Malditang Librarian

all things from books and reading and life

About

Welcome to Malditang Librarian. I am a licensed librarian from the Philippines and this is where I blog about a broad range of topics concerned with books and reading. Here you will find book reviews, various posts on reading, creativity, librarianship, trends, or anything refreshing under the sun.

I topped the 2015 Librarians Licensure Exam, so sometimes I post about studying and board exam tips.

If you wish to contact me in any way, I often check this blog's comments and you can e-mail me at malditanglibrarian@gmail.com.

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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11 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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