Project Team

Project Team

Bless Vblesselasco
INELI-ASEAN Project Director

Chief, Public Libraries Division
National Library of the Philippines (NLP)
blessvelasco@yahoo.com

Bless Velasco joined NLP as Librarian I on February 2, 2002 and was initially assigned at the Filipiniana Division, a reading room of NLP, catering to the library and information needs of hundreds of students and researchers.  In July 2002, from Filipiniana Division, she was transferred to the Public Libraries Division (PLD) wherein its main function is to help establish and maintain public libraries nationwide. She is very much involved in the activities of the Division, like establishment of public libraries, organization of library materials and in the planning and conducting of seminars and conferences for public librarians.  In 2007, Bless was awarded the Model Employee Award by the NLP.  In the same year, she was a recipient of an IFLA – Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) Scholarship on  Literacy for Information Professionals which was held at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.  She holds a Master’s degree in Education with specialization in Library Science obtained at Philippine Normal University in Manila. She is currently enrolled at the Technological University of the Philippines for her Doctor of Education in Industrial Education Management. In 2011, she was one of the innovators of the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) Cohort 1 and is now the Project Director of INELI-ASEAN. On January 30, 2015, she graduated Master in Development Management at Development Academy of the Philippines. In February 2015, she was promoted to Librarian V or is now the Chief of PLD.

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Jennifer Dimasaca
INELI-ASEAN Asst. Project Director
Librarian IV, Public Libraries Division
National Library of the Philippines (NLP)
jbdimasaca@nlp.gov.ph

Jennifer Dimasaca is a licensed librarian and a graduate of Masters in  Library and Information Science.  She has been with the National Library of the Philippines since 2002 and is currently assigned at the Public Libraries Division that helps affiliated public libraries to  provide relevant library services to the community.

In 2014, her management skills were enhanced through the scholarship grant she received from the national government under the Development Academy of the Philippines. She was conferred the
Masters Degree in Development Management and completed her Re-entry Project titled “Aklatan para sa Katutubong Pilipino ng Santa Marcela, Apayao” that won an Award as the Most-Citizen Centric Re-Entry Project.

She also had various local and international training on International Standard Serial Number, ASEAN Children’s Librarianship, among others.

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Xenia Romero
INELI-ASEAN Asst. Project Director
Librarian I, Filipiniana Division
National Library of the Philippines 
xbromero@nlp.gov.ph

 

Xenia B. Romero is one of the librarians at the Thesis and Dissertation Section of the Filipiniana Division. Prior to that, she was assigned to the Collection Development Division, Director’s Office, and for more than a year, in the Public Libraries Division (PLD). While she was in PLD, she was the Librarian-in-Charge in the Library Monitoring, Inventory, and Evaluation Section.

Before she joined National Library of the Philippines (NLP) in 2013, she was the Head Librarian of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) from 2005 to 2013. For eight (8) years in CHED, she was involved in different inter-agency projects on electronic library and on digitization related projects. She served as the CHED’s representative in the Philippine eLibrary (Phil eLib) Project in 2008 and continued her participation in the said project up to date as the Secretariat of the Phil eLib Project Management Office and the Co-Leader of the Capacity Building and Implementation Monitoring Component of the Integrated Philippine eLibrary Project (iPeL), the Phase 3 of the Phil eLib Project. She also represented CHED in the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) Digitization project.

She facilitated various library and non-library related trainings, workshops, seminars and fora, and was given opportunities to share her knowledge and expertise in Librarianship to several events as resource speaker and lecturer. She also conducted/facilitated series of trainings and orientations on the two (2) NLP’s electronic and digital libraries projects, such as Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk System (STARBOOKS) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII)  to the content recipient public libraries and on the iPeL’s subscriptions to foreign online databases in cooperation with the Phil eLib member agencies for the access recipients.

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Michael James Reyno

Michael James Reyno
INELI-ASEAN Technical Staff

Librarian I, Public Libraries Division
National Library of the Philippines
mrreyno@nlp.gov.ph

Michael James R. Reyno commonly called as “Mike” by friends and colleagues, started his career as a College Librarian at the Manuel V. Gallego Foundation Colleges, Incorporated in Cabanatuan City in June 2012. Two years after, he then transferred to Olivarez College in Paraňaque City where he served as the High School Librarian and a part-time Instructor in Library and Information Science.

Mike is a fresh graduate of Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) at the Baliuag University in Baliwag,  Bulacan where he also finished his Baccalaureate degree in Library and Information Science.

