UST librarians elected officers of 3 library associations

Three librarians of the UST Miguel de Benavides Library were recently elected officers of three national librarians associations in the Philippines.

Ms. Maria Cecilia D. Lobo, chief librarian of UST, was elected as a member of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. – National Capital Region Librarians Council (PLAI-NCRLC) Board for two consecutive years (2022-2023). She took her oath of office on January 22, 2022 and is assigned as chair of the association’s committee on Nomination & Election. Her main responsibility is to conduct the National & Council elections and ensure that its rules and regulations should be promulgated not less than 6 (six) months before the elections. She is in charge of disseminating the said rules to all regional council members.

The PLAI-NCRLC is the only nationally accredited professional organization of librarians in the Philippines to date. It also serves as the umbrella organization for all library groups in the country.

Ms. Ginalyn M. Santiago, assistant head librarian, and head book restorer of the Antonio Vivencio del Rosario UST Heritage Library, was named a member of the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) Executive Board for 2022. Her oath taking was held on January 28, 2022. She is also appointed as Assistant Treasurer.

Founded in 1973, PAARL is an association of librarians working in academic and research libraries that support scholarly research and formal education at the tertiary level, and upholds the profession of librarianship in the country.

Mr. Jonas T. Sahagun, head librarian of the Civil Law section, was recently voted as President of the Network of Academic Law Librarians, Inc. (NALL). The election results were announced on February 24, 2022. His term will officially start on April1 where he will serve for two years as President of the organization. According to Sahagun, his term will focus on three (3) important aspects of the organization: training, membership, and publications.

The NALL is a national organization in the Philippines which was founded in 2018. It aims to promote academic law libraries & librarians and encourage their developments and foster a spirit of networking among its member institutions. Presently, it has 50 academic law librarian members coming from 35 law schools nationwide.

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