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Why there are only few Filipino Library and Information Science Book Authors?

I am a Librarian by profession as well as an author of different online articles and a textbook writer.

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Mandatory Educational Requirements

In the field of Philippine Higher Education on Library and Information Science, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issue guidelines for updates and implementation, in collaboration with the Professional Regulatory Commission-Board for Librarians.

A need for continuous learning and revision of instructional materials for the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) Program is a mandatory. While on the process of the publication of Literature for Children and Young Adults (Mindshapers), the author decided to write his second LIS book that will serve as the basic foundation of taking LIS program – LIS 101: Introduction to Library and Information Science. LIS students as future librarians of any type are taught the process of knowing, doing, living and being active learners in an evidence-based, BLIS curriculum. The first LIS book was already published last August 2019, however, the second LIS book is still in the process of gathering data because of busy schedules.

And just like any other academic programs, in the application of a LIS program in an institution should provide at least five (5) relevant book titles per course in a combination of print and electronic format published within ten (10) years (Section 15 of CMO 24, s. 2015). In which, the shortage of updated published LIS instructional learning materials authored by a Filipino is in need to make the author pursue his first and second LIS book a reality. And looking forward for more to help the LIS faculty and students meet the requirements.

The contents of this book are gathered information, researched from classical books and digital resources on the subject, organized in sequence using the CHED Memorandum Order 08 series of 2005 and CHED Memorandum Order 24 series of 2015 with Republic Act No. 9246 as one of the attachments. Teaching materials were discussed and reflected inside the classroom in the context of Universal and Filipino cultures. Learning activities and student responses are provided in every lesson as evidences of knowledge gained.

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Who are the few Filipino Library Science Authors?

I am only writing this article, just to give an overview, who are the Filipino Authors of Library Science Books (take note: this not include authors who wrote Liibrary Science articles, thesis, dissertations, etc.):

1. Dr. Juan C. Buenrostro

2. Dr. Estrella V. Manuel

3. Dr. Maria A. Orendain

4. Dr. Nora Claravall

5. Dr. Concordia Sanchez

6. ?

7. ?

8. ?

9. ?

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99. Luis G. Asuncion

As you observed, I only mentioned some, because, I only knew more foreign Library Science authors. In which as I mentioned in the previous lines of this article, needs at least 5 titles not older than 10 years copyright per subject matter. In relation of this, I only wrote "Library Literature for Children and Young Adults" published last August 2019 in which, that is only one title for that specific subject that we are using for 2nd year 2nd semester under the new LIS curriculum.

The first author that I've mentioned (Dr. Juan Buenrostro) is the only Filipino author right now, who is active in writing LIS book (as far as I know). The following three authors are still active in the field of Librarianship, however, I not aware if they have pending book proposals in any of the publishers. The last author (Dr. Concordia Sanchez), although, her LIS books are still in circulation, however, her books are too old already.

I am aware of lots of Filipino LIS authors, however, they are in the field of writing research of different library or librarianship topics that were mostly presented to Philippine Librarians Association Incorporated (PLAI) Congress as well there were few who also presented internationally such as International Federation of Library Association (IFLA).

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About the Author

I am a graduate of Bachelor of Library and Information Science (1998) at Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

I am also done finishing my 36 academic units for Master in Library and Information Science (2018). Although, I am not yet done with my Master's Thesis due to financial difficulties. I am looking forward for some sponsorship of any in the future. Thanks. God bless.

Booster to Others To Research And Write More

As of this writing, I am in the field writing another two LIS books, the first one was "Introduction to Library and Information Science" that I am already in the half, while the second one is still in the process of drafting the Chapter Outline as per suggestion of two Library Science Coordinators in Mindanao, Philippines. Thanks to them. The topic is all about Indigenous Knowledge.

Although, I am writing those two books as my sole authorship, however, I am encouraging others to write their own to give a booster to other Librarianship professionals either you are an Archivist (you can write about Archiving), if you are Cataloger (you can write about Cataloging), if you are an Indexer (you can write about Indexing), if you are a Database Creator (you can write about Library Database), and so on.

There are lots of topics to discussed that cannot only discussed by an action research. You can put all of these into a book for the goodness of our future Filipino librarians. There are lots of publishers out there, my fellow professionals, either local or international. They are just waiting for us. Submit your book proposals now.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Luis G Asuncion


Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on December 02, 2019:

Thanks for commenting

Liz Westwood from UK on December 02, 2019:

I wonder if the availability and access to books globally these days, means that there is less need for locally produced books.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 27, 2019:

Thanks for the encouragement Manatita. You know what my passion is reading and writing. God bless you always.

manatita44 from london on November 27, 2019:

You seem busy here, Luis. Great focus! keep writing as you seem to be getting better. Cheers.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 26, 2019:

Thanks for the wonderful words Devika. Thanks for commenting.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 26, 2019:

You are working had to achieve your goals. As a Librarian it sounds interesting and challenging to cope with your work.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 25, 2019:

Thanks DreamerMeg, I am finding my best to finish my two books. You know what DreamerMeg, as far as I remember, you're the first one who commented in my reactivated Hubpages account. Thanks for the support.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 25, 2019:

Yes Mary, this will be my challenge. I am very much excited what will be the outcome of my booster challenge to all Filipino Librarians here.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 25, 2019:

Thanks Pamela. Hope I will find someone or an institution or an organization to finance my Master's Thesis in order to finish it as soon as possible. Do you know some who can finance me? I will appreciate that much.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on November 25, 2019:

Good luck with your two books

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 25, 2019:

Maybe, this is your challenge. Wish to see how Philippine libraries look now.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 25, 2019:

It sounds like you have your hands full with your work in the library. I love to read so I understand why people come in and ask you questions about certain books as you wrote about previously. It is nice that you are getting your master's degree and I know it is a lot of hard work.

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