Saturday, September 29, 2007

Live Blogging: Prof. Thelma S. Kim

NOTE: Sorry for the delayed uploading. Encountered technical problem that until now I am clueless why it's taking so long "uploading video ... your video will appear here when finished" . This was supposed to be a liveblogging article last September 29 but until today uploading the video is not yet finish. Since I am still too exhausted from the travel back to Laguna & cannot wait & experiment for another day when it will be finished, decided to delete it and re-upload the video observing the same procedures used the first time. Luckily it works this time after several attempts (tried copying the video in the cpu when attempt to upload from digicam failed) ... what went wrong during the first, second, third attempts of this deleting/re-uploading video last September 29? Glad to hear an explanation from anyone.

Prof. Thelma S. Kim received the Plaque of Appreciation and token from Stephanie "Stef" Granatin (Bicol University) and Rose "Bing" Ante (Aquinas University of Legazpi). Prof. Kim talked about "Public Relations and Marketing Skills for Librarians" where an e-copy of her presentation as well as those of other resource speakers will be available/uploaded at the PLAI-BRLC weblog shortly. (RBManlangit)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Live Blogging: Ma'am Cora Nera

Professor Corazon M. Nera received the Plaque of Appreciation and token from Ms. Rose Ante. Prof. Nera is the 1st resource speaker of the PLAI-BRLC Seminar Workshop on "Developing Competencies of Librarians / Information Specialists for Quality Service". She discussed Cataloging, Indexing and Abstracting to more or less 75 participants from the 6 provinces of Bikolandia -- Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. (RBManlangit)

Live Blogging: PLAI-BRLC Seminar Workshop

Rev. Fr. Ramon Claro G. Mendez, OP -- Aquinas University of Legazpi Rector & President delivered the keynote address during the PLAI-BRLC Seminar-Workshop on "Developing Competencies of Librarians / Information Specialists for Quality Service"

According to Professor Nera, it is "one of the best keynote address ever about our profession". Too bad I wasn't able to tape his speech for podcasting. Nonetheless, the full text of his speech was kindly provided by Ms. Rose Ante [without those interesting anecdotes which will be the subject of another post :=)] (RBManlangit)

Keynote Address delivered at Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.-Bicol Librarians Council Seminar-Workshop, Aquinas University, AQ Dome, September 28, 2007.

Prof. Corazon Nera, Chairman, Board of Librarians
[If already around] Prof. Lourdes David, Library Director, ADMU
[If already around] Mrs. Susima Gonzales, President, PLAI
[If already around] Prof. Thelma S. Kim, VP, PLAI
Members of the Board of Directors of the Bicol Librarians Council
Officers & Members of Bicol Librarians Council
Ladies and Gentlemen

A pleasant morning to us all.

Napanood n'yo ba yung opening episode sa latest season ng "Pinoy Big Brother" kung saan ang mga housemates ay nagtsika-tsika ... to know one another. A lady housemate inquired about the jobs of the male housemates. One of the men replied. He said, "I have a boring job back home ... abroad." Hearing that, the lady housemate blurted, "Are you a librarian?"

That made me think if being a librarian is boring. Also, I have yet to know of a male, much more a Filipino, who is a librarian.

When the male housemate answered, he said, "No, I'm a salesman."

There seems to be a stereotype image of librarians. They are female, hair coifed in a bun, with horn-rimmed glasses, always uptight, and ever on the lookout for library users to scold or to silence.

A library would be incomplete without the screaming "Silence" signs nailed on all available walls and posts of the hall. Young and spirited library users would feel that they can be in the library for only as long as they can hold their tongues from wagging, which, anyway, could not be held still until the last page they intend to read.

Of course, our librarians and libraries have gone a long way from the stereotypes they used to be. For one, dear librarians, you are now as chic, spick and span as anyone. Our libraries too are no longer heavily adorned with the "Silence" signs.

In many ways, our librarians have changed. Our libraries have changed too. But the number of library users has yet to register a dramatic change. How could this be?

Our University Librarian wishes to have every chair in our libraries occupied by students, every book opened and read. That is why she keeps tab of everyone who goes in. I share her wishes. But the question remains: How can we entice more students, more readers, more users to go to the library?

How do we "market" the library? In one blog site [], i came across an item comparing libraries with Linux. It said, both have image problems. "That's why Microsoft was getting a lot of attention at a Linux conference. And that's why I think readers seem to patronize bookstores more than libraries". Said the blogger.

The image problem has to be recognized and solved in order to enhance marketability. The matter of marketability can also be conveniently addressed if we consider the 5 P's of marketing. let's take a look at the Product libraries are selling. Are libraries "selling" books, information, research assistance? Librarians need to decide what exactly their product is.

The next P would be Price. The products are supposed to be free yet why do users instead go to the bookstores? Has this anything to do with the Dewey Decimal System? Or the "Silence" signs? Or, how about the next P, the Place? Is the library strategically located? Is it dark, dusty, cramped, poorly ventilated? Does it exude a welcoming ambiance?

There is the matter of Promotions too. These days we cannot do away with promotions if we want to sell. No one will buy something if the public does not know it exists. But how can people not know that the library exists? Have you not heard of some students proudly declaring that they graduated from school without having gone to the library?

The last P would be Positioning. Now, this is about image. We have to project an image different from that which librarians and libraries are usually portrayed. I don't know how you would do that. In Wisconsin, USA, the Associated Press reported about how librarians posed for a sexy calendar not only to position their libraries but also to raise funds for their libraries. One blogger said, "Think what would have happened to the image of librarians if one of the four leads in Sex and the City had been a librarian. Or what if the women in Desperate Housewives were having affairs not with plumbers and gardeners, but librarians." This matter of positioning can really be very challenging. I am not saying you have to go the extremes. I am saying that it is time to present a new image without compromising ethics. Our libraries should catch the eye, arouse interest, and entice more students and uses to come in ... buy our "products."

Libraries should not only be repositories of information. They should also be generators and broadcasters of knowledge. Information Technology now demands a change in the paradigm of library operations. We should no longer limit ourselves to the three traditional aspects of library work, which are, user services, technical services, and administrative services.

