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Welcome to Malditang Librarian. I am a licensed librarian from the Philippines and this is where I write about a broad range of topics concerned with librarianship, books, and reading. In this blog, you will find book reviews, various posts on reading, creativity, librarianship, trends, and related news.

I topped the 2015 Librarians Licensure Exam (rank #1), so sometimes I post about studying and board exam tips.

I have been working as a librarian since 2015. I've been a college librarian in a small college, a cataloger in an academic library, and my last job was digitization in a research library. Currently, I am working at a university library as a librarian and faculty for the BLIS program.

Right now, I work for the Graduate School Library of Henry Luce III Library of Central Philippine University in Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines. 

I am also currently in-charge of the BAHANDIAN Institutional Repository of the university which is managed by the library and established under the leadership of Dr. Reysa Alenzuela. Aside from these tasks, I also manage the library's social media and online content.

I am also teaching part-time for the Bachelor of Library and Information Science program of the College of Computer Studies in Central Philippine University. I am teaching Reference & Information Services, Indexing & Abstracting, Multiculturalism & Indigenous Knowledge, and board exam review.

I graduated my Masters in Library and Information Science degree last November 2019 from Central Philippine University. I graduated BLIS from the same school in 2014.

I am a member of Iloilo Bloggers Society, a bloggers group based in Iloilo City. I write about books, movies, and related topics for their news and media portal, IBS Digital Network

Awards & Grants

Last September 2020, I was selected as one of the Emerging International Voices, a joint project of IFLA and the Goethe Institute. This program is for "young library advocates to share best-practice examples of libraries worldwide engaging with their digital communities." I was accepted along with 17 other participants selected all over the world. Learn more

IFLA or the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the leading international body representing the interests of people who rely on libraries and information professionals. The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. 

Last 2018, I was awarded with a Participation Grant from the National Library of Malaysia to  attend the International Federation of Library Associations, Inc. - World Library and Information Congress 2018 (IFLA WLIC 2018) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read more about my experience in IFLA WLIC 2018

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Contact Me:
E-mail: asdelgado@cpu.edu.ph
You can also message me at @malditanglibrarian page on Facebook

Why Malditang Librarian?
I’ve always wanted to write, and I have been blogging and writing online since 2007. I’m interested in books and all sorts of things, but I find myself having difficulty talking about it in real life. So I decided to start this blog and write about the things I like. I also started this blog for board exam tips to also help other Filipino students and professionals who will take the PRC’s board exam. (You can read my board exam tips & tricks on my “board exam tips” tag)

I am a licensed librarian and while the field is vast, varied, and interesting, people still have negative stereotypes and images about it. My blog also features current issues of interest in Philippine Librarianship. I want to show that there is more to Filipino librarians!

Why the name “Malditang Librarian”? For me, that’s just meant to be an amusing nod to the popular stereotype of the librarian who is “Maldita” - Filipino for “naughty, bratty, mean girl.” But actually, librarians are the most helpful people I know and most of them are not ‘maldita’ at all. The previous name of my blog was Library Logs but that name is quite boring and “Malditang Librarian” stuck because its catchy, amusing, and easy to remember.

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19 Comments

  1. Hello, Malditang Librarian! Can I ask a question? Can someone who graduated from a different college degree become a licensed librarian? If so, what should he/she do? Looking forward to your feedback! :D

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    1. Thanks for asking! Are you from the Philippines? If you are, then you can take a Master of Library & Information Science course which makes you qualified to take the licensure exam for librarians, and you must pass it to get a license. MLIS is available as a graduate course in CPU and UP Diliman (there are other schools too). Its helpful to research about the course first before you try. Though, I encourage you to pursue it as Librarians are on-demand in the Philippines and there are only a few graduates.

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    2. Thanks for answering my inquiry. Yes, I am from the Philippines! :) My only concern is that I am supposed to take some library science subjects (18 units as I've researched) prior to enrolling in MLIS. Do schools allow you to enroll only in the subjects you need?

