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Qualification: Specialist in media and information services – specialism of librarianship

Specialist in media and information services – specialism of librarianship

Qualification Information

Type of qualification

This qualification is a dual vocational education and training (3-year and 3½-year training course). The vocational education and training system is highly significant in Germany. Central importance in this regard is attached to training within the dual system, which facilitates access to many areas of occupational activity for which in other countries training at an institute of higher education is required. The system is described as “dual” because training is conducted at two independent training venues, the company and the vocational school. Training combines the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practically related competences with company practice. Successful completion of training confers the right directly to exercise the occupation in question as a qualified skilled worker in a state recognised training occupation. It also leads to the subsequent opportunity to access a wide range of upgrading training.

Those completing training hold the professional skills, knowledge and competences (employability skills) necessary for the exercising of a qualified occupational activity. They are in possession of competences for the autonomous planning and processing of professional tasks assigned within a comprehensive area of learning or field of occupational activity which is subject to change.

Description of the qualification (learning outcomes)

Use bibliographical information tools for the acquisition of media
Check and process deliveries and invoices
Process media using formal recording rules
Assist with analysing content
Technically equip media for library use, sort and manage stocks
Process lending operations, returns and reminders and pre-order media
Use electronic and conventional delivery systems to procure information and media for customers
Assist with exhibitions and other events
Procure and acquire media, information and data
Record and analyse media, information and data
Secure media stocks and other information media
Make use of information and communication systems
Carry out research in databases and networks
Inform, advise and support customers and users
Assist with public relations and marketing

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4
Awarding body: 

Chamber of Commerce and Industry, competent bodies for vocational training in the civil service

Access requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements. Compulsory schooling of nine or ten full-time school years have to be completed. The training relationship is constituted via conclusion of a vocational education and training contract with a private sector company or comparable institution.

Ways to acquire: 

Training takes place at a company and at a vocational school. During company-based training, trainees acquire practically related competences within a real working environment. On one or two days a week or during blocks of one to two weeks’ duration, trainees attend vocational school, where general and occupationally related contents of a theoretical nature are imparted in a way that is linked to the practical training provided at the company. Training concludes with a final examination conducted by the examination board of the competent body.

Persons who are able to demonstrate that they have been employed in an occupation or in another relevant training occupation for a period at least one and a half times as long as is prescribed for the period of initial training or who are able to produce certificates or other evidence to prove that they have acquired sufficient employability skills may also be admitted to the final examination (so-called “external examination”).