In fact, librarians nowadays have to develop computer and information system skills or you will be left behind. I understand that librarians are now applying their information management and research skills to arenas outside of libraries. They are getting into database development, reference tool development, information systems, internet coordination, marketing, web content management and design, training database users, and even publishing.

Some librarians now do not only deal with information in the format of books, magazines, newspapers, audio recordings, video recordings, maps, photographs, and other graphic materials. They are now getting into museum-quality artifacts, manuscripts, and other archival materials. And of course, there is the Internet.

Definitely, we have to deal with the increasing role of technology in the library. We are moving away from the traditional card catalogs to online public access catalogs.

The challenges may be enormous but I am happy to observe that our librarians in the Bikol Region are mightily doing everything they can to improve on their relevance and to enhance their professionalism.

Prof. Ambeth Ocampo, in his column "Looking Back" [in the March 9, 2007 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer], wrote that ... a librarian is a gateway to information, and how he or she fulfills the job is a way to social change.

May this gathering be very productive.

Dios Mabalos.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

PLAI National Congress

From PLAI yahoogroups email :

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to invite you to attend PLAI's National Congress on November 12-14, 2007 at the College of St. Benilde, Angelo King International Center, Arellano Ave. cor. Estrada St., Malate, Manila with the theme "Developing Competencies: Challenges and Issues".

The National Congress is an activity of the PLAI for librarians and information professionals/ specialists and library administrators in celebration of the Library and Information Month, every November of each year.

We have invited PRC Associate Commissioner Nilo L. Rosas as our keynote speaker.

The objectives of the congress are as follows:

General Objectives:

• To enlighten library stakeholders on the issues facing the library and information professionals
• To harness the skills and capabilities of librarians and information professionals

Specific Objectives:

1. To enable participants in attaining and maintaining the skills and knowledge necessary for the current and future library work;
2. To assist the participants to look at their library environment and better understand the range of area that has to be enhanced;
3. To enable the participants to identify the skills that are used daily and to further widen the sphere of influence within and outside their organization.

The Conference fee is Three Thousand Eight Hundred Pesos (P3,800.00) inclusive of kit, seminar papers, certificate of participation/ appearance and snacks/lunches.

For the details/inquiries/ reservations please get in touch with the following:

Fe E. Abelardo feabelardo@ yahoo. com
5250926 09194948178
Belen M. Vibar belen@ ph
6370912 to 26 loc.229 09272201725
Marlo C. Chavez caslib@ sanbeda.
7356011 loc.6135 09273027474
Marilou C. Estillore Lou_baby28@ yahoo. com 5259401 09196810096
Susima L. Gonzales 7425612/5259401

We are encouraging everyone to attend our National Congress.

We have requested Civil Service Commission (CSC) Commission on Higher Education, (CHED) Department of Education (DepED) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for attendance on official time.

The House of Delegates meeting will be on Nov. 14, 2007, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 nn. and the General Assembly will be from 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. of the same day.

Thank you.


- No info yet for the fee to be paid by GA attendees only (maybe same as last year fee of P500.00, inclusive of lunch?)

UPDATE as of 23 October 2007
from an email to FilipinoLibrarian googlegroups by Belen Vibar:

General Assembly Meeting
Angelo King International Conference Center
Arellano Ave. cor. Estrada St., Malate, Manila
November 14, 2007, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.


I. Call to Order/Roll Call
II. Proof of Due Notice
III. Declaration of Quorum
IV. Adoption of Rules of the General Assembly
V. Reports of the Regional Councils (Reg. I-XII, CAR, ARMM, NCR – 3 minutes each)
VI. Consolidated Reports of the National Board
VII. Consideration of Audited Financial Statement
VIII. Ratification of Revised By-Laws
IX. Adjournment

Children Storytelling Competition 2007

From PAARL yahoogroups email:

The National Library
Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines

invite all grade school students to
The 9th Annual Alitaptap
Storytelling Competition for Children 2007
with the theme

"Pag Binasa ni Tatay,
Mga Kuwento'y Nabubuhay"

SCHEDULES: (venue will be at The National Library)

Registration Period: October 1 November 20, 2007
Orientation/ Workshop: October 13, 27 and November 11 (9:00am-5:00pm)

Elimination Round: November 24, 2007, Saturday (8:00am-5:30pm)

Final Round: November 25, 2007, Sunday (1:00pm-5:30pm)

The contest is open to all grade school students enrolled during the competition period.

For registration and details, please contact
Phone nos. 535-4689, 0917.539.2630
Email us at alitaptap_storytellers@ yahoo. com

Tuesday, September 25, 2007



WHEREAS, during the election of STRLC officers last August 16, 2005, the position of provincial coordinator was created as part of the officers during the 2nd STRLC General Assembly meeting held at Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba which were witnessed by PLAI National officers supervising the election of the Region IV council;

WHEREAS, the named/elected provincial coordinator per province was envisioned to act as downward link of the council’s (STRLC) activities, information, etc. to the individual librarians in the province and to be the upward link of individual librarians so that their concerns could be heard/deliberated in the council;

WHEREAS, the Cavite librarians who attended the 2nd STRLC General Assembly Meeting were inspired to re-organize the CLASS (Cavite Librarians Association) and immediately saw the revival of CLASS on November 2005. With the revival of CLASS, in cooperation with STRLC, sponsored a Summer Conference on Library Management in Changing Environment last May 2006 in Cavite;

WHEREAS, The President of CLASS suggested a proposition to the STRLC in a meeting held at TNL to create provincial chapters, which will accept non-registered librarians so as not to alienate them in the profession, and registered librarian can properly guide them. This initiative inspired some librarians from Quezon, which gave birth to the Quezon Librarians Association in September 8, 2006;

WHEREAS, the STRLC officers in their regular monthly meeting brainstormed on the idea to create provincial chapters and allowing the elected provincial chapter president to act as the automatic provincial coordinator and that the position of president and vice-president must be reserved to registered librarian only. Guidelines in creating a provincial chapter was drafted;