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    3. Yes, you have to enrol 18 units of basic LIS subjects. But some LIS schools also allow you to take those required 18 units while taking the Masters. For example, in my school, those who have not taken BLIS as undergrad take these subjects (along with MLIS subjects). Its best to contact the LIS school for their available options.

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  2. *The additional 18 units for non-BLIS grads is required because usually, the Masters subjects are for experienced/advanced librarians and you really need to know the basics first (esp. since they are important for the board exam)

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  3. Which school are you from? That's great! :) I am hoping that if I ever take up MLIS those 18 units won't have time conflicts with my job. I might have to make arrangements, I guess. Thank you very much! :D

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    1. I am currently taking MLIS in Central Philippine University, Iloilo City. They usually schedule the basics classes after office-hours and Saturdays to accommodate Masteral students. Best of luck!

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  4. Hi Malditang Librarian, I just wanted to tell that if nalaman ko before itong website mo mas mataas sana grade ko sa LLE 2017. This website is worth recommendation for students who take LibScie. The contents are really helpful especially for incoming examinees. I suggest lang to spread current awareness especially sa mga trends for databases and online resources for library (e.g. ScienceDirect.com, Dogpile, etc. which not really discussed in classes na sa tingin ko ang nagpahirap sa board exam. Thank you and Keep up the GREAT work! God Bless!

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    1. Thank you and I am glad to help (that's the reason for this blog anyway). Thanks for the suggestion, actually that's what I also plan to include here, more library/librarianship news and trends especially online. Common complaint ng mga students is maraming items na hindi naman lumabas sa review, pero new trends or technology pala. So importante yung basics with new trends.

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  5. Hi Malditang Librarian! Im so glad I was able to browse your blogspot. It's very helpful, keep it up!

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  6. Great site, Malditang Librarian! I was hoping I would read book reviews on books that I have also read. But your book choices are up-to-date and refreshing. I feel so old. Haha.

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    1. I read almost every genre (fiction or none) whether old or new books. Reading and selecting new books to read are just made easier today due to e-reader apps and sites like Amazon. Glad you enjoyed my reviews :)

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  7. Hello! I stumbled into your blog while doing research for my report due on my next Intro to LIS class(oo 1st year palang ako)and I love your blog already!It also looks like you're a Maine Mendoza fan so that's a bonus too hehe.

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    1. Thanks! Glad to have you on board and check out my posts about librarianship it might help you in your LIS journey. Best of luck!

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  8. Hello Malditang Librarian. I'm an avid fan of ur blog. If di mo naitatanong, magkasabay tayo noon sa UP-Diliman. Hehe

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    1. Ay really? Thanks for reading. 2015 yung board, mga May 2016 nag-start yung Malditang Librarian. Anyway Keep up the good work sa page nyong Simply Hired Librarian, maraming natututulong din sa mga job hunters.

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  9. We are happy to direct you to the PCAARRD official website ( http://www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph/home/portal/ under eLibrary) to access and download the publication you are interested in.

    The DOST-PCAARRD e-Library is an online service facility providing access and information on publications, theses/dissertation, and other literature related to agriculture, aquatic and natural resources (AANR). This is an enhancement of its traditional library services to support the Council’s thrust of efficiently and promptly disseminating and sharing AANR and other science and technology (S&T) information to its partners in the R&D Network and the general public.

    However, the PCAARRD eLibrary is still a work in progress. Its system, contents, and design are still being refined to provide an excellently and fulfilling online literature research experience for clients like you. But because of the urgent need of the public for AANR information during this Enhanced Community Quarantine as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Council deemed it extremely necessary to open this facility to address the need for such information. Given this situation, we welcome comments and suggestions on how we can make the PCAARRD e-Library better.

    Please check out the link (https://bit.ly/HowToPCAARRDeLib) on how to use the eLibrary. Kindly use the SEARCH button in looking for publications/topics you are interested in.

    Thank you for your interest in our publication and we hope that this new facility will further address your need for information in the AANR sector.

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  10. Greetings to you Ma'am. I'm a LibScie student and currently the mock board examination was added into our curriculum, and we are asking for your help and suggestions for any sources or reviewers that could really help us in completing this subject. Hoping for your response. Thank you.

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