A Scoping Review of Health Sciences Librarianship Research in the Philippines


  • Simon Philip R. Sacramento, RL East Avenue Medical Center
  • Alma B. Colarina, R.L., MLIS University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc.
  • Danzielo-Auristelo T. Lagustan, RL, M.ED World Citi Colleges, Inc.


Health Sciences Librarianship, Research, Scoping Review, Philippines


Health sciences librarianship is a specialization focusing on medical, clinical and scientific data in support of healthcare functions, including clinical decision making, medical research, and medical education. Being tied to a scientific field, health sciences librarianship handles rapidly changing information and information needs, and this presents a challenge for the services offered by the profession, as well as an opportunity to discuss theoretical and professional ideas in research forums. 


In the Philippines, there are a number of avenues through which health sciences librarianship research can be produced and disseminated. Despite the presence of these avenues, there has been no in-depth review of the types and directions of health sciences librarianship research in the country. This study aims establish the current coverage of research about health sciences librarianship in the Philippines. This is done via a scoping review.


The findings indicate that there has been an uptick in the number of health sciences librarianship research in the country in the past two decades, though many of these studies are unpublished theses. Descriptive studies via surveys remain as the go to methodology of choice, being practical, easy to execute, and extracting data relevant to practitioners of health sciences librarianship. Subject areas of interest are very practical, with health sciences education, library materials/collections, user studies and the status of the profession as the top subjects of research. Despite this, there is new ground broken in terms of novel topics, and more diverse methodologies are being applied to research in the country.

Author Biographies

Simon Philip R. Sacramento, RL, East Avenue Medical Center

Simon Philip R. Sacramento is a licensed librarian, graduating with a BLIS degree from UP SLIS in 2019, and garnering Top 5 in the 2021 Librarians’ Licensure Exam. He is also a medical intern, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree from UERMMMC in 2023. He is currently a postgraduate intern at the East Avenue Medical Center. In addition, he is a part-time clinical librarian under a doctor from the Neurocritical Care Unit of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City, and also does freelance work and volunteers for projects in the areas of health sciences and information research. His research interests include information science, health sciences, and health informatics. His personal and professional advocacy is to connect the fields of information science and the health sciences in order to improve the access and impact of the services in both fields.

Alma B. Colarina, R.L., MLIS, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc.

Alma B. Colarina is currently the Chief Librarian of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc. (UERMMMCI). She is a graduate of the Bachelor in Library and Information Science program at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and a holder of a Master in Library and Information Science program from the same university. She is a licensed librarian and was a former faculty member of the BLIS program at PUP. She was awarded as one of the ten (10) exemplar employees of UERMMMCI in 2017 for spearheading the various services and the automation of the UERM Medical Center Library.

Danzielo-Auristelo T. Lagustan, RL, M.ED, World Citi Colleges, Inc.

Danzielo-Auristelo T. Lagustan is a licensed librarian and holds the Chief Librarian position at World Citi Colleges, Inc. WCC is an educational system with campuses in Antipolo, Nueva Ecija, and Quezon City, specializing in allied health, business, information technology, education, and hospitality management. He was the Treasurer of the Aurora Boulevard Consortium Libraries, Inc. (ABCLI) and incumbent President of the Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MAHLAP). He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education, major in Library Science at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and a Master of Education in Library Science at the Philippine Normal University (PNU). Mr. Lagustan was certified as an ISO 9001:2015 Internal Quality Auditor and PACUCOA Accreditor for the Library.




How to Cite

Sacramento, S. P., Colarina, A., & Lagustan, D.-A. . (2023). A Scoping Review of Health Sciences Librarianship Research in the Philippines . Philippine Journal of Librarianship and Information Studies, 43(2), 5–16. Retrieved from https://phjlis.org/index.php/phjlis/article/view/148