

SEC. 11. Inhibition Against the Practice of Librarianship. - Unless exempt from registration, no person shall practice or offer to practice librarianship in the Philippines or be appointed as a librarian to any position calling for a librarian and documentalist or information specialist working in a library, without having previously obtained a certificate of registration from the Board.

SEC. 12. Examination Required. - Except as otherwise specifically allowed under the provisions of this Act, all applicants for certification as librarians shall be required to undergo a written examination which shall be given annually in such places and dates as the Board may determine.

SEC. 13. Qualifications of Applicants. - In order to be admitted to the examination for librarians, an applicant must, at the time of filing of application therefor, meet the following qualifications:
  1. A citizen of the Philippines;
  2. At least twenty (20) years of age;
  3. In good health and of good moral character; and
  4. A graduate of a school, college or university recognized by the Government, with any of the following degrees:
  1. Bachelor of Library Science or Information Science;
  2. Bachelor of Science in Library Science or Information Science;
  3. Bachelor of Science in Education major/specialization in Library Science, or Bachelor of Arts major in Library Science;
  4. Master of Library Science or Information Science; and
  5. Master of Arts in Library Science.
SEC. 14. Scope of Examination. - The examination for librarianship shall consist of Category A, General Information Test and Category B, Professional Test consisting of: (1) selection and acquisition of library materials; (2) cataloguing and classification; (3) indexing and abstracting; (4) reference, bibliography and information services; (5) organization and management of libraries and information centers; (6) information technology; and (7) such other subjects which the Board may deem necessary.

SEC. 15. Report of the Results of Examination. -The Board shall, within ninety (90) days after the examination, report the ratings obtained by each candidate to the Professional Regulation Commission for approval and/or appropriate action.

SEC. 16. Repeaters. - A candidate who fails in three (3) successive Board examinations shall be disqualified from taking the fourth examination unless he submits evidence to the Board that he has taken a refresher course from a duly accredited school or its equivalent as determined by the Board.

SEC. 17. Rules and Regulations. - The Board shall adopt rules and regulations governing the examination and standards to be attained in them with the approval of the Professional Regulation Commission.

SEC. 18. Registration and Exception. - Upon application and payment of the required fees, certificates of registration as librarian shall be issued without the necessity of licensure examination to qualified applicants who, on the date of the approval of this Act, are:
  1. Librarian and supervising librarian eligibles and are holders of a bachelor's degree;
  2. First grade eligibles, or their equivalent, and are holders of a bachelor's degree with at least eighteen (18) units in Library Science and at least five (5) years of experience in librarianship; and
  3. First grade eligibles, or their equivalent, and are holders of a Master's Degree in Library and/or Information Science. Provided, That they shall be given three (3) years from the organization of the Board for Librarians within which to register and be included in the roster of professionals.
SEC. 19. Issuance of Certification. - Certificates of registration as librarian shall be issued to all applicants who passed the examination upon payment of the required fees. Every certificate of registration shall show the full name of the registrant and serial number, and shall bear the signatures of the members of the Board for Librarians and the Commissioner of the Professional Regulation Commission, and duly authenticated with the official seal of the Board.

The issuance of certificate of registration by the Board shall be evidence that the person named therein is entitled to practice librarianship in the Philippines with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto.

SEC. 20. Fees for Examination and Registration. -Applicants for examination for librarians shall pay an examination fee of Two hundred pesos (P200.00). Successful applicants shall pay a registration fee of One hundred fifty pesos (P150.00). All such fees shall be paid to the disbursing officer of the Professional Regulation Commission, and such officer shall pay from the receipts thereof all the authorized expenses of the Board, including the compensation of its Chairman and members.

SEC. 21. Revocation and Suspension of Certificates. -The Board shall have the power after due notice and hearing to revoke or suspend the certificate of registration of a librarian for any of the following causes: conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude, unprofessional or dishonorable conduct, malpractice, incompetence, or serious ignorance or negligence in the practice of librarianship; or for any fraud, deceit or falsification in obtaining a certificate of registration.

SEC. 22. Reissuance of Revoked and Replacement of Lost Certificate. - The Board may issue for reasons of equity and justice, upon proper application and submission of an affidavit of loss, another copy of the certificate of registration upon payment of the fee prescribed by the Professional Regulation Commission.

A new certificate of registration to replace any certificate lost, destroyed, or mutilated may be issued subject to the rules of the Board upon payment of Fifty pesos (P50.00).

