About the Presenters/Authors:
Christine Mackenzie is President-elect of IFLA and one of Australia’s leading library services executives with an international reputation for her innovative approach to library service development and management. She demonstrates dedication and commitment to the profession and has an impressive record in strategic leadership.
Oral/Poster Presenters and Invited Speakers:
Ma. Esmeralda A. Abarabar is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman) where she earned her Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science (2002), Certification in Professional Education (2008), and Master in Library and Information Science (2015). She worked at the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, where she is assigned in the Law Library for 14 years. Currently, she is working at the University Library of UP Diliman, where she is assigned at the Strategic Communication, Research and Marketing Section and at the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Library. She is a licensed Librarian and Professional Teacher in Secondary Education.
Michelle Abelardo-Esteban finished the following degrees: Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Library Science at the Far Easter University in Manila in 1998, Master of Arts in Library Science in the same school in 2001, and Doctor of Education major in Educational Management at the Eulogio "Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology in 2006. She has been in library benchmarking activities in different cities and countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. She is currently the President of the Quezon City Library Consortium.
Reya Marisse Abing received her bachelor’s degree in library and information science at University of San Jose-Recoletos and is now completing her master’s degree at Cebu Normal University. She is currently a medical librarian at Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine.
Editha Agena-Alamodin is currently Director of Learning Resource Center of National University-Manila. She took B.S.E. Major in Library Science and M.A. Major in Library Science at University of Santo Tomas. She is now pursuing her Doctor of Education Major in Educational Management at National University. She has been an active member and officer of various Associations namely: USTLSAA: Secretary- 2010-2011 and Treasurer- 2011-2013; PAARL: Auditor- 2016; Board of Director and Chairperson, Rehabilitation Committee- 2017; Board of Director and Chairperson, Membership Committee- 2018; and PLAI-NCR: Nomelec- 2016.
Vyva Victoria M. Aguirre is currently Associate Professorial Lecturer and Thesis and Program Coordinator at the College of Law of De La Salle University in Manila while also Senior Lecturer at the School of Library and Information Studies at University of the Philippines Diliman. She completed her Master of Laws in European Community Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands and her
Bachelor of Laws and MLIS at UP Diliman.
Vaughn Giuseppe Alviar got his elementary and secondary education in the public school system of Cagayan province where he had seen how libraries turned into anything but the learning hubs and makerspaces. While working in the journalism field, he covered topics related to learning and young people and has seen the crests and troughs of education worldwide. In these, he has seen how some academic and public libraries have reclaimed their place in molding young people through the help of technology and digitalization. He is an active advocate for alternative learning, heavily involved in Church work for inclusive education and establishing learning spaces for urban-poor settings, the Lumad, and children in conflict areas and disasters.
Anthony N. Atuel is College Librarian I at the University Library of University of the Philippines Diliman.
Ross T. Bachiller is a graduate of Bachelor of Library and Information Science, cum laude, from University of the Philippines Diliman and is a licensed librarian. He is a recipient of the UP Presidential and Leadership Scholarship both for Undergraduate Program and Graduate Program. He has recently completed the Master of Library Science program at the UP School of Library and Information Studies.
Kareen J. Banal finished her Bachelor in Library and Information Science at the Philippine Normal University Manila in 2007 and is currently finishing her MLIS degree in the School of Library and Information Studies at University of the Philippines Diliman. Currently, Kareen is a Cataloger Librarian at the Rizal Library of Ateneo de Manila University.
Charito P. Basagre has a long and excellent experience in the management of school library services and programs, as well as in school accreditation particularly in the area of instructional media and library services. She received the James J. Meany Service Award twice, for 10 Survey Visits in 2009 and for 25 survey visits in 2016. At present, she is the Vice President of the Philippine Association of School Librarians, Inc. (PASLI).
Marilyn C. Bejec is a librarian and teacher of library and information science. She holds two bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor in Elementary Education with area of concentration in Social Studies and Bachelor in Secondary Education major in Library Science, both received from the Immaculate Conception College, Ozamiz City, now La Salle University (LSU) Ozamiz. She has now been working at LSU Ozamiz for 26 years. She has finished her Master in Library and Information Science at Saint Columban College, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur in 2015 and has since been invited to present her research and talk about her professional experience at different universities.
