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Čitalište
2019, iss. 34, pp. 14-21
article language: Serbian
document type: Review Paper
doi:10.19090/cit.2019.34.14-21


About unprofessional advancement and professional decline
Narodna biblioteka Srbije, Beograd

e-mail: stevloyi@gmail.com

Abstract

It was considered that the adoption of the new rule book on professional titles and the score list as a measuring instrument established a correct and just system for determining the exact contribution to library and information activity. However, it turned out that unclear criteria and the lack of understanding of basic principle issues led to a counter-effect. The expectation of linking the acquisition of professional titles to the material reward has caused a real flood of candidacies, many of which are therefore questionable, because the set requirements are being met only formally. Commissions in libraries and the Republic Commission failed to respond to the challenge in a principled way, wherein there are too many diametrically opposed attitudes. Unresolved basic issues are the main problem. The possibility and the need to evaluate the quality of the reported elements within the score list of a candidate are rejected, under the pretext that it is not a matter for the commission. In addition, the criteria for determining the more accurate range of library and information activities are unclear, which leads to inevitable arbitrariness, and in the case of different candidates, the same thing is recognized or not recognized, as required. Another major issue is whether the regular work, done during working hours and for which the employee is paid, should be automatically accepted for evaluation within the score list, which has caused unjustness in assessment, favoring some and denying other candidates. This has led to lowering the level of the profession and the idea of professional advancement has lost sense.

Keywords

professional titles; library and information activity; Rule Book on Detailed Requirements for Obtaining Higher Professional Titles in Library and Information Activity; score list; commissions; quality; evaluation