12 scholars graduate from Master in Library and Information Science with Specialization in Theological Librarianship

Twelve (12) ATESEA scholars from Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan and Thailand were conferred the degree of Master in Library and Information Science with Specialization in Theological Librarianship (MLIS-TL) last April 28, 2019.  This is the second batch of MLIS- TL students who have earned the said master’s degree from Central Philippine University, Iloilo City, Philippines. The following are the graduates of the said two-year degree program:

  1. Lydia Bawi Nuam Kim – Chin Christian Institute of  Theology, Myanmar
  1. Charlotte Santos – St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary, Philippines
  1. Nwe Ni Hla – Myanmar Institute of Theology, Myanmar
  2. Arisa Wongthong – Bangkok Institute of Theology, Thailand
  1. Naw Hsar Kee Lar – Karen Baptist Theological Seminary, Myanmar
  1. Roi San Maran – Kachin Theological College (KTC-Kutkai), Myanmar
  1. Lyu Yueh Han – Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary, Taiwan
  1. Amihan Asi – Union Theological Seminary, Philippines
  2. Rev. Laarni Salaguinto-Inguito – Aglipay Central Theological Seminary, Philippines
  1. Ptr. Wilson James Limos – College of Theology, Southern Christian College, Philippines
  1. Vieter Victory – Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia
  2. Hadi Miter – STT Gereja Kalimantan Evangelis, Indonesia

The graduates expressed that at the onset of their studies, they faced challenges in speaking the English language and in developing the needed technical skills for the course. Their academic experience, however, brought them into a deep sense of realization that being a theological librarian is a ministry and a calling as the work engages in the advancement of theological education. Beyond the books, they have recognized their responsibility to reach out to students and faculty and to assist them in their academic needs. The program has broadened their understanding of their role as theological librarians as not only confined within the four walls of the library, but also encompasses community engagement in the area of social, education and information. They look forward to applying their new learnings in their respective localities and contribute to the advancement of the theological education in their own settings.

The MLIS-TL is a graduate degree program designed to provide continuing education to current librarians of theological schools in Asia. It intends to prepare students for professional leadership in the management and operation of theological libraries. The program provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills in organizing, retrieving, consolidating and disseminating all types of relevant information in managing and supervising of theological libraries.  Librarians who are willing to apply in the said program must possess a degree in theology or its equivalent or have taken some considerable number of credits in theology.