“Philippine Librarianship Act.”
The practice of librarianship shall constitute in holding out oneself as skilled in the knowledge, art, and science of the organization, dissemination, preservation, and conservation of recorded information; the rendering, furnishing and contracting of professional services such as consultations and advice on the organization and management of libraries, data banks, research and information centers to clients on a fee basis or otherwise; the teaching of subjects in the library and information sciences, and the signing or authenticating for clients of documents or reports when called for.
Qualification of Board Members
The Chairman and members of the Board, at the time of their appointment, shall posses the following qualifications:
- A natural born citizen and resident of the Philippines;
- good reputation and moral character;
- A librarian as defined in "Section 4(a)" of this Act;
- Active in the practice of librarianship for at least ten (10) years, five (5) years of which is in a managerial position;
- Must not be a member of the faculty of a university, college, school or institution conferring the academic degree on librarianship, or offering review classes for librarian licensure examination;nor a person who has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any such institution; and
- Must not be an incumbent officer of the accredited, integrated national professional organization librarians.
Republic Act No. 9246
"The Philippine Librarianship Act of 2003."
AN ACT MODERNIZING THE PRACTICE OF LIBRARIANSHIP IN THE PHILIPPINES THEREBY REPEALING REPUBLIC ACT NO.6966, ENTITLED: "AN ACT REGULATING THE PRACTICE OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND PRESCRIBING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF LIBRARIANS," APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
The Board for Librarians was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 6966 also known as “The Philippine Librarianship Act” which was enacted into law on September 19, 1990.
The Board conducted its first licensure examination on December 3, 1992. Two years later, it launched the full computerization of the librarian licensure examinations.
The first Board was composed of: Dr. Irene D. Amores as Chairman and Ms. Susima L. Gonzales and Ms. Belen B. Angeles as Members.