Istituto di Biblioteconomia - Univ. di Parma Master internazionale a distanza in

Scienze dell'Informazione e della Comunicazione
School of Information Studies - Un. of Northumbia at Newcastle

International Master in Information Studies

DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries

European Library Automation Group

Information Technologies Profiles and Curricula for Libraries

Parma, 13-14 October 2005
Sala Conferenze Oratorio Nuovo, Vicolo Santa Maria 5

With the introduction of digital resources in the libraries, the last years have seen an increasing need of positions (System Librarian and Library Manager) with skills in IT technologies. The labor market is now beginning to ask for specialized skills, but there is a serious shortage of such skills, mainly due to the lack of formal (and informal) opportunities for education in Information Technology (IT) profiles suited for libraries. Policy measures that could be adopted in response to such needs will take time to be developed and implemented, and their results in the emergence of an increased skill supply will be seen only in the medium-long term.

The primary objective of this workshop is to identify and define the IT profiles and skills needed in libraries and information centers, and to propose a set of educational actions that could result in making those skills available in the short-medium term. The cooperation started by the International Master in Information Studies with ELAG and DELOS could assist libraries in improving professional skills and in a better planning of education and training investments, by defining educational offers including the most recent results in digital library technology research.

The workshop is articulated into two parts. The first part will present an overview of the present status in educational issues on IT technologies for libraries and recent trends in research for digital library; the second part will present experiences and case studies on skills and competencies, continuing with three break-out parallel sessions, to stimulate discussion, comments and suggestions from the audience. The final session (in the morning of the second day) will try to outline some preliminary scenarios and draw some conclusions. The work of the groups will continue through a discussion forum to be activated after the workshop.


13th October
9,00 Registration

9:15 Welcome and Introduction
Anna Maria Tammaro, University of Parma, Italy

1st Session: Relationships and cooperation between IT education and LIS Schools

9,30 IT profiles and curricula: introduction
Anna Maria Tammaro, University of Parma, Italy

10,00 Digital libraries technologies
Vittore Casarosa, DELOS

10,30 ELAG and its strenghts
Paula Goossens, Elag President

11,00 Break

11,30 DELOS IT education activities and the University of Padova experiences
Maristella Agosti, University of Padova

12,00 Information technologies and university education in Europe
Ragnar Audunson, EUCLIP President

12,30-14,00 Lunch break

14,00 IT competencies and curricula: issues and trends
Pat Dixon, International Master, University of Newcastle

14.30 The design of a digital library course in Sofia
Krasi Angelova, University of Sofia

15,00 Experiences of Master student
Keith Nairn, University of Northumbria

15,30 Break

16,00 Competencies of system managers and library managers: results of a survey in Italy
Annalisa Spinello, International Master in Information Studies

16,30 Parallel breakout sessions

18,00 Preliminary conclusion
Anna Maria Tammaro, University of Parma, Italy

14th October

9,30 Workgroups discussion

11,00 Break

11,30 Presentation of workgroups preliminary results

12,00 Conclusions and future activities
Anna Maria Tammaro, University of Parma, Italy

12,30 Close

Practical details

There is no registration fee for this workshop, but advance registration is required. To register, please send an email to, with the name of the workshop in the subject line.
The workshop will be held at Sala Conferenze Oratorio Novo, Biblioteca Civica, Vicolo S. Maria 5. For logistic information on how to reach Parma and the conference venue, hotel reservations, etc, please visit
For further information and assistance please contact Annamaria Tammaro, University of Parma ( - Maristella Agosti, University of Padova (

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