The University Library in cooperation with the School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman will launch the book Collection Building: Filipiniana at the Special Collections Room, 2nd Floor, Main Library, Gonzalez Hall, University of the Philippines on Thursday,  2 o’clock in the afternoon, February 11, 2010.

Published by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Collection Building: Filipiniana is a collection of articles and conference papers of the late historian, librarian, bibliographer, archivist, cultural researcher, professor and writer, Dr. Isagani R. Medina and compiled and edited by his sister, Mirana R. Medina.

University Librarian, Prof. Salvacion M. Arlante, in her foreword to the book, wrote: “The book brings together Dr. Medina’s lifetime vision of identifying, acquiring and organizing Filipiniana materials. The articles in this compilation not only provide background about printing, publishing, and bibliographic activities in the Philippines but also give insights into a lot of  things Filipiniana: acquisition, organization, servicing, conservation, and preservation for reference and research purposes …”

Says Dr. Maria Luisa T. Camagay, Director, UP Press: “Dr. Isagani Medina straddled two complementing fields–library science and history. History gives premium to historical sources, which a librarian would have knowledge of. Dr. Medina may have started off as a librarian and particularly an expert in Filipiniana materials but happily he got interested not only in historical sources per se but in using these very sources to interpret the past. The two fields of library science and history are deeply indebted to Dr. Isagani Medina for the many works he left behind.”

Dr. Medina obtained AB in Library Science (1953) and a PhD in History (1985) from the University of the Philippines. He also had an MA in Library Science (1964) from the University of Michigan, took a Course in Archival Management from Columbia University School of Library Service (1965), and received a Certificate in Modern Archives Administration (1965) from the Center for Technology and Administration, American University, USA. In 2001, he was awarded the Dangal ng Haraya (Lifetime Achievement Award) in Cultural Research by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Invited to grace the occasion are: Dr. Sergio S. Cao, UP Diliman Chancellor, former Prime Minister, Cesar E.A. Virata, Dr. Maria Luisa T. Camagay, Director, U.P. Press, Dr. Rico T. Jose, Department of History, CSSP, and Professor Laura L. Samson, Department of Sociology, CSSP. A film tribute: “Isang Sulyap” will be shown after which, the compiler/editor, Ms. Medina will deliver a response. – R. Y. Tarlit