WHEREAS, the STRLC officers after a series of deliberations on the pros and cons of creating provincial chapter, unanimously approved the creation of provincial chapter in lieu of naming/identifying a provincial coordinator with the elected president as the automatic provincial coordinator. Further, the officers unanimously approved to submit the proposal to the 3rd STRLC General Assembly Meeting for approval of the body;

WHEREAS, in the 3rd STRLC General Assembly meeting held at Capuchin Retreat House, Lipa City, Batangas on Septermber 26, 2006, the General Assembly unanimously approved the proposal of creating provincial chapter in each province comprising the STRLC;

WHEREAS, the agreed names of the Provincial Chapters are: Aurora Librarians Association, Batangas Librarians Association, Cavite Librarians Association, Inc., Laguna Librarians Association, Marinduque Librarians Association, Mindoro Librarians Association, Palawan Librarians Association, Quezon Librarians Association, Rizal Librarians Association, Romblom Librarians Association;


SIGNED, in behalf of 3rd STRLC General Assembly librarians present at the Capuchin Retreat House, Lipa City, Batangas on September 26, 2006.

To view the original resolution submitted to the PLAI National and National House of Delegates last November 2006, click here.

ALA Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week
September 29–October 6, 2007
Free People Read Freely ®

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met. As the Intellectual Freedom Manual (ALA, 7th edition) states:

“Intellectual freedom can exist only where two essential conditions are met: first, that all individuals have the right to hold any belief on any subject and to convey their ideas in any form they deem appropriate; and second, that society makes an equal commitment to the right of unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the content of the work, and the viewpoints of both the author and receiver of information. Freedom to express oneself through a chosen mode of communication, including the Internet, becomes virtually meaningless if access to that information is not protected. Intellectual freedom implies a circle, and that circle is broken if either freedom of expression or access to ideas is stifled.”

Why is that this celebration of "the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular" is not observed nor local version adapted for our national association to celebrate? Is it because of our cultural differences to our American colleagues?

How do we celebrate our own BBW? For a moment, lets ponder why our younger colleagues seldom bother to contradict nor express (at least publicly) contrary opinion to superior/head of association or committee/elder colleagues in the profession?

Those few who dare are either labeled as unprofessional, impatient, cannot "wait for their time to shine", arrogant or simply a "trouble-maker" and not a team player. When will be the day when our beloved association/profession can handle diversity of opinion of individual members and respect them for that? Is it doable?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Comments on Use of RL

Thank you very much for taking trouble to send your comments/ideas on this "RL" issue. All comments received will be aggregated/collated in the PLAI-STRLC weblog where this article was originally posted for complete reading of anyone for the pros/cons of this issue. We are very sorry if we offended anyone in one way or another by our "aggressiveness" in pursuing this issue, please accept our sincerest apology.

During the brainstorming, co-officers shared that as part back as 1998, the need for initials for the profession have been discussed during open forum in various seminar-workshop, conferences, etc. but no concrete or definitive output was realized. Hence, we are glad that colleagues (outside STRLC) are sharing/discussing this issue so that in the end (after 5 more years of waiting perhaps), if majority of us feels that no initials is needed, then, SO BE IT. At least all stakeholders in our profession heard the pros/cons of this issue.

Whether it will be RL (Registered Librarian), LL (Licensed Librarian), RIP (Registered Information Professional) or whatever initials will be adopted later by PLAI or BFL, we will be open to that. We are only biased for "RL" simply because the PLAI-STRLC General Assembly approved this initiative last year and we are pursuing it to its logical conclusion before our term as officers end. The term 'registered librarian' was used several times in pertinent documents of the profession as argued in that article/posting. (i.e. Code of Ethics, RA 9246). That one common initial is preferred than a myriad one as practice in other profession (e.g. Veterinary medicine)

"A person shall be regarded as practicing veterinary medicine and surgery who shall append or cause to be appended to his name the letters V.S., D.V.M., V.M.D., M.D.C., D.V.S., or the words "Veterinary," "Veterinarian," "Veterinary surgeon," "Veterinary dentist," or any other initials or title implying qualifications to so practice"

Likewise, as a result of this article, we heard from colleagues (here & abroad) from all types of libraries and tentatively could summarized all the comments as:

"this initiative if approve by BFL/PLAI will be more of immediate benefit to PUBLIC than to PRIVATE sector employed librarian who 'suffer some sort of discrimination' in the workplace from other professions. We view it more as career confidence/competence building measure to NEW COLLEAGUES than to OLDER COLLEAGUES who have by now already established their professional reputation"

Having a professional title or initial (whatever it is) is a collective image/recognition/brand of our profession that if reinforced by individual efforts as described by Mam Mila Ramos & Mam Donabella Marilag (see email thread) will surely uplift 'the status of the profession'. The collective & individual image then can complement each other.

This is really a good start that colleagues now are more open in sharing their point of views whether pros/cons so that "at the end of the day" we can draw a collaborative, collegial and "win-win" approach regarding this matter. At least we can look back after old age, we left a "collective legacy", an initiative we leave as our own little way of uplifting the profession.

NOTE: Send earlier as email acknowledgment of received comments from PAARL yahoogroups & FilipinoLibrarians googlegroups and for clarifying some of the issues raised in the comments.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

28th MIBF Seminar/Forum .ppt

The ppt presentations of Ms. Ellinor Ferriol of Scholastic Books and Ms. Edes B. Vijandre of Miriam College Grade School Library entitled "Marketing Strategies for School Libraries" were already posted at the UPLSAA weblog. Click here to view. (Thank you for uploading).

The slides are more pleasing to view than when it was presented during the MIBF Forum due to strong daylights illuminating Function Hall A.

We do hope other library associations will follow UPLSAA lead in uploading the ppt in their own weblog/sites after the activity for the general information & continuing education of other colleagues. Of course, prior permission of the speaker/author of the ppt must be secured before posting :=)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

PLAI Memorandum No. 04 Series of 2007

Just received today a copy of PLAI memorandum no. 04 series of 2007 giving instruction to "Council NOMELEC to Conduct Council Elections" between October 3-5, 2007 and to submit to PLAI-National not later than October 29, 2007 the result of the council elections. I was informed of this "proxy voting" things when an announcement was posted in the PAARL yahoogroups email last September 11, 2007 but refrained from commenting because I haven't read the full text of the memorandum/guidelines yet.

