I did not ask any more details from the students. As a school librarian, it is my personal belief to always give the young people I work with reasons to hope. So here goes the first set from Ms. Doreen Calion Ramos.
1. What did you contribute in the field of librarianship?
I have a license so I'm a number in the statistic of licensed librarians in the country. I try my best to stay true to the oath I took eighteen years ago.
2. What is your concern being a librarian?
My concerns, as I write this, would be the great divide that exist between those who have access to books and information and those who have none at all; the slump in book readership and book awareness in the country today; the dearth of Filipino reading materials online and in print formats; the scarcity of qualified librarians to run functional libraries.
3. What is your vision as a librarian?
For me, a library provides physical, virtual and intellectual structures for information and knowledge to be accessed, created and communicated. The librarian is the conduit that integrates and bridges these structures to a community so that members of the community are able to understand the systems involved in knowledge creation thereby developing a culture of lifelong learning.
4. What can you say about the "paperless society"? Do you agree or disagree.
I do not believe in a paperless society. But I recognize the emergence of technology that does not use paper at all.
I throw back a question: What is a paperless society, in the first place? A society that does not use paper? But we use paper and its by-products everyday.
If we are talking about the paperless society in the context of library services, I say we still need paper for some library functions and we don't need paper at all in number of library tasks. In my library, we do not have a card catalog but I still use a p-slip. That's just one example to prove a point.
5. Are you fulfilled and contented in your field of work?
Yes. Some people have told me I am very passionate about my work. But you see, my work is my mission.
Tomorrow, I will post answers to questions sent in by Mr. Greg Egipto Padua III.