(Oct. 2)—The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) has a new University Librarian (UL). The UP Board of Regents approved the appointment of Deputy University Librarian Elvira B. Lapuz as University Librarian at its 1354thmeeting last Sept. 24.
Lapuz succeeds Chito N. Angeles who assumed the UL post in 2014. She assumed as UL on Sept. 24.
As UL, among Lapuz’s duties are to supervise the University Library; serve as ex-officio University Archivist; formulate a library and comprehensive development program; ensure cooperation among and complementation of library services networks; transmit to the Chancellor all communications with comments or recommendations affecting library linkages, donations or gifts, and similar matters the University Library receives; and issue implementing guidelines as may be necessary for the University Library’s proper functioning
A senior lecturer since 2004 at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), Lapuz is known as the creator of a comprehensive program on information literacy at the University Library as well as the creation of new library education programs such as Copyright and Ethical Use of Library resources.
In 2013 she was part of the group that drafted the competency-based standards for the library profession, which were implemented by the Professional Regulation Commission in 2014.
The recipient of the 2016 UPD Gawad Tsanselor para sa Natatanging REPS, Lapuz is active in a number of organizations, including the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-National Committee on Library and Information Services (NCCA-NCLIS) and the PRC Board for Librarians-Continuing Professional Development Council for Librarians.
Lapuz has been with UPD since 1991 when she entered the University Library as a Reference Librarian and Indexer after earning her Bachelor of Library Science from the Institute of Library Science (now SLIS) that year.
From there she worked her way up to become the University Library’s Acquisitions Librarian, then Head Librarian of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Library and head of the General Reference and Electronic Resources Section.
Lapuz earned her Master of Library Science from the SLIS in 2003. In 2004 she became an SLIS Senior Lecturer and subsequently Deputy University Librarian in 2016.
During her time at the General Reference Section, Lapuz actively worked to increase awareness of the University Library’s activities to the UPD community through social media.
Lapuz will serve as UL until Sept. 23, 2023.
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