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BIBLIO – ENHANCING THE DIGITAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCES OF LIBRARIANS IN EUROPE

BIBLIO – ENHANCING THE DIGITAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCES OF LIBRARIANS IN EUROPE

The goal of the Biblio project is to address the digital skills gap in the library sector by analysing needs, and developing and testing a new training programme for VET (vocational education and training) providers. This programme will beat level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The Biblio project has brought together ten partners from five countries, and includes sectoral organisations, national and international library networks, VET providers, a university and a digital skills network. The project is funded by the Erasmus+ KA2 Programme - Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices (Sector Skills Alliance).It will last 36 months,with a budget of 944,258 euros.

The project aims to develop the digital and soft skills of librarians, whether employed or looking for work, so that they are able to offer innovative services to library users. The digital transformation has led to changes in the purpose and perception of various organisations and institutions in society, includingour public libraries. People today obtain their information online and wish not only to access digital content, but also to reuse and develop it. As such, libraries need to be expert in the tools and technologies required to facilitate the creative use of digital archives to create new content. Additionally, libraries are constantly looking for new ways to attract users. As well as being traditional places for learning, libraries host events, offer trainings, and put on entertainment and cultural activities. Digital developments have called into question the role of physical libraries and librarians, so they must now regularly re-evaluate existing services and offer new ones.It follows that to support these new activities librarians need to have an appropriate understanding of new services, the flexibility to upgrade their knowledge in order to adapt to new developments in service provision, and the abilityto transmit digital skills to users. Unfortunately, very few libraries and librarians currently meet these requirements. Library staff need training to deal with many topics, and this training should reflectchanging conceptions of the library profession.

Main project activities:
 

  1. Analysis of the needs of employees in the library sector via office research, online surveys and interviews; formulation of proposals for professional training; and identification of new work profiles. New professional profiles will be in line with the requirements of ESCO(Classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations) and e-CF(European e-Competence Framework).

Desk Research National Report – Bulgaria (document in Bulgarian)
 

  1. Development of a modular curriculum for VET providers (40 courses) corresponding to EQF level 5, applying a specific VET methodology based on learning outcomes and blended learning principles. The curricula will be based on a set of digital OERs (Open Educational Resources) to support the acquisition of digital competences and soft skills. The project will use the DigComp and EntreComp frameworks to formulate the expected learning outcomes of the new VET provider curriculum. VariousEuropean instruments will be applied: EQF(European Qualifications Framework), ECVET(European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training), and EQAVET(European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training).

 

  1. Configuration and testing of the modules in the MOOC training platformby 400 library specialists in partner countries (Bulgaria, Latvia, Italy and Greece).

 

  1. Development of a specialised training course (240 hours in total; 25 trainees for each country), including face-to-face sessions (20 hours over 5 days), online training through MOOCs (160 hours), project work (40 hours) and practical training (165 hours).

The practical training will support the creation of a mobile and skilled workforce capable of meeting every-daywork challenges, as participants will have the opportunity to learn in their professional setting. The trainings are based on the principle of intergenerational learning, while the use of online platforms stimulates the sharing and exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices.
 

  1. Project communication and disseminations of results.

For more information, visit the project website at https://www.biblio-project.eu/