Miguel de Benavides Library
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
ESPAÑA, MANILA, PHILIPPINES
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Updates on Donations
by Ms. Diana V. Padilla
May 17, 2018
For the past years, the UST Miguel de Benavides Library has been receiving donations of books, periodicals, and other learning materials from different foreign and local organizations, private institutions and individuals. This helps the library to enhance its collections and thus to help its patrons with additional access to information and meet their research needs:
2017: Pichon Family Collection
Last September 29, 2017, the UST Library Administrators, Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P., Prefect of Libraries, Ms. Estrella Majuelo, former chief librarian, and Ms. Ma. Cecilia Lobo, former assistant chief librarian, (and the current chief librarian of the UST Library) flew to Davao for the signing of the Deed of Donation and turn-over of the personal collections of the late Erlinda A. Pichon, a Thomasian from Caraga, Davao Oriental. The donation contains books, postcards, photographs, paper ephemera and glass slides. The signing was held at Café Amoree, Davao City wherein Erlinda A. Pichon (donor) represented by Expedito Pichon and University of Santo Tomas (donee) represented by Fr. Aparicio on behalf of Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P., Rector, signed the deed in the presence of Ms. Majuelo, Ms. Lobo and Ms. Leticia Pichon Militante.
Ms. E. Pichon is a co-founder of a non-profit Amauan Multi-Arts Workshop in New York City which operated from 1978 to 1998. In her service of two decades as Amauan’s unpaid director, she was honored at the Malacañang Palace as an Outstanding Overseas Filipino. During much of this time, she was a social worker and supervisor of the New York City Human Resource Administration.
2014: Thomas Colvin Collection
On October 1, 2014, the Library procured a fairly large number of print and research materials about 400 volumes, courtesy of Mr. Thomas B. Colvin.
Mr. Colvin, an American businessman, researcher and historian, generously donated his personal collection of books, several important documents and research articles and other materials. His research interests include maritime history, background and history of countries like Mexico, Macau, Spain and all aspects relating to the Balmis expedition, which details the campaign of Dr. Francisco de Balmis of vaccination against small pox and the introduction of the vaccine in Spain’s colonies including Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines.
The collections of the late Ms. E. Pichon and Mr. Colvin are housed at the Antonio Vivencio del Rosario UST Heritage Library. The UST Miguel de Benavides Library expresses its heartfelt gratitude to its library benefactors for their kindness and generosity.
Library Benchmarking in Spain and Australia
by Ms. Diana V. Padilla
August 14, 2017
The UST Library and the UnionBank of the Philippines through its partnership program Lumina Pandit sent Ms. Diana Padilla, head librarian of the UST Heritage Library, to Spain last June 1, 2017. The objective was to explore historical libraries and archives and to discover the best practices specifically on the preservation of its rich historical materials and other aspects in rare books library management. The activity lasted until July 13, 2017. Ms. Padilla visited the following Institutions: Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid), Biblioteca Historica Marques de Valdecilla – Biblioteca de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Real Biblioteca del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Biblioteca de AECID (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo), Biblioteca Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Archivo Franciscano y Ibero Oriental (Madrid), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - CSIC (Madrid), Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas (Avila), Convento de los Augustinos Filipinos (Valladolid), Convento de San Esteban (Salamanca), Biblioteca General Historica de Universidad de Salamanca, Biblioteca Museu Victor Balaguer (Barcelona), Biblioteca de Reserva de la Universitat de Barcelona, Taller Restauració and Centre de Digitalització (Universitat de Barcelona).
This activity allowed Ms. Padilla to meet, exchange ideas and share work experiences with the librarians who, like her, are in-charge of the historical collections. She said that all the directors, librarians, and archivists whom she encountered exude profound passion and commitment in their field. She realized that the existence of the nation’s history greatly depends on the librarian’s care, to ensure that the knowledge and wisdom embedded in those historical collections continuously radiate for future generations; a mission to be zealously fulfilled by committed librarians through centuries.
Likewise, the UST Library sent another five librarians to benchmark in Sydney and Canberra, Australia. They were: Ma. Cecilia Lobo, assistant chief librarian; Juanita Subaldo, head librarian, Humanities section; Rosemary Balbin, librarian of the Gifts & Exchange; Lourdes Fatima Ramos, head librarian, Junior High School Library; and Kristi Ma. Fevie Macasaet, assistant head librarian of the Science and Technology section. The activity started on June 29 until July 3, 2017. They benchmarked on the areas that concern the library in general such as: improvement of its services and facilities, development of library marketing and promotional activities, professional growth of the staff, and adapting trends in library technology. The group visited the National Library of Australia, University of Canberra Library, The Australian National University Library, University of Sydney Library, and Macquarie University Library. After their trip, several projects and activities have already been proposed to improve the UST Library’s services.
These worthwhile professional endeavors would not have been possible without the support of the University Administrators, Office of the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Office of International Relations and Programs, Library Administrators, and cooperation of the libraries and archives that the librarians have benchmarked with in Spain and Australia. Gratitude goes also to the UnionBank of the Philippines for supporting the travel of Ms. Padilla.
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