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Vol. No. , Issue No.

Vol. 13 No. 1-6 January-June 2008

PGLL Newsletter
A publication of the Philippine Group of Law Librarians, Inc.

PGLL Elects New Set of Officers

Ms. Sally C. Tuason (Assistant Librarian, Jose Rizal
University), Treasurer; Ms. Nora P. Rey (Chief
Librarian, Villaraza Cruz Marcelo & Angangco
Law Offices), Auditor; Ms. Nancy T. Tuason
(Supervising Librarian, Legislative Library, House of
Representatives), P.R.O; Ms. Julia M. Romano
(Chief Librarian, Office of the Government Corporate
Counsel), Director; Ms. Maria B. Tubid (Chief
Librarian, Ombudsman Library), Director; and Ms.
Margie C. Rogan (Head Librarian, Angara, Abello,
Concepcion, Regala & Cruz Law Offices), Director.
Ms. Helen C. De Castro, outgoing president and
Chief Librarian of the Presidential Management Staff
New Executive Board with PLAI President Mrs. Susima L.
Gonzales and IALL past president Prof. Holger Knudsen is Ex Officio.
after the oath-taking.

Professor Holger Knudsen, Library Director of

Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private Law and
Antonio M. Santos is
Private International Law, Germany and past presi- PLAI Hall of Fame
dent of the International Association of Law Librari- Awardee for 2007
ans sworn into office the 2007-2009 Philippine Lawyer Antonio M. Santos,
Chief Law Librarian of the
Group of Law Librarians Executive Board during
University of the Philippines
the one day forum held at the UP Law Library on College of Law and Professor-Lecturer in the Col-
October 19, 2007. lege of Law and Institute of Library Science, Uni-
versity of the Philippines, was awarded the PLAI
At the helm of PGLL’s leadership are: Ms. Emma Hall of Fame Award for 2007 during the Fellowship
M. Rey (Executive Director, Congressional Library, Luncheon of the Philippine Librarians Association,
House of Representatives), President; Ms. Lily F. Inc. held at Kamay Kainan, TriNoma, Quezon City
Echiverri (Assistant Law Librarian, Law Library, on November 30, 2007.
University of the Philippines), Vice President; Ms. Atty. Santos was conferred the award for his
“outstanding contribution to Philippine Librarianship
Corazon G. Tolentino (Service Director, Senate
in helping craft RA 9246 repealing RA 6966
Library, Senate of the Philippines), Secretary;
(turn to page 7)
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President’s Report
Helen C. De Castro
October 19, 2007

In behalf of the 2005-2007 PGLL Officers and City from August 16-18, 2006; and, “Records
Board of Directors, it is my honor to report on the Management for Librarians” held at Sitio Lucia
accomplishments of the association starting Resort, Sta. Maria, Bulacan. These training
August 19, 2005 until the end of our term on programs were funded by the National Commission
October 19, 2007. for Culture and the Arts and designed to teach the
The Association held the induction of the 2005- participants to understand basic records and archival
2007 Officers on August 19, 2005 at the DOJ theories and practices vis-à-vis library theories and
Academy, Clark Special Economic Zone, practices; learn the various functions of records
Pampanga, with Mr. Rommel Pineda of the administration and archival management;
This story can fit 100-150 words.
Provincial Trade Office who represented Senator and, acquire skills in appraisal,
Manuel Lapid, as our inducting officer and guest arrangement The subject matter that appears in
speaker. Sworn into office were: Helen de Castro and description, newsletters is virtually endless. You
as President; Emma M. Rey, Vice President; p r e s e r v a t i o n , “can
include stories that focus on cur-
reference, rent technologies or innovations in
Corazon G. Tolentino, Secretary; Nora P. Rey, fora in support of the objec-
access and your field.
Treasurer; Sally C. Tuason, Auditor; Julia M.
Romano, Public Relations Officer; Sonia Lourdes promotion. tives
You may of also
to note business or
L. David, Director; Lilia F. Echiverri, Director; economic trends, or make predictions
and, Maria B. Tubid, Director. Past President The following for your customers or clients.
Alegria R. Dayrit is Ex-Officio. fora served as If the newsletter is distributed inter-
The Board during its organizational meeting on venue for nally, you might comment upon new
September 8, 2005 at the DOJ Library, agreed to interactive procedures or improvements to the
hold its regular monthly meeting every first discussions among business.
Saleson relevant
figures issues
or earnings
Thursday of each month on rotation basis. The will show how your business is grow-
concerning the profession:
chairpersons of the different committees were ing.
appointed. 1. “Forum on Legal Information Networks:
International Experience and Perspective” was held
ACTIVITIES at the UP College of Law, Quezon City on October
The Conference Committee organized two 3-day 19, 2007. Aside from being the sole resource
seminar-workshops and three fora in support of the speaker, Dr. Holger Knudsen, past president of
objectives of our association. International Association of Law Libraries, graced
The seminar-workshops were: “Records the occasion by inducting into office the new PGLL
Administration and Archives Management for Law Officers for 2007-2009.
Librarians” held at the Cooyeesan Plaza Hotel, Baguio (turn to page 5)
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President’s Acceptance Speech

