THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) to govern the forumation of the curriculum and course instruction of a Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) in private and public colleges and universities.
The CHED memorandum on the new academic program issued last April said the “policies and standards in LIbrary and Information Science (LIS) programs are necessary for the highest level of quality desired for the education and training of library and information science professionals.”
“They are meant to institutionalize the profession’s central function of providing quality information service to library clientele or users,” it further said. It added that the IRR’s “purpose is to make LIS education responsive to the challenges of society’s changing information needs brought about by rapid technological changes, and in keeping witht the need to make LIS professionals globally competitive.”
Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) librarian Salud Lacquio said CHED conducted an orientation for librarians on the new guidelines last May 4 in Cebu City. The university librarian is advocating for intitutional support for library instructions because, as she said, “there is a need to enliven this particular profession.”
Under the CHED memorandum, the four-year library curriculum will be composed of 63 units in general education, 90 units in professional courses, six in NSTP and eight in physical education. A specialization shall also be required in any of the different types of libraries, such as legal, medical, corporate, school, or community libraries. There is a further 12 units in electives related to educational technology.
The program shall be headed by a dean who holds a relevant master’s degree. He or she will head a qualified faculty.
Among the jobs that BLIS students may work in upon graduation are director of libraries, chief librarian, abstractor, archivist, acquisitions librarian, bibliographer, cataloger, college or university librarian, community outreach librarian, corporate librarian, bookmobile librarian, library teacher and others. (Rey-Luis Banagudos – PAO, WMSU)