Vanessa C. Bello received her bachelor’s degree in library and information science at University of San Jose-Recoletos and is now completing her master’s degree at Cebu Normal University. She has been a school librarian for six years and is now with Sisters of Mary School-Girlstown in Talisay City, Cebu.
Marianne G. Bugnosen has been working as an Associate Librarian at the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) since 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from the UP School of Library and Information Studies. Before joining FHL, she was assigned as the administrative coordinator for UP SLIS’s “Module Development for a Professional Diploma in Archives and Records Management” project that was funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). She is also the co-author of “A Bibliometric Analysis of Undergraduate Theses from the School of Library and Information Studies from 2010-2014: An Exploratory Study” published in the Journal of Philippine Librarianship (Vol. 35, 2015).
Marybel P. Caasi is currently the Head Librarian of the College of Nursing at the University of the Philippines Manila. She is the President of the Philippine Normal University Library and Information Science Alumni Association (PNULISAA), Inc. in 2016-2017. She mentored at the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Project with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
Anne Frances Calceta is an undergraduate LIS student at University of the Philippines Diliman. She is interested in game development.
Mary Grace T. Caro supervises and manages the Circulation and Foreign Serials Section which houses the Window on Korea at the Rizal Library in Ateneo de Manila University. She studied basic Korean language as part of the Korean Language Training Program for Librarians of the Korean Cultural Center. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science (2008) and Master in Library and Information Science (2013) at University of the East Manila.
Dolores D. Carungui is the Chief Librarian of the National Library of the Philippines’ Reference Division. She is a member of the Regional Standing Committee of the Asia and Oceania and Library Services for Persons with Special Needs Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) for 2017-2021. NLP’s representative in the Executive Council of the National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS) for 2017-2019. PLAI-NCRLC Board Member for two (2) consecutive terms, 2015-2016 and 2017-2018. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Library and Science (BSLS) from the University of the East, Master of Arts in Education with specialization in Library Science (MAEd) from Philippine Normal University and Doctor in Public Administration (DPA) from Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Lourdes T. David is a current member of the Professional Regulatory Board for Librarians (PRBFL). She has a very illustrious career as a librarian as shown by the numerous awards given to her, such as the Hall of Fame Award (from PLAI), Distinguished Alumni Award (from UPLSAA); Outstanding Professional Award for Information Technology (from UP Diliman); Outstanding Professional Award for Library Science (from the Professional Regulation Commission of the Republic of the Philippines); and Library Technology Award given in New York, USA.
A.B. Gideon De Castro is a Bachelor of Library and Information Science graduate from the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies
(SLIS). He worked as a School Librarian at the Maria Montessori School of Quezon City and as a Project Associate for Libraryanihan, Inc. wherein he participated in the creation of the Metrobank Foundation Knowledge Center. Currently, he is a librarian at the UP Main Library. He has interests on military history and video games.
Louise Ian T. de los Reyes-Aquino is currently the Head Librarian and the Program Coordinator of the College of Accountancy, Business Administration, Tourism and Computer Science (CABAT.COM) of Metro-Dagupan Colleges in Mangaldan, Pangasinan. She holds bachelor degrees in Physical Therapy (1997) and Secondary Education major in Library Science (2007), a master’s degree in Business Administration (2002), and was a candidate for Doctor in Business Administration (2011). She is currently pursuing her Master in Library and Information Science degree at Saint Louis University, Baguio City as a CHED scholar. She earned her professional licenses in teaching and librarianship in 2004 and 2007, respectively. She worked as Science Research Specialist II for the Science and Technology Information Institute of the Department of Science and Technology. She was part of the team that developed STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosks in 2011. In 2014, her submission on STARBOOKS to the 2014 IFLA World Libraries and Information Congress (IFLA WLIC) was accepted; she and her boss, now the Commissioner for the National Privacy Commission, went to Lyon, France for the presentation. This paved the way for STARBOOKS to be awarded the ALA Presidential Citation for International Library Project in 2015 (the first for the Philippines) and PAARL’s Outstanding Library Program of the Year for 2016.
Genezah S. dela Cruz finished her Bachelor in Library and Information Science at University of Santo Tomas in 2013. Her main area of interest is Korean language and culture. She studied Korean language at the Korean Cultural Center. In 2016, she has been a participant in the Overseas Korean Studies Librarian Workshop in the National Library of Korea from. She has also been a contributor to the “Trends in Overseas Korean Studies Libraries” publication of the National Library of Korea. Currently, she is a Cataloger Librarian at the Rizal Library of Ateneo de Manila University.
