Martin Julius Perez is a foreign service staff employee and the most senior archivist of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Archives under the Office of Asset Management and Support Services of the DFA. He is also a part-time lecturer on archives and records management in the School of Library and Information Studies of the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science (LIS) in 2011 with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude, and currently finishing the Master of Library and Information Science, both from UP Diliman. He is a licensed librarian and ranked second (2nd) in the 2011 Librarians’ Licensure Examination in the Philippines.
Martin formerly worked as a part-time librarian and archivist for the Sto. Domingo Convent Archives and Library, as library assistant and then librarian for the Far Eastern University Library, and as librarian for the Carlos P. Romulo Library of the Foreign Service Institute.
Martin joined the DFA in 2014 as an archivist and assisted in the establishment and management of the present DFA Archives. He and his team is involved in the records and archives management work in the DFA including the Philippine embassies and consulates across the globe. Martin is also part of the DFA’s quality management system (QMS) core team and is one of its internal quality auditors.
He has served as a resource speaker in the DFA and outside the agency including professional associations, on various library, records and archives-related topics. He is also active in participating and presenting papers and posters in international conferences on LIS and archival studies. In 2015, he was one of the five Fellows selected to participated in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program in the USA.
Martin is also actively involving in professional associations, namely the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP), Philippine Association of Teachers’ of Library and Information Science, Inc. (PATLS), and International Council on Archives (ICA).