The attach guidelines especially (f) Proxy Voting states that:

"If a member can not participate physically during the Election Day, proxy is allowed by filling out the Proxy Form, and submits the form to the Council Election Chair."

and (h) for Nomination of Candidates & (i) Voting:
(h) Only qualified members who are physically present and nominated on Election Day can be nominated [do you mean elected?, annotation mine]

(i) 1. Voting shall be by secret ballot. xxx 3. Qualified members shall vote in the order of their entrance to the polling place 4. Obtaining ballots. Upon entry to the polling place, members approaches the Council NOMELEC chair [Council Election Chair?, annotation mine], shows his/her professional ID, signs the official registry of voters. She will be given one (1) official folded ballot. (underscoring mine)

Is this allowed? Nowhere in the 2001 PLAI Constitution and By-laws states that proxy voting was contemplated as a manner of electing officers of the association. Besides, in the same election guidelines for the PLAI-National BOD, "No proxy voting will be allowed". Why is their a need for a "double standard" in electing our officers for regional council and national?

Who will cast the vote by secret ballot (see i no. 1) in case this is allowed? The Council Election Chair where this form will be submitted? Do you mean (for the sake of argument) if the Council Election chair receives 30 proxy forms, s/he can vote 31 times or allot this block vote (including his/her vote) to one candidate? Are we allowing the Council election chair to be the "kingmaker"?

As per proxy form:

I, the undersigned member of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), do hereby nominate, and appoint as my PROXY (name of representatives), to represent me at the GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MEMBERS to be held on ___________ as fully to all intents and purposes as I might or could do if present and acting in person. [underscoring mine]

Same observation as that of Council Election chair, can a member cast a vote more than once if designated as his/her proxy? Can I assigned my "attorney friend" or "driver" as my proxy "as fully to all intents and purposes as I might or could do if present and acting in person? That will be absurd!

The qualification of candidates has 5 criteria aside from the fact that "only qualified members who are physically present" [can] be nominated/elected on election day. Of this 5 criteria, no. 4 is somewhat strange:

"Subscribe to the provisions of the New By-Laws"

Do we already "approved" the proposed PLAI Constitution & By-Laws when the latest draft copy (clean copy) still to be printed/circulated? that candidates are already required to "subscribe" ahead of the General Assembly approval (or disapproval)?

I think the PLAI-National NOMELEC must issue a clarification regarding this matter to avoid confusion and chaos in the upcoming GA of the regional council pursuant to its call to held election before October 29, 2007. This issued guidelines is "full of contradictions" and rather strict. What's the point of issuing a strict guidelines when it will be honored more in breach in lieu for a more simple and briefly worded one. This must be rectified by those concerned officials of the association at the soonest possible time.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Books and Schools : Partners in Education

The paper delivered by Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan entitled "Books and Schools : Partners in Education" during the Books Across Southeast Asia conference held last August 28, 2007 at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila was available online at (Thank you for uploading it).

Her very informative paper from "a psychologist, an educator, and a parent" point of view of books and reading is a very welcome perspectives. The quote below keeps me thinking:

"Love for reading begins at a very young age. Once children learn to love reading, a lifelong habit is established. Cullinan (1992) talks about the success cycle of reading. The more children read (practice), the better they read (proficiency). The better they read, the more they enjoy reading (pleasure), making them want to read more (back to practice). Reading leads to increased vocabulary and facility with words and expression. Wide readers are better speakers, writers and listeners in other words better communicators".

Just wondering if Filipino librarians still find time to read good books outside our almost routine library task of acquiring new library materials, cataloging it, indexing articles, manning the circulation services, planning library promotion activities, attending meetings (e.g. Academic Council, Faculty, Department, Association, etc.), supervising staff, preparing budgets & reports, troubleshooting IT infrastructure and other myriad task we deal on a daily basis. Methinks, we normally read a lot of book titles daily but never bothered to read or skim/scan the content especially during cataloging if CIP or Library of Congress bibliographic information is available for copy cataloging. I even don't know if we devote "enough time" to learn about emerging technologies that can be of good use in accomplishing our jobs in the near future.

Equally disturbing fact cited in Dr. Licuanan paper,
"nationwide survey of Filipino youth by McCann Erickson (Philippine Business Magazine, 2001) reported that during free time, 88% watch TV, 73% listen to the radio, 50% read books, 37% use the internet and 12% use cell phones".

Our youth of today spend more time watching TV, listening to radio than reading books. Although 50% is still high then but with the proliferation of internet cafe and fancier cellphone models capable of accessing the net, I wonder if 2007 figures have already eroded this lead. See also Hermie de Leon survey result of the future of Philippine media used as take-off point of Ma'am Nera lecture during the MIBF forum.

Maybe Pulse Asia or SWS would care to do a more detailed survey of reading habits of Filipinos. National Bookstore the other new bookstore chain in the country plus some local publishers could underwrite the cost of doing this timely survey. Every educational institution/stakeholder may find the result instructive in crafting timely intervention to arrest the continuing decline of our educational competitiveness and the general reading competency of our youth.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Use of RL as Initial for Registered Librarian

Last October 20, 2006 we posted this article RL - Registered Librarian wherein we advocated the use of affixing RL after surname of registered librarian. This advocacy was the result of the approval of said proposal during the PLAI-STRLC General Assembly held last September 26 2006.

In the monthly meeting held at Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation, Inc. last October 25 2006, during a further brainstorming on how best implement the GA-approved proposal use of RL, a co-officer cautioned us to thread carefully on this initiative on "legality aspect". It was also resolved during that meeting that the approved GA resolution must be submitted to the PLAI-National & HOD for their appropriate action before the scheduled November General Assembly of the PLAI-National.

The rationale for this RL as stated in the previous post:
"the proposal of using RL after the name of licensed librarian (e.g. Rene Manlangit, RL) to 'level-up' so to speak the professionalism of licensed librarian. The GA viewed this initiative as a form of "community of practice" within Region IV (composed of 11 provinces) and hopefully to be adopted by other librarians in other provinces. Further, it was agreed to be on voluntary basis initially as some are not yet sold to the idea of using the initials".

