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Professional skills

By providing a well-grounded education, both theoretical and practical, we try to develop a professional profile in our students, that allows them to work in different environments (all kinds of libraries, documentation centers, archives, or as information/documentation managers in all kinds of organizations). That profile can be summarized in the following KSA’s: knowledge, skills and abilities:

Specific Skills: 

Generic Skills:

SPECIFIC SKILLS
 

Knowledge

  • Knowledge about the nature of information and documents, on their different ways of production and their management cycle, as well as legal and ethical aspects, related to their usage and transfer. Also, knowledge about the main information sources in any medium, and about the theoretical and methodological principles for planning, organizing and evaluating systems, as well as information departments and services.
  • Knowledge of the theoretical and methodological principles for gathering, selecting, organizing, representing, preserving, retrieving, accessing, disseminating and exchanging information. 
  • Knowledge of the theoretical and methodological principles for the study, analysis, evaluation and improvement of processes related to information production, transfer and use, and of scientific activities.
  • Knowledge of the information technologies in use in information departments and services.
  • Knowledge of the current situation of information policies and services, and of the cultural industries, at a national and international level.
 

Professional skills and abilities

  • The ability to assess and apply existing techniques for planning, organizing and evaluating information systems, departments and services.
  • The ability to use and apply existing techniques, standards and tools used for gathering, selecting, organizing, representing, preserving, retrieving, accessing, disseminating and exchanging information.
  • Skills in using existing technologies as an essential part of information processing and transfer.
  • Skills in validating, using, designing and assessing information sources and resources.
  • Skills in providing analysis and consultancy services, as well as training, to producers, users and clients of information services in their negotiation and communication processes.
  • Skills in gathering, processing and interpreting data related to information services and centers, as well as in studying, managing and evaluating processes of information production, transfer and use, including those related to scientific activity.
 

Academic skills

  • Understanding and applying principles and techniques for planning, organizing and evaluating systems, centers and information services. 
  • Understanding and applying existing principles and techniques for gathering, selecting, organizing, representing, preserving, retrieving, accessing, disseminating and exchanging information. 
  • Using and applying information tools for implementing, developing and exploiting information systems. 
  • Understanding and applying evaluation techniques to information sources and resources.. 
  • Understanding and applying management and marketing techniques to information systems, centers and services.
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GENERIC OR META-SKILLS
 

Instrumental skills

  • Analysis and synthesis abilities applied to information management and organization.
  • The ability to use and adapt multiple existing techniques for oral and written communication with information users.
  • Skills in using computer programs (office software).
  • Good level (written and spoken) of a foreign language, preferably English.
  • The ability for self organization and work planning.
     
 

Personal skills

  • The ability to work in teams, and to be part of multidisciplinary groups.
  • Acknowledging diversity and multiculturalism in public service work.
  • Critical thinking applied to the analysis and assessment of different alternatives.
  • Ethical commitment in the relationship with users as well as in information management.
 

Systemic skills

  • Abilities for self-learning.
  • Abilities for adapting to constant changes.
  • Abilities to take the initiative for constant improvement and to make proposals for innovation.
  • Direction and leadership abilities.
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