Maria Victoria E. Dela Cruz is a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Library Science from University of Santo Tomas. She obtained her master’s degree from University of the Philippines Diliman. She has handled several media and information literacy sessions and has taught across grade levels for the past years. She has presented papers in Bangkok, Thailand and Tokyo, Japan. She is the editor of the senior high school textbook entitled #Mediatrends published by Don Bosco Press. Furthermore, she is a PAASCU Accreditor of Basic Education and a recipient of James Meany, SJ award. She is currently the auditor of the Philippine Association of School Librarians, Inc. (PASLI) and coordinator of the Katigbak Educational Media Center at Ateneo de Manila Grade School.
Marianne P. Diesta is a high school librarian at LCC Silvercrest School in Lipa City, Batangas. She finished her bachelor’s degree major in Library Science at University of Santo Tomas in 2007 and is now a graduate student of Library and Information Science at University of the Philippines Diliman, with cognates in Reading
Education. It is her love for reading stories to children that inspired her to plan an outcomes-based reading program for a barangay reading center in Batangas.
Carlos L. Eclevia, Jr. finished his Bachelor in Library and Information Science in 2007. He has more than 10 years of experience in academic publishing for both print and electronic scholarly works. Currently, he works as Business Manager of Emerald Publishing handling Philippines accounts. His extensive experience as a business consultant makes him knowledgeable of various reference and information sources in digital formats. Though he is not a practicing librarian, his heart remains with the profession. He unselfishly shares his knowledge on access and utilization of electronic resources, research tools, collection development, and customer service. His advocacy includes open access to information and promoting a reading habit among children. He organizes outreach activities as the project leader of Regalo and director of iDance which aims to unleash the creative talents of the youth through dancing, reading, and arts and crafts.
Jolly Ann N. Espina has eight years of professional experience as an academic librarian and is now the head librarian at the College of Medicine, Cebu Doctors’ University. She received her bachelor’s degree in library and information science at University of San Jose-Recoletos and is now completing her master’s degree at Cebu Normal University.
Rhodora Espiritu-Valdez is a Senior High School Librarian at the De La Salle Santiago Zobel-Vermosa Campus. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education major in Library Science at the University of Santo Tomas. She obtained her master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is the Secretary of the Philippine Association of School Librarians Inc. (PASLI). She is also an active member of different library associations in the Philippines. She is an advocate for information literacy, reading, parenting, and autism. She is also a storyteller, blogger, and vlogger.
Louie M. Fernandez is a licensed nurse, midwife, teacher, and librarian. With his professional and academic accomplishments, he has taken on several leadership roles as college dean, professor, and chief librarian at different universities and colleges in Pangasinan.
Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, more popularly known as Win Gatchalian, finished the degree Bachelor of Science Major in Finance and Operations Management at the Boston University, Massachusetts in 1995. He was the Representative of the First District of Valenzuela City from 2001-2004, the Mayor of the same city from 2004 to 2013, and was elected to the Philippine Senate in 2016. He currently holds Committee Chairmanship on Energy and on Economic Affairs and has been a member of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development, among many other committees in the Senate.
Ramonnetto S. Gervacio is Bank Officer II of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas stationed at Ozamiz Branch. He serves as the information officer of the branch tasked with providing information and library services to local stakeholders. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with concentration on Demography at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro in 1997 and his Master of Business Administration from San Beda College in 2011. His work experience includes 21
years as research practitioner, 12 years of which were with Xavier University and 9 years at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. As a bookworm, he promoted the love of reading by transporting donated books to far-flung schools during school-based public information campaigns of the BSP. He currently serves as a Board MemberTreasurer of the Misamis Occidental Information Managers and Libraries Association (MOIMLAI).
Mark Edzel R. Gonzales is currently pursuing his master’s degree in library and information science at Centro Escolar University. He is the Circulation and Information Service Librarian of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) – Manila Campus. He is actively involved in LPU’s Community Outreach Service Learning (COSeL) as Quality Circle - Chairman of the library for community extension. He involved himself in advocating access to education for the students and the adopted indigenous communities of the university at large. He has been awarded as the Most Outstanding Extentionist in the university through COSeL during LPU’s 66th Founding Anniversary last March.
