Agents of change: regional cooperation and LIS education and training
Hysa, Besa (Author), Južnič, Primož (Author)

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This paper is a case study, an evaluation of a Regional (Western) Balkan project, which developed and delivered LIS program for the region. Potential students were recognized as already practitioner librarians working mostly in STEM types of libraries. Thus, it evaluates the results through analyses of the opinions of academic librarians and particularly librarians with subject background about proper skills and competences that are crucial in contemporary information environment. Regional cooperation was considered an important step to promote collaboration and exchange experiences between education programs in region, in order to improve the quality of education in LIS programs. The data are derived from extended questionnaire survey conducted among librarians that have followed Masterʼ level study program in Librarianship at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Other data were gathered with extended interviews with STEM librarians in Albania, mostly in engineering academic library and other academic settings. The respondents were asked on LIS curriculum and its relevance to present academic environment, aspect of internationalization and regional cooperation, information technology knowledge and skills, teaching methods, balancing of theoretical and practical knowledge regarding subject-specific subject etc. This study helps us to get a picture of the qualifications needed and key components in the education of specific subject librarians in Albania, beyond traditional librarianship, which correspond to similar studies elsewhere. We also hope to add something to the development of regional cooperation as a key factor for establishing political stability in this part of Europe, which is in the best interests not only of these countries, but also Europe as a whole.

Keywords:bibliotekrstvo in informacijska znanost, študij bibliotekarstva, specialne knjižnice, Albanija, regionalno sodelovanje, konference
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Tipology:1.08 - Published Scientific Conference Contribution
Organization:FF - Faculty of Arts
Number of pages:13 str.
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