SEC. 23. Certificate of Reciprocity. - No foreign librarian shall be admitted to the examination, or be given a certificate of registration, or be entitled to any of the rights and privileges under this Act unless the country or state of which he is a subject or citizen permits Filipino librarians to practice within its territorial limits on the same basis as the subjects or citizens of said country or state: Provided, That the requirements for certification of librarians in said foreign state or country are substantially the same as those required and contemplated under this Act: Provided, further, That the laws of such state or country grant the same privilege to Filipino librarians on the same basis as the subjects or citizens of such foreign state or country.

SEC. 24. Roster of Librarians. - A roster of librarians containing the names and addresses of certified librarians, dates of registration or issuance of certificates, and other data which in the opinion of the Board may appear pertinent. Copies of the roster shall also be provided the National Library, the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. and the Civil Service Commission.

ARTICLE IV PROVISIONS RELATIVE TO THE PRACTICE OF LIBRARIANSHIP

SEC. 25. Penal Provisions. - The following shall be punishable by a fine of not less than Five hundred pesos (P500.00) nor more than Two thousand pesos (P2,000.00) or imprisonment of not less than one (1) month nor more than two (2) years, or both at the discretion of the court:
  1. Any person who practices librarianship in the Philippines without being certified in accordance with the provisions of this Act;
  2. Any person who represents or attempts to use as his own the certificate of registration of another;
  3. Any person who gives any false or fraudulent evidence of any kind to the Board or any member thereof in obtaining a certificate of registration as librarian;
  4. Any person who impersonates any registrant of the like or different name;
  5. Any person who uses a revoked or suspended certificate of registration;
  6. Any person who, in connection with his name, otherwise assumes, uses, or advertises any title or description tending to convey or conveys the impression that he is a librarian without holding a valid certificate; and
  7. Any person who violates any provision of this Act.
SEC. 26. Appropriations. - The savings from any item of appropriations of the Professional Regulation of the Professional Regulation Commission shall be utilized for the initial implementation of this Act. Thereafter, such amount as may be necessary for its continued implementation shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.

SEC. 27. Separability Clause. - If, for any reason, any section or provision of this Act or the application of such section or provision to any person or circumstance is declared unconstitutional or invalid, no other section or provision of this Act shall be affected thereby.

SEC. 28. Repealing Clause. - All laws and parts of laws which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SEC. 29. Transitory Provision. - All incumbent librarians in both the public and private sector not otherwise certified as librarians by virtue of this Act shall be given six (6) years temporary certificates from the time the Board for Librarians is organized within which to qualify as required by this Act and be included in the roster of professionals.

SEC. 30. Effectivity. - This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved,

(Sgd.) JOVITO R. SALONGA(Sgd.) RAMON V. MITRA
President of the Senate Speaker of the House of Representatives

This Act which is a consolidation of House Bill No. 23958 and Senate Bill No. 251 was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on Julie 4, 1990 and June 6, 1990, respectively.


(Sgd.) EDWIN P. ACOBA(Sgd.) QUIRINO D. ABAD SANTOS, JR.
Secretary of the Senate Secretary of the House of Representatives



Approved: September 19, 1990

(Sgd.) CORAZON C. AQUINO
President of the Philippines

Saturday, August 11, 2007

LIS Book: A Handbook of Ethical Practice

Last May, we featured LIS books worth adding to our holdings that could be purchase during the bookfair. Today, Ms Nora Agustero email (Thank you) at Filipino Librarians googlegroups alerted us that "an interesting book that features, among others, the Code of Ethics for librarians of the different countries. Of the countries in Asia, the authors focused on Indonesia and the Philippines. The authors highlighted some provisions of our code and considered 'the ethical code for the Philippines' as an extremely interesting document worthy of consideration".

McMenemy, David, Poulter, Alan and Burton, Paul F. 2007. A Handbook of Ethical Practice: A Practical Guide to Dealing with Ethical Issues in Information and Library Work. Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 160 p.

We checked the publisher website hoping for a sample chapter but none is available at the moment. The summary states:

This book looks at all of the ethical issues facing information and library professionals in one overarching, and practically-focused, text. As such, it is of great benefit to both practitioners and to LIS students. The focus of the book is two-fold: (1) It contains a detailed discussion of the issues that impact on the day-today practice of information workers in the 21st century; and (2) contains case studies discussing potential solutions to ethical problems faced.The book provides sections which work like flowcharts leading from ethical issues through decision points to proposed solutions based on the literature/case studies. This is a highly useful resource that provides appropriate access to potential solutions for day-to-day queries.