Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

A Student Profile of Information and Records Management Departments in Turkey

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

A Student Profile of Information and Records Management Departments in Turkey

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Introduction

Departments of Information and Records Management seek to produce graduates who can undertake the process of "information management," which includes the compilation, arrangement, access to, and publication of information and information sources. These people must be qualified and capable in managing information centres that encompass libraries, archives, and documentation and information units. They must be able to use information and communication technologies intensively and teach potential users, as well as to be managers of information and information organizations.

Objectives of the Study

The present study sought information about the characteristics of students in Information and Records Management Departments of universities in Turkey, to explore differences between student groups and departments, if any, in order to contribute to better understanding of students' needs.

Scope and Method

The survey covers freshman, sophomore, junior and senior level students enrolled to IRM Departments in Ankara University, Baskent University, Hacettepe University, Istanbul University and Marmara University. The IRM Department in Erzurum Ataturk University is not included since that department has yet not started its undergraduate programme.

Questionnaires with 22 closed and one open-ended question were administered during the academic year 2006-2007.

Information and Records Management Departments in Turkey

Ankara University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Information and Records Management

The development of the library profession of librarianship in Turkey began with the establishment of the Institute of Librarianship in the Faculty of Letters in 1954-1955, which started offering courses immediately after. University-level education in librarianship led to its recognition as a profession in Turkey. This pioneer department was renamed "Department of Librarianship" in 1964 and provided a strong model for the department launched in Istanbul University in the same year and the one introduced in Hacettepe University in 1972.

While the original purpose of the department was to train librarians, the scope was enlarged later on. Starting in 1970, the department included courses in information science. In 1989-1990, Documentation-Information and Archive branches were introduced.

The Higher Education Board (YOK) renamed the department "Information and Records Management." The Department began admitting students in 2002-2003 on the basis of scoring on university admittance tests. (Ankara Universitesi Dil ve Tarih-Cografya Fakultesi Bilgi ve Belge Yonetimi Bolumu)

Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Information and Records Management

The department was launched in 1963 as "Librarianship Department" under the Faculty of Letters and began offering courses in 1964-1965. The department began offering master's courses in 1983 and doctoral studies in 1984. In 1987, the department launched the scientific journal Librarianship: Document-Information and Library Studies . In 1990 the department was reorganized to have two major branches: "Librarianship" and "Documentation and Information." Starting in 1995, the second teaching programme was introduced in the librarianship branch. In 2002-2003, the Archive Science Department of the Faculty of Letters ceased, and in line with the YOK decision, this department was merged with the Department of Information and Records Management (Istanbul Universitesi Edebiyat Fakultesi Bilgi ve Belge Yonetimi Bolumu).

Hacettepe University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Information and Records Management

The Department of Information and Records Management of Hacettepe University was first introduced as the Institute of Librarianship and Documentation. Education in the department began in October 1972 through the programme "Expertise in Science. …

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