During the January 2007 monthly meeting and the succeeding monthly meetings, the consensus of the majority (or silence of the majority of co-officers), the new PLAI-STRLC chair instructed everyone to "wait for the action of the PLAI-National as they are already studying it" and to refrained from further action/activities regarding the RL initiative. I inquired until "when we are going to wait for the PLAI-National action" but got no definitive response.

Not letting our initiative die a natural death while waiting for the PLAI-National "action", we posted a Survey Questionnaire on the use of RL sometime April 2007 as data collection activity to augment our available facts/information that could be handy later later in defending our position:

"[We] would like to conduct a survey of your preception, views, comments and suggestion regarding the issue on the use of the initials RL (registered librarian) by accomplishing some questions. I together with 3 other fellow librarians would like to make a paper on promoting the librarianship as a profession and thus building a larger community of librarians in the Philippines. This is a preliminary survey and may contact you again as the paper is also part of my research output".

Last April 19, 2007, we posted this article Code of Ethics for Registered Librarians after receiving a printed copy from Ma'am Nera as an off-shoot of her talk at our Batangas Forum. Due to some other urgent concerns/tasks at that time, I was not able to read (scrutinize) it carefully until today. A printed copy of this librarian COE was included as part of Dean Rosa Vallejo seminar kit during her MIBF forum.

We have been researching (not diligently of course :=) i guess) for the legal justification on the use of RL and also as part of the arguments for the position paper to be submitted to PLAI-National. What a surprise indeed that belatedly (better late than never), that document is the librarian COE as promulgated last September 13, 2006. A few days ahead of the September 26, 2006 PLAI-STRLC General Assembly.

In this BFL resolution no. 6 series of 2006, especially paragraph 4 and disciplinary action of the COE, which we are not aware even existed/drafted before we independently arrived through a series of brainstorming session several months away before the GA to the term "registered librarian" or "RL" in lieu of "licensed librarian", the term currently in use then to distinguished from those without PRC license, for its initial could be LL (or loko-loko as a Batangas colleague jokingly shared at that time).

WHEREAS, any Registered Librarian who violates the said Code, after due hearing in an administrative case conducted by the Board against him/her, shall be subject to the disciplinary action of either the revocation of his/her certificate of registration or suspension thereof (Sec. 11 (i), Art. II; Sec. 23, Art. III of R.A. 9246; and Sec. II (i) and (m) of Rule II and Sec. 23, Rule III of Res. No. 05, Series of 2003);



A Registered Librarian who is found guilty for violation of any provision in this Code by the Board after his/her investigation shall be subject to a disciplinary action of either revocation of his/her Certificate of Registration or suspension thereof which the Board shall impose thereto after his/her due investigation.

Even more revealing is the earlier PRC-BFL Resolution no. 2 series of 1992 entitled "Code of Ethics for Registered Librarians". The term registered librarians was used in the title of this pioneering code of ethics for Filipino librarians wherein in the latest PRC-BFL Resolution no. 6 series of 2006 it was simply titled "Code of Ethics for Librarians"

In this merely a coincidence? I remember then Ma'am Nera who was one of the resource speaker for the IL Conference was going to be inducted in the next 2 days as the new BFL chair, the same day the current BFL chair was our resource speaker. We briefed her about the use of RL and "apologized" that the proposal is still to be submitted to the GA but we already use it in the "certificate of appreciation" to be given to her later. She seemed enthusiastic about this proactivity and could not recall now if she mentioned the new librarian COE wherein the term "registered librarian" was also used/preferred.

Encourage by this belated findings, we also peruse RA 9246 for the occurrence of the term "registered librarian" in the law to bolster our claim for the initial use of RL. I found out the term "certificate of registration" mentioned in several sections but only in Section 30 of Article IV wherein the term "registered librarian" was mentioned:

SECTION 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.

In view of this finding, it is our position that the BFL could resolve this his simple "controversy" if you could call it that way, once and for all and release the PLAI-National from coming up a decision by invoking its vested powers in RA 9246, to wit:

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:


e. 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;

Resolution/Position paper still needed be submitted to PRC-BFL or moto propio the Board could already act on this issue? Please let us know. Thanks.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

PRC-BFL Announces 92 New Librarians

Received an email from Ma'am Nera today requesting help in disseminating the 92 new librarians approved for registration without examination. Since Von posted it earlier, methinks to just identify the new librarians coming from Region IV (a rather difficult undertaking at the moment) for this blog post and just link to his post for the complete list. Then a colleague sent a yahoo IM and called my attention regarding the "prominence of my email being sandwiched between PAARL & PLAI yahoogroups" in that request for "help to disseminate". She asked if I have an "open line and direct access to the BFL chair?" :=)

Personally, I'm not sure if Ma'am Nera is aware that my email was "sandwiched between two library yahoogroups". I also believe she is not aware that I subscribed to both yahoogroups. Nonetheless, let me take this opportunity to thank you Ma'am for the trust & confidence indirectly "bestowed on us at PLAI-STRLC blog" as an active partner in disseminating timely information to our colleagues.

Likewise, to all regular viewer/visitor of this site, feel free to help me identify anyone from this 92 new librarians working/living in Region IV so that we could update the membership database. Please email us at plaistrlc[at]gmail[dot]com or simply add a comment. To our new colleagues, our warm congratulations.

Below is the email of Ma'am Nera with minor editing.

Republic of the Philippines


The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 92 applicants were approved for registration without examination as Librarians per Board Resolution No. 01 and 02 Series of 2007 in accordance with the provisions of Sec. 19 of R.A. No. 9246, otherwise known as the “Philippine Librarianship Act of 2003”.

Registration for the issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card will start on September 12, 2007 but not later than September 21, 2007. Those who will register are required to bring the following: Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with background and complete nametag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps, and one brown envelope with name and profession; and to pay the following: Examination Fee of 900.00; Registration Fee of P600.00 and Annual Registration Fee of P450.00 for 2007-2010; and to personally register and sign the Roster of Librarians.