Emma M. Rey
Induction of the 2007-2009 PGLL Executive Board
October 19, 2007

Our distinguished guest of honor and speaker, Dr. Holger Knudsen, our respected mentors,
I say mentors or our advisers who are here today, Mrs. Susima Gonzales and Atty. Antonio
Santos, fellow officers of the past and present Board, fellow librarians, friends, good morning.
I am having a mixed feeling right now. Some of my close friends know how much I have
“avoided” being elected into the position of the President of the Group for the reason that we
have distinguished past presidents: Atty. Myrna Feliciano; Mrs. Susima Gonzales who was the
former Chair of the Board for Librarians and now President of the Philippine Librarians
Association, Inc.; Atty. Antonio Santos, past PLAI President; Mrs. Maria Fe Abeleda-Robles,
my boss and also past President of PLAI; Ms. Milagros Santos-Ong, also past
president of PLAI and other organizations; and, Ms. Alegria
Dayrit and Ms. Helen De Castro who performed very well
“ invigorate
during their terms as President.
I felt humbled by this position you bestowed on me today. activities for our
Can I fill in the shoes of these big names in our profession? I
say, I can only try and do my best with the help of the new members like
Board. With a feeling of anxiety that I have a big task ahead, I
networking… ”
accept the Presidency of PGLL.
I have now served the PGLL Board for six years. I would
say that this is really a very special group. I would like to task
the new officers including myself to invigorate activities for our
members like networking, formal and informal. Of course, we will continue to look into the
continuing education of our members, maybe come out with publications, etc. These are the
only things that I can think of right now and these have to be considered in the annual planning
activity of the Board.
Lastly, I thank everyone who gave his/her trust and confidence to this new Board. We will
not make big promises, but only a promise to dispose of our duties to the best of our ability.
I would also beg for your support especially the support and guidance of our advisers.
Thank you very much.
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Palawan seminar discusses partnering

A favorite vacation destination famous for its natural beauty of white sand beaches, unique underground river and pleasant
climate, Palawan is the venue for the three-day seminar, “Partnering for Successful Library and Information Services”
organized by the Philippine Group of Law Librarians, Inc. to be held at the Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa from 21-23 April
The objectives of this seminar are for the participants to be updated on the new trends in librarianship; to gain awareness of
what, how and why partnering is important to library and information services; to know the issues and problems of partner-
ships; and, to jumpstart partnering among the participants.
PGLL is leaving no stone unturned in making this seminar a success. Invited resource speakers are: Professor Jules
Winterton, Associate Director and Librarian, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, England; Ms.
Harvinder Kaur, Chairperson of the University of Malay Law Library; Ms. Milagros S. Ong, Library Director of the Supreme
Court; and, Director Lilia R. Austriaco, Professor and Dean, College of Engineering, Angeles University, Pampanga.
Aside from PGLL members, librarians, library administrators, library support staff, information specialists, knowledge
managers, researchers/associates, friends and stakeholders of library and information services who want to know more about
partnering, networking and resource sharing with international librarians are encouraged to attend this seminar.
For more information, please contact Ms. Emma M. Rey, tel. no. 931-5966, email:; Ms. Lily
Echiverri, tel. no. 929-8120, email:; Ms. Nora Rey, tel no. 818-9836, email:;
and, Margie Rogan, tel. no. 830-8134, email:

President’s Report Cont’d from page 2

2. “Roundtable Discussion on “Republic Act The NOMELEC with Ms. Girlie R. Dayrit serving as
No. 9246, Philippine Librarians Act of 2003: Issues the Chairperson, reported fifteen candidates for the
and Updates” held at the College of Law Library, on positions of the 2007-2009 Executive Board. Ballots
February 28, 2007. The Board for Librarians, were sent out to members, later canvassed and
Chairperson Ms. Corazon M. Nera, Ms. Elnora L. tallied on October 15, 2007 at the National Library.
Conti and Ms. Elizabeth R. Peralejo were invited to The nine candidates who got the highest votes
expound on the librarianship law and clarify issues were declared winners and will soon take their
raised. oaths of office.
3. “Forum on Book Writing, Publishing and The Legislation Committee looked into the
Selling” at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, on proposed amendments to the PGLL By-laws and
September 1, 2006. recommended its approval and implementation.
The Finance Committee submitted an audited A PGLL website (
PGLL Financial Report for 2005-2007 which is pgllboard) was set up, and the registration of the
published separately in this newsletter issue. organization with both Bureau of Internal Revenue
and the Security and Exchange Commission were
The Publication Committee, tasked to come out
taken up for discussion and action.
with the PGLL Newsletter, published three issues:
July- December 2005, January-June 2006 and July- It was our distinct honor and privilege to serve
December 2006. the association. Thank you for the trust and
confidence you have given us to lead the PGLL for
The Membership Committee listed 68 paying
the years 2005-2007.
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Meet… Cont’d from page 6

