The U.P. Library community celebrated its 92nd
Foundation Day last March 17, 2014 at the U.P. Library
Bulwagan ng Dangal. Long Service Awards
were given to U.P. Diliman library staff
who have been in the library from 25 years onwards.

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Congratulations to Ms. Lilia F. Echiverri
from the College of Law Library
for being selected as the 19th Gawad
Chanselor Natatanging REPS
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The University Library is proud to announce that two of its library staff
were selected for the 2013 Gawad Chanselor Award.
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Ms. Hipolita R. Ricalde
from the School of Labor and Industrial Relations Library
2013 Gawad Chanselor Natatanging REPS

Mr. Ruben A. Rebaldo
from the University Library
2013 Gawad Chanselor Natatanging Kawani



Prof. Rodolfo Y. Tarlit, University Librarian

A simple, unassuming person – that’s how Mr. Rodolfo Y. Tarlit, the new University Librarian of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City may be best described.  Behind that simple façade, however, hides a technical expertise in library and information science. What’s more, Rod, to those who know him well, typifies the government employee who puts his work first before other priorities.  No wonder he now occupies the top post of the UP Library Diliman hierarchy.

Rod was born to Ilocano parents in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija on August 2, 1949. The family moved later to Tarlac City where Rod spent his elementary and high school years.  One of the chosen few to enter the University of the Philippines, Rod enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree, major in History, finishing it in 1971.

It was worth noting that while in his undergraduate years Rod worked as a student assistant to earn some pocket money for himself.  The place where he was assigned was the library!  He must have liked his work such that after graduation, he applied for a job at the University Library. Of course, he was taken in because of his positive attitude towards library work as he himself exemplified when he was then a student assistant in the library.  His first position item was as a library aide.

In the 1970s, Rod enhanced his library science skills. He went through various technical workshops.  The first was the workshop for the establishment of the University Archives, which ran from February to May, 1973 where Rod logged in 300 training hours. This was immediately followed by the in-service training on readers and technical services, in May-June, 1973.  More technical workshops ensued on the following subject areas of library science:  records management, documentation, computer programming, and subject analysis, vocabulary control and thesaurus construction.

By the 1980s, Rod was already a well-honed librarian in the technical sense of the word.  For that reason, he was eligible to take the six-month On-the-Job Training on Archival Administration (Colombo fellowship) at the National Archives of Malaysia.  He also underwent the Post-Graduate Training Course for Science Information Specialists in Southeast Asia, which was held in UP Diliman but participated by various librarian representatives from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, and Vietnam.  Rod was then enjoying a UNESCO-UNDP-NSTA-UP Institute of Library Science (UPILS) Fellowship, which enabled him to participate in said training that covered two academic semesters, from June 1982 to March 1983.

With the technical knowledge and skills Rod acquired, Rod’s budding professional career in library science bloomed. He was soon besieged by invitations of librarian associations to be this or that seminar’s resource speaker. He played such resource speaker role in the Seminar Workshop on Library Reclassification from DDC to LC sponsored by the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Libraries (PAARL), September, 1984; in the Seminar-Workshop on the Library of Congress Classification Scheme sponsored by the Inter-Institutional Consortium (IIC), September, 1985; and the Seminar-Workshop on Cataloging and Classification, November 1985.

Rod embarked on another lifetime decision in the early 80s.  He enrolled in the Master of Library Science degree offered by the UPILS.  He graduated in 1986, after passing his thesis on the biography of the first woman senator of the Philippines, Geronima T. Pecson. By April 1986, Rod graduated from his MLS degree.

Rod continued his unending pursuit of professionalism and excellence in library science.  In October 1986, he underwent a five-day training on microcomputers (DOS commands) which strengthened all the more his expertise on computers and their use in library science.  By February 1987, Rod was already a participant of the Seventh Conference of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL).  In June, 1987, Rod, through the Ford-Mellon Grant, was sent to attend the Training on Software Mini/Micro CDS/ISIS and Study Visit of Its Application in a Library, with venues at the Chulalongkorn University Academic Resources Center and the Asian Institute of Technology Library and Documentation Center, in Bangkok, Thailand.

