The University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies (UPSLIS) has proudly introduced its new Dean, Prof. Mary Grace P. Golfo-Barcelona.
According to the school, Prof. Golfo-Barcelona personifies the interdisciplinarity inherent within the information professions. With her BLS and MLIS degrees from UP SLIS she represents the traditions and values of a Scholar ng Bayan, Scholar para sa Bayan (Scholar of the People, Scholar for the People). The subsequent development of her career as a librarian in various academic institutions and as records manager and archivist in the government sector has shaped the way she looks at information across competing applications, priorities, and paradigms of access. Her ongoing PhD in Anthropology and completed MA in Archival Studies (History) from the University of Manitoba broadens and reshapes her professional practice. This foundation coupled with a multi-faceted professional background makes her an archetype of the modern information professional, ever responsive to the continually changing needs and priorities of communities driven by technology, history, and culture.
Prof. Golfo-Barcelona succeeds Prof. Kathleen Lourdes B. Obille whose 6-year tenure saw the declaration of the School as the sole CHED Center of Excellence in Library and Information Studies, becoming a member of the iSchools, as well as re-established ties in South East Asia and the larger international stage.