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UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
ESPAÑA, MANILA, PHILIPPINES
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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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