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Digital library issues in Hungarian LIS curricula: Examples from three library schools

Tibor Koltay (Department of Information and Library Studies, Szent István University Faculty of Applied and Professional Arts, Jászberény Department of Library and Information Science, Berzsenyi Dániel College, Szombathely, Hungary)
István Boda (Department of Computer Graphics and Library and Information Studies, Debrecen University, Debrecen, Hungary)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 27 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to get a detailed picture of digital library education in Hungary taken in comparison with international experiences.

Design/methodology/approach

Digital library education (DLE) is examined through the example of three Hungarian schools of Library and Information Science (LIS). After defining the virtual library, the digital library (DL), the hybrid library and the electronic library, notions vital for DLE, the results of international surveys are compared to Hungarian curricula.

Findings

The described curricula follow international patterns outlined in the literature. The content of education is up to date and is adjusted to the quickly developing world of digital libraries.

Research limitations/implications

Experiences come form a higher education system that is in a stage of transition. Lessons learnt however can be useful for the development of curricula taking DL issues into consideration.

Practical implications

Similar examinations of curricula, supplemented by national and European surveys could highly contribute to the success of DLE programmes.

Originality/value

The paper provides additional data and viewpoints on DLE.

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Citation

Koltay, T. and Boda, I. (2008), "Digital library issues in Hungarian LIS curricula: Examples from three library schools", Library Review, Vol. 57 No. 6, pp. 430-441. https://doi.org/10.1108/00242530810886706

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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