In August 2015, He joined the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) as Librarian. He is currently assigned at the Public Libraries Division where he handled the monitoring of public libraries in the Philippines. He was also appointed as one of the member of the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Project where he worked as the Technical Senior Staff.

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feFe Basagre
INELI-ASEAN Finance Staff

Chief, Finance and Administrative Division National Library of the Philippines (NLP) febasagre@yahoo.com

Fe Basagre joined NLP as Clerk I on April 15, 1985 and was initially assigned at the Accounting Section of theFinance and Administrative Division (FAD) and has been there until the present time but promoted as head of the    Accounting Unit since April 1, 1988 and recently as Chief of the Division after graduating last April 2014 from  Pamantasan ng  Lungsod ng Maynila of Masters in Government Management  And as head of FAD, she supervises the financial activities of NLP and assists the management in the decision-making in terms of finances.

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Ginalene Magallano

Ginalene Magallano
INELIASEAN Project Staff

Secretary
National Library of the Philippines (NLP)
ginalene_25@yahoo.com

Ginalene Magallano started work at the NLP in 2008 as an Encoder in the Personnel Section of the Administrative Division. In 2010 she was hired as Administrative Assistant III and was designated as Secretary at the Office of the Director of NLP. Ginalene honed her knowledge and skills from experience gaining training from NLP’s directors. Last 2014, she graduated from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila with a master’s de-gree in Public Administration.

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crisMaricris Abancia
INELIASEAN IT  Staff

Information Systems Analyst II
National Library of the Philippines (NLP)
mlabancia@nlp.gov.ph

Maricris Abancia is a graudate of B.S. Computer Science. She joined the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) in 2003 as Clerk I and was initially assigned at the Government Publications Division. In 2008, she was transferred to the Information Technology Division and was promoted as Computer Programmer. She is responsible in maintaining and monitoring the web and database servers as well as the integrated library system of NLP. The experience she learned from working at the Government Publications Division helped her to develop her skills in designing and automating some business processes in NLP.

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Rhea Rowena Apolinario
INELI-ASEAN Consultant
Professor
University of the Philippines
rhea@slis.upd.edu.ph

Rhea Rowena U. Apolinario is a registered information professional/ professional librarian in the Philippines and  currently a Faculty/Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies. As an educator for seven (7) years, she has taught subjects on Library Management, Media Materials and Technology,   Collection Management, and advised and directed students in their research papers (thesis). She has also given numerous presentations, conducted and facilitated conferences/seminars/workshops in various topics in library and information studies both locally and internationally.

Prior to being a faculty, Prof. Apolinario was the head librarian of the Learning Resource Center of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) at Quezon City, Philippines. SEAMEO INNOTECH is an international organization that provides training and research services to the educators of Southeast Asia and beyond. She had been with the company since August 2000 and had contributed significantly to all the successes of SEAMEO INNOTECH. As a librarian in that  institution, she performed all library managerial and administrative responsibilities and supervised all library functions and activities. Aside from these, she also conducted and facilitated information literacy trainings/ seminars and orientation to the multicultural trainees and clients of SEAMEO INNOTECH and provided research   services to their professional staff and clients.

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Former Project Team Members:

melodyMelody Madrid
INELI-ASEAN Asst. Project Director
Asst. Chief,
Collection Development Division
National Library of the Philippines 

mmmadrid@nlp.gov.ph

Melody M. Madrid is the Assistant Chief of the Collection Development Division of the National Library of the Philippines.

She finished both her Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Library Science and Master of Education (major in Library Science) degrees at the Philippine Normal University (PNU) with the distinction of Cum Laude.

She finished her second master’s degree, the International Master on Digital Library Learning (DILL) in 2011. DILL is a two-year collaborative master program between Oslo University College in Norway, Tallinn University in Estonia and Parma University in Italy. She was the secretary of Philippine eLibrary from 2007-2012 and recipient of the Asian Cultural Partnership Initiative (ACPI) Scholarship/Fellowship in 2006.

She is also a recipient of Pagkilala 2014 Recognition Program for PNU Eminent Alumni Awardee and 1st Prize Winner of the 2013 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest for Developing Countries.

marvinMarvin Dimasaca
INELI-ASEAN Support Staff 

Graduate of BS Computer Science at De La Salle Araneta University
Worked at the National Library of the Philippines since 2007.
Start to work as a Support Staff INELI ASEAN Project in August 2015.