The oathtaking ceremonies of the registrants as well as the previous ones who have not taken their Oath of Professionals will be held before the Board on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 1:30 in the afternoon at the Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila.

Registration for membership with the Philippine Librarian Association, Inc. (PLAI) will start on the same date.

1. ABENIDO, Cirila Sabanal
2. ADECIR, Carmen Cayon
3. ADLAWAN, Eleanore Lepiten
4. AGBAY, Teresita Miguel
5. ALEJANDRINO, Elvira Santos
6. ALVEYRA, Leonila Paez
7. AMIANIT, Merly Sadang
8. AMISOLA, Herminia Morcolo
9. AMORES, Susana Plaza
10. ARCOS, Mildred Enano
11. ARUITA, Magdalena Padilla
12. ASUNCION, Elsa Sta. Maria
13. BALLARES, Carlita Guibao
14. BAWAG, Salome Bawar
15. BERMUNDO, Aurora Reantaso
16. BERNARDO, Fe Sumbillo
17. BITO-ONON, Lucerne Lucero
18. BOKINGKITO, Maria Felicris Ramirez
19. BONDAL, Olga Pagador
20. BORGONIA, Leonora Banzon
21. BRAVO, Julieta Dela Vega
22. BRIONES, Justina Juanita Lazarte
23. CABALLERO, Zenaida Latoja
24. CALUB, Teresita Juan
25. CASTRO, Lilian Durante
26. CONTEMPLO, Lida Arcenas
27. CORPUZ, Laura Aquino
28. DALIGDIG, Delia Flores
29. DALIT, Gilda Flores
30. DALOGDOG, Milagros Moscosa
31. DE GUIA, Estelita Padere
32. DELA CRUZ, Estela Ignacio
33. DELOS SANTOS, Noemi Samson
34. DUHAYLUNGSOD, Anita Encarnacion Quimno
35. ELLOVIDO, Roman Valenzuela
36. ESPINEDA, Ma. Flordeliza Evelyn Pineda
37. ESTACIO, Corazon Nangit
38. FLORES, Erlinda Fabia
39. GALABIT, Winifredo Galindez
40. GALANG, Nenita Balitaosan
41. GARCIA, Alicia Flores
42. GOMEZ, Teresita Canaleta
43. GRUYAL, Nenita Mahinay
44. GUILLEM, Teresita Bermejo
45. HAEL, Josefina Tabay
46. HATAYNA, Lilianita Alampayan
47. HERNANDEZ, Fredeswinda Callang
48. JACINTO, Teresita Capadoza
49. JANAYON, Lynnie Bañas
50. LACSON, Maria Antonieta Cordero
51. LEAÑO, Anselmo Jr. Vasquez
52. LOGATIMAN, Josefina Duca
53. MARTIN, Leticia Talabucon
54. MELECIO, Maxima Gocotano
55. MERCADER, Estelita Dimaunahan
56. MERELOS, Nena Liporada
57. MINA, Lilia Gudmalin
58. MOZOL, Marilou Moran
59. NACIONALES, Nena Fernandez
60. NAGTALON, Maria Thelma Sambrano
61. NERI, Yolanda Jebone
62. NOVELA, Dalmacio Clemeña
63. PABLEO, Epifania Yosores
64. PACULBA, Lucita Allera
65. PADILLA, Belen Gomez
66. PAESTE, Lolita Nocete
67. PALMA, Purita Castro
68. PAZ, Zenaida De La Rosa
69. PEREZ, Mercedes Ortiguera
70. PEREZ, Natividad Legaspi
71. PRESA, Adelaida Susana
72. PROTACIO, Irene Macorol
73. QUIBALLO, Edna Cayabyab
74. RAMOS, Rose Sita Singh
75. REOVOCA, Marlene Tella-in
76. REQUINTO, Consuelo Platon
77. REYES, Mary Anne De Guzman
78. ROBLES, Judith Concepcion
79. RODRIGUEZ, Lourdes Lorna Fernandez
80. ROMAN, Andres Paule
81. ROMAN, Edna Pantaleon
82. ROMERO, Imelda Dimacali
83. SAILE, Teresita Chavez
84. SAN JUAN, Divina Zapata
85. SANTOS, Dolores Quintero
86. SEÑERES, Maria Teresa Ares
87. SUMAWAY, Zenaida Capili
88. TAMINE, Nelida Bonilla
89. TANDOC, Herma Alano
90. TUCAY, Myrna De Guzman
91. VARGAS, Fe Beatriz
92. ZAMBRANO, Florita Ubalde

Manila, Philippines
September 5, 2007

Recommending Approval:

Board for Librarians



Friday, September 07, 2007

Information Ethics and Librarianship

Dean Rosa M. Vallejo (retired dean of UP-ILS) delivered a lecture-forum during the 28th MIBF on "Information Ethics and Librarianship in the New Age of ICT" sponsored by The Philippine Foundation for Library Scholarship, Inc. (PFLSI) in cooperation with Fil.Net, a division of Vibal Publishing House, Inc.

That lecture-forum was a late addition/substitution to the MIBF scheduled activities. Due to some unforeseen constraints from the organizers, the speaker was not able to finish her lecture and the two reactors not able to deliver their speeches. According to the resource speaker, only about "35%" of her lecture were able to be discussed. The organizers promised to re-scheduled the forum on a later date and venue to be announce soon. (It is our hope that those who have paid already their registration fee there will not be charge again :D) in the re-scheduled forum in case they decided to re-attend).

Luckily, I was able to secured Dean Vallejo permission for her delivered paper to be posted online here for the information of other colleagues. Since re-typing the 25-pages lecture will take some time, I decided to post for the meantime only pages 17-18 referring to her compilation of "undesirable and unethical conduct of librarians" she attested are "true to life incidences" she was able to compiled through the years. Perusing these 31 listed incidences, I might as well submit to her later my own "undesirable and unethical conduct" experienced with colleagues in the profession :=).