By reason of his participation in the last-cited training, Rod became the seminar chairman and resource speaker in the PAARL-sponsored Seminar-Workshop on Collections Evaluation and Development and Technical Report Writing, October 1987. He also took charge, as course director, of the UPILS-UP Library Science Alumni Association (UPLSAA)-sponsored Seminar on the Introduction to the Mini/Micro CDS/ISIS Software Package and Its Applications to Library and Information Work, which also ran in October, 1987.  In February 1989, Rod traveled to New Delhi, India, to attend the International Conference on Bibliographic Databases and Network.

By the early 1990s, Rod had gone far in the UP Diliman organizational hierarchy.  He was beginning in 1992 up to 1999, the Head of the library unit within UP Diliman, which is the present College of Mass Communication Library.  In 1999 to 2011, he occupied the position of Head Librarian, Filipiniana Books Section, of the UP Diliman Main Library.

Rod also was promoted from one position to another higher position in the UP Diliman Library.  From library aide at first, he went on to become Library Assistant, then  Librarian I to College Librarian V positions.

Expectedly, Rod’s expertise soon circulated far and wide.  Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, the UPLSAA, the PAARL, the Public Librarians Association of the Philippines (PLAI), the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP), the University of the East Library Science Alumni Association (UELSAA), the Baguio-Benguet Librarians Association (BBLA), the National Library, not to mention his own UP Diliman Library and the UPILS vied for each other in inviting Rod to be the resource speaker, lecturer, seminar chairman, rapporteur, moderator, facilitator, and participant of trainings on various aspects of library work.  PLAI also made him co-convenor of a series of fora conducted in 2007 and 2009.

Rod was also tapped from 1993 to 2000 as reviewer in the subject of cataloging and classification as well as indexing and abstracting for review classes conducted by different librarians’ associations.  Starting 1996, Rod served as Senior Lecturer III in the UPILS teaching such courses as Introductory and Advanced Cataloging and Classification, Abstracting and Indexing, and Information Analysis.  Earlier, from 1990 to 1991, other institutions offering library science courses, such as Far Eastern University and Holy Angel University, invited Rod to be their professional lecturer in some subjects.

On September 26, 2011, Rod became Officer-in-Charge of the University Library, UP Diliman with the retirement of the former University Librarian, Salvacion M. Arlante.  For six months, he took the helm of the UP Diliman Library as officer-in-charge until on April 1, 2012, Rod finally received the formal appointment from the UP Board of Regents as the next University Librarian.

Rod is affiliated with many librarian associations. After assuming several officer positions, Rod became the vice-president of PAARL in 1989 and then its president in 1990.  He also assumed similar positions in the UPLSAA in surprisingly the same years, which makes one wonder how he could shuffle off his time from his workplace to the offices of these librarian associations to attend meetings and plan activities. With the Philippine Association of Teachers of Library Science (PATLS), Rod became its vice-president in 1996 and its president in 1997.

Rod was pretty busy in 1997.  He was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Commission or Culture and the Arts/Committee on Libraries and Information Service as well as Member of the CPE Council of the Board of Librarians. To top it all, Rod was the vice-president of PLAI in 1997, becoming its president in 1998.

Rod is also a writer of articles published in professional librarian journals and of papers presented in conferences; editor of conference proceedings and of the UP Library Bulletin, which is an electronic bulletin available on the UP Diliman Library website.  Moreover, he is a critic of a newly published book by Dr. Isagani Medina, and student adviser to MLS students working on their thesis as requirement for the completion of the course.

Rod has been a recipient of various awards.  His first was the Outstanding Alumnus Award given by the UPSLAA in 1993.  The PAARL conferred him the Professional Service Award in 1995 and followed it up in 1996 by awarding Rod the recognition, Academic Librarian of the Year.  In the same year, the UP awarded him the Gawad Tsanselor as Outstanding Professional Staff.

