Asst. Prof. Elijah John F. Dar Juan is a faculty member of the School of Library and Information Studies of the University of the Philippines Diliman.
He earned his Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) degree in 2007 at UP SLIS. By God’s grace, he successfully passed the 17th Librarian Licensure Examination in November 2008 and achieved First Place among the examinees.
Being a professional librarian for more than a decade, he is equipped with specialized work and training experience in library and information work. He served in The University Library of UP Diliman for five years, four of which as a reference librarian and a cataloger. He was the pioneering Head Librarian of the Strategic Communication, Research, and Marketing Section of The University Library. Such work experience led him to his interest in studies on reference services; marketing and public relations; and, information behavior.
As a full-time faculty member of UP SLIS, he equips students to become competent Filipino librarians and information professionals. He teaches introductory courses in library and information science, reference and information services, and marketing library and information services. He is part of SLIS history as the first instructor of the general education (GE) course offered by School, LIS 10 Information and Society, initially offered last academic year.
He recently earned his Master of Library and Information Science degree in 2021 (graduate as of July 2020), receiving the 2020 Best Graduate Thesis award for "The Design, Development, and Implementation of a General Education Course in Library and Information Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman."
He is an advocate of initiatives in changing negative stereotypes of Filipino librarians; enhancing the image of libraries in the country; and, enabling the participation of information literate individuals towards the progress of Philippine society.