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Director, Rizal Library

One more post. This one is for those who are wondering what I plan to do now that I'm done with my PhD. The memo below also reveals a little about my background and why blue is my favorite color =)

Director, Rizal Library

Again, for those who have difficulty reading the document above, I am reproducing its text below:

Ateneo de Manila University
Office of the President

12 November 2012

Memo to: The University Community

Subject: Director, Rizal Library

Upon the recommendation of the Search Committee headed by Dr Maria Luz Vilches, and endorsed by Dr John Paul Vergara, I am appointing Dr Vernon “Von” R Totanes as Director of the Rizal Library effective 1 April 2013. He succeeds Mrs Lourdes T David whose term ends on 31 March 2013. As part of the transition process, Dr Totanes will assume the position of Assistant Director beginning 16 November 2012.

Dr Totanes holds a PhD in Information from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Library and Information Science from UP. He obtained his license as professional librarian in 2004, topping the licensure exam. As a researcher, he has published in books and journals locally and internationally.

Von is no stranger to our school, having graduated from the Ateneo de Manila with a degree in Management Engineering (1995), High School (1991) and Grade School (1987). From 2003 to 2004 he did volunteer work at the Rizal Library and at the Gehring Library of the Loyola School of Theology.

His career history includes working as a librarian for the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the Asian Development Bank as well as teaching in Sacred Heart School in Cebu, the UP Institute of information and Library Science, and the University of Toronto. Immediately after college, he was employed as Service Quality Officer for CityTrust Banking Corporation and as Assistant Manager for the Total Quality Office of the Bank of the Philippine Islands.

I thank Dr Vilches and the members of the Search Committee for their commitment and generosity in conducting the search process. The members of the Committee are: Dr Filomeno V Aguilar, Mr Eduardo Jose E Calasanz, Dr Jonathan O Chua, Dr Edna P Franco, Dr Ma Celeste E Gonzalez, and Dr Ma Louise Antonette N de las PeƱas.

Let us welcome and support Dr Totanes as he assumes this new assignment.

On behalf of the Ateneo de Manila, I would like to express our profound gratitude to Mrs Lourdes David who has led Rizal Library to where it is now. By her vision and dedicated work, Rizal Library's dynamism has been exemplary in terms of infrastructure, resources, and its networking relationships with our academic community and outside. Mrs David shall continue to serve as Consultant for the Rizal Library beyond her term.

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ

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