Aktualizacja kształcenia akademickiego bibliotekarzy pracujących w małych bibliotekach gminnych – analiza ilościowa badań ankietowych przeprowadzonych w Instytucie Informacji Naukowej i Bibliotekoznawstwa Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie

Urszula Lisowska-Kożuch

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[Updating the academic education of librarians: quantitative analysis of questionnaire surveys conducted in the Institute of Scientific Information and Library Science of the Pedagogical University of Krakow]

In the recent years, the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI) addressed a new program at public libraries in rural communes of up to 20 000 residents – the Library Development Program. It is funded from a grant received by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the stages of the project is the proposal of updating the education of librarians working in these units, submitted by
the Polish Bibliology Society – PTB (the Warsaw department). After signing the appropriate agreement with FRSI, the Society invited to cooperation 9 leading academic centres of education in scientific information and library science. The article presents the results of a survey commissioned by the Warsaw department of PTB at the Institute of Scientific Information and Library Science of the Pedagogical University of Krakow. The survey was conducted in March 2011 on a group of 85 undergraduate students and 115 postgraduate students. Analysis of the results shows that the vast majority of the respondents did not work in public libraries. Among the minority who did, most of the respondents had been employed for more than 3 years. Most of the people surveyed declared that they were considering work in a small commune library. The grounds for such a decision were mainly: a desire to get in closer touch with users, compliance of the performed work with the obtained education, and location close to home. Those who were not interested in undertaking such a job complained e.g. about the lack of professional and personal development, low probability of being employed or unsatisfactory payment. According to the students surveyed, the most important characteristic of a librarian working in a small commune library is the knowledge in the field of readership and modern library science. Valued capabilities of a librarian working in a small library are most of all: conducting documentation, obtaining funds for the library, managing the library and cultural and social animation activity. As many as 90% of the respondents believe that their so-far obtained academic education has prepared them to work in a small commune library. According to the students surveyed, the academic subjects that are most adequate for the educational needs of prospective small library workers are: librarianship and library automation (belonging to the broad field of librarianship) as well as readership. A small group of the students surveyed wrote their MA theses on small commune libraries. The features of internship considered the most important by the respondents are: acquisition and development of professional skills, broadening the knowledge acquired during the course of studies, and good work organization. Less than 30% of the students took their internship in a small commune library. Almost all of them believe that the internship was an essential component of their education. Some of the abilities that the students most often acquired or perfected during their internship are: conducting documentation, managing the library, managing the users, research on the users’ and local community’s needs. The analysed opinions allow the conclusion that the so-far obtained academic education by all means prepares the students of the Institute of Scientific Information and Library Science of the Pedagogical University of Krakow to work in commune public libraries.

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biblioteki publiczne; kształcenie; Instytut Informacji Naukowej i Bibliotekoznawstwa Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie

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