13th Conference on Professional Information Resources

Paper details

Information Specialists and Professional Development in the Context of Lifelong Learning

Session coordinator: Petra Jedličková, Charles University - Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Czech Republic

Where: 22. 5. 2006, 14.00 - 15.25, Auditorium D

Do We Want to Know, How Competent We Are?

Autor: Zlata Houšková, Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic


Jarmila Burgetová / Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic



In 1997 a group of several European states (France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom) started developing the project DECIDoc/CERTIDoc aimed at definition and certification of competencies of European Information Professionals. The Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic (SKIP) has published Czech translation of both editions of Euroguide LIS (the second one in 2006). The project represents not only the list of desired competencies; it offers many other usage: educationals programs/curricula creation, auto-evaluation of own competencies, professional development etc. The main task of the project would be the implementation of the certification of competencies LIS in the Czech Republic. But there are many questions: are we able and willing to compare us with information professionals in other European countries? Are we interested in it at all? Are we able to choose and respect our experts, who will evaluate our competencies? SKIP offers not only discussion, but also the collaboration in taking all advantages this project offers.

About author:

Zlata Houskova has graduated in Librarianship and Information Studies (Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague) and postgraduate study of Adult Education. She works in the National Library of the Czech Republic as Chief Education Manager. She devoted herself to professional education of librarians both – theoretically and practically: she teaches many courses, cooperates with schools, supervises many diploma thesis etc. She is a co-author of two researches on librarians education (1998, 2004), and has published about 70 articles in professional periodicals and proceedings. She is a guarantor of the grant program „VISK2 – Lifelong Education of Librarians.“ She also works for many years in the Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic (SKIP) among other things as a chair of Educational Section, which cooperates in CERTIDoc project.

PhDr. Jarmila Burgetová, The Association of Library and Information Professionals (SKIP), e-mail: Jarmila.Burgetova@seznam.cz; 233-335-030 Jarmila Burgetová studied librarianship at the Charles University, Prague, Faculty of Philosophy, the University degree (PhDr.) She received in 1967. She was 15 years employed at the National Library, in its scientific and methodological department and in the department for international exchange of publications. In 1970 she had to leave the National Library due to the political reasons. Only in 1972 she had the possibility to come back to the library profession in the Academy of Sciences. At the beginning she was employed in a small special library of the Institute of psychology, since 1975 in the Main Library of Academy of Sciences, in its methodological department. Now she is working (on the part-time) as consultant-adviser of the director and editor in chief of the newsletter “INFORMACE”. She published several methodological publications, many articles in the professional journals, especially to the problems of library organization and management, acquisition, usage of scientific information, education for information, library legislation and development of library associations. She had lectures in many library trainings, courses and educational programs. As President of the Association of Library and Information Professionals (SKIP), in the years 1990 – 1998, since 2001 Honorary President, she devoted herself the multilateral development of foreign contacts of the association and international collaboration. In 2001 she was awarded by the Price of Czech librarians and by the Z.V.Tobolka medal for the life-work benefit of Czech librarianship.


Other papers in this session:

The Evolving Library &Information Professional – Development, Leadership and Networking for Evolving Patron Needs

Author: Russell Bailey, Providence College Library, USA

Education for Library Professionals in Romania

Author: Anca Cristina Rapeanu, "Carol I" Central University Library of Bucharest, Romania


Corina Dovinca / "Carol I" Central University Library of Bucharest