Rizalyn V. Janio is a reference librarian and the section head of Information Services and Instruction, University Library, University of the Philippines Diliman. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees in library and information science from the School of Library and Information Studies at UP Diliman in 2002 and 2015, respectively. She has presented papers on bibliometrics and citation analysis at Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML)-London in 2016 and Research Applications, Information and Library Studies (RAILS)-Australia in 2017. Currently, she is the treasurer of University of the Philippines Library Science Alumni Association (UPLSAA) Executive Board since her term in 2016 and one of the Board of Directors of Asosasyon ng Aklatan at Sinupan ng Diliman (AASDI) Executive Board 2018-2019.
Jhon Robert O. Ko has a decade of experience in projects and training with different NGOs, iNGOs, Foundations, CSRs, and the Philippine government. He is proficient in the technical, conceptual, and content development of different training modules and research for the community and organizations. He is equipped with the ability to communicate and build good relationships with partner communities, organizations, and institutions. He has a bachelor’s degree in community development from University of the Philippines Diliman and is currently completing a master’s degree in social work from the same university.
Marichu D. Laguros is a school librarian at University of Bohol. She received her bachelor’s degree in library and information science at University of San Jose Recoletos and is now completing her master’s degree at Cebu Normal University.
Quiella A. Landicho was born on April 21, 1997. She finished her secondary education at St. Therese Martin of Lisieux School and Business High School in Santa Cruz, Laguna. At present, she is a candidate for Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She previously served as president of the UP Future Library and Information Professionals of the Philippines (UP FLIPP. She is also a member of UP Children’s Rights Advocates League.
Elvira B. Lapuz is currently the Deputy University Librarian of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman and a Senior Lecture at the UP School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). She is the President of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) for 2015-2016 and sits as a member of the Executive Board of the CONSAL XVI. She is the 2009 President of the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL). She is also a Salzburg Fellow and Associate of the IFLA Leadership Programme for 2016-2018.
Annelyn C. Lim is Head Librarian of the Cataloging and Metadata Services Section, University Library of University of the Philippines Diliman.
Rothman T. Lim is Acting Bank Officer IV at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Reina R. Lomerio is College Librarian I at the University Library of University of the Philippines Diliman.
Suzenette A. Macauling has worked as a school and academic librarian at Fellowship Baptist College where she also completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She later went to La Consolacion College Bacolod to pursue a bachelor’s degree in library and information science and is now studying at Cebu Normal University for a master’s degree in LIS.
Sonia Malhotra is a business development executive at Oxford University Press and is responsible for Academic Print as well as Journals & Online products for Southeast Asia, particularly in developing and nurturing new business opportunities across Southeast Asia and liaising with librarians and booksellers to understand the market trend and acquisition process across the Southeast Asia market. Before joining the publishing industry, she acquired valuable experience in sales, academic counselling, recruitment, and management in the education sector. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Calcutta University.
April R. Manabat finished her Bachelor of Library and Information Science at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in 2008 and her Master of Library and Information Science at the School of Library and Information Studies at University of the Philippines Diliman in 2015. She is the former Head Librarian of the Ralph B. Gehring Library of the Loyola School of Theology at Ateneo de Manila University and was also the former Consortium Secretary of the Jesuit Higher Education Library Consortium (JHELCon). She is currently Technical Services Librarian at The Libraries of De La Salle University in Manila.
Ma. Lindie D. Masalinto is the Chief Librarian of the University of Perpetual Help System (UPHS). She received the degrees Bachelor of Elementary Education from the West Visayas State University in 2004, Master of Education in Library Science from the Philippine Normal University in 2007, and Doctor of Philosophy major in Educational Management from the UPHS in 2013. She has published articles on international peer-reviewed journals and has presented several international papers.
Rovie Joie G. Mateo completed her master’s degree in library and information science at Lourdes College in Cagayan de Oro City. She is currently a librarian for basic education at St. Michael’s College where she also earned her undergraduate degree in arts major in English language.
