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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What is MAHLAP?


The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), an agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), played a vital role in the creation of the Medical and Health Library Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP). The idea of organizing an association of medical and health librarians was conceived during the seminar-workshop on "Current Management Trends for Health Care Libraries," that was held in Cebu City from 3 to 7 November 1986. This workshop is sponsored by PCHRD and the British Council (BC). Mr. Roy Tabor and Ms. Nickey Whitsed, both practicing medical librarians from the United Kingdom served as tutors. Twenty medical and health librarians from the academe, government, and private institutions participated in this workshop.

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How to become a MAHLAP Member?

(based from the Amended By-Laws of MAHLAP-March 2, 2013)

  1. Regular Member – Should be (a) A licensed librarian and works or who has worked in a medical and health related library. (b) A person who is a candidate for a library science degree and/or with at least 24 units of Library Science.
  2. Associate Member – (a) He/She is a candidate for a Library Science degree and/or with at least 24 units of Library Science. (b) A person who is a degree holder in any field other than Library Science and works in a medical and health related library. He/She may be appointed to committee work up to Chairmanship thereof, but cannot elect nor elected into office.
  3. Honorary Member - any individual who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical and/or health related librarianship.
  4. Institutional Member – Shall include firms, agencies, institutions and organizations maintaining medical and health libraries with at least 500 titles of books, monographs and regularly subscribing to at least 15 titles of professional and scientific journals and maintaining regular library hours and with a qualified librarian. Designated representative of and institutional member shall have all the rights and privileges of a regular member except the right to vote and be elected into office.