New library assistant ranks 9th in gov’t board

New library assistant ranks 9th in gov’t board

by UA&P News Desk on November 23, 2010 - 11:03 am

A young UA&P library assistant obtained the ninth highest mark in the recent Professional Regulation Commission licensure exam for librarians.

The results released last November 15 listed Ms. Kristi Ma. Fevie Macasaet among 699 examinees.

Another UA&P library assistant Ms. Florence Renee R. Bacay also passed the exam. Ms. Bacay and Ms. Macasaet are both recent graduates from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) library science bachelor’s program.

In an interview with UNIVERSITAS Online, Ms. Macasaet expressed her “surprise” for making it to one of the top spots in the nationwide examinations.

“I can’t believe I would make it to the top, because compared with others, I studied a little less,” she said.

But Ms. Macasaet is in fact only another librarian in her family. Many of her relatives who are librarians themselves encouraged her to take up the degree because there “are a lot of opportunities after graduation,” she said. Proof that being a librarian is in the Macasaet blood, her younger sister is also taking up library science, encouraged by how much her ate loves her work.

When they were younger, their mother would often bring them to public libraries to spend leisure time. “We grew up being open about libraries,” Ms. Macasaet said.

Ms. Macasaet, the eldest of 3 children, joined the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) last June as a library assistant, something she had always loved to do, especially after her stint as a working student at the UST library.

At only 20, Ms. Macasaet has already realized that she loves all aspects of her job, but one thing remains to be particularly difficult for her.

“It’s hard to make noisy students keep quiet while in the library,” she said, flashing a knowing smile.

Although Ms. Macasaet and her colleague, Ms. Bacay, had to face the challenges in a new workplace while studying for the board exams, they found it convenient to have received much support from their fellow library personnel.

“The (UA&P) library gave us enough time to review every day,” Ms. Macasaet said. Ms. Bacay also attested that the staff gave helpful tips and advice for the state exams.

Ms. Macasaet also plans to up the ante of her career path by taking up a master’s degree to become a subject librarian, a more specialized track.

“Subject librarians also act like teachers and guides to researchers and students in the library,” she explained. #

Text and photo by Ms. Camille Diola | Corporate Communications Office

Errata, November 24, 2010: Ms. Macasaet is only 20 years old, not 22. She and Ms. Bacay are library assistants and not yet librarians.
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