Briccio M. Merced, Jr. is currently the University Librarian of the University of the Philippines Mindanao in Davao City and a Visiting Professor in the Master of Library and Information Science program of the University of Mindanao. He finished the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Education, Library Science major, and Filipino language minor at Silliman University, university honors and cum laude (1981); Master of Arts in (1990), and Doctor of Education (1997), Educational Management major at Notre Dame University, Cotabato City; and Master of Library Science at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (2006). He taught at and developed the curricular offerings of Notre Dame University, Holy Cross of Davao College, University of Southeastern Philippines, Ateneo de Davao University, and University of Mindanao. He formed the Cotabato City Librarians Association (CCLA); the Davao Colleges and Universities Network (DACUN); the UP Press Bookstore-Davao; the Mindanao Alliance of Educators in Library and Information Science (MAELIS); and the Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools Library Network (MASTSLiNet). A prolific speaker and eloquent presenter, he has spoken to a number of professional associations, student-bodies, and other professional gatherings. PAARL awarded him the Outstanding Academic Librarian in 2004 and the Best Research award in 2014. UP Mindanao has twice recognized him as a Gawad Chanselor Para sa Pinakmahusay na Research, Extension, and Professional Staff, or Outstanding REPS, in 2005 and 2014, respectively. He served as officer of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) and the Philippine Association of Teachers of Library Science.
Daisy Grace L. Molina has a degree in secondary education major in library science from Holy Name University in Bohol and is now specializing further in LIS as she pursues a master’s degree at Cebu Normal University. She is currently a librarian at the Bohol Congressional Library.
Monaliza C. Mugot is a librarian and teacher of Library and Information Science program. She finished her Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) at Mindanao State University-Marawi City in 2001 and later obtained her Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) at Cebu Normal University in 2009. Currently, she is enrolled in the doctorate program in technology management of Cebu Technological University. Because of her dedicated service and committed to profession, she was given the Outstanding Non-Teaching Personnel with Faculty Status Award of La Salle University for three consecutive years from 2009 to 2011. As Coordinator of the Mobile Library since 2009, she also received an award as Outstanding Community Extension Corporate in 2011 at the same university.
Thomas Nesmith is a senior scholar in archival studies at the Department of History at University of Manitoba. Prior to this status, he was a professor of archival studies in the same university where he also held different other academic positions for 28 years before having retired in January of this year. Before joining the academe in 1990, he served the national government of Canada as an archivist for more than a decade. In 2017, he received the Lifetime Service Award from the Association for Manitoba Archives for his “outstanding service to the Association and the archival community throughout their career.”
Corazon M. Nera’s passion for academic librarianship is evidenced by her joining the Lyceum of the Philippines University in 2001 after serving the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) for almost 30 years as Director for Progress, Grants and Scholarship while Chief Librarian of the university. She served the Philippine Library Materials Project Foundation from 2007-2013 as Board of Trustee. As public servant, she was appointed member of the Professorial Regulatory Board for Librarians from 2002 to 2006 and later as Chairman of the Board from 2006 to 2013. She was appointed as member of Technical Panel for Teacher Education by the Commission on Higher Education and Chairman, Technical Committee for Library and Information Science from 2007 to 2009. She was reappointed as Technical Committee member of Library and Information Science and RQAT assessor of CHED from 2011 to present. She is an accreditor of PACUCOA and PAASCU.
Fe M. Ong-ongowan finished her Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Library Science at Saint Louis University in Baguio City in 2006 and her Master in Library and Information Science at Saint Paul University in Tuguegarao City. Presently, she holds the position of Librarian II at the Department of Education, Region IV-A. She is serving the Association of DepEd Librarians (PADLI) as Assistant Secretary.
Aiza May Palaya is a Bachelor of Library and Information Science graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She worked at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and later on, at the Department of Trade and Industry as a librarian. She currently works at the UP Diliman Main Library while pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology at the UP College of Education. Her interests include archival preservation, library management, and teaching and learning theories.
Sonia M. Pascua is a graduate of Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) at the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies and Master of Science in Computer Science at the UP Department of Computer Science of the College of Engineering. She is currently one of the full-time faculty members of the UP SLIS teaching cataloguing and classification, indexing and abstracting, information and communication technologies, analysis and design, and programming and database structures. Before joining the UP SLIS faculty, she was the Deputy QMR for 3 years of the UP Information Technology Development Center’s (UP ITDC) ISO 9001-2008 Certification and the Deputy Training Manager for 2 years of the same Center teaching applications development and IT business executive courses like software testing, SQA, software engineering, SAD, and project management.
