School Libraries Management

General

The specialized Post-graduate Program in School Libraries Management focuses on the management of education-oriented informational organizations. This focus is drawn from a holistic view of Information Science and Education. The interaction between both and the complementary role of Information and Communication Technologies ensures both the quality and the adequacy of the skills to be developed.

Framework

In 1997, in Portugal, a partnership between the Ministries of Education and Culture was behind the launching of a program to set up a School Library Network (RBE) whose aim was to provide Portuguese schools with resources centers in line with the best practices defined by international organizations such as UNESCO and IFLA.

From the beginning of the RBE, schools were able to apply to public funding so as to build or refurbish school libraries. RBE was successively widened to include roughly 2000 school libraries, ranging from pre-school to high-school. Within the schools' organizational framework, library services are now seen as an innovative, supportive and a driving force in the educational practices required of today’s knowledge society.     

From 2009, with the Ordinance no. 756/2009 and no. 76/2011, the RBE program started focusing strongly on the qualifications of human resources. Examples of this new focus include the creation of the post of teacher-ibrarian and the definition of procedures for the selection and allocation of human resources. This new legal framework, highly influenced by the current educational environment and technological progress and globalization, is joined by a growing demand for specialized training in the activities school libraries entail. The shift form content-oriented to skill-oriented teaching and learning, emphasizes the nature of the learning process, leads to changes in methodologies, and encompasses information literacy and autonomous and collaborative learning. These changes in the educational context have had a ripple effect on school libraries managers, pushing them to adopt a more professional stance in light of the present scenario.      

Who should attend?

The Specialized Post-graduate program in School Libraries Management targets Elementary and Secondary School teachers and Pre-school teachers who hold a position or wish to pursue a career in school libraries, as well as undergraduates in any area who wish to develop or broaden their knowledge to hold a position in school libraries.

The Post-graduate program in School Libraries Management aims primarily at candidates who qualified as teachers or who have teaching experience.

Competencies

In accordance with the Joint Order no. 198/99, of 3rd March, which describes the competencies of specialized training in the areas of Educational Communication and Information Management within the scope of Educational Resources Centers, and the Ordinance 756/2009, of 14th July, which describes the post of Teacher-librarian, the Post-graduate program in School Libraries Management fosters the development of the following general and specific competencies:

General competencies:

  • Align the strategy of the school library to the school’s educational project, involving the school community;
  • Sponsor and collaborate in educational innovation processes, towards the improvement of  learning and social inclusion;
  • Define a plan for the development of library collections, library resources and services, considering the information needs of the school community and the learning conditions;
  • Develop collaborative project work, in cooperation with other libraries, other schools or local authorities;
  • Promote the role of the teacher-librarian as an agent for change and improvement in the school context.

Specific competencies:

  • Collaborate with teachers and parents to cater for the students’ informational needs;
  • Manage informational resources, using selection, evaluation and information treatment methods and techniques;
  • Promote the use of the library’s informational resources to achieve the school’s or group of schools’  curricular and extra-curricular goals;
  • Use Web.02 applications as the library’s  organizational communication tool  and to make information accessible;
  • Make a complete diagnostic of the information system, propose innovative and well-adapted solutions or a strategic reorganization plan; 
  • Promote the study of information uses in the school library to define and implement information-orientated training programs;
  • Apply information research and selection techniques adapted to the needs of the educational agents;
  • Design, develop and evaluate the implementation of a library project involving the school community.

Fees: 1000€/Year

Programme

Courses Crédtis Work time (hours)
Educational Psychology 2 24h
Management of the School Library 4 32h
Organisation of Information in a School Library 4 32h
Technologies for the Management of the School Library 3 28h
Information Practices for Children and Teenagers 3 28h
Reading Children's Literature 2 24h
Information Resources for the School Library 3 28h
Project Management in Information Services 5 40h
Applications and Web 2.0 Practices in School Library 2 24h
Communication and Promotion of the School Library 2 24h

 

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