Where to go and what to take as a pledge for the future: EINFOSEs experience

APARAC-JELUŠIĆ, Tatjana (2019) Where to go and what to take as a pledge for the future: EINFOSEs experience. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2019 - Athens, Greece - Libraries: dialogue for change in Session S05 - Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning. In: Librarians and information professionals as (pro)motors of change: immersing, including and initiating digital transformation for smart societies, 20-21 August 2019, Zagreb, Croatia.

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Where to go and what to take as a pledge for the future: EINFOSEs experience

In order to discuss and develop suitable educational programs which bring in new skills and competencies for librarians and informatologists that will make them capable of acting as promoters and guides of change in a digital world, LIS departments have to work continuously at modernizing and improving their programs. While doing so, they need to think of basic professional values upon which new skills and competencies should be built. This opens the issue of professional identity and theoretical base which could contribute to a stronger position of the information sciences field in the academic and research family and community of practice. While there is no doubt that it is possible to draw parallels between education programs in Information Science (IS), Library Science (LS), Library and Information Science (LIS), not to mention i-Schools offerings, and new lines of providers of education for big data management, economics of information, digital curation etc., there still does not seem to exist a consensus on what the differences and similarities are, or where boundaries should be drawn. Do we need to draw these boundaries or is this a question of core content and a series of specializations, flexible enough to react to the needs for new profiles and strong enough to confront the ‘old fortress’ known as university? Based upon experience from a recently completed Erasmus plus project – EINFOSE (European Information Science Education: Encouraging Mobility and Learning Outcomes Harmonization) – the author intends to single out the project's key recommendations and offer them for further discussion.

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