The involvement of Ms. Rey in librarian- and turtles crawling around a man-made
ship activities, such as conferences and pond. This house is where she finds the
seminars, as either an active organizer, comfort, peace and relaxation of a home by
resource speaker, trainor or facilitator/ simply being the wife to her husband and
moderator proves her zeal and dedication to mother to her daughters … like Princess
the profession she has chosen. Urduja coming home to stay.
Ms. Rey believes in patronizing “saliring Ms. Rey takes the reins of PGLL as we
atin” products, prefers non-meat food and head for a productive year.
goes home to San Carlos City on weekends
to a Filipino house surrounded by trees,

Antonio… Cont’d from page 1

for having provided dynamic leadership to
various library associations; among others, as
founding member and president of the Philip- To outer senses there is peace,
pine Group of Law Librarians; and for being a
A dreamy peace on either hand,
distinct voice in the cause of Southeast Asian
leadership.” Deep silence where the shadows
His genuine love and dedication to librarian- cease.
ship has earned him national and international Save for a cry that echoes shrill
recognition. He holds the distinction of being From some love bird disconsolate;
the first recipient of the Outstanding Librarian
A corncrake calling to its mate;
of Southeast Asia given in Singapore by the
Congress of Southeast Asean (CONSAL) in The answer from the misty hill.
2002. Worth mentioning are two of the numer- And suddenly the moon withdraws
ous prestigious awards he has received: the
Her sickle from the lightening skies,
Professional Regulation Commission for
Outstanding Professional in the field of Library And to her somber cavern flies,
Science in 1999 and the University of the Wrapped in a veil of yellow gauze.
Philippines’ Gawad Chanselor for Pinakama-
husay na REPS (Professional Staff) in 2003. - Oscar Wilde, La Fuite de la Lune
Lawyer-librarian Santos, who is not to rest on
his laurels, serves as an adviser to the PGLL (A friend and colleague, Sally
Executive Board. He is presently a member of
the Congress of Southeast Asean (CONSAL) C. Tuason, Treasurer of PGLL,
XIV Executive Board for the 2009 CONSAL passed away on March 13,
General Conference to be held in Vietnam. 2008. She was 55.)
PGLL Newsletter
MOVING ONWARD Editor in Chief
Nancy T. Tuason
Editor in Chief EMMA M. REY
Managing Editor

Once again, PGLL has elected its 2007-2009 Executive

Board to ensure that the objectives of the association are met and
the ideals it supports are promoted. We often wonder why these few Lay Out Artist
people who run for office willingly sacrifice a portion of their time
to head the association without the benefit of compensation. Several PGLL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
reasons can be thought of as to why these professionals do what
they have to. EMMA M. REY
For one, leaders cannot simply watch, stand by the Vice President
sidelines and just let things happen. They engage in activities CORAZON G. TOLENTINO
outside their comfort zone and utilize their thinking skills by Secretary
analyzing and finding solutions to substantive problems faced by SALLY TUASON
the organization. Then, they make decisions which enable them to Treasurer
test their judgment in action. NORA P. REY
Other people feel the need for personal commitment. Their
motivation to serve is strengthened when they impart their
knowledge and expertise and in doing so, find fulfillment in their Director
accomplishments. MARIA B. TUBID
Still others who want to lead if only to gain stature or MARGIE C. ROGAN
receive honor for what they do have to put their names on the line Director
and work with dedication and perseverance. Whatever the reasons, HELEN C. DE CASTRO
they all do it for love of the profession. Ex-Officio

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However, even a dynamic leadership cannot guarantee bi-annual publication of the
success. It should have the sustained involvement of the members Philippine Group of Law
by converting them from latent to active participants in the
Librarians, Inc.
organization’s endeavors. Information and ideas shared are judged
on their own merits. A healthy dialogue has to be established
wherein every member’s point of view is respected. By providing
experiences in group work, self confidence is gained and
We encourage
cooperation is forged among the members. A continuous learning
environment is created when working together where leaders reactions,
assume the responsibility to lead and unite while the members par- views, sugges-
ticipate actively to the fullest extent of their capabilities. tions and con-
tributions. Please send them to:
With the collective will, blending of common actions and The Editor, PGLL Newsletter,
concerted efforts of the officers and members, PGLL can move Legislative Library, House of
forward with confidence to make a difference. Representatives, Batasang
Pambansa Complex, Quezon
City and include your full name
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