Prof. Rhea Rowena U. Apolinario is a professional librarian and is currently a Faculty/Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies. She graduated Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS), cum laude, in 2000, and Master in Technology Management (MTM) in 2009 from the University of the Philippines Diliman.
As an educator for almost eight (8) years, she has taught both graduate and undergraduate students subjects, such as, Library Management, Foundations of Library and Information Science, Media Materials and Technology, Marketing Library and Information Services, and Collection Management; and has also advised and directed students in their research papers (thesis). She is an active member and past officer of different library organizations in the Philippines, and has also given numerous presentations, conducted, and facilitated conferences/seminars/workshops in various topics in library and information studies.
She is currently the Consultant of the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators in the ASEAN Region (INELI-ASEAN) Project. This is a project by The National Library of the Philippines, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project aims to create a regional network of emerging public library leaders to foster collaboration and strengthen capacity and partnerships among stakeholders in Southeast Asia.
She also presently holds the position Executive Vice-President of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) National Board of Trustees (NBOT), and the President as well of the PLAI National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Council.
Prior to being a faculty, she was the head librarian of the Learning Resource Center of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) at Quezon City, Philippines. SEAMEO INNOTECH is an international organization that provides training and research services to the educators of Southeast Asia and beyond. She had been with the company since August 2000 and had contributed significantly to all the successes of SEAMEO INNOTECH. As a librarian in that institution, she performed all library managerial and administrative responsibilities and supervised all library functions and activities. Aside from these, she also conducted and facilitated information literacy trainings/seminars and orientation to the multicultural trainees and clients of SEAMEO INNOTECH and provided research services to their professional staff and clients.