University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (BULGARIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2021 Proceedings
Publication year: 2021
Pages: 5633-5637
ISBN: 978-84-09-27666-0
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2021.1135
Conference name: 15th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 8-9 March, 2021
Location: Online Conference
The report examines the curriculum of the Bachelor's program “Library and Information Management” at University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (ULSIT) with the main goal to highlight good practice for building knowledge, competencies and professional attitudes in future professionals to the potential of cooperation between institutions in the GLAM-sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums). The research objectives of this report are part of the ongoing monitoring carried out by higher education institutions according to the requirements of the quality management system in education, according to the standards of the European Higher Education Area and EU initiative on "New Skills for New Jobs". Important points are the compliance with the requirements of the labor market, the observance of the theory-practice relationship in training and the bilateral assessment of satisfaction - by students and employers.

The research methodology includes a documentary analysis (internal and online desk research) of the study documentation and the working correspondence from the archives of the Department of Library Management and Archival Studies. The analysis is in support of what is stated in the qualification characteristic of the specialty: those who have acquired a bachelor's degree at “Library and Information Management" have a broad qualification framework of knowledge and skills and are competent to perform management and organizational activities in all types libraries and in their various structural units; in information centers; in information services of ministries, committees and foundations; in community centers, museums, archives, galleries and other cultural institutions; in documentary departments of state, public, business and other institutions and organizations; in editorial and other departments of print and electronic media; in the publishing sector and the book trade.

The direct relationship and the causal link for upgrading knowledge between compulsory and elective disciplines such as: "Project Management", "Public Communication", "Digitalization and Copyright", "Libraries and Sustainable Development", "Innovations for the Protection of Library Funds", " Regional Cultural Policies", "Interactions: Library - Public Organizations" and "Libraries and Cultural Tourism", are traced and evaluated. The academic disciplines are synthesized by following these components of the curriculum, which upgrade knowledge and nurture an active attitude in future professionals to various forms and opportunities for partnership between institutions in the GLAM sector. Recommendations are given for optimizing the causal relationship between the individual components in the curricula of specialties in Library and Information Sciences and for enriching the methodology of teaching and assessment, which can be offered to the attention of an international audience.
GLAM-sector, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, academic education, library and information management, University of Library Studies and Information Technology.