IP Library, Information and Cultural Management – Academic Summer School (IP LibCMASS)

Project Erasmus Intensive Program (4-17 September 2011)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. PhD Tania Todorova

State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (SULSIT), Sofia, Bulgaria

IP LibCMASS aims to create interdisciplinary educational program and learning environment in which to acquire the knowledge and skills relating to the contemporary challenges of the management of libraries, museums, archives and information technology centers. The target group are students (BSc and MSc) in library and computer science, information technology and cultural and historical heritage of SULSIT (Sofia), Hasettepe University in Ankara (Turkey) and University of Zagreb (Croatia). The total number of students is 25, teachers – 16. The mission of the project is using a rich methodological toolkit to implement a modern educational process aimed at implementation of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills relevant to the new requirements in the career development of students in library and information and cultural sector and the policy response to higher education and the EU initiative on „New skills for new jobs”. The main topics in IP LibCMASS are: Library, Information and Cultural Management, Preservation and access to cultural heritage. Digital libraries; Intellectual Property. Information brokerage; Information technologies in libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. Information literacy. For each topic students will have theoretical lectures by a multinational team of lecturers, focusing on presenting different theories and approaches according to the specialization of an expert. The theoretical material will be assimilate through a variety of teaching methods (workshops, seminars, individual assignments and Case Study in cultural institutions). We will share national experiences and best practices, we will interact in national and international teams, we will stimulate the intercultural dialogue and foreign language communication in English. Project management and communication teacher-student will be based on own website and e-learning platform ILIAS. ICT technologies and interactive applications – will be widely used in the learning process. Graduates will acquire 4 ECTS. IP LibCMASS will accumulate theoretical and practical basis on which universities will make updates to existing curricula and textbooks. In 2011 IP LibCMASS will be in SULSIT, Sofia; 2012 in University of Zagreb and 2013 in Hasettepe University, Ankara. This sustainability of the project concept ensures a stable international and interdisciplinary network in higher education in library and information sciences, computer sciences and cultural heritage sciences and to promote cooperation between academic education and practice – library, information and cultural sector.