EMBEDDING STANDARDS FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH LIBRARIES IN THE PHILIPPINES: IDENTIFYING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • Ma. Lindie D. Masalinto University of Perpetual Help System Laguna Sto. Nino, Biñan, Laguna, Philippines UPH-Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University Sto. Nino, Biñan, Laguna, Philippines
  • Alma Mila D. Prosperoso World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office
  • Joseph M. Yap De La Salle University

Abstract

Medical Librarianship is a service profession and is one of the most diverse non-traditional career paths available. It is an integral part of the health care team with direct impact on health and patient care quality. The focus of medical librarians is to put emphasis on the use of evidence based research and practice since most of them are applied where health information is needed. The standards for medical librarianship were already a subject of interest before 1950’s. The purpose of this study is to monitor the preparedness of medical and health libraries in the Philippines prior to the approval of the standards by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Specifically, it sought to answer the following: (1) What types of medical and health libraries are following the 2007 standards; (2) Determine the current practices of medical and health libraries/librarians in reference to the 2013 revised standards; (3) How prepared are these libraries in reference to the 2013 revised library standards; and (4) Identify and evaluate the challenges and opportunities encountered by medical and health libraries/librarians. This study utilized the descriptive research design conducted to thirty-seven (37) Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP) member libraries using purposive sampling in anticipation of the approval of the draft “Philippine National Standards for Special Libraries”. The results showed that majority of the libraries are special academic libraries that are moderately prepared prior to the approval of the 2013 revised standards for Special Libraries. This study identified the eight (8) challenges libraries have encountered.

Author Biographies

Ma. Lindie D. Masalinto, University of Perpetual Help System Laguna Sto. Nino, Biñan, Laguna, Philippines UPH-Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University Sto. Nino, Biñan, Laguna, Philippines
Dr. Masalinto earned her Master of Education (major in Library Science) degree at the Philippine Normal University and her Doctor of Philosophy major in Educational Management at the University of Perpetual Help System-Laguna. Currently, she is the Chief Librarian of the University of Perpetual Help - Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University in Binan, Laguna, Philippines, an ISO internal auditor, and a PACUCOA accreditor. As an LIS professor, she was handling indexing and abstracting, cataloging, library management, and reference sources and services subjects.
Alma Mila D. Prosperoso, World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office
Ms. Prosperoso works for the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional office since 2007, being the lead librarian to coordinate with librarians, IT and national health officers of countries for the project management and development of the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus. She graduated as an academic scholar in 1992 from Centro Escolar University Manila with a degree in Education, major in Library Science and passed the 1st professional board examination for librarians in the same year. She also earned units covering public management courses from the University of the Philippines Open University from 2002 to 2008.
Joseph M. Yap, De La Salle University
Mr. Yap is currently the Instructional Media Services Coordinator of De La Salle University Libraries. He finished his Bachelor of Library and Information Science, cum laude, at the University of the Philippines Diliman School of Library and Information Studies in 2006 and his Master of Library and Information Science from the same university in 2010.
Published
2016-08-13
How to Cite
MASALINTO, Ma. Lindie D.; PROSPEROSO, Alma Mila D.; YAP, Joseph M.. EMBEDDING STANDARDS FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH LIBRARIES IN THE PHILIPPINES: IDENTIFYING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES. Journal of Philippine Librarianship, [S.l.], v. 35, p. 1-13, aug. 2016. ISSN 0022-359x. Available at: <http://ovcrd.upd.edu.ph/jpl/article/view/5277>. Date accessed: 26 sep. 2017.

Keywords

medical and health libraries, library standards, library challenges, library evaluation