Von- June

Von works out regularly at the gym and occasionally—with a little  prodding—poses shirtless for photos, but he is in fact a PhD candidate  doing research on the history of the Filipino history book at the  University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, where he is affiliated  with the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture.   Von  is also a licensed librarian in the Philippines, with a master’s  degree in library and information science from the University of the  Philippines.

In his blog, Filipino Librarian, he has written that “We can’t just leave it to others to tell the people who we are; that’s why the stereotypes about librarians continue to flourish.  We have to  be the ones to go out there and tell people who we are. It’s not enough to complain about inaccurate images of librarians; we must be  able to present alternative, positive images in movies, books and, yes, blogs.” Now he realizes that “calendars” should be added to the list.

The images may not always be viewed positively, but they do present different facets that are rarely seen by most people.

Photo by Jim Arshem


  1. Steve Flower

    You and your cohorts are to be congratulated for a quality production, Von. And you’re right – if someone’s not part of the solution, they are part of perpetuating the problem. A nice photo, and a great message to go with it.

  2. Vaquera

    FAVORITE!! First in photo, then in c.v. too!


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