Out of the 31 listed, how many have you committed or on the receiving end of this unethical conduct of our colleagues through-out your professional life as librarian? Be honest to yourself. Let this compilation served us our "conscience mirror".

Some Undesirable and Unethical Conduct of Librarians
compiled by Dean Rose M. Vallejo

1. Coveting the position of a colleague by maligning the reputation of that colleague.
2. Receiving gifts in cash or in kind from book agents dealing with the library.
3. Charging before the Ombudsman or Sandiganbayan a staff or colleague for flimsy or whatever reason just to harass them.
4. Not lending books to users whom librarians dislike.
5. Having sexual relations with a person not their spouse.
6. Using library facilities to entertain friends and associates by cooking up meals, providing rooms where the favored ones can rest.
7. Absenteeism for no reason at all and frequent absences without due notice.
8. Being habitually late for work.
9. Getting a 10% cut for purchases for the library.
10. Buying computer software that is not going to be used just because it was a friend who was selling it, or buying thousand of copies of books published by a friend.
11. Suspending a staff member for violation of dress code in the library.
12. Suspending a janitor for leaving a mop in the reading room.
13. A chief librarian who spies on the staff when they are absent or when they go out of the library.
14. Should a librarian grant the request of a faculty who wants to examine circulation record of reserve books to find out if her students are doing the assignments?
15. Junior librarian reports to her supervisor that the requisition clerk is in cahoots with the book agent by falsifying invoices, but does not want her name mentioned.
16. Acceding to a patron's request to remove all books on communism.
17. A librarian refuses to follow the work schedule prepared by her supervisor because she does not want to work on Saturdays.
18. Withholding information from staff on what scholarship are available and what conferences are going to be held for own benefit.
19. Not allowing staff to attend conferences and training programs.
20. Selling books and other library materials that belong to the library for financial gain.
21. A librarian who gossips with the head librarian to get benefits at the expense of co-workers.
22. Two library staff members assigned in the cataloging section who quarreled over the use of a chair.
23. Library association officer who used the money of the association for personal gain.
24. Library association officer in charge of printing the papers of a seminar who collected the cost of printing from the association even if she did not spend for the seminar papers because she got it free from her office.
25. Subordinate librarian who followed the orders of her superior to spy on one of her co-workers.
26. Librarian who wrote derogatory letters about her co-workers who she dislikes and sent it anonymously.
27. Chief librarian who rotated staff members who she disliked.
28. The "tayo-tayo system" of some library associations in the election of their officers.
29. Cheating during the canvassing of ballots so that the favored one will be elected to the board.
30. Blocking the application of a colleague for a position in the library because she does not like the applicant.
31. Dressing down a subordinate in front of many people for having committed a mistake in her work.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

PLAI-STRLC Seminar-Workshop

From an earlier post about planned activities for October, please find below the updated information about the PLAI-STRLC seminar-workshop announcement.

The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.-Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Council (PLAI-STRLC) is pleased to invite you to a two-day Seminar-Workshop on "Research in Librarianship : Challenges, Competencies, and Strategies" to be held on October 9-10, 2007 at La Vista Pansol Resort, Brgy. Pansol, Calamba City, Laguna. Site map here.

Seminar-Workshop Aims to:

  • Provide the participants an opportunity to gain greater and deeper knowledge on the principles, methods, techniques and other major issues involved in research;
  • Enhance librarians' competencies and skills in research; and
  • Broaden perspectives and encourage proactive involvement in conducting research.

Topics and Resource Speakers:

    Topic 1. Conducting Research in Librarianship - Ms Fe Angela M. Verzosa (Lecturer, Researcher, Writer, former President of PLAI & PAARL )
    Topic 2. Research Methods Applicable to Library and Information Studies - Mr Vernon Totanes (PhD Student, University of Toronto, Canada)
    Topic 3. Research Style Manual, Proposal Writing & Research Funds and Grant Seeking - Ms Elvira B. Lapuz (UP-SLIS Lecturer, Head-UPD Acquisition section, Sec-PLAI House of Delegates)
    Topic 4. Research Statistics - Prof. Elsa T. Silon (Director of Research & Development Dept., Letran-Calamba)
    Topic 5. Copyright Law : Issues/Concerns and Cases - Ms Milagros Santos-Ong (Chief Librarian - Supreme Court Library, Chairperson - PLAI House of Delegates)

Seminar-Workshop Fees:

    PhP 2,500.00 for Live-in (include accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks, conference kits and certificate)
    PhP 2,200.00 for Live-out (include lunch and snacks, conference kits and certificate)
    PhP 1,500.00 for Accompanying person/non-seminar attendee (include accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks)
    PhP 500.00 for PLAI-STRLC General Assembly attendees only.

For reservations and other details, feel free to contact any of the following:
    Mrs Jane Lantaca-Bebeng (cp) 0915646445 (email) janelbebeng(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Mrs Elsa V. Guarino (cp) 09165379119 (email) elfran18(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Mrs Lourdes Soriano (cp) 09209380124 (email) lousoriano(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Mr Marcial R. Batiancila (cp) 09155212940 (email) m_batiancila(at)yahoo(dot)com

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

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

PLAI-BRLC Seminar Workshop

Taken from the librarians yahoogroups/googlegroups email announcement:

What : PLAI-BRLC Seminar-Workshop on "Developing Competencies of Librarians / Information Specialists for Quality Service"

Where : Aquinas University Gymnasium, Rawis, Legazpi City
When : September 28-29, 2007 (Fri & Sat)

Registration Fee : P1,800.00 (snacks & lunches, kits, certificates & hand-outs/CD) ; P500.00 for LIS students

S-W Objectives :

1) to update knowledge & skills of librarians & other practitioners for a high level of excellence;
2) to organize collection & other information materials such as records, files & documents in print, non-print & electronic format or any other formats w/ the application of international standards & principles to facilitate access & retrieval; &
3) to update the librarians about PLAI & PRC matters.

