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  • 1. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 1 Library and Information Science Education in Germany Ulrike Stckel, Ulla Wimmer Berlin School of Library and Information Science June 2014
  • 2. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 2 Agenda 1. How to become a librarian? The German education system in a nutshell 3 (or more) ways to work in a library The German public service system in a nutshell 2. LIS-Education in Germany Scope and subjects Institutions 3. Berlin School of Library and Information Science profile programmes
  • 3. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 3 1 How to become a librarian?
  • 4. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 4 Education in Germany in general, pupils graduate from high-school after 9-10 years (basic graduation level) after 10 years (medium grad. level, O-levels) after 12 years (Higher Education qualification level, Abitur, A-levels) 16 more or less similar systems: Education is under the legislation of the 16 federal states (Lnder)
  • 5. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 5 Education in Germany after school: below higher education level: a good dual education system for on-the-job training and apprenticeships (e.g. 4 days training, 1 day vocational school) higher education level: majority of study capacity at publicly funded universities no tuition fees (introduced and abolished in 5-6 states) financial support (BAFG) for students with moderate means still: social background of parents is the strongest predictor of education level in Germany
  • 6. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 6 Education in Germany Higher education structure: most programmes are Bologna-compliant: Bachelors/Masters level Universities of Applied Science (Hochschulen) and Universities BA/MA of Universities and UAS are de jure equal
  • 7. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 7 How to become a librarian? 3 ways to work in a library if you graduate from school after 9-10 years after 10 years dual education: FAMI after 12 years study: bachelor/master LIS from university (Master/PhD) study: additional master /public service degree
  • 8. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 8 No 1: dual education after 10 years dual education: FAMI 2-3 years practical training in a library plus vocational school Fachangestellt/r Medien- und Informationsdienste FAMI (specialization: library, archive, media) also often taken by people with Abitur medium-level tasks in libraries usually no management positions
  • 9. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 9 No 2: study LIS after 12 years study: bachelor/master/PhD LIS usually taught at Universities of Applied Sciences (exception: IBI/Humboldt) Bachelor (BA LIS): 6-7 semesters, 180 ECTS lower or middle management level Master (MA LIS): 4 semesters, 120 ECTS de jure: any management position in libraries PhD in LIS: only at Humboldt required for academic careers
  • 10. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 10 No 3: legacy academic career after university (Master/PhD) additional master /public service degree MA-1 [any other subject] or PhD-1 [any other subject] plus MA-2 [Library and Information Science] /Public Service Degree: 1 year training in an academic library 1 year theoretical education = academic career librarian (WissenschaftlicheR BibliothekarIn) in public service
  • 11. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 11 The German public service system high level service (E13-E15) higher level service (E9-E12) medium level service (E5-E8) basic level service (E1-E4) MA or higher (adacemic career) BA or higher dual education no training any management position in libraries, including large libraries and systems, research projects, departments Public libraries: management positions in small and middle sized libraries, projects or library departments academic libraries: management positions in small branches, medium level tasks medium-level tasks in libraries usually no management positions except for volunteer liibraries simple tasks X XX X X X PL AL
  • 12. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 12 The German Library job market 2012 Public Libraries (systems) with paid staff Academic Libraries (systems) Special Libraries, Archives, Documentation No. 2.029 249 ??? Jobs FTE 11.558 10.799 ??? German Library Statistics, 2012 (www.bibliotheksstatistik.de)
  • 13. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 13 The German Library job market 2012 official job statistics, Sept. 2013 1081 people registered as unemployed (ca. 4%) ca. 28% of employees will retire in the next 10 years men women 50 >55 gender age
  • 14. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 14 2 - LIS Education in Germany
  • 15. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 15 Scope and subjects Focus on Information science: How do people interact with information? Libraries as one specific aspect of information science Library and Information Science Library and Information Management
  • 16. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 16 Institutions Library and Information science Universities of Applied Sciences Stuttgart Media University (BA, MA) Cologne (BA, MA) Hamburg (BA, MA) Potsdam (BA, MA Doc) Hannover (BA) Darmstadt (BSc) Leipzig (BA, MA) Universities Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt Universitt zu Berlin (IBI) BA, MA, PhD
  • 17. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 17 Institutions Information Science Dsseldorf University Hildesheim University Siegen University Erlangen University IBI
  • 18. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 18 3 - The Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt Universitt (IBI)
  • 19. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 19 Berlin School of LIS The oldest School of Library and Information Science in Germany founded 1928 closed 1934 re-opened 1955 merged with the FU-Institute for Library Education in 1994 Institute of Library Science in danger of being closed 2006 re-installed, strengthened and refocused as iSchool - School of Library and Information Science - with the call of Michael Seadle the only German Member of the iSchool caucus 2014-2016: Michael Seadle is chair of the iSchools group
  • 20. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 20 Who are the iSchools?
  • 21. IBI - Berlin School of LIS - Stckel/Wimmer June 2014 - 21 Who are the iSchools? 55 schools researching & teaching information related fields formed 1988 as a Gang of Three by University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University and Drexel University Merged into the Gang of Five in 2001 Since 2003 the number of members expanded rapidly Name changed into iSchools An iCaucus (mainly the first members) established Today 55 institutions worldwide: A