In 1997 and 1998, Rod received the Severino I. Velasco Award for his role as PLAI conference chair and for conducting seminar-workshops and congresses in various parts of the Philippines on the application of information technologies to libraries.  PLAI twice awarded him in 1999 by giving him the Gabriel A. Bernardo Memorial Award and the Service Award.  In 2009, PLAI gave Rod another Service Award.

From these awards, one can infer how Rod dedicated his career to service for the professionalization of library science in the Philippines.  He may be looking just like the ordinary librarian behind the desk and working in front of the computer monitor.  But Rod is the time-tested librarian who has served all his life for libraries and their growth, improvement, and development in step with the fast-changing trends in information and communication technologies.  >>>M. Marquez-Omega

Prof. Tarlit, Guest Speaker during the 2012 UPLIS Recognition Program

The citation for The Learning Commons as PAARL's Outstanding Library Program of the Year

For “providing a world-class research facility, for encouraging interaction and collaborative learning,” UP College of Engineering Library’s The Learning Commons was recognized as the Outstanding Library Program of the Year by the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL). A trophy of recognition was awarded to the Library in a formal ceremony held at the National Library, Ermita, Manila last  January 28, 2011.


COE Head Librarian Sharon Ma. Esposo receives the glass trophy for the Outstanding Library Program of the Year from PAARL officers and PRC Board for Librarians (BFL) Chairperson Corazon M. Nera. With Ms. Esposo was UP University Librarian Prof. Salvacion Arlante.

The Learning Commons was selected for this year’s award mainly due to it’s creative use of technology and ergonomics to create a modern learning environment for UP’s engineering community. It was acknowledged as an exemplary model of how academic libraries can create new services that support learning, teaching, and research, while at the same time responding to the changing lifestyles of faculty and students. As a library program, it illustrates how resources should be maximized to create value-added services for users.

The Outstanding Library Program of the Year Award is given to an academic or research library in recognition of its outstanding library program that contributes to Philippine academic librarianship and library development in the Philippines. The program must have a strong impact on the library community, and should be innovative, sustainable, and may be replicated in other library communities, or institutions.  – SSE


Ms. Esposo and Prof. Arlante with PAARL Presidents

Ms. Esposo shared the Library's award with UP COE Dean Dr. Aura Matias in a token ceremony held at TLC's Viewing Room last February 10, 2011.

Ms. Verna C. Lee, Head Librarian of the College of Education Library is this year’s recipient of Gawad Chanselor’s Natatanging REPS (Professional Category) given on February 25 at the Malcolm Theater in celebration of UP Diliman Month.  Gawad Chanselor is UP Diliman’s  highest  distinction for  excellence and achievement of the faculty, researchers, extension workers, students, professional and administrative staff.  R. Murillo

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Prof. Arlante with Dr. Nora Claravall and Ms. Lilia Echiverri of PLAI

University Librarian Prof. Salvacion M. Arlante received the Hall of Fame Award from the PLAI (Philippine Librarians’ Association, Inc.). In a ceremonies held at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City, Ms. Arlante was recognized “for her invaluable contributions in the field of librarianship; for her services in various capacities in different library associations; for sharing her expertise as a resource speaker in various seminars and conferences here and abroad, and above all, for being a epitome for the library and information science profession.” PLAI is the accredited professional organization of library and information professionals in the country. The Hall of Fame Award is considered to be the most prestigious and the ultimate recognition of a librarian’s significant contributions to the field of library and information.

Prof. Arlante with the other Silver Prize awardees from Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia

Prof Arlante was previously honored in the XIV CONSAL (Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians) which was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on April 21-24, 2009. The Silver Prize Medal is awarded to Prof. Arlante for her “superior achievement in the profession.” This award is given to librarians who have made significant contributions to the library profession and helped in improving relations among libraries of CONSAL member countries. The award included sponsorship and participation to the XIV Congress, a framed certificate and cash prize of $100. -EBLapuz

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