Vol. 16 No. 2 (2020)Vol. 16 No. 2 (2020)
The reference librarian and the services provided hold more than ever the attention of users at the “Dunărea de Jos” University Library of Galati (DJULG). The Internet, technology and struggle for survival left a significant mark on both librarians' skills and reference services in the new context of the information society. In order to align with new trends in librarianship and to respond effectively to the increasingly complex demands of users, the reference librarians had to move beyond the traditional and reinvent themselves. As a result, new skills have been acquired and new services emerged in the information landscape of the university library. The paper examines the evolution of the reference services at DJULG over the last ten years, emphasizing the changes of the librarian profile in this area. The variety of information sources, the emergence of new information technologies, the movement on open access have been the main elements that contributed to the professional development of the reference librarian and the implementation of new models of services for users. The case of the university library in this study reveals different profiles of the reference librarian: researcher, educator in information literacy, bibliometrician, wikilibrarian, digital resources manager, reference manager etc. Not far from the truth, we can say that the reference librarian became a chameleon, from the perspective of information evolution and ensuring sustainable library services (Lenuța Ursachi).
Libraries are a natural hotspot for volunteer work, they can act as both beneficiaries and organizers of volunteers and their work. Volunteer programs in the libraries cover an important range of possibilities, from basic library work (moving books, assisting users that need help) to specialized activities (language courses, computer courses, specialized activities with persons with disabilities) and everything in between.This study aims to offer an overview of the situation regarding volunteer work in Romanian public libraries. It seeks to find out whether and how the county libraries and the two national libraries use volunteers.This study presents a brief analysis of the online presence of Romanian libraries (Mihai Constantinescu, Alina Danciu, Dana Haimana)
We inaugurate through the material below the interview section of the Romanian Journal of Library and Information Science. This new section aims to bring opinions and comments directly from specialists in the field and other interested people. The first interview is with Mrs. Delia Pantea, librarian in charge with methodological assistance, "Gheorghe Șincai" County Library Bihor. The interview comes in the context in which the Bihor County Council decided to cut 17 occupied positions from the organizational chart of the county library and to abolish two branches (Mihai Constantinescu)
Libraries and the COVID-19 crisisVol. 16 No. 1 (2020)
Topics discussed in this special issue include an investigation into the ways in which an academic library from Norway adapted to the COVID-19 crisis (How an academic library worked during the Covid-19 pandemic by Ane Landøy and Trude Færevaag) and an „analysis of the online presence of Romanian libraries” (LIBRARIES IN THE CONTEXT OF A PANDEMIC: CRISIS AND OPORTUNITY by Elena Tîrziman). The reader will also find an article regarding RDA (Resource Description and Access) and its functionalities (RDA – THE LONG WAY TO A CHANGE OF VISION by Victoria Frâncu).
Our approach is unique, as the official activity reports published by the National Library are lacking the qualitative studies which would have helped establishing the directions of development of the services dedicated to different types of users. The quantitative reports officially reveal that the users tend to favor the free reading spaces in spite of the reading rooms. These statistics lead us to the idea that the library must operate changes in its public policies, considering new services and healthy conditions for 54,000 free spaces users per year. (Mădălina Lefter)
More and more in Romania the need to have well-trained teaching and administrative staff in order to transform schools, universities and libraries into inclusive environments is felt. Often, not only the material base is missing (for example: access technologies), but a large part of staff also feels that they do not have the skills necessary to ensure effective communication with people with disabilities and their families. This research aims to investigate the training needs of teaching staff and librarians, both in schools and universities. (Daniela Popa, Angela Repanovici)
The article surprises elements of novelty and needs in the activity of scientific research and communication, identifies the needs and their practical settlement. We identified the needs and behavior of the academic staff involved in research and we analyzed trends in contemporary research. (Ionela Maria Bârsan)