Sunday, September 21, 2008

Who are Qualified to Take the Librarians Licensure Examination

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9246 Article 3, Sec 15. Qualifications of Applicants. Applicants for licensure examination must meet the following qualifications at the time of filing of applications:
  1. Good health and good moral character; and
  2. Graduate of Bachelor’s degree in Library Science and Information Science: Provided, That a holder of a master’s degree in Library and Information Science shall be allowed to qualify for application to the licensure examinations: Provided, further; That within five (5) years from the effectivity of this Act, holders of the following degrees shall also be allowed to qualify for application to the licensure examination:

    1. Bachelor of Science in Education or Elementary Education; or Bachelor of Arts with a major or specialization in Library Science;
    2. Master of Arts in Library Science or Library and Information Science; or
    3. Any masteral degree with concentration in Library Science.
The law was approved on February 19, 2004, and became effective "after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or a national newspaper of general circulation."

During my conversation through phone to a reliable resource person, the following came out:

Graduates of
BSE, BSEE, AB in LS, MA/MAED in LS, and any masteral degree with concentration in Library Science can still apply and qualify to take the exam this year.

Undergraduate courses such as BSCE, BSC, and other courses with concentration in Library Science (with 18 units or more) are not qualified to take the exam.

Any masteral degree, be it MAT, MAED, MSBA, MBA, and others, with concentration in library science can still apply and qualify to take the exam this year.

After
March 2009, only graduates of Bachelor in Library and Information Science and Master in Library and Information Science will be allowed to take the exam.

Therefore, this November
2008 will be the last exam for non-BLIS or MLIS degrees.

3 comments:

reman said...

Just to clarify. Not all non-BLIS or MLIS who will take the LLE this Nov 2008 will pass the exam. Hence they can still take the next LLE (until they pass-since no more limit on retaking) as long as they obtained their degree prior to March 2009. This is the opinion of Mam Nera & Mam Conti's when i asked this during the 1st LibraryLink Conference last Aug 2008.

Hope this info helps and lessen the agony of our future colleagues.

Dave said...

Email of the PRC BFL Chairman...

According to the law, March 14, 2009 is the deadline but since this is graduation time it may not be timely. We will try to extend up to November through a resolution to accommodate those finishing in March 2009.

CORAZON M. NERA
Chairman
Board for Librarians / PRC

Anonymous said...

As per discussion with the BFL in the said seminar

1. Only retakers will be allowed to take the exam if you are not a BLIS graduate.
2. However, the BFL will try to appeal for the approval of allowing non- BLIS graduates to take the exam for the first time just one last time this november. If the appeal is not granted then you will not be allowed to take the exam if you are a first taker.
3. We will know the result of this appeal by Mid-May.

Lourdes T. David
Source: PAARL@yahoogroups.com
dated April 20, 2009