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Fe Angela M. Verzosa, 1946-



Fe Angela Manansala-Verzosa spent nearly forty years as organizer of special library collections and archival materials, such as the Presidential Papers in The National Library (1967-1969), the manuscript collections at the University of the Philippines Diliman/Main Library (1969-1971) and at Ateneo de Manila University (1974-1975), the presidential library-archives-museum of the Jose P. Laurel Memorial Foundation (1975-1987), and the institutional archives of De La Salle University (1988-2006), where she has contributed to effecting changes, not only in providing better access to these library resources, but more importantly, in preserving materials of enduring value for the sake of our cultural heritage.
  • Ms. Verzosa graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman with an A.B. major in History in 1966, and a Master’s degree in Library Science in 1978. She took the first Civil Service Exam for Librarians in 1973 and came out a topnotcher. In 1982, she underwent an intensive study-training program in Archives Administration at the US National Archives in Washington, D.C. She took her oath of licensure as a professional librarian in 1994.
  • In February 1988, she joined De La Salle University Library as its first University Archivist. As Archivist, she succeeded in strengthening the Library’s Special Collections with donations from alumni and faculty, and a good number of collectors, both within and outside the academic community. In 1991 she was sent to Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a two-week training program on conservation, and visited archival and library institutions in Thailand and Malaysia, to complement her 1982 archival training in Washington, D.C.
  • In 1994, she was appointed DLSU Library Director, while holding on to the position of the University Archivist in a concurrent capacity. The Library’s automation project highlighted her achievements as academic library director. In 1995, De La Salle University Library became the first academic library in the Philippines to go public with its online catalog via the Internet’s World Wide Web. In the same year, the DOST-ESEP Library Network was launched with DLSU Library as one of the flagship institutions. In the same year, DOST awarded her with a fellowship grant to pursue an overseas summer study-training course at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth (United Kingdom) on Library and Information Studies.
  • Since 1995, she has served in various capacities in two important library associations in the country, the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (as President 2000), the umbrella organization of professional (licensed) librarians, and the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (as President 2000 and 2004). In June 2001 she was elected to head the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-National Committee on Libraries and Information Services until 2004. As President of both organizations (PLAI and PAARL) in the year 2000 and as member of the Executive Board of the 11th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL), she represented the country and headed a delegation of more than 30 librarians to the 11th CONSAL in Singapore. The following year, she received the ASEAN Training Grant, sponsored by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which enabled her at the same time to attend the CONSAL-sponsored E-TLAS Conference 2001 on the emerging trends in library and archival services. For CONSAL 2003 held in Brunei, she was invited to deliver a plenary paper on Copyright Protection for Philippine Publications. In the same year, she attended the International Council on Archives – Section on Universities and Research Institutions (ICA-SUV) conference in Poland. In August 2004, she presented a paper to the pre-Congress seminar held by ICA-SUV at Vienna, Austria. In November of the same year, she delivered a plenary paper to the Asian Library Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on “The future of Library Cooperation in Southeast Asia.”
  • In recognition of her tireless efforts as an acknowledged leader in Philippine librarianship, she was awarded by the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians as the “Academic Librarian of the Year for 1996.” In 1998, she received the Cirilo B. Perez Award given by the Philippine Librarians Association as Over-all Chairman of the National Book Week celebration in 1997. On June 4, 1999, she received a Centennial Award given by the National Centennial Commission-Women Sector as “Tagahabi ng Kasaysayan” in recognition of her contribution in the writing of women’s herstories. And on November 30, 1999, she received the Severino Velasco Award from PLAI for her outstanding contribution as Conference organizer. On 30 November 2001, she received the prestigious Gabriel A. Bernardo Award, given in recognition of her exemplary leadership in steering the Association to greater success, by the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. during the PLAI Fellowship Luncheon held at Manila Midtown Hotel. In January of 2002, she was honored by the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL) with the prestigious 2001 Professional Service Award in recognition of her “wholehearted dedication to the cause of librarianship” in the Philippines. On November 29, 2002 she was presented with the Service Award by the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. She was again presented by PAARL her second Professional Service Award last January 2006 for her service as President of the organization for the second time in 2004. Her lifetime achievements were recognized in June 2006 by the Professional Regulation Commission when she was awarded the Outstanding Professional Librarian of the year, a month after her retirement from De La Salle University. A year later, PAARL presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009, in recognition of her contribution to the cause of Philippine librarianship, PLAI presented her with a Hall of Fame Award.
  • She has served on numerous occasions as conference organizer, resource speaker and lecturer, in both local, regional, and national conferences, seminars and training programs to share her knowledge, skill or expertise in the field of library and archival management, and in information technology and its application to library and archival functions. As a researcher and writer, Ms. Verzosa has contributed to the literature on Philippine librarianship with her publications and researches on the presidential archives system, archival administration, library collection development, and library automation.
  • Verzosa is listed among the Top 10 Philippine Librarians by WikiPilipinas.