Editorial - A Purpose-Driven LIS Education



LIS curriculum, Library and information science education, Library education and training, Philippines


The professional “self-consciousness” of librarians and their position in their social world next to the other professions and disciplines has created a significant impact on the education and training of librarians. This particular consciousness centered on the need to acquire and perform specific and “expected” knowledge and skills has equally shaped the collective and individual perceptions of the LIS teachers, learners, and practitioners about their work, responsibilities, potentials, and even limitations. While library schools continuously provide their students the “tried and tested” approaches, as well as their expanded or improved versions, a rather short and seemingly basic question of “why?” still needs to be constantly raised.

Author Biographies

Iyra S. Buenrostro, UP School of Library and Information Studies

Iyra S. Buenrostro-Cabbab finished her PhD in Information Studies in March 2019 from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) where she was a recipient of NTU Research Scholarship. She obtained both her Bachelor of Library and Information Science (cum laude) and Master of Library and Information Science (with specialization in Archival Studies) degrees from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2005 and 2010, respectively. Iyra is a licensed librarian and placed 4th in the 2005 Licensure Examination for Librarians in the Philippines. She joined the academe in 2006, and at present, she is an Associate Professor at the UP School of Library and Information Studies where she teaches LIS and archival studies courses both in the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has been and is currently involved in projects related to education and training of librarians, archivists and records managers, establishment and management of records centers and archives, and preservation of historical records. Her research interests include the development of archival theory and practice, the politics of libraries and archives and their role in the formation of collective memory, the use, contextualization, and preservation of archives such as photographic records and Filipiniana historical sources, and qualitative research methods in LIS. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Librarianship and Information Studies (formerly Journal of Philippine Librarianship), the first and longest-running academic journal in LIS in the Philippines.

Johann Frederick A. Cabbab, UP School of Library and Information Studies

Johann Frederick A. Cabbab is a full time faculty member and former Dean of the UP School of Library and Information Studies. He was a writer and graphic artist for several publications, and the managing editor of Questor Magazine, OFW Guardian Newspaper and Filproperty Magazine prior to rejoining the academe in 2007. He is the former Deputy Director of the Human Resources Development Office of the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus.




How to Cite

Buenrostro, I. S., & Cabbab, J. F. A. (2021). Editorial - A Purpose-Driven LIS Education. Philippine Journal of Librarianship and Information Studies, 41(1), 1–2. Retrieved from https://phjlis.org/index.php/phjlis/article/view/79