Resource Speakers:

Prof. Corazon Nera, Chairman, Board for Librarians
Prof. Lourdes David, Library Director, Ateneo de Manila University
Prof. Thelma S. Kim, PLAI Vice President
Mrs. Susima Gonzales, PLAI President

Topics :

Public Relations & Marketing Skills for Librarians
Flexible Library Services : Revolutionizing our Readers/Users
Advances in Classification & Cataloging of Print, Non-Print & Electronic Materials
Trends & Strategies in Abstracting & Indexing of Serials
Updates on PRC/BFL & PLAI

Comment: A seminar-workshop worth attending by our colleagues in the Bicol region. It is sponsored by the PLAI-Bicol Region Librarians Council (BRLC). Incidentally, to all my fellow Bicolano colleagues working in different institutions in the NCR and nearby provinces, this could be the perfect opportunity for us to be back at Bicolandia and be re-acquainted/networked with our beloved colleagues there. Last week of September and 1st week of October is normally fiesta time in our own hometown or barrio, why not make this a double treat for us -- professional growth and vacation (re-charging) opportunity. See you there!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Filipiniana Internet Resources

Taken from librarians yahoogroups/googlegroups email announcement:

What : Lecture [on] Filipiniana Internet Resources
Where : Ortigas Foundation Library, 2nd Floor, Ortigas Bldg, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City
When : September 20, 2007 (Thu) at 6:30 PM
Fee : Free Admission
Resource Speaker : Prof. Lourdes David

Pre-Lecture Review : The speaker is very qualified and always a joy to listen to her presentation. The topic is interesting although the time of the free lecture is a little bit late from those coming from the provinces to be able to go home before midnight. Could the organizer move the starting time a little bit earlier, 3 PM perhaps?. The email announcement is bereft of details to what activity is the free lecture is part of.

The lecture (1 or 2 hours?) could help libraries and librarians increase their Filipiniana collection provided they have an internet access in the library to be able to connect to these sites. Adding the bibliographic information and URL of the online Filipiniana publication in the OPAC will be a "cut & paste" stuff, if the library software didn't support Z39.5 protocol.

For those still in the stage of planning automation/computerization of their library, it is still worthwhile to attend this activity, the speaker is too much qualified for the topic and admission is free. You may learn a thing or two.

Incidentally this lecture could be the perfect follow-up activity to that PAARL completed projectFilipiniana Books for College Libraries” wherein participants in that ABAP/PAARL sold-out forum last July where it was introduced where all eager to have a printed or ecopy of included publications in that Filipiniana bibliographic tool. Although until now, i have not heard from PAARL the exact cost of the printed copy and the CD version.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Open Access Helps

Von of Filipino librarian blog and googlegroups shared an interesting tidbits during the "getting-to-know you" part of librarians present at Zarah MIBF forum and in between picture takings. It is worth sharing/repeating it here to add more weights to the "open access initiatives". We believed it is very timely to consider (or brainstorm) by the different library association in the country with regards to the presented powerpoint presentation (or outline) to be uploaded in their website/blog for viewing of other colleagues not able to attend such activity. Also helpful for the participants to review at their own pace and in the comfort of their institution, a bonus if viewed with other colleagues and interactions/sharing of ideas occurred at that level.

The incident happened during the open access forum of Ms. Fides Datu-Lawton at the UP School of Library and Information Studies last August 15, 2007. For some unexplainable reasons or unexpected contingency, the start of the forum was delayed for 10-15 minutes because the usb (thumb drive) of Ms Fides could not be open/read in her laptop or to any of the laptops in the institute. According to another colleague who was also present at the forum attended by about 60-70 participants, Von then "fixed" Ms Fides laptop and had written in the white board the URL of Ms Fides open access ppt posted at the PLAI-STRLC blog for the participants to check later. The said ppt was presented last May 2007 at IRRI. [the most plausible explanation for the noted increase coming from University of the Philipines IP addresses checking the blog recently ].

Moral of the story? Allow your seminar/forum ppt presentation to be uploaded in the PLAI-STRLC blog or to any of the other library association websites/blogs for that matter. You can never tell when you might need it. Besides, ecopy of ppt or outline can be informally shared already to colleagues not able to attend such seminar/forum for various reasons via email or usb (e.g. check out Talakayan Board under Libraries and librarianship forum for this informal sharing traffic). Why not instead be proactive, generate goodwill and regard it as our "collective investment" for the bright future of our beloved profession. It's no use then to keep it buried when it is already being informally shared. The uploaded ppt or outline could be the springboard for a more comprehensive presentations next time around a similar topic will be held in the future.

Is this "open access initiatives" will discourage participants from attending future seminars/fora when ppt could be easily viewed online? We don't think so for the simple reason that the ppt or outline must only shows the topic and subtopics discussed but paying participants have that luxury of listening to the resource speaker expound more on the topic/subtopic. Also, the ability to networks with other colleagues not seen for quite some time. This pro activity will also help resource speakers improve their craft and not merely "read" what they have written in the ppt. By uploading it, we may one day see a bulleted presentations rather than being shortchange to reading a complete paragraphs after paragraphs being passed as the lecture already without added explanation whatsoever.

Besides, certificate of attendance/appearance/participation is still much needed as formal evidence of "professional growth in our profession" or in home institution of the participants for purposes of salary upgrade/position re-classification. Accreditation purposes also add value to the issued certificates and personal attendance of such activity.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Call for Nominations - PAARL 2007 Awards

From PAARL email:
PAARL Awards Committee announces a call for nominations for the 2007 Awards for the following:

Outstanding Library of the Year
Outstanding Academic/Research Librarians of the Year
Outstanding Library Program of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award

The awards are given every year to honor outstanding contributions to academic/research librarianship and library development in the Philippines. Nominations must be received by the Awards Committee on or before the deadline of 31 October 2007.

Please contact Mrs. Dionisia M. Angeles (Awards 2007 Chair) at Philippine Women's University for more details. Telephone: 339-2589; 526-8421 local 176 e-mail: dionyangeles(at)yahoo(dot)com or dangeles(at)pwu(dot)edu(dot)ph mobile: 0919-5709185

Past PAARL Awards Recipients from Region IV:

Mila Ramos, IRRI Chief Librarian
Outstanding Academic/Research Librarian of the Year 2005

IRRI Library
Outstanding Academic/Research Library of the Year 2001