Marween Terry E. Pascual became a Librarian at San Jose City Library & Information Center in 2003 and has been in the Local Government Unit for 14 years. After years of dedicated service, she now holds the position of Librarian II. She earned her Master in Library & Information Science at Baliuag University in 2004. In the past, she was the team leader in various programs and activities of her office. Among many others, she spearheaded the Arts and Crafts and Storytelling Activity in a school and piloted the Hatid Dunong Program for PWD’s dubbed as “Special Home Study Program for PWD’s” and “Tutoring and Mentoring of Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL)”. She has attended various international and national conferences relating to library management and services. She is an innovator in the
recently concluded International Network of Emerging Library InnovatorsAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (INELI-ASEAN). She is a member of the ASEAN Public Libraries Information Network (APLIN). She is an officer of the Nueva Ecija Librarians’ Association, Inc. (NELAI) and a member of Association of Librarians in the Public Sector (ALPS).
Michael A. Pinto is the President of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. and is the head of the Cagayan Provincial Learning and Resource Center.
Alma Mila Prosperoso is a librarian at the World Health Organization – Western Pacific Regional Office Library.
Daisy Diane E. Racaza is a librarian at Cebu Institute of Technology-University. She completed her bachelor’s degree in library and information science at University of San Carlos and is now studying at Cebu Normal University for her master’s degree in LIS.
Sarah Angiela A. Ragay completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in library and information science at University of San Carlos in Cebu City. After receiving her professional license as a librarian in 2004, she proceeded to work at the university until she moved to Silliman University where she is currently Assistant Cataloger.
Edsel Ramirez is the founder and President of the Philippine Toy Library.
Gillian Reyes finished his bachelor’s degree in library and information science in 2017 at University of the Philippines Diliman. He is currently doing freelance work in research, consultation, and editing. He has volunteered for the Marikina City Public Library and has also stayed with the Dee Hwa Liong Academy school library. He is also a fiction writer.
Mark Ritchie has been in the publishing industry most of his life, coming from a family background of newspaper publishing. He studied E-Commerce Business Management and worked several years in the IT field before joining PressReader in 2006. He is passionate about educating and knowledge sharing. In the past 12 years, he has worked with hundreds of libraries in more than 55 countries and has been instrumental in helping libraries adapt from print to digital, while changing the ways patrons experience and engage with content. He is currently the Director of Libraries at PressReader and leads a team of engaged and passionate individuals that collectively support more than 15,000 libraries worldwide.
Christine Diane C. Romero is the Executive Director of J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc. (2009 – present), the CSR arm of Araneta Group. Concurrently, she is part of the Business Development Team of the Araneta Center, Inc. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines Diliman (2011) and finished her undergraduate studies in Miriam College (2004). She has more than 20 years of experience in volunteer work as a teacher and community organizer through her local parish and participation in various NGOs.
Rhoel E. Rondilla is currently taking Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina. He finished his Master of Library Science degree at the UP School of Library and Information Studies in 2003. He is College Librarian III and Head of the Filipiniana Section, Main Library, University of the Philippines Diliman.
Jelene Rae P. Rubio is the Periodicals Librarian of the Katigbak Educational Media Center at Ateneo de Manila Grade School. She facilitates media and information literacy sessions to Grade 2 boys. Her interests include storytelling and travelling. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Santo Tomas in 2014. She is presently enrolled as a graduate student at the School of Library and Information Studies at University of the Philippines Diliman.
Jonathan Santos is an undergraduate LIS student at University of the Philippines Diliman. He is interested in information technology.
Mark Anthony A. Santos is a graduate of New England College with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing which he earned in 2009. He then earned his undergraduate degree in library and information science at University of the East in 2012, garnered the second place in the Licensure Examination for Librarians of the same year, and received his master’s degree in library and information science from the same university in 2014. He’s the current secretary of the Philippine Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science (PATLS) and a regular member of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) and Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP). His interests and specializations in librarianship include cataloging and classification, clinical librarianship, hospital librarianship, health sciences, information resources and services, and education for health sciences librarianship. He previously worked as a library assistant and as library consultant at St. Luke’s College of Medicine and a research assistant at St. Luke’s Medical Center. At present, he’s a faculty member of the School of Library and Information Studies of University of the Philippines Diliman and the clinical librarian of the Neurocritical Care Unit of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City.
