MILAGROS SANTOS – ONG
PRC OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL LIBRARIAN (2005)
“Service to the library profession is continuing/perpetual even beyond retirement and may be classified into: 1) education and 2) dedication and service to the institution and the library profession through the library associations”
Mrs. Ong, a graduate of the degrees in Business Administration, Master in Library Science and Law at the University of the Philippines, and Master of Arts from Sheffield, England and has undergone a six weeks Malaysian Technical Cooperation Grant training in Kuala, Lumpur Malaysia which gave her the knowledge and ability to be effective and efficient in the profession. She was the former Director of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Library for 33 years until her retirement in May 2017. She received an award from the American Association of Law Libraries under the Ellen Shaffer Grant in 2014.
Knowledge, training and experiences earned her to be one of the most sought after professional not only in the field of library science but also in law. Proof of that was her being a lecturer/resource speaker in the different library associations both local and international like CONSAL(in Singapore, 1999, 2000), American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) ((in Boston, USA, 2004), and Australian Association of Law Librarians (ALLA) (in Brisbane, Australia, 2012). She was a resource speaker at the annual Internet Librarian in Monterey, California (2015) She was one of the contributor and writer of some articles published in international journals and bulletins like the New York College of Law Globalex; (an online data base on international legal research) “(http://www.nyulawglobal.org/globalex since 2005) ; or International Information and Library Review of the University of Pittsburgh (USA), vol. 33 (2001), available online at http://www.idealibrary.com on ideal, and Bulletin of Japan Special Libraries (November 2015, p.15. She also published books on Legal Research used by law schools and the 2013 edition is entitled “Legal Research and Legal Citations in the Philippines.” The 2018 edition was launched last April 5, 2018 during the Seminar on Legal Research of the Philippine Group of Law Librarians (PGLL) attended by more than 60 law school librarians of the Philippines.. In addition to that, Mrs. Ong was a part-time professor in De La Salle University College of Law, Manila Law College, University of the East Graduate School and the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Science. She has been a part-time professor at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Law since 2000 and the Centro Escolar University College of Law since it was established.
With her dedication to the profession, she has been duly recognized by Service Award given by the Philippines Librarians Association (2005), the Supreme Court with the Exemplary Service Award (2005), Chief Justice Award in Outstanding Service (2005) and Presidential Citation given by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2011).
Currently, she has retired from the library service after 43 years but still active in the profession. She is a founding member of the Philippine Group of Law Librarians (PGLL) President 2006-2011, 2017-2018, President of the Philippine Librarian Association 1999, Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP) 2002, and Adviser 2006, 2007, 2020-present and Court Librarians Association of the Philippines (CLAPHIL) Adviser 2001 to present and member of the British Alumni Association.