31.03 Boosting digital skills and competences for librarians • ALL DIGITAL
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Theme:  digital skills, VET, libraries, professional development

Start date:  31 March 10:00 CET

End date:  31 March 11:45 CET

Location:  online

Organiser(s):  ALL DIGITAL and Biblio Project Consortium

Target audience:  library sector specialists

31.03 Boosting digital skills and competences for librarians

15 Feb, 2021

The event was organised within the All Digital Week 2021 campaign.


  • Do you agree that libraries should evolve to meet the current skills needs and to equip their staff and users with the skills relevant for today’s digital environment?
  • Are you curious to learn about the emerging job profiles in the library sector?
  • If you work in the library sector, would you like to upgrade your own competences and stay competitive?
  • You are a library director, and you are thinking of organising a professional development training for your staff to offer innovative services in your library?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, our webinar is for you!


The Biblio Consortium organised a webinar on 31 March at 10:00-11:45 with 187 participants. The project partners talked about the new trends and requirements in the professional development of librarians; presented the findings of the research on skills and training needs in the library sector and two emerging job profiles – Community Engagement and Communication Officer and Digital Transformation Facilitator. They also introduced the training methodology  and curricula for these two roles, as well as the upcoming Biblio MOOC for library professionals.

Biblio “Boosting digital skills and competences for librarians in Europe” is an Erasmus+ / KA2 / Sector Skills Alliances in vocational education and training project, which addresses the skills gap in the library sector due to digital transformation that is changing the role of libraries and library professionals. The project targets library professionals and unemployed people in the library sector by enabling them to offer innovative services for users.  It facilitates the acquisition of digital and transversal skills for library professionals by setting up a system for skills assessment, learning offer, validation, and recognition. It is implemented during 2019-2022 by a consortium of 10 partners from Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, and Latvia.

Check the Agenda of the event and watch the recording below.


Moderator:  Ekaterina Clifford, ALL DIGITAL

10:00-10:10 00:00:00  Welcome. Peter Palvolgyi, CEO of ALL DIGITAL. See the presentation
10:10-10:20 00:09:20 Introduction to the Biblio Project. Ekaterina Clifford, ALL DIGITAL. See the presentation
10:20-10:40 00:14:00 Digital Facilitator and Digital Communicator in Expanded Endless Libraries. Prof Nicola Barbuti, University of Bari Aldo Moro

The new digital librarians must be the promoters of innovative interactions with the user. Only in this way, the library itself can become an activator of interest. The new digital librarians will be called upon to manage the “Expanded Endless Libraries”, the places where not only librarians will play a fundamental role but also the users themselves. See the presentation

10:4o-10:50 00:37:40 Librarianship in Europe: Mapping professional needs. Biblio Findings. Tiana Zignani, Public Libraries 2030.
See the presentation
10:50-11:00  00:47:18 Two emerging job profiles – CECO and DIGY. Tiana Zignani, Public Libraries 2030. See the presentation  
11:00-11:10 00:56:30 Opportunities for professional qualification of librarians beyond the pandemic. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kalina Ivanova and Denitsa Dimitrova, ULSIT. See the presentation
11:10-11:20 01:05:10 Biblio Curriculum and Methodology. Mara Jakobsone, Data Media Group. See the presentation
11:20-11:30 01:16:30 The Biblio Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for library professionals. Eleni Georgakakou, DAISSy Research Group of Hellenic Open University. See the presentation
11:30-11:45 01:34:10 Questions and answers. Closing