Jufel Ma. Sebial-Guinanao is School Librarian III at Zamboanga del Sur National High School | Western Mindanao State University-ESU Pagadian City.
Kizz M. Somozo finished her Bachelor of Library & Information Science (BLIS) at La Salle University, Ozamiz City last in 2016. Presently, she is employed as Library Incharge at Medina College, Ozamiz City.
Miles Stauffer as Solution Architecture Consultant provides consultative and technical advice for academic and research libraries across Asia Pacific. By understanding the current situations and challenges of libraries, she is experienced in providing guidelines and suggestions in helping libraries to realize and transform their values into the teaching and learning environment.
Irish Mae K. Sullano-Reyes finished her Bachelor of Library & Information Science (BLIS) at La Salle University, Ozamiz City in 2016. She was hired as an OIC of the Technical Section at La Salle University, Ozamiz City in 2016.
Janny S. Surmieda finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science from the School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman, in 2008 and is currently taking his MLIS degree in the same university with research interest in Information Technology applications to Library Science. Since 2009, Janny has been a part-time lecturer at the UP School of Library and Information Studies, teaching undergraduate courses in programming, database structures, and web development applications in LIS. He has also been a Cultural Partnership Initiative fellow in South Korea from June-December 2012. Currently, he is the Web Librarian and the Graduate / Reserve Section Librarian at Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University.
Ma. Nicole Tacuboy is an undergraduate LIS student at University of the Philippines Diliman. She is interested in archives.
Elin Tang graduated from Jilin University with a master’s degree in international relations. Since joining Tongfang Knowledge Network Technology Co. Ltd. In 2013, she has been Deputy General Manager of the Marketing Department and now General Manager of the Global Public Service Business Unit.
Maria Divina Torrejos is Head Librarian (Assistant Professor IV) at Cebu Normal University where she also completed her master’s degree in library and information science. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education major in Research and Evaluation in the same university.
Kevin Conrad T. Tansiongco finished his Bachelor of Library and Information Science at the University of the East. He works as the Product Specialist for Library Management and Security Solutions of Electronic Information Solutions, Inc. He is the founder of Magbasa Tayo Movement, Manila, whose aim is to help communities to have their own barangay reading centers and public libraries. Currently, he is the Public Relations Officer of the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines, Inc. (ASLP) and the President of the University of the East Library and Information Science Alumni Association, Inc. (UELISAAI).
Cristina B. Villanueva is currently the Head of the Cordillera/Northern Luzon Historical Archives after assuming the additional assignment of OIC University Librarian of the UP Baguio Library from 2015 to 2018. She has presented her papers in international library and archives conferences, such as the IFLA WLIC, IAFOR, and the ICA Congress, to name a few. She placed first in the 1997 Librarians Licensure Examinations.
Emelita L. Villanueva is an aggressive and energetic librarian. She played an important role in the transformation and modernization of the Quezon City Public Library (QCPL). She was instrumental in the creation of what is to be a state-of-theart public library in the Philippines. She is the brain behind the departmentalization of the QCPL and in launching the first-ever QCPL-published book entitled, QC Milestones: Timeline of Events that Shaped a Great City. She was a graduate of the University of the East Manila with the degree in Bachelor of Science in Education major in Library Science (1982) and later took her master’s degree in management at the Trinity College of Quezon City (2002). Aside from QCPL, where she’s a librarian, she also worked as an Investment Development Analyst and Investment Specialist I
at the Board of Investment (BOI) in Makati City from 1987 to 1994. But after that, she felt her heart belongs to QCPL and decided to come back in March 1994 to apply the expertise she had acquired while working at the BOI. She is currently the longest tenured City Librarian of the QCPL. For what is QCPL now, together with her competent, able, and dedicated staff, is because of this young, passionate and driven librarian.
Marites Vitug is Editor at Large of Rappler and Chief of the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation. An esteemed journalist, she was one of the Nieman Fellows, Class of 1987 of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Years after, she went to the London School of Economics and Political Science to earn her Diploma in World Politics. For promoting good governance through investigative journalism, she was given the recognition of Outstanding Alumna of 2010 by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association.